CHED Research Seminar with Jeff Bezemer & Carey Jewitt

Title: Moving Multimodality on:  Exploring Communication in the context of Practical Activity and Digital Touch

Date: Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Time: 13:00 – 14:00

Venue: Hlanganani Junction, Upper Campus, North Lane, University of Cape Town

Please RSVP to Mzi Mnyatheli by Friday, 18 May 2018.

Seminar abstract:

In this seminar we explore new directions for multimodal research. Drawing on our current work around technology-enhanced practical activity and digital touch we consider what is distinctly different about these new, under-researched contexts for communication, and how they can be accounted for in a theory of meaning and communication. We also consider some of the methodological challenges that need to be addressed to advance multimodality. Examples will be drawn from health care and remote personal communication.

Presenters: Jeff Bezemer and Carey Jewitt


Jeff Bezemer is Reader in Communication and Co-Director of the Centre for Multimodal Communication at UCL Institute of Education. His current research is focused on health communication and medical education. Recent publications include Introducing Multimodality (with Jewitt and O’Halloran) and Multimodality, Learning and Communication: A Social Semiotic Frame (with Kress), both published by Routledge, 2016. For information please visit

Carey Jewitt is Professor of Learning and Technology and Director of UCL Knowledge Lab, University College London, UK. Her research focuses on technology mediated interaction. She leads the IN-TOUCH: Digital touch communication project ( and has led several large projects on methodological innovation across social science and the arts. Carey is a founding Editor of the journal Visual Communication (Sage), and recent publications include Introducing Multimodality (2016) and The Routledge Handbook of Multimodal Analysis (2014).

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