LRDG: Imagining literacy: The politics of representation

Date: 20 November 2012 Time: 1 - 2 pm

Venue: C89, County South

Mary Hamilton (Lancaster University):

In this session I will draw on material from my recent book to talk about literacy and the politics of representation. I will discuss the ways in which the semiotic resources of metaphor, visual images, number and testimonial narratives are combined to produce powerful imaginaries that circulate widely in research, in the media, in government and in popular discourses. I will focus on the theories and methodologies that now seem to me most useful for understanding textually mediated social worlds and I will 'revisit' Local Literacies, the study I wrote with David Barton which has just been reissued as a Routledge linguistics classic text.

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Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Associated staff: Mary Hamilton

Organising departments and research centres: Educational Research, Lancaster Literacy Research Centre, Linguistics and English Language

Keywords: Adult learning, Literacies, Representation