Hosted by the Multimodal Analysis Lab, Interactive Digital Media Institute (IDMI) and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), National University of Singapore.

4-ICOM will run in conjunction with the International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA2008).

Administration Building Levels 4 & 5,

Singapore Management University

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First Call For Papers

We are pleased to announce the First Call for Papers for the Fourth International Conference on Multimodality (4-ICOM) taking place in Singapore on 30 July - 1 Aug 2008. The conference theme is ‘From Print to Interactive Digital Media: Technology, Multimodal Representation and Knowledge’.

4-ICOM brings together leading international scholars from a range of disciplines (i.e. linguistics, social semiotics, communications & new media, digital media art, history, mathematics, science, computer science and education) to explore the ways in which technology enables and constrains the ways knowledge, social relations and culture are constructed and enacted, with a special focus on interactive digital media. The aim is to explore the functions of language, visual imagery, three dimensional objects, space, sound, music and so forth, and to develop new approaches to understanding how these resources integrate in the world of new interactive digital media.

Questions which arise include the following. What is the relationship between technology, multimodal representation and knowledge? How is interactive digital media changing our view of the world and each other? What are the implications for teaching and research in the humanities and social sciences? What directions have research & development in digital technology taken, and for what reasons?

We encourage papers which address the conference themes from different theoretical perspectives. Papers which address more general issues in semiotics, multimodality and multimodal analysis are also welcome.

4-ICOM is run in conjunction with the International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA2008). 4-ICOM participants will have access to ISEA2008 exhibitions and galleries at no charge from 25 July to 3 August 2008. Information on the exhibitions, galleries and combined events will be provided soon.



Programme Schedule

Please click on the following links for the programme schedule on the corresponding date:

You may also wish to download a PDF of the programme schedule.



















Papers should fit into 40 minute timeslot, with 30 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions and discussion.




Abstracts (approx 200 words) should contain a title and information about the speaker (i.e. name, university affiliation and email address). Equipment requirements beyond those needed for a powerpoint presentation should be specified.


Abstracts should be emailed to Hanizah Ali at


Deadline for Abstract Submission: 1 June 2008

Notification of Acceptance: Typically within two weeks after you submit the abstract





Conference Registration & Fees

Online registration is now closed. To register, please proceed on-site to SMU Admin block (level 5) on 29th July 2008. Thank you.



Registration closes: 13 June 2008

Registration Fees



Early Bird Rate
(ends 1 April 2008)

$450 SGD

Standard Rate

$550 SGD

Student Rate*

$300 SGD

Conference Dinner++

$80 SGD

* Students are to present their valid student pass at the registration counter.
++ Conference Dinner is optional.


Registration fees include pre-conference reception, daily buffet lunch, daily coffee and tea breaks, conference kitbag and program booklet, admission to plenary and paper sessions at 4-ICOM, and admission to ISEA2008 digital media exhibitions and galleries from 25 July to 3 August 2008 (details to be provided).


Payment Procedure

Payment modes available are: Credit Card or Cheque/Bankdraft

For online payment by credit card (Visa or Mastercard):

  1. Complete the online registration and select the payment mode as Visa or MasterCard.

  2. You will be re-directed to a secured payment portal by WorldPay to perform your online payment.

  3. Once your transaction is processed, you will receive a confirmation email from WorldPay, followed by the registration confirmation email from the conference manager within the next working day.

  4. The merchant name reflected on your credit card bill will be Integrated Meetings Specialist (Holdings) Pte Ltd.

For cheques / bankdraft payment:

  1. Complete the online registration and select the payment mode as Cheque or Bankdraft.

  2. Bank account name to issue the cheque/bankdraft: Integrated Meetings Specialist (Holdings) Pte Ltd.

  3. Print a copy of the invoice from the online registration system, and mail it, together with the cheque/bankdraft to the address as indicated on the invoice.

  4. Please remember to indicate your login ID, name, telephone or email and the conference name at the back of the cheque/bank draft.

  5. Upon receipt of your cheque/bankdraft, you will receive a notification by email

  6. When your cheque/bankdraft is cleared by the bank, you will receive the registration confirmation by email.

Cancellation Policy

  1. A 50% refund will only be made for cancellations made in writing and received by the secretariat on or before 1 June 2008.

  2. There will be no refund for cancellations made after 1 June 2008.

  3. Refunds (if any) will be made after the conference.

  4. Request for registration cancellation must be made in writing and sent to:

    4-ICOM Registration Manager
    c/o Integrated Meetings Specialist Pte Ltd
    Blk 998 Toa Payoh North #07-18/19
    Singapore 318993
    Tel: (65) 6356 4727
    Fax: (65) 6356 7471

Neither the organizer nor its employees or its appointed Professional Conference Organiser shall be liable in Singapore or elsewhere to the registered participant in contract, tort or otherwise except as expressly stated in the registration form.



The following hotels offer discount prices for 4-ICOM conference participants.  


The Fairmont (formerly Raffles The Plaza)  
80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore,189560
Tel.+65 6339 7777
Single/Twin Room: SGD $440++

Swissotel the Stamford Singapore
2 Stamford Road, Singapore 178882
Tel: +65 6338 8585
Single/Twin Room: SGD $400++

Plaza Park Royal (on Beach Road)
7500 Beach Road, Singapore 199591
Single/Twin Room:  SGD $304++

Intercontinental Singapore
80 Middle Road, Singapore 188966
Tel: +65 6338 7600
Single/Twin Room:  SGD $290++

Allson Hotel
101 Victoria Street, Singapore 188018
Tel: (65) 6336 0811
Single/ SGD $260++ Twin Room: SGD $280++

Carlton Hotel
76 Bras Basah Road Singapore 189558
Tel: +65 63388333
Single/Twin Room:  SGD $270++

Grand Plaza Park Hotel
10 Coleman Street, Singapore 179809
Tel: +65 6336 3456
Single/Twin Room:  SGD $250++

Rendezvous Hotel

9 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189559
Single/Twin Room:  SGD $220++

Peninsular.Excelsior Hotel
5 Coleman Street Singapore 179805
Tel: +65 6337 2200
Single/Twin Room:  SGD $215++




Abstract submission: 1 June 2008
Notification of Acceptance:
Typically within two weeks after you submit abstract
Registration closes:
13 June 2008










Organising Committee

The Multimodal Analysis Lab Team and staff and students in the Department of English Language & Literature, National University of Singapore.

  • Kay O’Halloran

  • Peter Wignell

  • Michelle Lazar

  • Sabine Tan

  • Victor Lim Fei

  • Monica Owyong

  • Liu Yu

  • Catherine Wee

  • Hanizah Ali


Venue Information

The conference will be held at:


Administration Building (Levels 4 and 5)

Singapore Management University

81 Victoria Street
Singapore 188065



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More Information

Further information and submission of abstracts, please email Hanizah Ali at or phone +65 6516 5913.



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