Inaugural lecture - Professor Jennifer Rowsell


27 April 2020, 6.15 PM - 27 April 2020, 7.15 PM

Professor Jennifer Rowsell - Professor of Literacies and Social Innovation

Reception Room, Wills Memorial Building, BS8 1RJ

A Renaissance for Literacy: towards more lived, contemporary notions of literacy

Speaker: Professor Jennifer Rowsell - Professor of Literacies and Social Innovation

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18:15 Lecture

19:15 Refreshments and nibbles


This free event is open to all University staff, students, and members of the public

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What do young people know about contemporary literacy? How can education better meet young people’s future literacy needs? This inaugural lecture considers a renaissance for literacy toward a greater focus on a variety of forms of literacy to inform primary, secondary and tertiary education.

Built on theories of modal learning, artifactual literacies, and living literacies, I draw on empirical research that I have conducted with colleagues and cross-sector professionals in Australia, Canada, and the United States over the past twenty years.

I explore how media, digital worlds, and arts-based forms that young people know and understand deeply are often hidden from view within more formal, scripted interpretations of literacy teaching and learning in schools.

There is a social inclusion and equity imperative to the research presented that focuses on lived socio-economic, cultural, racial, linguistic and multimodal realities of young people, not to mention the dramatic changes currently taking place in the world that they live in.

Threaded throughout the profiled research are stories of film, photography, videogame, mixed media, writing and composition, and other arts-based projects with children, teenagers, and adults that illustrate the power of professionals working with teachers to transform learning environments.


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