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Lancaster Literacy Research Centre – Spring/Summer 2014

The Literacy Research Centre at Lancaster University works to understand the role of literacy in all areas of social life and to improve communication and collaboration between researchers and educational practice. Our members are mostly affiliated to the Department of Linguistics and English Language or the Department of Educational Research.

Our regular activities include the Literacy Research Discussion Group which meets every Tuesday lunchtime in term time.

Visit the Literacies Log and read about a range of the topics we are interested in. We welcome your comments.

To find out more about our individual areas of research follow the Members link.


Several of us are currently involved in organising:

Midland Hotel Morcambe

Special Event: Worlds of Literacy 2.0
26 September 2014, Midland Hotel, Morecambe
Literacy Studies – looking into the future and celebrating the past – with David Barton and Mary Hamilton.
Special guests:  Brian Street, Roz Ivanic


Explorations in Ethnography, Language and Communication 5
11-12 September 2014, Manchester
Linguistic Ethnography: Benefits and Challenges.


UK Literacy Association 50th International Conference
4-6 July 2014, University of Sussex
We are presenting a symposium: Many voices of literacy: polyphony in Literacy Studies research


Here are some of other conferences we are also involved in:


Space, Literacies and Culture
27–28 June 2014, University of Sheffield


American Association of Applied Linguistics
March 22-25 2014, Portland, USA.
Diane Potts & Johnny Unger: Discourse studies and digitally-mediated communication: A discourse-historical investigation of UK graduate students' political engagement practices.

Sociolinguistic Symposium 20
June 15-18 2014, Jyväskylä, Finland
Julia Gillen: 'Charred brown daggers': A multidimensional study of humour in a professional journalist's creative use of Twitter. Part of a symposium on The dynamics of everyday linguistic creativity organised by Janet Maybin & Joan Swann.  

AILA International Association of Applied Linguistics World Congress 2014
10 – 15 August, Brisbane Australia
Diane Potts and Johnny Unger. Foreign students, digitally-mediated communication and participation in social change.


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