Marina Bondi - University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
Specialized discourse on blogs: focus on digital (inter-)textuality
Marina Bondi is Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, where she is coordinator of the PhD programme and Director of the CLAVIER centre (Corpus and LAnguage Variation In English Research). She has published extensively in the field of genre analysis, EAP and corpus linguistics, with a focus on argumentative dialogue and language variation across genres, disciplines and cultures. Her recent interest centres on knowledge dissemination and the impact of digital media on specialized discourse. She currently coordinates a national project on Knowledge Dissemination across media in English: continuity and change in discourse strategies, ideologies, and epistemologies.
Carey Jewitt - UCL - Institute of Education, London, UK
UCL Knowledge Lab
IN-TOUCH: Digital Touch Communication
Carey Jewitt is Professor of Learning and Technology at UCL Knowledge Lab, University College London. Her research interests include researching technology-mediated interaction, touch, the development of multimodal research theory and methods, and innovating research methods across the social sciences and arts. She currently leads IN-TOUCH a 5 year ERC Consolidator Award (in-touch-digital.com), and has directed a number of large ESRC research projects on methodological innovation, most recently MODE ‘Multimodal Methods for Researching Digital Data and Environments’ (MODE.ioe.ac.uk) and MIDAS ‘Methodological Innovation in Digital Arts and Social Sciences’ (MIDAS.ioe.ac.uk). She has published a number of books including Introducing Multimodality (2016) with Bezemer and O’Halloran, The Sage Handbook of Researching Digital Technologies (2014) with Price and Brown, and The Routledge Handbook of Multimodal Analysis (2014).
Rodney Jones - University of Reading, UK
The Right to Look
Rodney H. Jones is Professor of Sociolinguistics and Head of the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics at the University of Reading. He is author (with Christoph Hafner) of Understanding Digital Literacies: A practical introduction (Routledge, 2014), and editor of the Routledge Handbook of Language and Creativity (Routledge, 2015). His most recent monograph is Spoken Discourse (Bloomsbury, 2016). His main areas of interest are discourse analysis, interactional sociolinguistics, and language and digital media. He is particularly interested in how digital media affect the way people conduct social interactions and manage social identities. Before joining the University of Reading, Rodney worked in the Department of English at City University of Hong Kong, where he acted as Head of Department from 2012 to 2014.
Gunther Kress - UCL - Institute of Education, London, UK
Jeff Bezemer - UCL - Institute of Education, London, UK
Meaning Making, Photography and Digital Media: Reflections on Theory and Method in Social Semiotics
Gunther Kress is Professor of Semiotics and Education at the UCL Institute of Education, London. His interest is meaning (-making) in contemporary environments, and developing social semiotic theory of multimodality in which communication, learning, identity, are entirely interconnected. Four indicative books: Social Semiotics; Before Writing: rethinking the paths to literacy; Reading Images: the grammar of graphic design; Literacy in the new media age; and (with Jeff Bezemer) Multimodality, communication, learning: a social semiotic frame.
Jeff Bezemer is Professor of Communication and Co-Director of the Centre for Multimodal Research at UCL Institute of Education. His current research is focused on inter-professional communication in health care and health professions education. This work is grounded in and aims to advance theories and methods that highlight the role of embodied interaction in meaning making. Recent book publications include Multimodality, communication, learning: a social semiotic frame (with Gunther Kress); and Introducing Multimodality (with Carey Jewitt and Kay O’Halloran).
David Machin - Örebro University, Sweden
Communicating discourses of health on food packaging and in food outlets
David Machin researches in the area of Critical Discourse Studies, particularly with an interest in Multimodal discourse analysis. His interests include multimodality of visual design including web, magazine and newspaper composition and TV set design. He also works on sound as communication. He is co-editor of the international peer reviewed journals Social Semiotics and Journal of Language of Politics and on the board of several international CDS oriented journals. He also co-edits international Book Series Bloomsbury Advances in Critical Discourse Studies.
Theo van Leeuwen - University of Technology, Sidney, Australia
University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
Functionality and identity in multimodal communication
Theo van Leeuwen is Professor of Multimodal Communication at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Emeritus Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney, and Honorary Professor at the University of New South Wales, the Australian Catholic University and the University of Lancaster. He researches and writes about social semiotics, multimodality, visual communication and critical discourse analysis. This has included work on radio announcing speech, media interviews, global magazines, toys as communication, sound and music, typography and decoration. His current projects at SDU are about the theory of visual communication (with Morten Boeriis), online fashion shopping (with Thomas Hestbæk Andersen), and online resources for mathematics and science education (with Ditte Lund Iversen). The third edition of Reading Images (with Gunther Kress) is now in press and he is currently working on a book on multimodality and identity to be published by Routledge. Theo is a founding editor of the journal Visual Communication. In other lives he has been a film director and a jazz musician.