Professor Theo   Van Leeuwen
Honorary Professor

Professor Theo Van Leeuwen

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of the Arts and Media

Theo van Leeuwen was appointed Honorary Professor in the School of the Arts and Media, UNSW Sydney, in 2016.

He is Emeritus Professor and former Dean of Arts at the University of Technology Sydney; Professor of Multimodal Communication at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense; and Honorary Professor at the Australian Catholic University and the University of Lancaster, as well as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

Professor van Leeuwen is a founding figure of social semiotic approaches to media and communication, and a founding editor of the international journal, Visual Communication.

His many books include Reading Images: the Grammar of Visual Design (with Gunther Kress; Routledge 2006); The Language of Colour (Routledge 2011); Speech, Music, Sound (MacMillan, 1999); Introducing Social Semiotics (Routledge, 2005); Global Media Discourse (with David Machin; Routledge 2007); and Multimodal Discourse: the Modes and Media of Contemporary Communication (with Gunther Kress; Arnold, 2001).

His current work encompasses the intersection of multimodal studies with organization theory, the affordances of online shopping, and the visuality of family planning materials across cultures. 

Publications

  • Book Chapters | 2021
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    van Leeuwen T, 2021, 'Chapter 5. Ad-appting children’s stories', in Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, John Benjamins Publishing Company, pp. 101 - 116, http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/pbns.319.05van
    Books | 2020
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    Kress G; van Leeuwen T, 2020, Reading Images, Routledge, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781003099857
    Books | 2019
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    Hoellerer M; Van Leeuwen T; Jancsary D; Meyer R; Hestbæk Andersen T; Vaara E, 2019, Visual and multimodal research in organization and management studies, Routledge, New York, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315455013
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    Djonov E; van Leeuwen T, 2017, 'The power of semiotic software', in The Routledge Handbook of Critical Discourse Studies, Routledge, pp. 566 - 581, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315739342-39
    Book Chapters | 2015
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    Van Leeuwen T, 2015, 'Realism in Film and Photography', in , John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781405186407.wbiecr014.pub2
    Book Chapters | 2012
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    Van Leeuwen T; Djonov E, 2012, 'Multimodality and Software', in , Blackwell Publishing Ltd, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0834
    Book Chapters | 2008
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    van Leeuwen T, 2008, 'Realism in Film and Photography', in , John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781405186407.wbiecr014
    Book Chapters | 2006
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    van Leeuwen T, 2006, 'Critical Discourse Analysis', in Encyclopedia of Language & Linguistics, Elsevier, pp. 290 - 294, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/b0-08-044854-2/00501-0
    Book Chapters | 2006
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    van Leeuwen T, 2006, 'Word and Image', in Encyclopedia of Language & Linguistics, Elsevier, pp. 624 - 628, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/b0-08-044854-2/00562-9
    Book Chapters | 2006
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    van Leeuwen T, 2006, 'War Rhetoric', in Encyclopedia of Language & Linguistics, Elsevier, pp. 516 - 520, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/b0-08-044854-2/00727-6
    Book Chapters |
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    VAN LEEUWEN T; JEWITT C, 'Introduction', in The Handbook of Visual Analysis, SAGE Publications Ltd, pp. 2 - 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9780857020062.n1
  • Journal articles | 2021
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    van Leeuwen T, 2021, 'The semiotics of movement and mobility', Multimodality & Society, vol. 1, pp. 97 - 118, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2634979521992733
    Journal articles | 2020
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    Bezemer J; Jewitt C; Van Leeuwen T, 2020, 'Tribute to Gunther Kress (1940–2019): reflecting on visuals that shaped his work', Visual Communication, vol. 19, pp. 3 - 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1470357219883517
    Journal articles | 2020
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    He Y; van Leeuwen T, 2020, 'Animation and the remediation of school physics – a social semiotic approach', Social Semiotics, vol. 30, pp. 665 - 684, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10350330.2019.1568957
    Journal articles | 2020
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    Leeuwen TV, 2020, 'Gunther’s gallery', Language, Context and Text, vol. 2, pp. 368 - 376, http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/langct.00030.lee
    Journal articles | 2018
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    Djonov E; Van Leeuwen T, 2018, 'Social media as semiotic technology and social practice: the case of ResearchGate’s design and its potential to transform social practice', Social Semiotics, vol. 28, pp. 641 - 664, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10350330.2018.1504715
    Journal articles | 2018
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    Jovanovic D; Van Leeuwen T, 2018, 'Multimodal dialogue on social media', Social Semiotics, vol. 28, pp. 683 - 699, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10350330.2018.1504732
    Journal articles | 2018
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    Poulsen SV; Kvåle G; van Leeuwen T, 2018, 'Special issue: Social media as semiotic technology', Social Semiotics, vol. 28, pp. 593 - 600, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10350330.2018.1509815
    Journal articles | 2018
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    van Leeuwen T, 2018, 'Moral evaluation in critical discourse analysis', Critical Discourse Studies, vol. 15, pp. 140 - 153, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17405904.2018.1427120
    Journal articles | 2018
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    Ravelli LJ; Van Leeuwen T, 2018, 'Modality in the digital age', Visual Communication, vol. 17, pp. 277 - 297, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1470357218764436
    Journal articles | 2018
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    Andersen TH; Van Leeuwen T, 2018, 'Hvorfor og hvordan ’betyder’ nethandel? Om blandingen af teksttyper i Zalandos netbutik', MedieKultur: Journal of media and communication research, vol. 34, http://dx.doi.org/10.7146/mediekultur.v34i64.25012
    Journal articles | 2018
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    van Leeuwen T, 2018, 'Book Review: Louise J. Ravelli and Robert J. McMurtrie Multimodality in the Built Environment', Organization Studies, vol. 39, pp. 831 - 832, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0170840618768729
    Journal articles | 2017
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    Andersen TH; van Leeuwen TJ, 2017, 'Genre crash: The case of online shopping', Discourse, Context & Media, vol. 20, pp. 191 - 203, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dcm.2017.06.007
    Journal articles | 2017
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    Van Leeuwen T, 2017, 'A Social Semiotic Theory of Synesthesia? - A Discussion Paper', HERMES - Journal of Language and Communication in Business, pp. 105 - 119, http://dx.doi.org/10.7146/hjlcb.v0i55.24292
    Journal articles | 2016
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    Machin D; van Leeuwen T, 2016, 'Multimodality, politics and ideology', Journal of Language and Politics, vol. 15, pp. 243 - 258, http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/jlp.15.3.01mac
    Journal articles | 2016
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    Machin D; van Leeuwen T, 2016, 'Sound, music and gender in mobile games', Gender and Language, vol. 10, pp. 412 - 432, http://dx.doi.org/10.1558/genl.v10i3.32039
    Journal articles | 2016
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    van Leeuwen T; Bateson DJ; Le Hunte B; Barratt A; Black KI; Kelly M; Inoue K; Rutherford A; Stewart M; Richters J, 2016, 'Contraceptive advertising - A critical multimodal analysis', Journal of Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice, vol. 13, pp. 321 - 342, http://dx.doi.org/10.1558/japl.31862
    Journal articles | 2015
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    van Leeuwen T; Djonov E, 2015, 'Notes towards a semiotics of kinetic typography', Social Semiotics, vol. 25, pp. 244 - 253, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10350330.2015.1010324
    Journal articles | 2015
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    van Leeuwen T, 2015, 'Discourse and technology', Journal of Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice, vol. 6, pp. 379 - 392, http://dx.doi.org/10.1558/japl.v6i3.379
    Journal articles | 2014
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    Zhao S; Djonov E; van Leeuwen T, 2014, 'Semiotic technology and practice: a multimodal social semiotic approach to PowerPoint', Text & Talk, vol. 34, http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/text-2014-0005
    Journal articles | 2014
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    Zhao S; van Leeuwen T, 2014, 'Understanding semiotic technology in university classrooms: a social semiotic approach to PowerPoint-assisted cultural studies lectures', Classroom Discourse, vol. 5, pp. 71 - 90, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19463014.2013.859848
    Journal articles | 2013
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    Meyer RE; Höllerer MA; Jancsary D; van Leeuwen T, 2013, 'The Visual Dimension in Organizing, Organization, and Organization Research: Core Ideas, Current Developments, and Promising Avenues', Academy of Management Annals, vol. 7, pp. 489 - 555, http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/19416520.2013.781867
    Journal articles | 2013
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    Van Leeuwen T; Djonov E; O'Halloran KL, 2013, '“David Byrne really does love PowerPoint”: art as research on semiotics and semiotic technology', Social Semiotics, vol. 23, pp. 409 - 423, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10350330.2012.738998
    Journal articles | 2013
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    Djonov E; Van Leeuwen T, 2013, 'Between the grid and composition: Layout in PowerPoint's design and use', Semiotica, vol. 2013, pp. 1 - 34, http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/sem-2013-0078
    Journal articles | 2013
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    Meyer RE; Höllerer MA; Jancsary D; Van Leeuwen T, 2013, 'The visual dimension in organizing, organization, and organization research: Core ideas, current developments, and promising avenues', The Academy of Management Annals, vol. 7, pp. 487 - 553, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19416520.2013.781867
    Journal articles | 2011
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    Djonov E; Van Leeuwen T, 2011, 'The semiotics of texture: from tactile to visual', Visual Communication, vol. 10, pp. 541 - 564, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1470357211415786
    Journal articles | 2011
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    Jewitt C; Van Leeuwen T; Triggs T; Longford M, 2011, 'Editorial: Visual Essays', Visual Communication, vol. 10, pp. 251 - 251, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1470357211415160
    Journal articles | 2010
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    Jakubowicz A; van Leeuwen T, 2010, 'The Goldberg Variations 1: Assessing the academic quality of multidimensional linear texts and their re-emergence in multimedia publications', Discourse & Communication, vol. 4, pp. 361 - 378, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1750481310381578
    Journal articles | 2009
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    Van Leeuwen T, 2009, 'Discourses of identity', Language Teaching, vol. 42, pp. 212 - 221, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/s0261444808005508
    Journal articles | 2009
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    Van Leeuwen T, 2009, 'The world according to Playmobil', Semiotica, vol. 2009, http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/semi.2009.013
    Journal articles | 2007
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    Van Leeuwen T, 2007, 'Legitimation in discourse and communication', Discourse & Communication, vol. 1, pp. 91 - 112, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1750481307071986
    Journal articles | 2007
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    van Leeuwen T, 2007, 'Sound and vision', Visual Communication, vol. 6, pp. 136 - 145, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1470357207077443
    Journal articles | 2006
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    van Leeuwen T, 2006, 'Translation, adaptation, globalization', Journalism, vol. 7, pp. 217 - 237, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1464884906062606
    Journal articles | 2006
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    van Leeuwen T, 2006, 'Book Review: English in Urban Classrooms - A Multimodal Perspective on Teaching and Learning', Visual Communication, vol. 5, pp. 375 - 378, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1470357206068469
    Journal articles | 2006
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    van Leeuwen T, 2006, '', System, vol. 34, pp. 149 - 151, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.system.2006.01.004
    Journal articles | 2005
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    Machin D; van Leeuwen T, 2005, 'Language style and lifestyle: the case of a global magazine', Media, Culture & Society, vol. 27, pp. 577 - 600, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0163443705054151
    Journal articles | 2005
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    Van Leeuwen T, 2005, 'Typographic meaning', Visual Communication, vol. 4, pp. 137 - 143, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1470357205053749
    Journal articles | 2005
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    van Leeuwen T, 2005, 'Book Review: Die Sprache im Bild - Das Bild in der Sprache - Zur Verknupfung von Sprache und Bild im massenmedialen Text', Visual Communication, vol. 4, pp. 375 - 378, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/147035720500400307
    Journal articles | 2003
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    van Leeuwen T; Jaworski A, 2003, 'The discourses of war photography', Journal of Language and Politics, vol. 1, pp. 255 - 275, http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/jlp.1.2.06lee
    Journal articles | 2003
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    van Leeuwen T, 2003, 'Book Review: L’image et son interprétation', Visual Communication, vol. 2, pp. 115 - 117, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1470357203002001757
    Journal articles | 2003
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    Jewitt C; Van Leeuwen T; Scollon R; Triggs T, 2003, 'Editorial', Visual Communication, vol. 2, pp. 5 - 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1470357203002001746
    Journal articles | 2002
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    Kress G; Van Leeuwen T, 2002, 'Colour as a semiotic mode: notes for a grammar of colour', Visual Communication, vol. 1, pp. 343 - 368, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/147035720200100306
    Journal articles | 2002
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    van Leeuwen T, 2002, 'Book Review: Typography and Language in Everyday Life: Prescriptions and Practices', Visual Communication, vol. 1, pp. 378 - 381, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/147035720200100309
    Journal articles | 2002
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    Jewitt C; Van Leeuwen T; Scollon R; Triggs T, 2002, 'Editorial', Visual Communication, vol. 1, pp. 5 - 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/147035720200100101
    Journal articles | 2001
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    THORNBORROW J; VAN LEEUWEN T, 2001, 'Editorial: Broadcast Talk', Discourse Studies, vol. 3, pp. 387 - 389, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1461445601003004001
    Journal articles | 2001
    Professor Theo Van Leeuwen
    VAN LEEUWEN T, 2001, 'What is Authenticity?', Discourse Studies, vol. 3, pp. 392 - 397, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1461445601003004003

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