Multimodal Storytelling; Exploring the More-than-Text Modes of Research and (Re)Presentation

Target audience

No previous knowledge required

Organizing and scientific committee

Dr. Arjang Omrani (Department of Educational Studies)

Dr. Laura Van Beveren (Department of Social work & Social pedagogy)

Prof. Dr. Kris Rutten (Department of Educational Studies)

Prof. Dr. Sofie Van Bauwel (Department of Communication studies)

Prof. Dr. Griet Roets (Department of Social Work and Social Pedagogy)

Prof. Dr. Elisabeth De Schauwer (Department of Disability Studies and Special Needs Education)


This workshop is designed for social science doctoral students to explore the creative and inclusive use of multimodal approaches to produce knowledge and communicate research findings. Participants will critically examine how they can adapt such an approach to their research projects and reflect on the existing practical, ethical, aesthetical, and political challenges. The workshop encourages the creative application of multimodal approaches to construct engaging narratives and to communicate research findings to diverse audiences.


This workshop is aimed at social science doctoral students who already apply/have an interest in applying multimodal approaches (e.g., film, performance, digital media, comics…) in their research project. The workshop explores how a creative and inclusive application of multimodality in various steps of the research process is a step towards democratization of knowledge and communication of research findings. Through theoretical discussions and practical exercises presented by guest researchers, practitioners, and lecturers, participants will learn how they can construct engaging narratives that evoke the state of experience of research participants. Students will reflect on the practical, ethical, and political challenges of multimodal research approaches and will discuss how they may help rethink processes of study design, data generation and collection, data analysis, and dissemination to academic and non-academic audiences. By the end of the workshop, they will be inspired to incorporate such approaches into their own research and/or by expanding the horizon of their practice, to introduce new paradigms and sets of inquiries.

Dates and venue

23 - 27 October 2023

Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences (Henri Dunantlaan 2, 9000 Gent) and at Ghent city library De Krook (Miriam Makebaplein 1, 9000 Gent)

Preliminary programme

Day 1-5

  • 9.15 – 9.30: Welcome
  • 9.30 – 11.00: Lecture (project presentation by the lecturers)
  • 11.00 – 11.15: Coffee break
  • 11.15 – 12.00: Q&A, presentation and interactive reflection session

Day 3 afternoon session

Round Table with the presence of all lecturers and the scientific committee (open to the public by pre-registration)

14:00 - 16:30:

  • Opening word by Prof. Kris Rutten (Culture & Education research group)
  • Discussion panel with the international lecturers of the course, moderated by Prof. Griet Roets (Department of Social Work and Social Pedagogy) 

Overview of the lectures

  • Day 1: Initial insights into 'arts based research, 'research creation', and 'multimodal research
    Lecturer: Prof. dr. Geert Van Hove (UGent) 
  • Day 2:  Weaving Memories: A Project for Transformation
    Lecturers: dr. Arjang Omrani  (UGent) and Tahere Aboofazeli M.A (UTehran)
  • Day 3 (Morning): Multimodal fabulations in understanding image recognition algorithms.
    Lecturer: Ildikó Zonga Plájás in co-laboration with Annamária Szenkovits
  • Day 3 (Afternoon): Multimodal Storytelling; Exploring the More-than-Text Modes of Research and (Re)Presentation (Round Table)
  • Day 4: On the Possibility of a Deaf Radio
    Lecturer: Dr. Dana Papachristou (U Thessaly) Giorgos Samndas M.A (Greece) 
  • Day 5: Muslim*Present in Cologne: multimodal (digital) curation as intervention and research
    Lecturer: Dr. Simone Pfeifer (UCologne) 


Follow this link for the registration and waiting list. 

Registration fee

Free of charge for Doctoral School members.

The no show policy applies.

Number of participants

Maximum 20



Training method

Every day there will be a lecture-presentation of a multimodal (research) project by international guest lecturers (individual or as a team). This will be followed by an interactive reflection session in which participants share their thoughts and critical reflections. The discussions can stem from each individual’s research project, or refer to the given literature, or the project presented by the lecturers. (Two 90 minutes sessions). Participants will be encouraged to present their projects as case studies in relation to the potential and possibilities of applying the multimodal approach accordingly. Participants who would like to present their works will be able to register their names and projects beforehand. On the last day (extra afternoon session) there will be a roundtable with the presence of all the lecturers and the scientific committee. This is a concluding session to discuss in general the potentials, shortcomings, etc. aspects of the use of a multimodal approach, especially within a qualitative research framework. The participants will be invited to take part and share their reflections as well.

Evaluation method

Minimum of 15 hours of attendance + active participation in the interactive reflection sessions and/or presentation of their research project (to be discussed in relation to the central topic of the workshop, multimodality).

After successful participation, the Doctoral Schools will add this course to your curriculum of the Doctoral Training Programme in Oasis. Please note that this can take up to one to two months after completion of the course.