Linguistic multimodality research: dynamic language use, meaning as a multimodal negotiation process, qualitative gesture analysis, multimodal metaphors
Media linguistics: audiovisual affect modulation, language use in media-specific contexts, media linguistic methodological reflection
Affect and intercorporality in political communication. A media linguistic contribution from multimodality research. (working title)
1st supervision: Prof. Dr. Cornelia Müller (European University Viadrina)
2nd supervision: Prof. Dr. Sarah Greifenstein (European University Viadrina)
Clara Kindler is a PhD student in the international PhD program “Cultural Studies” at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) and works as a research assistant at the Chair of Language Use and Multimodal Communication (Prof. Dr. Cornelia Müller). After her Bachelor’s degree (Cultural Studies), she completed her Master’s degree in Linguistics and Media Studies (Language-Media-Society) at the European University Viadrina in 2020 with honors (title of thesis: Meaning Constitution and Bodily Understanding. Onomatopoeia as a form of multimodal communication in dance classes). In her distinctly empirical research, she focuses in particular on processes of meaning unfolding as embedded multimodal structures of spoken language, hand and body gestures. In doing so, she combines linguistic approaches, such as conversation analysis, gesture analysis, and cognitive metaphor analysis, with film studies and analysis approaches grounded in phenomenology and expression theory. Through this media linguistic perspective, media-specific interactions can also be reflected. In her doctoral project, she thus takes a look at political speeches of digital and presence party days and their multimodal and audiovisual modulation of affect.
She is currently a member of the DFG-funded interdisciplinary project “Multimodal Stancetaking: Expressive Movement and Affective Stance. Political Debates in the German Bundestag and the Polish Sejm.” There she analyzes expressive movements of political speeches and their affective qualities, emphasizing the multimodal orchestration of verbal utterance and hand/body gestures.
She is part of the organizing team of the ZeM annual focus on “Digital Relationalities” graduate conference “un:real spaces of interaction. Forms of Social Order in the Spectrum of Media-Specific Interaction”.
You can visit personal page of Clara Kindler on the website of the European University Viadrina here (in German).