Digital technologies are profoundly changing society in ways that create significant challenges and opportunities for social scientists. MODE aims to develop methodologies that look beyond language to allow social scientists to study how people behave and interact in contemporary digital environments. It will provide systematic ways to investigate different forms of communication used in digital environments:

  • what people say, write, draw
  • how they use lay out and navigate through rooms, websites and other spaces,
  • how they use their hands and other parts of their bodies to interact with computers, devices and other people in face-to-face encounters.

It will conduct two research projects on how people use new technologies in different digital environments. One research project is located in an operating theatre, where screen technologies are used to look inside people's body cavities, and another one in learning environments where mobile technologies, Geographic Information System technologies and touch screen interactive tables are used to facilitate learning.

Mode will offer a program of innovative research and Training and Capacity Building activities including seminars, lectures, introductory courses and summer schools, and online discussion and support for social scientists from a range of academic disciplines, government, private sector organisations and the public sector.



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what is multimodality?

Author: Carey Jewitt Date: 02 July 2012 Conference paper/presentation

Introduction, origins, scope and key concepts

Author: Carey Jewitt Date: 02 July 2012 Conference paper/presentation

analyzing texts in the context of their use

Author: gemma moss Date: 02 July 2012 Conference paper/presentation

Recognizing meaning in children’s dramatized responses to a picturebook

Author: Diane Mavers Date: 25 April 2012 Conference paper/presentation

Literacy, Digital Technologies and Multimodality

Author: Carey Jewitt Date: 17 April 2012 Conference paper/presentation

Linguistic layering : social language development in the context of multimodal design and digital technologies

Author: Myrrh Domingo Date: 28 March 2012 Journal article

An introduction to using video for research

Author: Carey Jewitt Date: 16 March 2012 Working paper

An introduction to embodiment and digital technology research : interdisciplinary themes and perspectives

Author: William Farr Date: 16 March 2012 Working paper

Using a social semiotic approach to multimodality : researching learning in schools, museums and hospitals

Author: Jeff Bezemer Date: 14 March 2012 Working paper

Key concepts in multimodality

Interviewee: Gunther Kress Date: 13 March 2012 Video

'Wrighting' the self: New technologies and textual subjectivities

Author: Mona Sakr Date: 21 November 2011 Journal article

“Do You Have Another Johan?” Negotiating Meaning in the Operating Theatre

Author: Jeff Bezemer Date: 04 October 2011 Journal article

“How many lap choles have you done?” A linguistic-ethnographic take on counting surgical experience.

Co-author: Jeff Bezemer Date: 01 September 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Analyzing layering in textual design : a multimodal approach for examining cultural, linguistic, and social migrations in digital video

Author: Myrrh Domingo Date: 11 May 2011 Journal article

Analyzing layering in textual design: a multimodal approach for examining cultural, linguistic, and social migrations in digital video

Author: Myrrh Domingo Date: 11 May 2011 Journal article

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Start date
30 September 2011
End date
24 April 2015
Grant holder
Professor Carey Jewitt
Co-applicants
Dr Rosie Flewitt
Professor Roger Kneebone
Dr Diane Mavers
Dr Sara Price
Dr Neil Selwyn
Professor Gunther Kress
Dr Jeff Bezemer
Dr Myrrh Domingo
Professor Andrew Burn
Grant amount
£911,654.15
Grant reference
RES-576-25-0027
Discipline
Education
Grant type