Introduction

Now Mediation & Multimodality Virtual 2021

24-26 June 2021

Organised through: Colégio Almada Negreiros, Campus de Campolide, Nova University Lisbon

Conference Convenors: Sandie Mourão and Karen Bennett


Introduction

In recent decades, there has been a marked turn towards multimodal forms of communication in both education and translation. The written word, once understood as the pinnacle of human semiotic achievement, is now recognized as only one of several communicative modes that may be used independently or together for a range of different purposes. This has produced a veritable revolution in way that meaning is understood, generating a need for more reflection, as well as training, about how this reality might be approached in practical and educational contexts.

Amongst the various multimodal genres now circulating in the public space, picturebooks and graphic narratives occupy a privileged position. No longer restricted to younger readers, picturebooks in particular, are recognized as complex and multi-layered and together with other visual narratives are increasingly being used to explore contemporary issues, serve ideological agendas, and even to transmit legal and technical information to adults that may have difficulty in understanding specialized written discourses (e.g. comic contracts). Picturebooks and graphic narratives thus raise interesting possibilities for the classroom, stimulating theoretical and practical questions for educators, storytellers, translators and researchers.  

This conference aims to attract scholars and practitioners from the worlds of education and translation studies – distinct areas with their own specific concerns, histories and bibliographies. By focusing on the concept of mediation – close to the heart of both education and translation – we hope to generate synergies that will prove fruitful to researchers and practitioners from these domains.

Contact:

multimodalmediations@gmail.com

Colégio Almada Negreiros, Campus Campolide, 1099-085 Lisbon

Contact:

multimodalmediations@gmail.com

Colégio Almada Negreiros, Campus Campolide, 1099-085 Lisbon

Financed by national funds through FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, I.P., under the project nº UIDB/04097/2020

Website design: Cristina Carinhas

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