Conference Announcements


9th International Conference on Multimodality

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 – Fri, 17 Aug 2018

The Centre for Multimodal Communication is pleased to announce a call for abstracts for the 9th International Conference on Multimodality, 9ICOM. The Conference will be held on August 15-17, 2018, at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense, Denmark. Find information on abstracts formalities here and details on how to register here.

Multimodality – moving the theory forward

Since the first investigations of images, sound and other modes from a social semiotic perspective, social semiotic multimodality has developed into a discipline in its own right. From the monomodal focus on individual modes grew a polymodal interest in the interplay of different modes, exploring how choices from several different modes are instantiated simultaneously in multimodal text with each choice adding to its overall meaning.  Recent research in multimodality investigates how meaning-making is not a matter of simple addition but of interaction and integration of modes. The field has seen a virtual explosion of applications of social semiotic multimodal theory to a vast range of data. Now is the time to take stock, theoretically and methodologically. It is time to consider what we have learned from the multitude of applications and the extensive range of data analysed, and, not least, where we are going from here. While welcoming both analytical and theoretical presentations, we particularly invite speakers to consider how their work contributes to the development of the multimodal paradigm.

Keynote Speakers

  • Louise Ravelli, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Anna-Malin Karlsson, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Giorgia Aiello, University of Leeds, UK
  • Robert Hodge, Western Sydney University, Australia
  • Gunther Kress, University of London, UK
  • Theo van Leeuwen, University of Southern Denmark


Presentation at the Conference can take the form of oral paper presentation, poster presentation or panel presentation.

Please submit an abstract of max 300 words (excluding references) to by January 15 2018. 
Abstracts should be sent as email attachments in .doc, .docx or .rtf format and titled ‘Surname Abstract 9ICOM”. 
Notification of acceptance will be sent February 28. Registration will open March 1.

Please ensure that you also include your name, academic affiliation and email address. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed.


Centre for Multimodal Communication, Department of Language and Communication, University of Southern Denmark
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University of Southern Denmark

Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M, Denmark
Odense, Odense