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In the framework of the TKB project  took place the international conference on "Multimodal Communication: Language, Performance and Digital Media", on the 2nd and 3rd of May 2013, at CCB, Lisbon.


The Conference was organized in the framework of the TKB research project conclusion and aimed to: present the results and software tools developed during the TKB project; provide a multidisciplinary forum for researchers from different disciplines and artists interested in the documentation of Performing Arts (with a focus on contemporary theatrical dance and Performance), as well as in issues of multimodality in human communication and in human-computer interaction, particularly regarding video annotation tools and collaborative platforms for cultural heritage preservation. It was organized by the FCSH and the FCT of Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal.

The event brought together contemporary artists and researchers from a broad range of academic disciplines, working within different theoretical and methodological paradigms in a creative, internationally oriented, and stimulating atmosphere. The importance of multimodal communication and creativity is now generally recognised by researchers from either the Humanities, Information Technologies or Cognitive Science. This conference therefore offered an opportunity to present and learn about research findings concerning human behaviour and agency in different types of communication and their cognitive, cultural, narrative, technological, social, textual or discourse functions.


Conference Topics:


Documentation of Performing Arts

Performance Studies

Multimodal Corpora

Digital Media applied to Performance

Cultural Heritage

Performance Philosophy

Cognitive approaches to theatrical performance

Multimodal Metaphor

Applications of Conceptual Metaphor Theory to Performing Arts

Applied Linguistics

Speech and gestures in human communication

Verbal vs. non-verbal interactions

Intercultural aspects of multimodal behaviour

Human-computer interaction

Video annotation

Annotation schemes and tools for multimodal corpora

Motion Tracking

New approaches to Digital Games


Keynote speakers:


Sally Jane Norman (Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts, Sussex: UK)

Charles Forceville (Universiteit van Amsterdam, NL)

Irene Mittelberg (University Aachen, DE)


Scientific Programme Committee:


Carla Fernandes (FCSH-UNL: CLUNL)

Nuno Correia (FCT/UNL: Dept. Computer Science)

João Sáágua (Director FCSH-UNL)

Teresa Romão (FCT/UNL: Dept. Computer Science)

Isabel Rodrigues (Faculdade Letras da Universidade do Porto: CEAUP)

Sally Jane Norman (Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts, Sussex: UK)

Rui Horta (Director O Espaço do Tempo Transdisciplinary Centre)

Dalila Rodrigues (CCB Lisbon)

Sarah Whatley (Coventry University and Siobhan Davies Dance, UK)

Scott DeLahunta (Motion Bank project: Forsythe Foundation, DE)

Stephan Jürgens (IPL: Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema, PT)

Bertha Bermudez (ICK Amsterdam - Emio Greco|PC, NL)

Irene Mittelberg (University Aachen, DE)

Charles Forceville (Universiteit van Amsterdam, NL)

Rute Costa (FSCH-UNL: CLUNL)

Teresa Lino (FSCH-UNL: CLUNL)

Antónia Coutinho (FSCH-UNL: CLUNL)

Isabella Paoletti (FCSH-UNL: CLUNL)

Gil Mendo (Culturgest, PT)

Maria José Fazenda (Escola Superior de Dança, PT)

Samuel Rego (Director-Geral das Artes, PT)

Joachim Bernauer (Director Goethe Institut Lissabon)


Organization: FCSH/CUNL ( and FCT-UNL (

The CCB are co-producers of the conference and associate partners of the TKB project, running at the Centre of Linguistics (CLUNL) of FCSH-UNL.


TKB Project Supporters:

Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

O Espaço do Tempo (Transdisciplinary Arts Centre)

Centro Cultural de Belém

Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian