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LRDG Seminar: Exploring Textually Mediated Institutional Space: Gate keeping, Docility, Ceremonies and Signs. Lee James Tipton, Lancaster University

Date: 23 October 2007 Time: 1.00 - 2.00 pm

Most, if not all of us, at some point on a daily basis interact with a multiplicity of texts within what is commonly considered an institution or organisation. Many of these texts are generated to serve specific institutional purposes and functions and are considered by many of the institutional members as harmless, benign, power-less pieces of bureaucracy. This interaction will often commence with an encounter with some form of gate keeping institutional text that controls and directs our movements within and out of institutional space and place. The institution will usually demand that we make a mark, a sign somewhere, participate in various textual ceremonies and accept and perform the role of an institutional member whether that be a lecturer, patient, prisoner or employee. This presentation will share data and texts harvested from a hostel for offenders or 'approved premise' and consider the signs and ceremonies encountered, the role such 'official' text play in mediating institutional space and generating and sustaining a sense of institutional place.

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Who can attend: Anyone


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Organising departments and research centres: Institute for Advanced Studies, Lancaster Literacy Research Centre, Linguistics and English Language

Keyword: Literacy


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