Events 2012

Subject: The Relationship betwen the Visual and Verbal in Cartoons

Date: 14 November 2012

Place: COL seminar room, 2-4pm

Presenter: Stacey Stent


Subject: Student Interest

Date: 17 October 2012

Place: COL seminar room, 2-4pm

Presenter: Travis Noakes


Subject: Writer’s Workshop

Date: 3-5 September 2012

Place: Mont Fleur, Stellenbosch

Organised by Dr Lyn Holness from the UCT Research Office, the writers’ workshop aims to provide members of the SAME group an opportunity to work on articles for publication, thesis chapters and proposals. It offers an opportunity for members to peer review each other’s work, exchange and consolidate ideas.


Subject: Rhetoric and Multimodality

Date: 27 July 2012

Place: COL seminar room, 2-4pm

Presenter: Professor John Trimbur


Subject: Multimodal Argument in Higher Education

Date: 13 June 2012

Place: COL seminar room, 2-4pm

Presenter: Cheng-Wen Huang

This seminar offers feedback on a Film and Media course where students have been using different genres and media to produce multimodal arguments. Examples of the students’ products can be viewed on this site:


Subject: Transmutation and transmogrification: Resemioti(ci)zation where the rubber hits the rote

Date: 23 May 2012

Place: COL seminar room, 2-4pm

Presenter: David Ker


Subject: The (Auto)Ethnography of Multimodal Meaning-Making within Civil Engineering Technology Study

Date: 4 May 2012

Place: COL seminar room, 2-4pm

Presenter: Zach Simpson

In this presentation, I will examine the potentialities and limitations of applying an (auto)ethnographic research method to the study of Civil Engineering Technology students’ experience of engaging in multimodal meaning-making practices. To this end, two questions need answering:

• first, it is necessary to detail what is meant by (auto)ethnography, and

• second, it is necessary to unpack what is meant by multimodal meaning-making within the context of Civil Engineering Technology study.

In the case of the former, I define (auto)ethnography as the combination of elements of ethnography and autoethnography, wherein the researcher is not only a participant-observer but is also one of the research participants (or subjects). In the case of the latter question, I am concerned with students’ (and my own) navigation of semiotic domains as diverse as language, mathematical symbolic notation, scientific diagrams, technical drawing and materiality.

It is hoped, therefore, that the combination of (auto)ethnography and multimodality will offer a holistic perspective on students’ experience of meaning-making within Civil Engineering Technology study.