2013 Conference Theme: Activist Literacies
Our theme this year, “Activist Literacies: Inspire, Engage, Create, Transform” asks participants to consider the changing nature of literacy in the 21st century and the emerging pedagogical and theoretical issues arising from these changes. Working within the rich tradition of critical literacy (Freire, 1970) and drawing on the concept of “Activist Literacies” (Simon, Campano, Yee, Ghiso, Sánchez, & Low, 2012; Simon, R., Campano, G., Broderick, & Pantoja, 2012), we ask contributors working at the intersections of activism and literacy to describe the ways they are using multiple and multimodal literacies, and arts and performance-based literacies to enact change within their communities. We want to frame the inaugural JoLLE@UGA conference in a new way, one that is action-oriented, informed by research and practice, and also inventive and creative at its very core.
Freire, P. (1970). Pedagogy of the oppressed. New York: Contiuum.
Simon, R. Campano, G., Yee, M., Ghiso, M.P., Sánchez, I. & Low, D.E. (2012). Activist Literacies: Theorizing Literacy in and Across Communities of Practice. Symposium presented at the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, Canada.
Simon, R., Campano, G., Broderick, D., & Pantoja, A. (2012). Practitioner research and literacy studies: Toward more dialogic methodologies. English Teaching Practice and Critique, 11(2), 5-24.