Time and Venue:
October 5, 2019, The University of Sydney

The program is available to download from here: Symposium program

Download the map to the venue here.

On Saturday October 5th, ASFLA will host a symposium in honour of the life and work of Gunther Kress. The symposium will be held at Sydney University immediately after this year’s ASFLA conference.

Gunther’s work has deeply influenced scholars in a wide range of areas, including linguistics, social semiotics, education, media and communication studies and social theory. His innovative, often provocative theoretical ideas and approaches to analysing multimodal texts have been foundational for entire new fields of intellectual endeavour, including critical discourse analysis, multimodal semiotics, and the study of literacy and literacy education. His generous and inspiring engagement with students and colleagues will be unforgettable to all who have worked with him.

The symposium will involve multidisciplinary feature speakers from all these areas, many of whom have worked closely with Gunther. They will discuss his influence on their work, and his legacy for their fields. A full program, with details about time and place of the event, will be published as soon as the program has been finalized.

Admission will be free and include lunch and refreshments, but, for catering purposes, please confirm your attendance at

We look forward to seeing you there.