Nexus analysis: multimodality and materiality in action

UniOGS/HS-DP course for doctoral students
Nexus analysis: multimodality and materiality in action


Organizing unit:

  • English Philology (COACT research community) in collaboration with INTERACT research unit

ECTS Credits:

  • 3 ECTS/ 81 hours of work

Language of Instruction:

  • English


  • The timing of the course is Autumn 2018. The intensive workshop will take place 4–5 December, 2018.
    Day 1 (4 Dec) 8:30–17:00  TELLUS - FROST CLUB
    Day 2 (5 Dec) 9:15-17:00. TELLUS - BRISK

Learning outcomes:

  • Upon completion the student should be able to display an understanding of the central concepts of mediated discourse and nexus analysis, and conduct nexus-analytic research.


  • The students will familiarize themselves with the basic concepts of mediated discourse and nexus analysis and apply them in practice with a case study of their choice.
  • The visiting specialist on the course is Prof. Pirkko Raudaskoski from Aalborg University, Denmark, see

Mode of delivery:

  • Getting acquainted with prereading materials 20 h; participation in two full day workshops including lectures 8 h and team work 8 h; meeting(s) with a course teacher 1 h; writing a reflective essay 44 h (2000 words)

Learning activities and teaching methods:

  • Various learning activities and teaching methods. Study on key readings independently before the workshop days. Full participation during the workshop (lectures, group work and presentations). A reflective essee in the end.

Target group:

  • Doctoral students at the University of Oulu interested in the study of social action in technology-rich environments.

Prerequisites and co-requisites:

  • No prerequisites. The course is an independent entity and does not require additional studies carried out at the same time.

Recommended or required reading:

  • If you have no background in nexus analysis, get acquainted with at least one of the following texts: Scollon, R., & Scollon, S.W. (2004). Nexus analysis: Discourse and the emerging Internet. London: Routledge. (APPENDIX: FIELDGUIDE) OR Blommaert, J., & Huang, A. (2009). Historical bodies and historical space. Journal of Applied Linguistics, 6(3), 267–282. DOI:10.1558/japl.v6i3.267
  • Core texts on the special theme of the course: Goodwin, C. (2013). The co-operative, transformative organization of human action and knowledge. Journal of Pragmatics, 46(1), 8–23. DOI:10.1016/j.pragma.2012.09.003; Iedema, R. (2007). On the multi-modality, materiality and contingency of organizational discourse. Organization studies, 28(06), 931–946. DOI:10.1177/0170840607075264; Nicolini, D. (2012). Practice theory, work, and organization: An introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (CHAPTER 8 Discourse and practice); Scollon, R. (2013). Geographies of discourse: Action across layered spaces. In I. de Saint-Georges & J.-J. Weber (Eds.), Multilingualism and multimodality: Current challenges for educational studies (pp. 183–198). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers

Assessment methods and criteria:

  • Active participation in the workshops; successful contribution to team work; reflective essay based on readings and viewpoints generated during the course


  • pass/fail

Person responsible

  • Leena Kuure, University Lecturer, Title of Docent

Working life cooperation

  • Possible depending on the participants’ research topics.

Other information

  • The course is organised in a flexible way to allow both beginners and more advanced researchers (doctoral students, and researchers) using nexus analysis to take part.

Last updated: 8.11.2018