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Call for Papers

Ekphrasis. Images, Cinema, Theory, Media Vol. 29, issue 1/2023


Crossing media borders once again.

Multimodalities in contemporary cinema and visual culture


More than a decade ago Lars Elleström published his influential article “The Modalities of Media: A Model for Understanding Intermedial Relations” in his edited work Media Borders, Multimodality and Intermediality (2010). A couple of years later John Bateman and Karl-Heinrich Schmidt published their fundamental work on Multimodal Film Analysis: How Films Mean (2012).  

This call for paper is intended as an actualization of some of the questions raised by these authors in an effort to once again understand and underline the actuality of Elleström’s concept of ”modalities of media”.


We invite contributions to examine issues related to media modes, multimodality and, in particular, papers discussing the importance, relevance, and inheritance of Lars Elleström’s contributions to the field.


Key questions include (but are not limited to):

New multimodal forms and multimodality in recent cinema and visual culture;

Innovative practices used in the last decade and the transformations of the multimodal films and other visual content creations;

Issues in multimodal semiotics and multimodal rhetorics, case studies from other media.

Cinema and art beyond the traditional modes of expression;

Crossing the boundaries between popular cinema and art-house films;

Multimodality and entertainment techniques;

Multiple narrative modes in various types of media; 

Multimodal communication and multimodal aesthetics;

New multimodal contexts (dance, music, video and other the visual arts);

Innovative modes in creating moving images;

Other multimodal theories of film and visual productions;



Bateman, John A, and Karl-Heinrich Schmidt. Multimodal Film Analysis: How Films Mean. Taylor & Francis, 2011.

Elleström Lars, and Jørgen Bruhn. Media Borders, Multimodality and Intermediality. Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

Elleström Lars. Media Transformation: The Transfer of Media Characteristics among Media. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Elleström, Lars. Beyond Media Borders, volume 2: Intermedial Relations among Multimodal Media. Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.



We are welcoming proposals for papers from all theoretical approaches and also from practice-based researchers or artists.

Deadline proposals (150-200 words): 15 March 2023

Acceptance notice: 30 March 2023

Final submission deadline: (5,000-9,000 words for articles, including a 300 word abstract, 5-7 keywords, and a list of references; for book reviews 2,000-3,000 words): 1 May 2023.

Issue editors: Doru Pop and Liviu Lutas



Note to authors: Both the proposal and the final text should observe the submission guidelines to be found on our website: and the recommended MLA citation style.  

The articles should be original material not published in any other media before.

Ekphrasis is a peer-reviewed academic journal, edited by the Faculty of Theatre and Television, “Babes-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Ekphrasis is indexed in Emerging Sources Citation Index (Clarivate Analytics), SCOPUS, ERIH PLUS, EBSCO, NSD, and CEEOL.