Lancaster Literacy Research Centre

The Literacy Research Centre at Lancaster University now meets online from the beginning of January to the end of June. We have an exciting programme of events on Fridays, at various times of the day to enable people to connect with us from different time zones.

If you would like to join us as a guest on our email list, or apply to be an affiliate member listed on this website, please write to j.gillenATlancaster.ac.uk. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find out more about our aims and follow links at the top.

To attend you will need to register via Eventbrite – click on links below

CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2021

Date Time

UTC

Speaker Title More information and registration
8 Jan 11.00 Sam Duncan, UCL Book launch: ‘Oral Literacies: When Adults Read Aloud’ https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/oral-literacies-book-launch-tickets-132075065075
15 Jan 15.00 Ross Young and Felicity Ferguson, Literacy for Pleasure Writing For Pleasure: theory, research and practice https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/writing-for-pleasure-theory-research-and-practice-tickets-135534706957

 

22 Jan 12.00 Oksana Afitska , Lancaster University Use of academic language in primary classrooms: functions, patterns and learning outcomes  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/136620542721

 

29 Jan 12.00 Emily Peach and Uta Papen, Lancaster  ‘Crying so hard that I’ll be physically ill over a piece of work’: academic literacy practices and student mental health. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/136625742273

 

5 Feb 13.00 Navan Govender, University of Strathclyde “What are we supposed to do?”: Critical Literacies & Empire https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/136629828495
12 Feb 12.00 Boris Vazquez-Calvo, Autonomous University of Madrid   Language learning entering the digital wilds: Catalan gamers as guerrilla fan translators
19 Feb 15.00 Rachel Heydon Western University and Shelley Stagg Peterson, OISE, University of Toronto  The Case of the Ontario Right to Read Inquiry: A Trans-national Dialogue on Literacy, Disability, and Pedagogy in a Science of Reading Era 
26 Feb 10.00 Rachael Levy, UCL and Mel Hall, Manchester Metropolitan University ‘No-one would sleep if we didn’t have books’: understanding shared reading practices in families. Book launch of Family Literacies: reading with young children
5 Mar 17.00 Hervin Fernandez Aceves, Lancaster University De-embedding social practices from texts: prosopographical ontology for Medieval Sardinia

 

12 Mar 15.00 Gee Macrory, Manchester Metropolitan University “Commas in the air”: new orthographies in the primary languages classroom
19 Mar 11.00 Soledad Montes Sánchez, Lancaster University Transitions in students writing: what do we know from theory and research?
EASTER BREAK
16 Apr tbc Philomena Osseo-Asare, Sheffield University Book Launch:The Impacts of Language and Literacy Policy on Teaching Practices in Ghana
23 Apr 10.00 Lauren O’Hagan, Cardiff University Beyond Ownership: The Multifaceted Nature of Edwardian Book Inscriptions. Book Launch
30 Apr tbc Katrin De Graef, Ghent University Cuneiform Lives. Mapping Old Babylonian Society through Prosopography
7 May tbc Liz Chilton, University of Birmingham TBC
14 May tbc Liz Brewster, Lancaster University Experiences, interactions and interpretations: Bibliotherapy in theory and practice 
21 May tbc
28 May 15.00 Rachel Heydon, Western University (WU), Carla Ruthes Coelho, WU, Christopher Eaton, University of Toronto, Bronwyn John, WU, Pamela McKenzie, WU, Mary Ott, WU, Sandra Poczobut, WU, Wendy Shilton, University of Prince Edward Island, Zheng Zhang, Western University.  Reading Pedagogies of Equity: The Introduction of a Literacy Pedagogue Network to Promote Academic Reading in Teacher Education 
4 June tbc Fernando Guzmán-Simón,Alejandra Pacheco-Costa and Eduardo García-Jiménez, all at University of Seville Title tbc 
11 June
18 June tbc Maighread Tobin, Maynooth University Literacy and Society in Ireland: 1900-1980
25 June

 

AIMS
The Literacy Research Centre at Lancaster University works to better understand the role of literacy in all areas of social life. Our aims are to:

  1. Conduct leading research on authentic literacy practices, whether by children, young people or adults, and in a range of settings such as homes, communities, in education and in the workplace.
  2. Investigate the uses of digital technologies, which we perceive as part of everyday literacies for many people, rather than a realm apart.
  3. Support access to high quality, multimodal literacy practices by marginalised communities, in a variety of international settings;
  4. Extend the Literacy Studies approach to multidisciplinary work, for example working with Cultural Psychology, History and Sociology.
  5. Stimulate communication and collaboration between researchers, educational practitioners, and policy makers who have a keen interest in literacy and language education
  6. Engage in conversations which influence the study of literacy in multilingual contexts, digital environments, and spanning different geographical areas.

If you follow the links above you will find out more about our projects, people and events. We publish a huge range of publications, including academic monographs, edited books, journal articles, chapters in edited books, policy briefs and much, much more. Some of these are available through the publications links above but most are visible through our members’ pages. We do welcome visitors to our Literacy Research Discussion Group and also longer term academic visitors, via the visitors’ scheme in the Department of Linguistics and English Language.

We are closely linked with a variety of professional and academic organisations concerned with literacy. For example Karin Tusting is the longstanding convenor of the Linguistic Ethnography Forum, a SIG of the British Association of Applied Linguistics, which runs the biannual international conference Explorations in Ethnography, Language and Communication. David Barton, Julia Gillen and Uta Papen are longstanding members of the UK Literacy Association, contributing in various ways. Julia Gillen is Chair of the Awards Committee of the Writing and Literacies SIG of the American Educational Research Association and co-edits the Journal of Early Childhood Literacy.

Uta Papen and Julia Gillen jointly co-edit two book series: Literacies (Routledge, UK) and Research in Literacy (Routledge, NY) – see “About Us” for further information.

Visit the Literacies Log and read about a few of the topics we are interested in. We welcome your comments.

To find out more about our individual areas of research follow the Members link.

 

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