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International Workshop “Mind, Meaning, and Multimodality” (MMM)

posted Jan 25, 2015, 5:32 AM by Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas   [ updated Jan 30, 2015, 7:01 AM ]


Pamplona (Spain), University of Navarra

May 14-15, 2015

 Call on PDF

Call for blitz presentations and posters


Invited speakers

Alexander Bergs, Universität Osnabrück

Irene Mittelberg, RWTH Aachen University

Francis F. Steen, University of California, Los Angeles

Mark Turner, Case Western Reserve University

Javier Valenzuela, University of Murcia



Inés Olza and Cristóbal Pagán, University of Navarra


Workshop theme

The Discourse Analysis Group (GRADUN) at the Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) of the University of Navarra organizes the “Mind, Meaning, and Multimodality” (MMM) International Workshop, which aims to bring together scholars working in the fields of Multimodality and Gesture from different perspectives: Pragmatics, Semantics, Discourse Analysis, Semiotics, Computational Linguistics, Gesture Studies, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, etc.


The language of the workshop will be English. There is no registration fee. Financial aid is available (see Submissions and financial aid).


Since the late 1980s, and with authors such as Kress & van Leeuwen, McNeill or Kendon, several disciplines interested in discourse, cognition and the construction of communicative meaning have stressed the importance of going beyond the verbal dimension of texts, systematically studying the interaction of words with other means of communication (images and other visual components of discourse, sound, gesture, and proxemics in spontaneous interaction). Multimodality studies have become increasingly important for the study of the human mind, influencing views of cognition as integrative, embodied, extended, embedded, enactive, distributed, etc.


To deal with the full complexity of multimodal communication and its interplay with cognition, new methods and tools are needed. The Red Hen Lab is a recent international initiative for developing a large audiovisual dataset (the NewsScape Library of Television News Broadcasts) and a multidisciplinary community for the study of big data from multimodal communication. This workshop seeks to expand and consolidate our group of cooperative researchers.


The MMM Workshop is interested in exploring and promoting interdisciplinary methods to approach gesture and multimodal instances of discourse. The following issues may be of particular interest:

Ÿ Multimodal models of cognition

Ÿ Multimodal Pragmatics

Ÿ Multimodal Discourse Analysis

Ÿ Gesture, speech and meaning construction in spontaneous interaction

Ÿ Corpus approaches to gesture

Ÿ Computational tools for multimodal datasets

Ÿ Digital Humanities resources for multimodal datasets


Workshop structure

The workshop will seek fruitful interaction between participants at all times, combining talks by the invited speakers with demonstrations of Red Hen resources, roundtable discussions, and generous time for Q&A and debate. There will also be a blitz presentation session (10-minute talks) followed by a poster session, where blitz talks will be presented as posters, with ample time for further interaction with workshop participants.


Submissions and financial aid

Abstracts should be one page, 500 words maximum (including bibliography). Please send them no later than March 8th as a PDF email attachment to both cpaganc@unav.es and iolzamor@unav.es. In the body of your email, please include your full name, affiliation, and contact details, as well as a very short biographical statement (50 words maximum). Submissions by early-stage researchers (doctoral and postdoctoral) are particularly welcome. Acceptance will be communicated shortly after the submission deadline.


We have limited funds to help scholars defray costs of travel and accommodation. If you cannot secure funding from other sources, please let us know, in the body of your email, whether you would like to apply for a grant covering the costs of travel, accommodation, or both. Your funding request will not affect the evaluation of your abstract.