Winter Conference
Saturday, February 3, 2024

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This event will take place virtually on February 3rd, 2024

The Journal of Language and Literacy Education (JoLLE) at the University of Georgia 2024 Winter Conference will be held on Saturday, February 3rd in Athens, GA. The conference will be fully virtual. The theme of the conference is “Multiliteracies as Pedagogy: Connecting, Advocating, Resisting”, featuring a thought-provoking plenary presentation by our Keynote Speaker Dr. Suresh Canagarajah. Multiliteracies are the avenue to identify, interpret, create, and communicate meaning across a variety of visual, oral, corporal, musical and alphabetical forms of communication. Through multiliteracies we will explore social justice advocacy and how to use our voices to make a positive impact on social change and progress. Our goal for this conference is to invite members of the language and literacy discourse community into a collaborative and open space where we can focus on methods of connecting, advocating and resisting as represented by multiliteracy pedagogy.

This annual JoLLE conference attracts diverse presenters both nationally and internationally to exchange comprehensive and stimulating discussions in the form of a presentation, panel discussions, and round-table sessions. It also offers a presentation by our Keynote Speaker Dr. Suresh Canagarajah, workshops during the week prior, and plentiful opportunities for networking.

Keynote Address: Dr. Suresh Canagarajah

Crip Writing: Embracing Nonnormal Communication

Pedagogies for minoritized and multilingual writers have often led teachers to uncritically adopt models based on values such as autonomy, mastery, normativity, and efficiency. In practice, this often leads to imposing language and rhetorical norms of privileged social groups and treating deviations from those norms as deficient or handicapped. Scholars in disability and decolonial studies are beginning to question the way “ability” is defined in communication in contemporary society and education. They argue for a shift from autonomy to collaboration, mastery to dependency, norms to dispositions, and efficiency to ethics. This talk will begin by illustrating these shifts from the way the speaker’s cancer diagnosis and resulting impairments transformed his writing practice. Then drawing from his research and teaching, the speaker will demonstrate how approaches to diversity in education can embrace nonnormative language practices in meaning making and cultivate the ethical dispositions needed for such communication.


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Conference Proposals:

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 31, 2023



Decision emails will be sent out by mid-January.

· Individual Paper/Presentation: Papers are formal presentations on a scholarly, community-centered and/or pedagogical contribution by one or more authors, entailing 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion.

· Panel Discussions: Panel discussions allow for extended discussion on a particular topic, achieved through the organization of individual presentations that are clearly linked to the conference theme and to each other. There is a limit of three speakers to present for 20 minutes each, followed by a 30-minute discussion.

· Round-Table Discussions: Roundtable discussions provide opportunities for informal and in-depth discussions between presenters and attendees on a specific topic. They are particularly well suited for works-in-progress. They are not meant to be formal paper presentations but rather opportunities for stimulating conversations and networking among participants on shared research interests. There is a limit for five members total with open format for 1.5 hours.

Proposal Format

· Title of 12 words or less

· 5 keywords

· Abstract: 300 to 500 words

Individual Paper/Presentation: Abstracts should detail scholarly contributions and/or practical pedagogical applications of theories and concepts in the classroom.

Panel Discussions: The panel organizer should apply on behalf of the panel, weaving together the different scholarly strands that participants bring to bear on a particular topic.

Round-Table Discussions: The round-table organizer should apply on behalf of the group with a singular abstract that describes how their scholarly orientation on a topic brings them together.

Preference will be given to papers tied to the theme and broader ideas on language and literacy.

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