Making connections: an introduction to multimodal ethnography

Alongside the incommon exhibitions, the Connectors team hosted a series of free one-day workshops called Making Connections, for doctoral students, early career researchers and researchers in practice settings, to explore multimodal ethnography as a research method. Two workshops took place in London (November 2017 and March 2018) and a single event was held in Athens (February 2018).

Following the success of the Making Connections workshops in London and Athens, the Connectors team organised an extended version of the Making Connections workshop in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh (June 2018), in collaboration with Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalayam (SPMVV Women’s University).



Across the four workshops we worked with over a hundred researchers from a number of institutions, sectors and organisations, including:

We worked together across disciplines including childhood studies, sociology, anthropology, migration studies, applied philosophy, religious studies, architecture, human geography, social work, education, creative and critical practice, women’s studies, refugee studies, legal studies, development, organisation and management studies, medical anthropology, and social policy to explore the meanings, materialities and methods of multimodal ethnography


Following the experiences and the conversations had at the Making Connections workshops, and building on ideas and issues explored there, the Connectors team have now launched entanglements: experiments in multimodal ethnography. entanglements is a peer-feedback, open-access journal set up in March 2018. It is an experimental journal focused on the multimodal ethnographic theory and practice and is published twice a year.  The journal aims to enable and encourage forms of expression and communities of practice around multimodality in a range of research topics and across disciplines and media. You can read the editorial of the first issue here.



There is also an associated Jiscmail list for researchers of all levels using multimodal methods, aiming to further support emerging communities of multimodal ethnographers by connecting researchers across disciplines, institutions, and practice settings. This list offers the space to ask questions, foster discussion, share information, publications, good practice, and publicise training resources and events. You can subscribe to the mailing list ‘multimodal ethnography’ here