Pamplona (Spain), University of Navarra
May 14-15, 2015
Call for blitz presentations and posters
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
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:
Multimodal models of cognition
Multimodal Discourse Analysis
Gesture, speech and meaning construction in spontaneous interaction
Corpus approaches to gesture
Computational tools for multimodal datasets
Digital Humanities resources for multimodal datasets
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. 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.