Visual Media Analysis: News Photos, Text-Image Relations and Multimodal Discourses/Frames [Summer School]

This description applies to an earlier year. For links to my 2019 Summer School courses at Maastricht University, please have a look at this overview.

Media Representations Analysis 1: Texts, Critical Discourse Analysis and News Framing [Summer School]Description
The daily posting of millions of photos on social media, the strong resonance of some magazine covers and efforts by many states to influence the visualization of their foreign military missions underline the importance of visual media analysis. This course teaches you the skills to interpret news images and related sentences, captions and headlines.

What are the possible meanings of newspaper cartoons, magazine covers or photos in the (social) media? How can the juxtaposed texts affect the meaning potential of these images? And what does it take to develop a coherent analytical framework and a decent structure for your paper? In a step by process with daily presentations, you address these questions. You write a paper in which you use a qualitative method to analyse news photos or media representations with both visual and textual elements. Interactive lectures and roundtable discussions help you prepare for the different steps in the writing process.

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2 thoughts on “Visual Media Analysis: News Photos, Text-Image Relations and Multimodal Discourses/Frames [Summer School]

  • 2018 (May) at 19:47

    Dear Leonhardt,

    I would like to know if you think this summer course is relevant for me. I study videos as I’m a PhD candidate interested in Very Young Learners autonomous and collaborative task designs as sources of learning triggers.
    I use social semiotics as research framework and I would like to work on social semiotics multimodal analysis.

    • 2018 (May) at 16:22

      Dear Nathaly,
      Thanks for your question. The course helps you to develop and apply a social semiotic framework to study multimodal representations, so it is valuable for your research. Do you have any more questions?
      Kind regards,


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