Ever since the birth of emojis, people have been created a variety of ways to enjoy them. From the simple meaning innovation to the complex emoji mix, human curiosity and creativity have never stopped in using and studying emojis👨‍💻.

In recent years, as the development of emoji entertainment functions has become increasingly saturated📈, people begin to be interested in the deeper study of emojis🧐, and the academic discussion on emojis has gradually developed. Emoji experts and enthusiasts from all over the world have conducted detailed research and analysis on the functions, meanings, and evolution of emoji from various perspectives, and have put forward many new perceptions and perspectives on emoji🌍.

This is not only a great contribution to academia📚️, but also an interesting knowledge expansion for emoji users🤸. Therefore, the Research Center for Linguistics and Applied Linguistics of Guangdong University of Foreign Studies has decided to hold the "Symposium on Graphicons and Digital Media" online on December, 2022, inviting experts from all over the world to share their research on emoji with everyone, and anyone interested can attend this symposium for free.

EmojiAll will also be one of the speakers at the symposium to introduce the 🔍Intelligent Search on our site. We would be very happy if our users would attend this symposium to cheer for us🥳🥳🥳!

🎙️Keynote Speakers

1. Marcel Danesi

Introduction👤: Professor emeritus of semiotics and linguistic anthropology at the University of Toronto. Director of the Program in Semiotics and Communication Theory. Founder of the CogSci research center at the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences. He mainly focus on semiotics and linguistic anthropology.

Academic Achievements🏆: Among his recent books are the following: Understanding Media Semiotics (2nd edition),Memes and the Future of Popular Culture,Linguistic Relativity Today: Language, Mind, Society, and the Foundations of Linguistic Anthropology,Warning Signs: The Semiotics of Danger. For his work in semiotics, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1998.

2. Susan Herring

Introduction👤:Professor of Information Science and Linguistics and Director of the Center for Computer-Mediated Communication at Indiana University Bloomington. She mainly focus on Information Science and Linguistics. She was one of the first scholars to apply linguistic methods of analysis to computer-mediated communication (CMC).

Academic Achievements🏆: She is a past editor of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication and currently edits the Language@Internet. Her recent research has focused on multimodal CMC, including communication mediated by telepresence robots and graphical icons.

3. Michele Zappavigna

Introduction👤: Associate Professor in the School of Arts and Media at the University of New South Wales. Her major research interest is in exploring ambient affiliation in the discourse of social media using social semiotic,multimodal, and corpus-based methods.

Academic Achievements🏆: She is a co-editor of the Visual Communication. Key books include Searchable Talk: Hashtags and Social Media Metadiscourse and Discourse of Twitter and Social Media

4. Sumin Zhao

Introduction👤:Lecturer in Discourse Analysis at the University of Edinburgh and manages the MSc Applied Linguistics programme. Her research explores the digital literacies of young (multilingual) children and social media through the lens of multimodality.

Academic Achievements🏆:She is the Editor for Functions of Language and the current convenor of the BAAL SIG Language and New Media.

📅Meeting Schedule

Beijing Time, GMT+8 Zoom Meeting
8:00-8:10 Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:10-9:10 Keynote Speech: Marcel Danesi

Emojis as Episodic Structures

9:10-9:40 Invited Speech: Ashley Dainas

The GIF that Keeps on Giving: Functions of GIFs in Personal Text Messages

9:40-10:10 Invited Speech: Jing Ge-Stadnyk

Emoji in Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing

10:10-10:40 Invited Speech: Ben Weissman

Commitment via Images and Emoji in Text Messages

10:40-11:10 Invited Speech: Yiqiong Zhang

From Compensation to Competition: The Impact of Graphicons on Language use

11:10-12:10 Keynote Speech: Sumin Zhao

Understanding Platform and Contextual Variation in Emojis: Towards a Methodology Midground

13:00-14:00 Keynote Speech: Susan Herring

Filtered Digital Self-Representation: Uses and Effects

14:00-14:30 Invited Speech: Leticia-Tian Zhang

Graphicons and Visual Commenting Practices on Bilibili

14:30-15:00 Invited Speech: Yaqin Wang

Category, Frequency and Position of Emojis in Twitter Discourse

15:00-16:00 Keynote Speech: Michele Zappavigna

Emoji as Paralanguage: Modelling Emoji-text Relations and Exploring Ambient Affiliation in Social Media Discourse

16:00-16:30 Invited Speech: Lorenzo Logi

Emoji-language Resonance and Synchronicity: Exploring how Emoji Coordinate with Language to Realise Interpersonal and Textual Meaning

16:30-17:00 Invited Speech: Agnese Sampietro

Graphicons and the Management of Humorous Interactions: Insights from a Spanish WhatsApp Chat

17:00-17:30 Invited Speech: Jingsong Qi

Emoji Intelligent Search with Natural Language Processing

17:30-17:35 Closing Remarks

🔗How to attend the symposium

If you would like to attend the symposium, please Click Here to register online. (The first time you log in, you need to register an account. You can use this account to view conference information and registration related information.)The meeting will be held in Zoom Meeting (meeting time, meeting number and password will be given to the participants via email). Attention⚠️: Participants are not allowed to record, videotape and distribute the content of the meeting in any way.

If you are unable to attend the symposium after registration, please go to the platform to cancel your registration. The symposium brochure will be available for download after registration. Spaces are limited, please hurry up if you want to attend! 🏃