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THe semiotics of modernist space in the branding of corporations: A multimodal critical discourse analytic approach
Department of Culture and Communication, Södertörn University, Huddinge, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3295-3602
2015 (English)In: International Journal of Marketing Semiotics, ISSN 2195-2280, Vol. 3, 19-38 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

It is common to find the extensive use of modernist type space in corporate branding: across visual designs of documents; in images that show clean airy spaces; and in building design. In this paper, we look at this use of space as a communicative tool in the rebranding of Örebro University in Sweden, as it was reorganized around marketized principles. By drawing on the perspective of Multimodal Critical Discourse Analysis, we examine the semiotic use of space in externally and internally targeted documents, with a view to showing how this plays an important role in connoting, both to the public and internally to staff, a very specific set of priorities, processes and employee identities. By using Bakhtin’s (1981) concept of the chronotope we show how space is fused with time. In these documents time tends to be highly compressed and erases the more complex and inter-related details of long-term, and deeply inter-connected activities both within the university and in society at large. While this might ultimately be detrimental to the core mission of a research/education institution, it serves the purpose of communicating the effectiveness of the university brand’s transition.

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Kassel, Germany: Department of English and American Studies, University of Kassel , 2015. Vol. 3, 19-38 p.
Keyword [en]
MCDA, chronotope, rebranding
National Category
Humanities Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-51084OAI: diva2:944263
Available from: 2016-06-29 Created: 2016-06-29 Last updated: 2016-06-29Bibliographically approved

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