Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Visual Communication and Globalization Symposium


The ICS Visual and Digital Cultures Research Group is hosting a half-day symposium on the theme “Visual Communication and Globalization” at the Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds on 19th September 2012.

The symposium aims to address the unique and privileged status of visual communication in relation to the exchange, negotiation and construction of differences and identities across cultures and national borders. We are delighted that a distinguished visual communication scholar will be our keynote speaker, Dr David Machin (Brunel University).

In bringing together scholars and other interested participants for presentations and discussion, we anticipate a lively debate on how the lens of visual communication research can contribute to the study of political, economic and cultural globalization.

The programme is as follows:

09:45–11.00: guest speaker’s talks and Q&A.

11.00-11:30: coffee/tea and refreshments

11:30-13.00: roundtable discussion with five minute presentations by Leeds staff and doctoral students on their own research and the symposium’s theme. (Please note that lunch is not provided.)

Registration is free but numbers will be limited. Please email Liz Pollard (e.v.pollard@leeds.ac.uk) to register for the event, or email the organizers, Dr Giorgia Aiello (g.aiello@leeds.ac.uk) and Dr Katy Parry (k.j.parry@leeds.ac.uk), with any other queries. This event is funded by Dr Aiello’s Marie Curie IRG grant on “Globalization, Visual Communication, Difference” (FP7/2007-2013, no. 277039) and ICS.

Speaker biography

David Machin is Reader in the School of Arts at Brunel University. He has published extensively on visual communication and critical discourse analysis with a specific interest in global media genres, formats and branding. His books include Introduction to Multimodal Analysis (2007), Global Media Discourse (2007), Analysing Popular Music (2010), The Language of Crime and Deviance (2012), and How to Do Critical Discourse Analysis: A Multimodal Approach (2012). He is currently completing books on visual journalism and on 3D multimodal communication. He is co-editor of the international peer-reviewed journal Social Semiotics.

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