2023 JoLLE Winter Conference

Decolonizing and Humanizing Practices in Education

This event will take place virtually on February 11

At this year’s JoLLE@UGA Winter Conference, we are foregrounding the idea of pause as a decolonizing practice in education and educational research.  We encourage participants to consider how the effects of colonization have shaped every part of our modern lives. Our days are inundated with information overload, pervasive divisiveness, and daily news updates where tragedies are the status quo.  In her work, Decolonizing Educational Practices (2016), Dr. Leigh Patel says that a pause is an act of resilience against the “constant march of time as understood through Western colonizing frameworks.”  As teachers, scholars, and professionals in education, our plates are full.  We are often overwhelmed by the injustices we see or experience on a daily basis. 

Our goal with this conference is to create a space for presenters and conference attendees to pause in order to steep ourselves in methods of resilience, justice, humanizing practices, and encouragement for the days ahead. 

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Conference Proposals

We welcome proposals that connect research to humanizing and decolonizing teaching, learning, and research practices, as well as studies that meaningfully contribute to sociocultural awareness in the landscape of language and literacy education. The 2023 JoLLE@UGA Winter Conference will serve as a space for presenters and conference attendees to connect, communicate, and collaborate, thus advancing people’s holistic excellence both academically and professionally. To submit a proposal, visit deadline for proposals is November 1, 2022.

Opportunity for Graduate Students

We are thrilled to provide a unique opportunity for graduate students attending our conference this year! We invite you to join us for an intimate Q&A session with our keynote speaker immediately following the keynote presentation. When you register for the conference, be sure to see the Add-On option to register for this Q&A session.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Leigh Patel

Dr. Leigh Patel is a professor of Educational Foundations, Organizations, and Policy at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a trans-disciplinary scholar who studies the narratives that create material realities in society. Her research focuses on both the ways schooling delivers inequities and how education can be a tool for liberation. She is a highly sought-after speaker and well-regarded scholar across the fields of education, ethnic studies, critical higher education studies, and literacy.

Please feel free to share this information widely with others. If there are any questions about the conference, proposal submission, or registration, please contact the Conference Chairs (Casey Boersma, Haley Allen, and Jisang Yoo) at


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