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"The Image and the Word"

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3) "Multimodal Perspectives on Group Identity-building in American TV and Film"
Panel Chair: Amanda Gerke. Universidad de Salamanca
E-mail: aegerke@usal.es  


Film and media engage in a wide array of strategies to convey and transmit stereotypical beliefs, ideological standpoints, political leanings, and aspects of group identity-building through intonation and voice, music, visual imagery and editing techniques. Translated to identity-building, and within a sociolinguistic perspective, identity discourses "can be described as discursive orientations towards sets of features that are seen" (Blommeart & Varis 2011: 3). That is, language and identity comprise a patchwork of organized objects, directions of action, and social interaction, all of which are tied to the dynamic and complex system of micro-hegemonies within a community. The 'visuality' of identity-building in multimodal sources, such as films, TV series and other media, enables a reconfiguration of space and (dis)placement in the context of the diasporic identity.

Films such as Made in L.A. (2007), and The Visitor (2008), among many others, exemplify social interpretations of identity and language and their implications for the whole range of representational and semiotic modes for meaning making employed in a culture (Jewitt 2009: 2). This panel interrogates the ways in which the multimodal medium leads to a deeper understanding of social interactions at and beyond the border. It seeks to illustrate how the multimodal platform can reveal migrant realities, and in turn, provide a medium that gives place to the displaced and provide a tangible discourse to the silenced, oppressed, or otherwise marginalized.

This panel invites themes related, but not limited, to:

  • Multimodal approaches in identity-building in American film and other media.
  • Sociolinguistic approaches of (language) spaces and identity building in American media
  • Multimodal analyses of ‘migration’ in American film and other media.
  • Contemporary experience of the displaced portrayed through multimodal
  • mediums in the American context.
  • Visual representations of ideologies at and beyond the border in American film
  • and other media.



Please submit all paper proposals directly to the Panel Chair using this form no later than October 15, 2018.

Panel Chairs will notify applicants of their acceptance/rejection no later than November 15, 2016.

For information on the Conference Venue see the Organizing Committee's website.

SAAS members, ASA members, and other scholars (not necessarily affiliated with any of these associations), are invited to submit proposals to the panel of their choice. Donwload this form, fill it out, and send it via email to the chair of your selected panel.

In order to present a paper, participants who are not SAAS, ASA, APEAA or HELAAS members will be required to pay a one year's membership fee (and enjoy the benefits for the following year) plus the conference fee.

Students have to become SAAS members (if they are not SAAS/ASA/APEEA/HELAAS members already) and pay 50 percent of the registration fee (60€ early bird/75€ late registration) if they wish to present a paper and/or attend the "Félix Martín" Doctoral Seminar.

Deadline: October 15, 2018

Further guideliness for participants can be found here.

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