UPDATE: [Rhetoric-Composition] Expanding Literacy Studies International, Interdisciplinary Conference for Graduate Studies

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Expanding Literacy Studies is an International, Interdisciplinary
Conference for Graduate Students to be held April 3-5, 2009, at The Ohio
State University.

Literacy Studies is a recent construct. At the same time, it addresses
long-standing questions and concerns within and across disciplines. But
what is literacy? Who is studying it? And how is it being studied?

Literacy is traditionally defined as reading and writing. Contemporary
constructs, however, include everything from cyber and health literacy to
mathematical and visual literacy. The potential advance this broadened view
might represent is complicated by historical myths about literacy,
persistent fears about declines in literacy, and failure to connect
literacy research across disciplines.

Addressing the need for an expanded conversation about literacy that
exceeds disciplinary boundaries, this conference is a space for graduate
and professional students from all fields to ask questions, consider
directions, examine representations, make connections, and share
investigations of literacy, broadly defined. This conference aims to expand
the dialogue and explore the landscape and intersections of literacy
studies as a framework of critical investigation. This approach is meant to
do the double work of expanding the field while critiquing the expansion.
To that end, we invite proposals from graduate and professional students in
ALL fields.


* health literacy
* literacy and technology
* visual literacy
* representations of literacy
* definitions of literacy
* law and literacy
* art literacy
* uses and abuses of literacy
* motivations for literacy
* symbol systems
* the sociology of literacy
* the teaching of literacy
* reading and writing
* literacy and science
* performances of literacy
* literacy and popular culture
* the future of literacy
* histories of literacy
* intersections of literacy
* production and consumption of texts
* multiple literacies
* the literacy myth
* literacy and social change
* sites of literacy
* literacy in communities
* work literacy


* Facilitate a Roundtable Conversation
* Lead an Interactive Workshop
* Present a Creative Performance or Work of Art
* Participate on a Panel (present a paper or discuss a poster)
* Serve as a Discussant on a Panel of Presentations
* Share and Discuss Your Research in a Dissertation Workshop


To facilitate cross-discipline and cross-institutional collaboration on
proposals, we will begin posting requests for collaborators on the
conference website immediately. Visit the site to connect with people who
have submitted requests and/or submit your own request for collaborators.
Please include a description of the topic and format (presentation,
performance, workshop, etc.) you are interested in collaborating on, along
with your contact information.


Keynote Panel with Harvey J. Graff: "Responses to The Literacy Myth: 30
Years Later"
In honor of the 30th Anniversary of the publication of The Literacy Myth:
Literacy and Social Structure in the Nineteenth Century, author Harvey J.
Graff will respond to a panel of graduate students from various disciplines
speaking about "the literacy myth." Harvey J. Graff is currently Ohio
Eminent Scholar in Literacy Studies and Professor of English and History at
The Ohio State University.

Interactive Workshop by Participatory Design pioneer Liz Sanders
Senior Lecturer in the Department of Design at Ohio State and President of
MakeTools (a design research firm), Liz Sanders is a pioneer in the use of
participatory research methods for the design of products, systems,
services, and spaces. Sanders speaks about and teaches human-centered
design to students, clients, and colleagues around the world. She will lead
conference participants in an interactive workshop about the future of
literacy, as a reflection of and closure for the conference.

Plenary Presentation by Shirley Brice Heath, author of Ways with Words
Heath is a sociolinguist and anthropologist whose primary interests are
oral and written language, youth development, racial relations,
organizational learning, and the relationships among aesthetics, cognition,
and human development. At the heart of Heath's research are the
organizational structures and cultural values and behaviors that surround
the learning and use of language. She is the author of the prize-winning
book Ways With Words: Language, Life, and Work in Communities and
Classrooms (1983) and co-editor of Identity and Inner-city Youth: Beyond
Ethnicity and Gender (1993), as well as several other books and over 100
articles and book chapters. Heath is Professor at Large for the Watson
Institute for International Studies at Brown University and Margery Bailey
Professor Emerita at Stanford University.


We will begin reviewing conference proposals September 1, 2008.
Proposals will not be accepted after October 15, 2008.

To learn more about the conference and to submit proposals, please go to

This conference is sponsored by LiteracyStudies_at_TheOhioStateUniversity

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