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Centre for Multimodal Research

Developing and promoting multimodal perspectives on meaning making, communication and learning.

Co-Directors: Jeff Bezemer and Gunther Kress

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.

Background

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

Jeff Bezemer
Andrew Burn
Kate Cowan
Myrrh Domingo
Rosie Flewitt
Carey Jewitt
Gunther Kress
Terhi Korkiakangas
Diane Mavers
John Potter

Research

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:

Doctoral research

We welcome proposals for doctoral research. See details and application process:

Visiting schemes

We welcome applications from postdoctoral researchers for visiting the centre under the UCL academic affiliate scheme:

Research forum

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.

 

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