Communicating Multi-modally: Research and Expressive Culture

  • GEORGE, C. (Organiser)
  • Sandra Ristovska (Organiser)
  • Lisa Henderson (Organiser)
  • John Jackson (Organiser)

Activity: Conference/talk/lecture/symposium/speech/workshop, etcEvent organized by non-HKBU units


Communication research has long been presented in books and journal articles despite the discipline’s interest in the multiple forms in which communication practice takes shape. While scholars examine visual imagery, sound, and performance, for example, work in multimodal formats is assigned to the realm of art and creative expression, rarely to communication scholarship. This assumption means our discipline has only begun to push the boundaries of knowledge production in new, more expressive directions that better capture communication’s multimodal condition. This pre-conference builds on recent ICA programming dedicated to multimodal work, bringing together established and emerging scholars around the world who embrace expressive culture as foundation in communication research.

We see multimodal scholarship as having particular value for addressing a more diverse population of scholars and students, and for engaging with intellectual energies that are not formally organized within institutionalized academia. It holds promise for a more locally and globally inclusive communication field. Our goal is to explore the power and limitations of multimodal scholarship, and to sustain conversations about institutional support, policy, and guidance for multimodal research, teaching, and publishing.

Communicating Multi-Modally is co-sponsored by five divisions and interest groups at ICA, including Ethnicity and Race in communication, LGBTQ Studies Interest Group, Philosophy, Theory and Critique, Popular Media and Culture, and Visual Communication Studies. Communicating Multi-Modally is planned and organized by Lisa Henderson, Sandra Ristovska, Cherian George, and John L. Jackson, Jr. with sponsorship from the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at Western University, the School of Communication and Film at Hong Kong Baptist University, the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and the College of Media, Communication, and Information at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Period26 May 2022
Event titleCommunicating Multi-modally: Research and Expressive Culture: International Communication Association Pre-conference
Event typeConference
LocationParis, FranceShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational

User-Defined Keywords

  • media
  • film
  • communication
  • culture
  • research methods