Worlds of Literacy 2.0

Date: 26 September 2014 Time: 9.30 - 4.00

Venue: Midland Hotel, Morecambe

Literacy Studies - looking into the future and celebrating the past - with David Barton and Mary Hamilton

Special guests: Brian Street and Roz Ivanic

This event celebrates the formal retirement of David Barton and Mary Hamilton, although they will keep a link with the university through a new 2 year ESRC grant (with Karin Tusting) on academics writing. In keeping with the tone of their work over the past 25 years, we will be as forward looking as we are backward gazing.

Members of the Literacy Research Centre will be discussing Literacy Studies (also known as New Literacy Studies) with a number of invited guests including plenary speaker Brian Street, Emeritus Professor of language in education at King's College London and Visiting Professor, University of Pennsylvania.

It is twenty five years since the Worlds of Literacy event was held at the Midland Hotel, Morecambe and we are delighted to be returning to the location of discussions where the original book "Worlds of Literacy" edited by Mary Hamilton, David Barton and Roz Ivanic, began to emerge.


09.30 Registration and coffee or tea

10.00 What is the future of Literacy Studies? Led by Lancaster University PhD students, with responses from David Barton and Mary Hamilton

12.00 Celebratory buffet lunch, speech by Roz Ivanic, responses by Mary Hamilton and David Barton and informal poster discussions

14.30 How can the future learn from the past? Plenary discussion with Brian Street. Final words from Uta Papen

After the event, at 4pm, guests are welcome to stay on, joining us for high tea (paying for themselves on the day).


Guests are welcome to enrol for the event by registering for either type of ticket.

Whole day ticket

09.30-16.00, including morning coffee and lunch - £66

Lunchtime ticket

12-14.30, including lunch - £20.

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Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Associated staff: David Barton (Linguistics and English Language), Mary Hamilton

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