RaPAL Conference 14-16 July 2011, Norwich, UK
Literacies in place and time:
Looking in, looking out, looking back, looking forward
Call for papers
2011 is another year of change in policy and economies in all the countries where
RaPAL is represented. This means that the distinctive values and vision of RaPAL
continue to be as important as ever. In our 26th year, the 2011 conference aims to
respond to some of the ideas generated at conference last year in London e.g.
developing our global identity, making an impact on policy, strengthening dialogue
between practitioners and researchers and encouraging creative pedagogy that
helps practitioners apply their principles while still ‘getting learners through the
tests’. We also wanted to make the most of this year’s venue, the University of
East Anglia, with its strong local roots and its international perspectives. Our key
speakers reflect this mix:
Professor Mary Hamilton, a founder member of RaPAL, will raise issues
from her new work on the way literacy and literacy learning have been imagined
over the decades and how learners have been represented.
Professor Alan Rogers will present his international work on ‘non-formal
Professor Peter Trudgill will speak about views of ‘Standard English’.
The main conference questions are:
How can we use literacies learning, teaching and research to
strengthen and support local communities and partnerships?
build regional, national and international connections?
draw inspiration from our personal and shared histories?
strengthen our values and vision as we look to the future?
We invite contributions of interactive workshops, posters and panel discussions on
these proposed topics:
Celebrating Variety: literacies, language and people in Norfolk, the UK and
Finding Treasure: literacies and museums, archaeology, creative arts
Understanding Change: literacies and 21st century migration, carbon
footprints, new technologies, employment
Influencing Policy and Debate: literacies and social justice, democracy
We welcome proposals from new presenters and will be happy to offer advice and
support if you have not presented at a conference before.
Please send details using the form below to email@example.com
by 18 March 2011. We will review all proposals by 20 April and then contact you
with further details of the conference programme by 6 May.
RaPAL conference 2011, 14-16 July
at University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
This initial form invites you to indicate the ways you wish to be involved in
conference activities. Please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or send it
by post to Alison Wedgbury, 40 Denmark Road, Cottenham, Cambs CB24 8QS
by 18 March 2011.
I will prepare and display a poster describing an area of research and/or
practice which is (please outline here):
I am willing to be part of a discussion panel in plenary sessions. My area of
expertise is (please outline here):
I would like to prepare and run an interactive workshop of around 75
minutes on an area of research and/or practice. My provisional title for the
o Workshops will run on Thursday 14 July (evening), Friday 15 July
(am and pm) and Saturday 16 July (am). Please indicate your
o Then attach an outline of a maximum of 300 words describing a. the
topic and content of the workshop and b. how the activities will be
Planning help (highlight as appropriate):
I am a new presenter and would like some help with planning a poster or
I will not need help with planning.
With thanks from the RaPAL management group and Eastern Region members as