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    Visual Transcription: A method to analyze the visual and visualize the audible in interaction
    (Revue Française des Méthodes Visuelles, 2021-06) Geenen, J.; Matelau, Tui; Norris, S.; Unitec Institute of Technology; Auckland University of Technology; Raboud University (Netherlands)
    The communication and language sciences have decidedly taken a multimodal turn and a proliferation of work in previously language-dominated fields is focusing on the contribution of non-verbal communicative modes in social interaction. While this has proven empirically and theoretically fruitful, it throws an additional kink in an already complicated issue: transcription practices and the interpretive and representational process accompanying said practices. In this article, we review and champion a methodological framework that provides analytical tools and a transcription protocol for the generation of visual transcripts. Visual transcription, we contest, is far more congruent with the multimodal ethos and we both detail the method while applying it to a data segment from a larger project investigation teamwork and collaborative problem-solving in dyadic videoconferencing interactions. The analytical focus on action coupled with the accompanying transcription method reveals complex and fluctuating distributions of attention and interactional awareness. Non-verbal actions reveal contributions to the task at hand which are not realized in talk and the analysis details an intricate ebb and flow of attentional orientations which are realized through non-verbal means.
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    Introduction and contents for special issue of Multimodal Communication 10 (1)
    (De Gruyter, 2021-01-27) Matelau, Tui; Pirini, J.; Unitec Institute of Technology; Auckland University of Technology; Victoria University of Wellington
    In this article we introduce this special issue of Multimodal Communication. We briefly describe the founding of the Multimodal Research Centre and the journal Multimodal Communication before introducing each of the articles featured in this issue.
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    “New Zealand is still learning to get along with itself”: tertiary students discuss New Zealand multiculturalism.
    (Aoyama Gakuin University International Research Center (Tokyo, Japan), 2018) Kolesova, Elena
    In the 20th century the movement and relocation of peoples has become a norm in the global world. The causes for human migration may vary from a simple desire to try a different life in a new environment, which can be described as a lifestyle migration, to political and economic or environmental migration. Migration can also involve fleeing military conflicts or genocide in an attempt to save one’s life, as affects millions of asylum seekers and refugees. Disregarding the reason for migration, millions of people find themselves living among ethnically and culturally diverse groups of people, which forces them to renegotiate, or at least to question their own collective identity. This quest for identity involves equally those who have arrived in a new place and members of the host society. This article discusses how the concept of multiculturalism manifests itself within the New Zealand context with a particular focus on education. The article is based on a pilot study of a group of students in one tertiary institution in New Zealand and their perceptions of multiculturalism in New Zealand. The article starts with a brief introduction of the notion of multiculturalism. This is followed by a discussion of the (hi)story of migration to New Zealand and the development of a multicultural society. The third part of the article discusses perceptions of tertiary students about New Zealand multiculturalism.
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    A foreign flower no more : Tongan diasporic media and the 2014 Tongan election
    (Auckland University of Technology, School of Communication Studies, Pacific Media Centre, 2016) Cass, Philip
    The use of social media and the involvement of diasporic population in politics is a growing trend among diasporic Polynesian communities and Island politicians. Auckland-based Tongan media, which are the focus of this article, appear to have had an effect on voter behaviour in the 2014 Tongan elections. Using the Auckland-based news site Kaniva News as a case study and drawing on interviews with Tongan journalists, this article sets out to show the links between the development of online media among the Tongan diaspora, the rise of ‘Akilisi Pohiva’s democracy movement and the mediated involvement of New Zealand’s Tongan community in that democratic process. Similar developments have also been noted in Fiji and the Cook Islands where online media played an important part in recent elections.
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    The past is a foreign climate : Shigeyuki Kihara meets the Anthropocene
    (ANU School of Art in Canberra, 2015-11) Seja, Nina
    A young Samoan woman stands constrained in a voluminous black dress. The black-and-white photographs emphasize a Victorian formality and sensibility. This ancestor from the past is Shigeyuki Kihara’s Salome, a young ancient who stands at the interstices of the past, present and future. Surveying diverse topographies of the Pacific nation, she looks at what was, and is, and what will be. She is the common thread in Kihara’s recent series ‘Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?’ (2013). Te philosophical undercurrent about the nature of existence echoes Paul Gauguin’s 1897–98 painting of the same name. But the self-reflexivity – a common trope in the oeuvre of this Apia and Auckland-based artist – renders Gauguin’s Pacific through a postcolonial lens. Salome has returned after centuries have passed, to see, as Kihara refects: ‘whether the aspirations that she had in her time have been realised by the descendants, only to come back and perhaps be disappointed by some of the results.’