Report and Photos from the International Conference & Further Activities in Brazil, 2013

A series of activities took place in June 2013 at Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP) in Brazil, with a focus on multiliteracy and multimodality research and the use of video-editing media for educational purposes.

Most importantly the International Symposium on 08/06/2013 “Global Perspectives on Learning and Development with Digit@l Media” explored the question how new media can lead to teaching-learning practices that provide students with a broader range of ways to collaborate in knowledge production at school than in traditional teaching. Taking the notion of “mediation” as a point of departure, international and Brazilian scholars discussed the links between cultural-historical and media theories (Vygotsky, Flusser). Furthermore, specific attention was given to multimodality theory that provides powerful tools to analyze the combination of various modes such as visual, spatial, auditory, postural, which are used to construct and share meaning in off- and online school interaction. MA and PhD students from various local research groups (media, linguistics, education) presented posters on curriculum development, intercultural understanding and multiliteracy. The symposium was open to the public and attracted a large number of secondary education teachers, school program coordinators, school directors as well as staff from the Secretary of Education of Sao Paulo municipality.

Further activities concerned research (school observation and focus-group discussions), invited talks (by J. Bezemer, M. Dafermakis and M. Kontopodis) as well as teaching, work on data analysis and ethics. A highlight here were the focus-group discussions with pupils and secondary education students (8-16 year old) from state and municipal schools who presented ideas on how new media can be used in order to make classes nicer and more interesting. During the discussion students were asked to reflect about what they think of digital media and their impact. As a further activity, pupils and students engaged in innovative new-media practices designed and organized by the international and local researchers for a whole afternoon. Photos from all these events and activities are presented below (Report by Maurício Canuto, Camila Santiago & Michalis Kontopodis)

For photos by Mauricio Canuto, Mauricio Massakazu Shimoura & Michalis Kontopodis visit:

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International Symposium – Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, 08/06/2013 (open to the public)

Title: Global Perspectives on Learning and Development with Digit@l Media

9.00-10.00: Opening Session by C. Magalhães, A. Lessa & W. Oliveira

10.00-11.00: Keynote I: Communication and learning: A multimodal perspective by Dr. Jeff Bezemer, IOE London

11.00-11.30: Coffee/ tea break

11.30-12.30: Student Poster Session I

12.30-14.00: Lunch break

14.00-15.00: Keynote II: Transnational, Intermediary, Cross-Level, Multi-disciplinary, Meta-reflective: Exploring the future of education with digital media by Dr. Michalis Kontopodis, VU Amsterdam  & M. Dafermakis, University of Crete

15.00-16.00: Student Poster Session II

16.00-16.30: Coffee/ tea break

16.30-17.30: Discussion/ Round Table with N. Baitello, C. Magalhaes, F. Liberali, PUC SP

For information on the place and further details contact: Fernanda Liberali,

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Training Day: Multimodal methods for analysing social media

The colleagues  from the London Knowledge Lab are organising a ‘Training Day’ on Multimodal methods for analysing social media. Here is the description of the workshop:

Are you interested in social networking sites, blogs and forums, but not sure how to analyse them? In this one-day seminar we introduce a multimodal approach to the study of representation and communication in digital environments. Looking at a range of platforms and genres and using qualitative methods we demonstrate how to analyse even the smallest design features of sites and pages and their social effects. We attend to a wide range of modes available and used in these environments, including image, layout, writing, colour, moving image, and speech; and to their meaning potential. The approach brings together visual, linguistic and rhetorical analysis. Looking at concrete examples, our leading questions are: Who are the social actors here? What are the multimodal resources that they have available for designing a social environment? What are the potentialities and constraints of these resources? How do the actors use these resources? What does the social environment that they construct look like?

Date and location10:00-15:30, 15th May 2013, at the London Knowledge Lab

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Workshop: Observing digital media practices / Media as methods of observation

We are happy to announce a forthcoming DigitMEd  workshop in Freie Universität of Berlin, at 26th – 27th April 2013 wih the title: “Observing digital media practices /  Media as methods of observation“.

The workshop aims to introduce the global research team and those who are interested in theories and methodologies involved in the study of practices of off- and online communities of young people. The workshop also seeks to show how to adopt the use of media as a research method and how to collaborate with the field through media. Further discussions and talks will be connected to the concepts of inter- and cross-cultural investigations and the participation within media.

The workshop is part of the 2nd Work Package of DigitMEd and will be open to the public. For registration or querries, contact Mr. Martin Bittner at: martin.bittner[at]

26th April

09.30 – 10.00 Welcome & Introduction (M. Kontopodis, M. Bittner & C. Wulf)

10.00 – 11.00 Visuality and the Senses (Christoph Wulf, FU Berlin)

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee/ tea break

11.30 – 12.30 Visual Anthropology in Virtual Worlds (Urte Undine Frömming, FU Berlin)
27th April
09.30 – 11.00

You-tube, young people and the economic crisis in Greece (C. Varvantakis, FU Berlin)

Relations of Recognition in English and German Primary schools: Reflections on comparative ethnography (B. Fritzsche, dipf)

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee/ Tea Break

11.30 – 12.30

Theoretical Perspectives on intercultural comparison (I. Clemens)

Working in and with “foreing” languages – translation as a method of interpretation (M. Bittner)

Place: Freie Universität Berlin, Arbeitsbereich Anthropologie und Erziehung, Arnimallee 11, 14195 Berlin.

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Welcome to the DIGIT-M-ED webpage. This research staff exchange project concerns the social, cultural, media-analytical and educational dimensions of digital media practices with a focus on the devices that are used for capturing, editing and circulating video data. DIGIT-M-ED aims at developing an innovative methodology for the interdisciplinary and comparative/cross-cultural study of emerging digital media and technologies practices and constellations with special attention to the voices and perspectives of the young people involved in research. Solid research synergies between German and Indian traditions of anthropological and sociological youth research, British scholarship in media analysis, Greek and Brazilian educational and youth research and Russian learning theories will be constructed more fully and creatively. Existing theoretical and methodological tools from 1) post-vygotskian psychology and learning theory 2) multimodal analysis and 3) anthropological research will be tested and further developed. A small-scale ethnographic research with young people in the age of 16-21 years who live in marginalized urban milieus in Athens, New Delhi and São Paulo is planed with the aim of designing large-scale research in the near future. Further activities such as workshops, collaborative teaching and joint publications and presentations will expand and intensify existing research partnerships. DIGIT-M-ED will thus facilitate the development of a productive and sustainable international research network that will investigate how digital media and technologies transform the everyday lives and affect the development of young people in North and South Europe, Brazil, Russia and India in the years to come. Financed by the Marie Curie People’s Program.


Michalis Kontopodis – michaliskonto(a)

Sofia Triliva – triliva(a)

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