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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 see the Members page.


Several of us are currently involved in organising:

Explorations in Ethnography, Language and Communication 5

Explorations in Ethnography, Language and Communication 5

Linguistic Ethnography: Benefits and Challenges, Manchester, 11-12 September 2014

UKLA 50th International Conference

We are presenting a symposium at UK Literacy Association 50th International Conference

UKLA 50th International Conference, 50 Years of Literacy: Continuity and Change, University of Sussex, Friday 4th to Sunday 6th July 2014


We are also supporting:

Space, Literacies and Culture

Space, Literacies and Culture

6th Annual Conference at The University of Sheffield, 27th ‐ 28th June 2014


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

American Association of Applied Linguistics

American Association of Applied Linguistics March 22-25 2014

Diane Potts & Johnny Unger: Discourse studies and digitally-mediated communication: A discourse-historical investigation of UK graduate students' political engagement practices. Portland, USA.

Sociolinguistic Symposium 20

Sociolinguistic Symposium 20 June 15-18 2014

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.  Jyväskylä, Finland

AILA International Association of Applied Linguistics World Congress 2014 10 – 15 August 2014

Diane Potts and Johnny Unger. Foreign students, digitally-mediated communication and participation in social change. Brisbane Australia.


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