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Pregnancy starts with a literacy event

Date: 12 June 2007 Time: 1.00 pm

Pregnancy starts with a literacy eventUta Papen, Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster UniversityAutoethnography has recently become a popular form of research, in particular in health studies. In this session, I will explore the potential of autoethnography for literacy research. Using as an example my own experiences of pregnancy and childbirth, I will suggest that pregnancy and ante-natal care can be described as 'textually-mediated cultural worlds'. Autoethnography allowed me to explore in depth how my own literacy practices were culturally and biographically situated. It brought out the affective side of literacy and led me to challenge the 'rational actor model of social performance' (Ellis and Bochner 2003: 217) that informs much research and policy in the area of health and literacy.Literacy Research Centre Seminar Series Tuesday 12 June 2007 (Week 8)1-2 pm in MR1INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIESEveryone welcome.

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