Developing and promoting multimodal perspectives on meaning making, communication and learning.
Our mission is to promote recognition and understanding of all means of making meaning. We develop theories, methods and practical applications through multimodal research across different social domains.
The Centre for Multimodal Research was established by Carey Jewitt and Gunther Kress in 2006 to consolidate and advance scholarly work in multimodality at the (then) Institute of Education.
Early research focused on learning and teaching in the early years and primary and secondary education. Since then, projects have concentrated on exploring learning and technologies across different social sites, including schools, museums, and clinical work places.
Between 2011 and 2014 members of the centre ran MODE, a research training programme on multimodal research that was part of the National Centre for Research Methods.
- Our staff
Our centre explores multimodal representation and communication in relation to the following themes:
- Body, action, technology
- Text, media, design
- Transcription, transduction, documentation
- Learning, play, identity
- Social and technological change
We draw on theories and methods from a range of disciplines, including social semiotics, discourse analysis and conversation analysis.
Our empirical work is focused on multimodal analysis of artefacts (e.g. films, drawings) and video-recorded, spontaneous interaction (e.g. in work places, classrooms).
Much of our research is done with and for practitioners, including teachers and health professionals. We publish in a wide range of journals and edited volumes.
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- Study with us
We offer free online learning resources on multimodality, as well as an online self-study course:
Our research feeds into a wide range of modules within UCL Institute of Education. We run a dedicated Master's level module on multimodal communication in the Spring term:
We welcome proposals for doctoral research. See details and application process:
We welcome applications from postdoctoral researchers for visiting the centre under the UCL academic affiliate scheme:
The Centre for Multimodal Research runs the Visual and Multimodal Research Forum - a hub for researchers interested in multimodality - and the Multimodality Reading Group, as outreach and teaching activities coordinated by Sophia Diamantopoulou
Making meaning: the role of semiotics and education
Gunther Kress, Professor of Semiotics and Education, in conversation with doctoral student Sophia Diamantopoulou.