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Björkvall, A., Van Meerbergen, S. & Westberg, G. (2023). Feeling safe while being surveilled: The spatial semiotics of affect at international airports. Social Semiotics, 33, 209-231
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Feeling safe while being surveilled: The spatial semiotics of affect at international airports
2023 (English)In: Social Semiotics, ISSN 1035-0330, E-ISSN 1470-1219, Vol. 33, p. 209-231Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Departing from Lefebvre’s work on the social production of space, this paper explores the intersection between perceived and lived space from the perspective of spatial discourse analysis. Empirically, the paper studies how the spatiality of international airports performs affective discursive work and establishes prerequisites for air travelers’ feelings of being “in control” and “excited” vs. feelings of being “controlled” and “surveilled”. The concept of binding is applied in order to understand how affect is spatially afforded at Stockholm Arlanda Airport and Vienna International Airport. The analysis reveals that alternations between bound and unbound spaces construe the airports as distinctly ideological sites with different affective potentials. Accordingly, this article adds to the understanding of how airport atmospheres are construed by means of spatial resources such as the height, depth, and shape of walls and ceilings and by the transparency and opaqueness of the built material, as well as by more dynamic elements such as carpets, colors, signage, and retractable belt barriers.

Keywords
spatial discourse analysis, binding, affect, perceived space, lived space, airports
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
Swedish Language
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-184052 (URN)10.1080/10350330.2020.1790801 (DOI)000547025800001 ()2-s2.0-85087810330 (Scopus ID)
Funder
The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT), SA2015-6206
Available from: 2020-08-12 Created: 2020-08-12 Last updated: 2023-05-15Bibliographically approved
Björkvall, A., Van Meerbergen, S. & Westberg, G. (2019). Anslagstavlan: Vägvisare till det lokala lärandets semiotiska landskap?. In: Marco Bianchi, David Håkansson, Björn Melander, Linda Pfister, Maria Westman, Carin Östman (Ed.), Svenskans beskrivning 36: Förhandlingar vid trettiosjätte sammankomsten, Uppsala 25–27 oktober 2017. Paper presented at Svenskans beskrivning 36, Uppsala, Sverige, 25–27 oktober, 2017 (pp. 37-52). Uppsala: Uppsala universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Anslagstavlan: Vägvisare till det lokala lärandets semiotiska landskap?
2019 (Swedish)In: Svenskans beskrivning 36: Förhandlingar vid trettiosjätte sammankomsten, Uppsala 25–27 oktober 2017 / [ed] Marco Bianchi, David Håkansson, Björn Melander, Linda Pfister, Maria Westman, Carin Östman, Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, 2019, p. 37-52Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, 2019
Series
Skrifter utgivna av Institutionen för nordiska språk vid Uppsala universitet, ISSN 0083-4661 ; 102
Keywords
Anslagstavla, forskarfredag, lokalsamhällets läroplan, utbildning, bildning, lärande, indexering, mediering
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics Specific Languages
Research subject
Linguistics; Scandinavian Languages
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-172104 (URN)978-91-519-1037-6 (ISBN)
Conference
Svenskans beskrivning 36, Uppsala, Sverige, 25–27 oktober, 2017
Projects
Multimodala texter och lärande i högre utbildning
Funder
The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT), SA-2015-6206
Available from: 2019-08-26 Created: 2019-08-26 Last updated: 2022-02-26Bibliographically approved
Björkvall, A., Järlehed, J., Kullenberg, C., Nielsen, H. L., Nord, A., Rosendal, T., . . . Westberg, G. (2017). Slutrapport anslagstavlan: Forskarfredags massexperiment 2016. Stockholm: Vetenskap & Allmänhet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Slutrapport anslagstavlan: Forskarfredags massexperiment 2016
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2017 (Swedish)Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Vetenskap & Allmänhet, 2017. p. 26
Series
VA-rapport, ISSN 1653-6843 ; 2017:1
National Category
Specific Languages
Research subject
General Linguistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-143072 (URN)978-91-85585-86-1 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-05-11 Created: 2017-05-11 Last updated: 2022-02-28Bibliographically approved
Björkvall, A. & Archer, A. (2016). Ecologies of ‘upcycling’ as design for learning in Higher Education. In: Short papers: . Paper presented at Designs for Learning, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 18-20, 2016 (pp. 7-12).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ecologies of ‘upcycling’ as design for learning in Higher Education
2016 (English)In: Short papers, 2016, p. 7-12Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

As society changes, new ways of understanding and using existing semiotic resources are needed. This study looks at artefacts from a social semiotic perspective in order to explore the concepts of ‘recycling’ and ‘upcycling’ and their relevance for pedagogy in Higher Education. We look at recycling in terms of ‘texts’ and employ methodological tools from multimodal discourse analysis. ‘Recycling’ involves converting materials from one product to create a different product with a different function, without necessarily adding any type of value. In ‘upcycling’, economic, aesthetic or functional value is always added. ‘Upcycling’ can thus be understood as a process of recontextualization of semiotic resources, in both spatio-linguistic and sensory terms. This paper looks at how resources are recontextualized as part of global ecologies of production and consumption. Then, we explore these insights in the pedagogical domain, looking at possible implications of the principles of ‘upcycling’ and value adding through design as a means for educating global critical citizens.

Keywords
‘upcycling’, higher education, recontextualization, social semiotics
National Category
Specific Languages
Research subject
Scandinavian Languages
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-127387 (URN)
Conference
Designs for Learning, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 18-20, 2016
Projects
Multimodal Texts and Pedagogies in Higher Education
Funder
The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT), SA2015-6206
Available from: 2016-03-03 Created: 2016-03-03 Last updated: 2022-02-23Bibliographically approved
Björkvall, A. (2016). Ploughing the Field of Higher Education: An Interview with Gunther Kress (1ed.). In: Arlene Archer, Esther Odilia Breuer (Ed.), Multimodality in Higher Education: (pp. 21-30). Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ploughing the Field of Higher Education: An Interview with Gunther Kress
2016 (English)In: Multimodality in Higher Education / [ed] Arlene Archer, Esther Odilia Breuer, Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2016, 1, p. 21-30Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Professor Gunther Kress is one of the international leading researchers in the fields of multimodality, social semiotics, discourse analysis, genre studies and education. He has published widely in these fields, and has a new book out in 2016: Multimodality, learning and communication: A social semiotic frame (written together with Jeff Bezemer). Kress has supervised more than 60 PhD researchers over the years, an experience that he draws upon in the chapter ‘Researching in conditions of provisionality: Reflecting on the PhD in the digital and multimodal era’ (2012). Anders Björkvall met up with him in London in order to discuss a number of topics, ranging from the broader challenges of higher education today to the relation between theory and methodology in the PhD.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2016 Edition: 1
Series
Studies in Writing, ISSN 1572-6304 ; 33
Keywords
agency, convention, epistemology, knowledge, methodology, motivated sign, ontology, pedagogy, PhD, PowerPoint, Scandinavian Languages, social semiotics, spaces for learning, ’Umbruch’
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
Scandinavian Languages
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-132108 (URN)10.1163/9789004312067_003 (DOI)978-90-04-31205-0 (ISBN)978-90-04-31206-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-07-13 Created: 2016-07-13 Last updated: 2022-02-23Bibliographically approved
Björkvall, A. (2015). Places and Spaces for Multimodal Writing in ‘One-to-One’ Computing. In: Arlene Archer, Esther Breuer (Ed.), Multimodality in Writing: The State of the Art in Theory, Methodology and Pedagogy (pp. 204-230). Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Places and Spaces for Multimodal Writing in ‘One-to-One’ Computing
2015 (English)In: Multimodality in Writing: The State of the Art in Theory, Methodology and Pedagogy / [ed] Arlene Archer, Esther Breuer, Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2015, p. 204-230Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In ‘one-to-one’ computing, schools provide learners with individual laptops. This chapter presents an analysis of how such laptops are used for writing and text creation by students in two secondary schools. The chapter is framed by a theoretical interest in the interconnections between uses of ‘one-to-one’ laptops in physical places, the virtual spaces they may ‘open up’, and their uses for performing semiotic actions. The results point to differences and possible inequalities in terms of how students perceive and use the semiotic potentials of the laptops as a means for engaging with and acting on the world through writing in combination with other semiotic modes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2015
Series
Studies in Writing, ISSN 1572-6304 ; 30
Keywords
space, place, 'one-to-one' computing, writing, learning, social semiotic ethnography, semiotic action, ecological literacy, multimodality
National Category
Specific Languages
Research subject
Scandinavian Languages
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-119441 (URN)10.1163/9789004297197_011 (DOI)2-s2.0-85051959304 (Scopus ID)978-90-04-29657-2 (ISBN)978-90-04-29719-7 (ISBN)
Projects
Spaces and places for literacy and learning: ‘One-to-one’ computing in two Swedish secondary schools.
Available from: 2015-08-13 Created: 2015-08-13 Last updated: 2022-11-17Bibliographically approved
Jacquet, E. & Björkvall, A. (2014). Att göra mångfalden synlig för språkläraren: Etnografin som verktyg för att relevantgöra och bedöma högstadieelevers språkförmågor. In: Peter Andersson, Per Holmberg, Anna Lyngfelt, Anna Nordenstam, Olle Widhe (Ed.), Mångfaldens möjligheter: Litteratur- och språkdidaktik i Norden (pp. 215-236). Göteborg: Nätverket för svenska med didaktisk inriktning (SMDI)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Att göra mångfalden synlig för språkläraren: Etnografin som verktyg för att relevantgöra och bedöma högstadieelevers språkförmågor
2014 (Swedish)In: Mångfaldens möjligheter: Litteratur- och språkdidaktik i Norden / [ed] Peter Andersson, Per Holmberg, Anna Lyngfelt, Anna Nordenstam, Olle Widhe, Göteborg: Nätverket för svenska med didaktisk inriktning (SMDI) , 2014, p. 215-236Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Nätverket för svenska med didaktisk inriktning (SMDI), 2014
Keywords
mångfald, språkdidaktik, språklärare, språkförmåga, etnografi
National Category
Specific Languages
Research subject
Scandinavian Languages
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-110864 (URN)978-91-87850-56-1 (ISBN)
Available from: 2014-12-18 Created: 2014-12-18 Last updated: 2022-02-23Bibliographically approved
Knutsson, O., Karlström, P. & Björkvall, A. (2014). Pioneers of collaborative media – students as potential co-­‐designers of virtual learning environments. In: Conference proceedings, 4th international Designs for Learning conference 6-9th May 2014: . Paper presented at 4th International Designs for Learning Conference: expanding the field, May 6–9, 2014, Stockholm University. Stockholm: Stockholm University
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Pioneers of collaborative media – students as potential co-­‐designers of virtual learning environments
2014 (English)In: Conference proceedings, 4th international Designs for Learning conference 6-9th May 2014, Stockholm: Stockholm University, 2014Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Stockholm University, 2014
National Category
Information Systems
Research subject
Man-Machine-Interaction (MMI)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-111089 (URN)
Conference
4th International Designs for Learning Conference: expanding the field, May 6–9, 2014, Stockholm University
Available from: 2014-12-22 Created: 2014-12-22 Last updated: 2022-03-22Bibliographically approved
Björkvall, A. (2014). Practical function and meaning: a case study of Ikea tables (2. rev. uppl.ed.). In: Carey Jewitt (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Multimodal Analysis: (pp. 342-353). London & New York: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Practical function and meaning: a case study of Ikea tables
2014 (English)In: The Routledge Handbook of Multimodal Analysis / [ed] Carey Jewitt, London & New York: Routledge, 2014, 2. rev. uppl., p. 342-353Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London & New York: Routledge, 2014 Edition: 2. rev. uppl.
Keywords
connotation, denotation, furniture, Ikea, materiality, meaning potential, semiotics, semiotic resource, system network, table
National Category
Specific Languages
Research subject
Scandinavian Languages
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-98428 (URN)9780415519748 (ISBN)
Projects
Swedish Culture for Export: Global and Local Versions of Interior Design and Private Life in Swedish and Australian IKEA-texts and in the Interior Design of Australian Homes
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2005-1603
Available from: 2014-01-07 Created: 2014-01-07 Last updated: 2022-02-24Bibliographically approved
Björkvall, A. (2014). Practices of visual communication in a primary school classroom: digital image collection as a potential semiotic mode. Classroom Discourse, 5(1), 22-37
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Practices of visual communication in a primary school classroom: digital image collection as a potential semiotic mode
2014 (English)In: Classroom Discourse, ISSN 1946-3014, E-ISSN 1946-3022, Vol. 5, no 1, p. 22-37Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

‘One-to-one’ computing projects in which learners work with individual laptops or tablets across subjects are rapidly increasing in number. One aspect of this is that as the laptops give access to the Internet; digital images and texts – potentially from all over the globe – move into the classroom in an unprecedented manner. The paper presents an analysis of specific classroom practices involving seven- to eight-year-olds: the collecting of digital images and their use as semiotic resources in the creation of multimodal texts. The aim is to describe the children’s digital image collections as more or less mode-like – that is, as a more or less systematically organised set of resources for making meaning. The methodology is described as social semiotic ethnography, combining semiotic analysis of images and texts with ethnographic understandings of the personal histories and interests of participants. The paper concludes that there are obvious practices in the classroom in which the children use their image collections in a mode-like way, such as categorising images according to semantic criteria, using them for display of identities in the classroom and systematically using them when designing multimodal texts, expressing both simple denotational meanings and more complex connotational semiotic potentials. Another conclusion is that the children’s image collections have untapped learning potentials, for example regarding critical reflections on how images create meaning, which could form the foundation for concrete learning activities in the classroom.

Keywords
digital image banks, collecting, digitalisation, multimodality, ‘one-to-one’ computing, semiotic mode, semiotic resources, visual communication, young children
National Category
Specific Languages
Research subject
Scandinavian Languages
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-98258 (URN)10.1080/19463014.2013.859845 (DOI)
Projects
Separate worlds? Text activities at home as a resource for learning in school
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 721-2007-3645
Available from: 2014-01-03 Created: 2014-01-03 Last updated: 2022-02-24Bibliographically approved
Organisations
Identifiers
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-6396-4240

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