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Literacy Research Discussion Group Seminar

Date: 13 February 2007 Time: 1.00 pm

Literacy Research Centre Seminar Series Tuesday 13 February 2007 (Week 5) 12.50-2.15pm in IAS Meeting Room 2INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIESLiteracy: Connectors and Appliances, Routes and ItinerariesRon Scollon, Georgetown UniversityMy interest in literacy has taken many forms. It began with thoughts and problems which arose in doing literacy work with people in Northern Canada and Alaska who were learning and using literacy for their languages for the first time - both the first time in their history as peoples and for the first time in their lives as individual humans. In many ways my current work has not been formed by the study of literacy in itself. Now the question is: What is literacy now within my current interests in action and its geosemiotic placement in time and space? These placements I have been calling 'geographies of discourse'.In this talk I will try to outline a general analytical framework concerning the multiple layering of any moment of action in time and space. In this framework literacy is one of the major material-semiotic connectors between objects (including humans) within a particular plane (or geography) but it is also a major appliance for producing transactions across these geographies. Thus in this view literacy is one of the main means by which routes for human action are laid down which enable our itineraries through the world.Everyone welcome

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