Multimodality Talk Series

You’re invited to join the next talk by Dr Fariha Hayat in Multimodality Talk Series.

Title: Examining the Intersemiosis of Space, Language and Embodied Interaction for Studying the Design of Sustainable Built Environments

Speaker: Dr Fariha Hayat, Iqra University, Pakistan

Time: 12.00-1.30 pm (UK time), Friday 17th March 2023

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Intersemiosis between language and images has been widely studied (e.g. Bateman, 2014; Daly and Unsworth, 2011; Lim and O’Halloran, 2012; Painter et al., 2011; Royce, 2006) to theorise the dynamic co-creation of meaning in multimodal texts. Similarly, embodied interactions have been examined through multimodal interaction analyses (e.g., Broth and Mondada, 2013; Norris, 2004, 2016; Streeck et al., 2011) to generate understandings about the semantics of human communication. However, there still is a pertinent need to examine, understand and theorise the interplay of semiotic resources in specifically designed instantiations, one being that of collective problem solving (Kirsh, 2009; 2013). To address this need, my talk draws on a corpus of multimodal data of learner embodied interactions from within a research study that re-imagined the built environment as a design focused learning experience. Through a close examination of this data, I will discuss examples of intersemiosis where learners coordinated the semiotic resources of their sensorimotor capacities (i.e., gaze, touch, speech, spatial positioning) and the technological content for collective problem solving, thus invoking extended cognition (Clark & Chalmers, 1998). This discussion will reference the three pronged theoretical lens of ‘place-embodiment-meaning making’ (Salman, 2018) that foregrounds learner embodied interaction for studying the design of sustainable built environments.


Dr Fariha Hayat is an Associate Professor and Director, Center for Teaching Excellence & Learning Innovation at Iqra University. She earned her PhD from Pennsylvania State, USA as Fulbright scholar and MRes from UCL-Institute of Education, UK as Centenary scholar. Her 18 years’ experience in the HE sector across Pakistan, USA, and UK pivots curriculum design for teaching excellence and learner engagement. Her research focuses on studying learners’ embodied interaction within tech-driven crossover learning experiences.


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