SSP Seminar Series | "What the hell is LCT?” Introducing Legitimation Code Theory and the work of the LCT Centre

16 October, 2017
1:00pm - 2:00pm


Knowledge-building is central to modern societies. It is widely argued that the complex problems facing humanity in the 21st century require multidisciplinary expertise to answer. In turn, these answers must keep pace with accelerating social change. Bringing together different disciplines and building knowledge through time are central concerns of Legitimation Code Theory or LCT, a multidisciplinary approach and rapidly-growing international community.

LCT offers an innovative way of thinking about knowledge practices that reaches beneath surface appearances to explore their underlying principles – it reveals the DNA of knowledge. Scholars and practitioners, overwhelmingly in the southern hemisphere, are using LCT to reveal the tacit principles embodied by knowledge practices, their differing forms and effects. Those findings are being used to transform research, curriculum and pedagogy, with tangible impacts in fields as diverse as education, law and the armed forces.

In 2016 the University of Sydney created the ‘LCT Centre for Knowledge-Building’ to ensure its centrality to this quickly expanding field. In this talk I draw on a series of major ARC projects to discuss why LCT was developed, how scholars and educators are adopting the approach, and ways it complements traditional sociological approaches to knowledge and education.


About the speaker:

Professor Karl Maton is Director of the "LCT Centre for Knowledge-Building"at the University of Sydney. Karl is the creator of Legitimation Code Theory (LCT), which is being widely used to shape research and practice in education, sociology and linguistics. LCT is now an international and multidisciplinary community, including scholars in Australia, China, Europe, South Africa, South America, the UK and the USA, among others. There is a friendly and highly active community of LCT postgraduates and postdoctoral researchers at the University of Sydney, including: S-Club, a weekly data analysis workshop; LCT Roundtable, an internationally-renowned fortnightly seminar series; and LCT-OG, a self-organised PhD support group.

Location: RC Mills Room 148, Fisher Road, Camperdown