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Messing with Digital Literacies: Textual Practices in the New Media Digital Landscape

11 October 2013

Join us on October 11 for a CoCo seminar by Professor Mary Hamilton titled “Messing with digital literacies: textual practices in the new media digital landscape”

This presentation is based on a paper due to appear in a special issue of the Journal of Research in Learning Technology, arising from the significant, exhilarating but sometimes also uneasy and difficult conversations across disciplinary areas that are provoked when scholars researching digital learning technologies meet those working from a literacy studies tradition. These conversations are part of the effort to understand the significant shifts in practices of communication, learning and meaning-making that are currently taking place.

Professor Hamilton will review some key differences, tensions, problematics and debates between the two traditions of literacies and learning technologies research. Her presentation will marshal arguments about the importance of looking carefully at how these two traditions intersect and what each brings to our understanding of learning and meaning-making. It suggests that the key elements from the critical theoretical tradition of literacy studies should be integral to discussions of new media and new learning. Further, the terms "literacy" (and "literacies") need to be carefully reconsidered in relation to these discussions since it is constantly being parted from its root meanings and used in multiple, confusing ways.

This seminar will be available live online at http://webconf.ucc.usyd.edu.au/seminar-room2/.

Event details

  • When: 11am–12.30pm

  • Where: Rm 230, Education Building A35

  • Cost: Free

  • Contact:

    Patricia Thibaut Paez
    E: coco@sydney.edu.au

  • More info: Arrive 10.45am for refreshments

  • Reference:Gourlay, L., Hamilton, M. and Lea, M. (in press). "Textual practices in the new media digital landscape: messing with digital literacies", to appear in a special issue of the Journal of Research in Learning Technology on Digital Literacies.

  • Speaker: Mary Hamilton is professor of adult learning and literacy in the Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University, UK, where she teaches a doctoral program in eResearch and technology-enhanced learning. She researches communication and interaction in the everyday textually-mediated social world, which involves analysing how texts, both print and digital, are used within social encounters and circulate in institutions. She is interested in lifelong informal learning and also in the globalisation processes of educational policy.


Messing with Digital Literacies: Textual Practices in the New Media Digital Landscape

Where

Education Building (A35)

Room 230

When

11 October 2013


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