bio: Carey Jewitt is Professor of Learning and Technology at the London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, University of London. She is Director of the ‘Multimodal Methods for Researching Digital Data and Environments’ NCRM Node, funded by the ESRC and is involved in several research projects on the role of digital technologies in teaching and learning, and multimodal theory and methods. Carey’s recent publications include The Routledge Handbook of Multimodal Analysis (2010) and Technology, Literacy and Learning: A multimodal approach (Routledge, 2008). She is currently writing Visual Research Methods (Sage, forthcoming) and editing The Sage Handbook of Researching Digital Technologies, with Sara Price.
Rodney H. Jones
Rodney Jones' main research interests include discourse analysis, health communication and language and sexuality. For the past fifteen years he has worked with colleagues such as Ron Scollon and Sigrid Norris in developing an approach to discourse analysis called mediated discourse analysis, an approach that focuses on how people use discourse along with other cultural tools to accomplish concrete social actions. This approached is outlined in his book Discourse in Action: Introducing Mediated Discourse Analysis (edited with Sigrid Norris, Routledge 2005). He has applied this approach to variety of domains including computer mediated communication, sexual interaction, drug abuse, disability and collaborative writing. He is currently working on a number of projects including an examination of the role of discourse in the management of risk in everyday life and an exploration of practices of collaborative writing in the creative communication industries.
bio: Gunther Kress is Professor of Semiotics and Education at the Institute of Education, University of London. His interests are in understanding principles of representation, meaning-making and communication in contemporary social environments. This involves a continuing interest in the development of a social semiotic theory of multimodal representation and communication. For him, this implies a focus on the processes and forms of communication in all modes including those of speech and writing. Some of his publications in this area are Learning to write (1982/1994); Linguistic processes in sociocultural practices (1984/1989); Social Semiotics (1988, with R Hodge); Before Writing: rethinking the paths to literacy (1996); Reading Images: the grammar of graphic design (1996/2006, with T van Leeuwen); Multimodal Discourse: the modes and media of contemporary communication (2002, with T van Leeuwen); Literacy in the new media age (2003); English in Urban Classrooms (2005, with C. Jewitt, J. Bourne, A. Franks, J. Hardcastle, K. Jones, E. Reid). Current research projects are ‘Museums, exhibitions and the visitor’ (funded by the Swedish National Research Foundation) and “Gains and Losses: changes in teaching materials 1935 – 2005” (funded by the Economic and Social Science Research Council, UK).
bio: Kay O’Halloran is Director of the Multimodal Analysis Lab, Interactive Digital Media Institute (IDMI) and Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the National University of Singapore. Her main areas of research include a social semiotic approach to multimodal texts with a specific interest in mathematics and science discourse, and the development and use of interactive digital technologies for multimodal analysis. Kay O’Halloran is Principal Investigator for several large projects in the Multimodal Analysis Lab IDMI (see http://multimodal-analysis-lab.org/).
Theo Van Leewuen
bio: Theo van Leeuwen is Professor of Media and Communication and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Technology, Sydney. He has published widely in the areas of social semiotics, critical discourse analysis and multimodality, is a founding co-editor of the journal Visual Communication (with Carey Jewitt), and has a background as a film and television producer and jazz musician. His books include: Reading Images: The Grammar of Visual Design (1996, 2006, with Gunther Kress); Speech, Music, Sound (1999); Multimodal Discourse (2001, with Gunther Kress); Introducing Social Semiotics (2005); Global Media Discourse (2007, with David Machin); Discourse and Practice: New Tools for Critical Discourse Analysis (2008); The Language of New Media Design (2009, with Radan Martinec); and The Language of Colour (2011).