Language, Literacy and Identity: Your Thoughts

From the 1–2 July, delegates from around the world attended the School of Education’s International Conference. The sparkling array of keynote speakers and conference delegates gave papers around the topic of ‘Language, Literacies and Identity’.

The event kicked off with a series of excellent doctoral presentations in a speedy but friendly ‘Short Fuse’ format; as usual the standard of papers was extremely high and it was great to have papers from all over the world — from almost every continent on the globe. Urszula Clark, Aston University, gave an excellent keynote revisiting the idea of Language as a semiotic, while Guy Merchant, Sheffield Hallam University, talked of ‘Slippery Subjects: bodies, texts and technologies’.

These papers and those given in parallel sessions gave us material for stimulating discussion at the end of the day led by Clare Dowdall of Plymouth University.

Discussion over Lunch
Conversation with Conference Directors, Kate Pahl and Julia Davies

The second day was opened by Alexandra Georgakopoulou, Kings College London who led us in an argument that took us ‘ ‘Beyond (trans)language: Social media-literate identities through the small stories lens’ and was closed by Susan Jones, University of Nottingham who talked about her project and paper on ‘Everyday lives, literacies and identities in austerity Britain’.

Alexandra Georgakopoulou
Lunchtime Discussion
Bronwyn Williams discussing Memory in ‘Inside Out’

Following on from the first days’ discussion was a tough task, but Ibrar Bhatt from Lancaster University deftly brought together themes and provoked us with difficult questions… which kept us talking beyond the end of the conference!

We are very grateful for the time and intellectual input given by all delegates and speakers for this event.

–Dr Julia Davies 
Co-Director of the School of Education Centre for the Study of Literacies, Conference Director


Our Research

The Centre for the Study of Literacies comes from a perspective that literacy practices are embedded within everyday life. The Centre is designed to support and enable research that draws on that perspective, engaging with interdisciplinary research such as material cultural studies, cultural geography, sociology and the humanities to look at literacy in everyday life and learning contexts.

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