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MULTIMODALITY TALKS Series 2022-23 - First semester programme


MULTIMODALITY TALKS Series is a joint initiative for researchers across the world who are interested in multimodality. It aims to provide a platform for dialogue for advancing multimodal research across disciplines. Multimodality draws attention to how meaning is made through the combined use of semiotic resources such as gesture, speech, face expression, body movement and proxemics, (still and moving) image, objects, sound and music, writing, colour, layout, and the built environment.

This international series of talks is organised by The UCL Visual and Multimodal Research Forum, the University of Leeds Multimodality@Leeds and Insulander/Svärdemo Åberg at the Department of Education, Stockholm University. It is conceived of working as a tandem with the Bremen-Groningen Online Workshops on Multimodality to make the best of the online format to offer multiple chances for sharing research and stimulating discussions on multimodality worldwide.

Elisabetta Adami (University of Leeds School of Languages, Cultures and Societies), Sophia Diamantopoulou (UCL Institute of Education), Eva Insulander and Eva Svärdemo Åberg (Stockholm University, Dept. of Education) are pleased to invite you to a series of jointly organized talks on multimodality.

If you would like to present your work at our series, please send a title, abstract and short biosketch to: and

 The seminars will be running 12.00-13.30 GMT - 13.00-14:30 CET online on Zoom. Use the registration link to register and attend the talk.


14th October 2022      Prof Theo van Leeuwen9:30-11:00 BST          Organizational semiotics: practices and products 

To attend the talk, please register here

28th October 2022      Prof Martin Engebretsen, University of Agder, Norway

Studying data visualization as a social and semiotic practice 

To attend the talk, please register here

11th November 2022  Prof Bessie Mitsikopoulou,

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Digital Media in Foreign Language Education

To attend the talk, please register here


25th November 2022  Prof. Lisa Björlund Boistrup, Malmö University, Sweden

Multimodality and mathematisation: Different communicational resources in relation to mathematisations within and outside the mathematics classroom

                To attend the talk please register here:

9th December 2022   Dr. Sumin Zhao & Chris Cummins, University of Edinburgh, UK

Arguing with numbers in digital multimodal dialogue

To attend the talk, please register here


The Multimodality Talks team across our three institutions include:


  • Sophia Diamantopoulou, Lecturer UCL IOE
  • Jiawei Ding, PhD student, UCL IOE
  • Mimoe Iigo, UCL IOE alumna
  • Karen Choi, UCL IOE alumna

University of Leeds

  • Elisabetta Adami, Associate Professor
  • Zhe Liu, PhD student
  • Ahlam Almohissen. PhD student

Stockholm University

  • Eva Insulander,  Associate professor and senior lecturer, Department of Education
  • Eva Svärdemo Åberg senior lecturer, Department of Education
  • Henrika Florén, PhD student UCL IOE