Plenary speakers


Garcés-ConejosPilar GARCÉS-CONEJOS BLITVICH is Professor of linguistics in the English department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (USA). She is interested in aggression and conflict, im/politeness models, genre and identity theories, and traditional and social media. Regarding her work on online practices, she is especially interested in how conflict and aggression shape online interactions and the role they play in constructing identities. She pioneered work on conflict on YouTube also looking into gendered online aggression and has recently focused on the online construction of the Latino identity. She has also researched the remediation of traditional genres, electronic service encounters more specifically, the role of multimodal semiotic resources on Facebook interactions, and the function of rapport establishing strategies in the construction of online communities during electronic political campaigns. She sits on the board of various international journals and book series and is co-editor of the series “Advances in Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis” (CSP) and of the Journal of Language of Aggression and Conflict (John Benjamins).


IN-TOUCH Team - Carey JewittCarey JEWITT is Professor of Learning and Technology at UCL Knowledge Lab, University College London. Her research interests include researching technology-mediated interaction, touch, the development of multimodal research theory and methods, and innovating research methods across the social sciences and arts. She currently leads IN-TOUCH a 5 year ERC Consolidator Award (, and has directed a number of large ESRC research projects on methodological innovation, most recently MODE ‘Multimodal Methods for Researching Digital Data and Environments’ ( and MIDAS ‘Methodological Innovation in Digital Arts and Social Sciences’ ( She has published a number of books including Introducing Multimodality (2016) with Bezemer and O’Halloran, The Sage Handbook of Researching Digital Techonologies (2014) with Price and Brown, and The Routledge Handbook of Multimodal Analysis (2014).


Rodney HRodney Jones_photo. JONES is Professor of Sociolinguistics at the University of Reading. His research interests include discourse analysis, language and digital media, creativity and language teaching, and intercultural communication. He has published twelve books and over fifty journal articles and book chapters. Among his most recent publications are Understanding Digital Literacies: A Practical Introduction (Routledge, 2012 with Christoph Hafner), Health and Risk Communication: An Applied Linguistic Perspective (Routledge, 2013), Creativity and Language Teaching (Routledge, 2015, with Jack C. Richards), and Spoken Discourse (Bloomsbury, 2016). He is the editor of the Routledge Handbook of Language and Creativity. Before joining the University of Reading, he worked in the Department of English at City University of Hong Kong for 25 years, where he served as Head of Department from 2012 to 2014. While in Hong Kong he conducted a number of large scale funded research projects having to do with the digital media and language teaching, collaborative writing and creativity, and health communication. Before that he taught ESL in Hong Kong, Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China.



Tuija VIRTANEN is Professor of English Linguistics at Åbo Akademi University, Finland. Her research interests lie in the fields of text and discourse linguistics, and pragmatics, encompassing studies of text/discourse strategies, text/discourse types and genre dynamics, the interface between grammar and text, corpus studies of textual phenomena, and the pragmatics of computer-mediated communication. She was co-editor of and contributor to Pragmatics of Computer-Mediated Communication (de Gruyter Mouton 2013) and guest editor for a special issue on Adaptability in New Media (Journal of Pragmatics 2017). She serves as a member of the IPrA (International Pragmatics Association) Consultation Board, as well as of the editorial board of Language@Internet, and is an affiliate of the Center for Computer-Mediated Communication Research, Indiana University at Bloomington. She is a visiting fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge, UK.


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