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Expanding Literacy Studies Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Conference

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  • Don Osborn
    This CFP was seen on H-Africa. It does not explicitly mention multilingual literacy, but presumably that would fall under multiple literacies ? Don Osborn ...
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      This CFP was seen on H-Africa. It does not explicitly mention multilingual
      literacy, but presumably that would fall under "multiple literacies"?

      Don Osborn

      Call for Proposals--Expanding Literacy Studies Graduate Student
      Interdisciplinary Conference

      Literacy Studies is a recent construct. At the same time, it addresses
      long-standing questions and concerns within and across disciplines. But what
      is literacy? Who is studying it? And how is it being studied? Literacy is
      traditionally defined as reading and writing. Contemporary constructs,
      however, include everything from cyber and health literacy to mathematical
      and visual literacy. The potential advance this broadened view might
      represent is complicated by historical myths about literacy, persistent
      fears about declines in literacy, and failure to connect literacy research
      across disciplines. Addressing the need for an expanded conversation about
      literacy that exceeds disciplinary boundaries, this conference is a space
      for graduate and professional students from all fields to ask questions,
      consider directions, examine representations, make connections, and share
      investigations of literacy, broadly defined. This conference aims to expand
      the dialogue and explore the landscape and intersections of literacy studies
      as a framework of critical investigation. This approach is meant to do the
      double work of expanding the field while critiquing the expansion. To that
      end, we invite proposals from graduate and professional students in ALL

      Deadline: We will begin reviewing conference proposals September 1, 2008.
      Proposals will not be accepted after October 15, 2008.

      See our website for more detailed information about the conference:


      Possible Topics and Points Of Entry:

      * health literacy
      * literacy and technology
      * visual literacy
      * representations of literacy
      * definitions of literacy
      * law and literacy
      * art literacy
      * uses and abuses of literacy
      * motivations for literacy
      * symbol systems
      * the sociology of literacy
      * the teaching of literacy
      * reading and writing
      * literacy and science
      * performances of literacy
      * literacy and popular culture
      * the future of literacy
      * histories of literacy
      * intersections of literacy
      * production and consumption of texts
      * multiple literacies
      * the literacy myth
      * literacy and social change
      * sites of literacy
      * literacy in communities
      * work literacy Presentation Guidelines Presentations must be
      accessible to interdisciplinary audiences.

      Presentations should be engaging (and interactive when possible).

      Presentations should address the conference theme and goals.

      Conference Special Features:

      * Keynote Panel: "Responses to The Literacy Myth: 30 Years Later" In
      honor of the 30th Anniversary of the publication of The Literacy Myth:
      Literacy and Social Structure in the Nineteenth Century, author Harvey J.
      Graff will respond to a panel of graduate students from various disciplines
      speaking about "the literacy myth." Harvey J. Graff is currently Ohio
      Eminent Scholar in Literacy Studies and Professor of English and History at
      The Ohio State University.

      * Other Plenary Sessions To Be Announced

      Jennifer Herman

      Department of English
      The Ohio State University
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