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online seminar series

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Academic Year 2023-2024


25th March 2024 4:00-5:00 HK Time

“Use gesture at least three times” and other advice for students of oral presentations: Empirical bases, prevalent concepts, and worldviews in contemporary gesture pedagogy

Simon Harrison 

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28th February 2024 11:00-12:30 HK time

Gestures, Metaphor, and Spatial Language: Workshop

Sotaro Kita

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12 April 2024

Jennifer Gerwing (Title TBA)


Academic Year 2023-2024

7th December 2023 6:30-7:30 HK time

The Effect of Co-Speech Gestures on Speech Perception
and Language Comprehension

Yifei He (Translational Neuroimaging Lab
Philipps University Marburg)

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7th November 2023 6:30-7:30 HK time

A multidimensional approach to the study of Gesture: Exploring the M3D labelling system
Patrick Rohrer 
(Donders Institute, Netherlands)

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Academic Year 2022-2023

10th November 2022

Gesture for collaboration and affective alignment in the language classroom

Dr. Tania Smotrova (National University of Singapore)

Abstract and Bio

Friday 9th December 2022, Online

A Day of Sense-Making
Living, Moving, Knowing, Feeling, Gesturing

International Society of Gesture Studies Hong Kong / Department of English (CityU)

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Academic Year 2021-2022

30th September 2021

Towards the multimodal unit of meaning of recurrent gestures

Dr. Yaoyao Chen (Macau University of Science and Technology)   

Abstract and Bio

Thursday 2 December 2021, 9:00 – 10:00am HK time

Multimodal Conduct in the Legal Order

Professors Gregory Matoesian (University of Illinois at Chicago) and Kristin Enola Gilbert

Abstract and Bios

Spring Semester 2020-2021

Wednesday 3rd February 2021, 5-6pm HK time
From language to languaging: Bringing chant and gesture into the picture
Dr. Fred Cummins (University College Dublin)
Sponsored by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Abstract & Bio

Wednesday 10th March 2021, 5-6pm HK time
Resemiotising written texts as vocal-gestural performances in education: a contribution of gesture studies to embodied learning and drama-based teaching
Prof. Jean-Rémi Lapaire (Université Bordeaux Montaigne)

Abstract & Bio

Friday April 16th, 2021, 10 – 11AM (Hong Kong)
Construal in depictive gesturing as a practice of sense-making for exposition
Michael Stevens Pérez (University of Nottingham Ningbo China)


Friday 27th August 2021 4:00-5:00 (Hong Kong)

Recurrent gestures associated with negativity in Indonesian

Dr. Poppy Siahaan (University of Cologne) 


Autumn Semester 2020-2021

Friday, September 25, 2020 (5-6pm HKT)

What do iconic gestures communicate to children?

Professor Sotaro Kita (University of Warwick)

Joint Online Seminar, PolyU

Abstract & Bio, Slides, Video


Tuesday, October 27, 2020 (5-6pm HKT)

Spoken language and gesture as part of a dynamic, variably

polysemiotic system (video)

Professor Alan Cienki (VU Amsterdam & Moscow State

Linguistic University)

Abstract & Bio


Wednesday, November 4, 2020 (10-11am HKT)

A leader's gaze and pointing gestures to request actions in

emergency care interactions: describing multimodal gestalts

Dr. Keiko Tsuchiya (Yokohama City University)

Abstract & BioReferences

Monday, November 16, 2020 (4-5pm HKT)

Strategies and Tactics of Prosecution and Defence:

Multimodal Approach

Anna Leonteva (Moscow State Linguistic University & VU Amsterdam)

Joint Online Seminar with Department of English at CityU 

Abstract & Bio

Monday November 30th 2020 (4-5pm HKT)

Gesture in collaborative learning: A multimodal corpus study of Language Related Episodes

Simon Harrison & Levi Stutzman (City University of Hong Kong)

Joint Online Seminar with Department of English at CityU

Abstract & Bios

Thursday December 17th 2020 (5-6pm HKT)

Embodied Cognition in design thinking

Dr. Mia Tedjosaputro (Aksen PM, China and Indonesia)

Abstract & Bio

Spring Semester 2019-2020

Thursday, April 30, 2020 (9-10am HKT)

Interpersonal touch in Mandarin interaction

Dr. Xiaoting Li​ (University of Alberta, Canada)

Monday, April 6, 2020 (4-5pm HKT)

Gestures in public speaking & presentations

Dr. Simon Harrison (City University of Hong Kong)

Abstract & Bio

Friday, March 27, 2020 (5-6pm HKT)

Gesture intervention for individuals with autism​ 

Dr. Catherine So (Chinese University of Hong Kong)​

Abstract & bio

February 27, 2020 (4-5pm HKT)

Pointing gestures and cognition​

Professor Heng Li (Southwest University)

Autumn Semester 2019-2020

October 21, 2019 (5-6pm HKT)

Categorizing Recurrent Gestures: Lessons from Discourse Markers

Dr. Renia Lopez (PolyU)


September 23, 2019 (4-5pm)

From ‘body language’ to ‘linguistic bodies’. That’s one small shuffle for terminology, one giant leap for understanding

Dr. Simon Harrison​

(related video: Viadrina Gesture Centre Lecture Series. May 14, 2019)


  • The 6th International Conference of the Asia Pacific LSP & Professional Communication Association 
    (In collaboration with the International Society for Gesture Studies – Hong Kong)

  • The 9th Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies (13-15 July 2022, Chicago)

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