Breaking Down Walls:

Teaching and Learning Through and Across Boundaries

The 2019 JoLLE Winter Conference


February 2-3, 2019


The University of Georgia, Tate Center Grand Hall
45 Baxter Street, Athens, Georgia, 30602


Learners, teachers, and researchers increasingly face the need to gather, conceptualize, and synthesize information and ideas from multiple disciplines and territories. What can we do to guide students in meeting the high demands of a broad spectrum of skills to navigate their lives in and out of school? How can we create more comprehensive knowledge and distribute it in ways that are more inclusive and equitable?

The JoLLE conference is a hands-on and participation-based conference where presenters involve their audiences in the subject, process, and scope of their presentations. This year, we invite teachers, researchers, and students to move beyond conceptual, theoretical, disciplinary, national, cultural, linguistic, social, racial, ability, and gender boundaries, to discuss the embodiments of innovation, affirmation, equity, and liberation. Together, we can propel powerful ideas and actions that can sustain, diversify, and strengthen education and research in the years to come. Please join us in Athens next February to discuss and explore these complex issues and seek ways to transform education from within.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Kakali Bhattacharya

Professor of Educational Leadership and Qualitative Research, Kansas State University

Dr. Kakali Bhattacharya is a full professor and program coordinator of Qualitative Research Graduate Certificate at the Kansas State University. Her research interests include contemplative and de/colonizing epistemologies, ontologies, pedagogies, and methodologies. She is the 2018 winner of AERA’s Mid Career Scholar of Color Award and the 2018 winner of AERA’s Mentoring Award from Division G: Social Context of Education. She focuses on creativity in inquiry, and transnational issues of race, class, gender in higher education and has published widely, including articles in Qualitative Inquiry, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Cultural Studies, Critical Methodologies, International Review of Qualitative Research. Her co-authored text with Kent Gillen, Power, Race, and Higher Education: A Cross-Cultural Parallel Narrative has won a 2017 Outstanding Publication Award from AERA and a 2018 Outstanding Book Award from International Congress of Qualitative Research. Dr. Bhattacharya has over 70 publications including refereed articles, books, and book chapters, in addition to editorial responsibilities with a Routledge Book Series entitled Futures of Data Analysis in Qualitative Research. She is also the guest editor of four special issues of journals such as Qualitative Inquiry, International Review of Qualitative Research, and International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. Her work has opened up new spaces in interdisciplinary de/colonizing work and qualitative research where creativity and contemplative approaches are legitimized and seen as necessary gateways for cultivating depth, expansive inquiry, and discovering critical insights.

Laughing Across the Borders: Playful Possibilities in Teaching and Inquiry

Sometimes in the midst of engaging in pedagogy and inquiry, justice work, and being serious about work, we forget that playfulness, absurdity, and humor can be effective approaches to address difficult issues within and outside the classroom. The court jester was often known to be the trickster, deconstructivist, and critically smart advisor. Humor and absurdity allow us to take the fangs out of difficult issues so that we may address them intimately without fear. In this talk, Dr. Bhattacharya will discuss how we might tap into humor, absurdity, and playfulness to engage in border crossing work both in teaching and inquiry.


Dr. Jerome Harste

Artists and Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Reading and Writing, Indiana University

Jerome C. Harste is a member of the Alliance of Distinguished Professors at Indiana University in Bloomington. Dr. Harste’s seminal research on what young children know about language and language learning changed the profession’s notions about how to teach reading and writing. Since his retirement in 2006, Dr. Harste has taken up art, working in water-based mediums. He has earned “Signature Status” in several watercolor societies and his art work has been featured in several issues of JoLLE. Dr. Harste uses his art, like he did his professional writing, to speak back to issues of injustice and inequality. As an advocate for an expanded definition of literacy, multimodality, critical literacy, ethnographic approaches to the study of language, semiotics, and socio-psycholinguistics, Dr. Harste has advocated crossing boarders thoughout his professional life


Beautiful Oops!:  Some Parallels Between Written and Visual Literacy Learning

As both an artist and a literacy scholar, Dr. Harste will share what he sees as principles operating across literacy learning in both art and written language. These principles involve taking risks, seeing problems as potentials, and trusting the learning process. Using stories from his career as a writer and pieces of art from his career as an artist, Dr. Harste will illustrate each of the points being made via a PowerPoint presentation.


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