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LRDG seminar: Revisiting the New Literacy Studies language of description: some questions about literacy events, practices and domains

Date: 18 March 2008 Time: 1.00 - 2.00 pm

Literacy Research Centre Seminar Series>

Janet Maybin

What are the affordances and limitations of the notion of 'literacy event' as a unit of analysis? What exactly is the relationship between literacy events and literacy practices? How useful is the idea of a literacy domain? In relation to examples of classroom data, I want to examine how far these terms can take us in understanding how children construct meaning around official and unofficial texts in school. I shall argue that the heterogeneity of the children's literacy practices in the classroom raises questions about the conceptualisation of literacy events and problematises the opposition, which has often been assumed within New Literacies Studies Research, between schooled and vernacular practices.

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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

Keywords: Literacies, Literacy


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