UKLA 55th International Conference 2019

Literacy and Play: Improvisation, possibility and imagination

Friday 12th to Sunday 14th July 2019

UKLA 55th International Conference 2019

Confirmed speakers: Anne Haas Dyson, University of Illinois, USA, Andrew Burn, University College London; Lalitha Vasudevan, Columbia University, USA

In an age of accountability it can be hard to make space for play in education, and yet it is through play that we experiment, take risks, generate meanings and negotiate our relationships with others and the world around us. Play can also have a disruptive influence, unsettling power relations and challenging convention, and is often characterised by qualities that do not always fit easily with educational frameworks,
such as movement, unpredictability and humour.

In this conference, through reflecting on research and practice, we will consider literacy in relation to play and playfulness. We will explore, for example, the linguistic and textual play that is at the heart of composition; the improvisational storying that emerges in imagined worlds; the free-flowing movements across media that characterise literacies in everyday life; and the playful pedagogies that work responsively with learners’ meaning-making.

By making space for play, this conference will invite delegates to consider the relationships between play, language and literacy. It will explore how, as teachers, researchers and literacy advocates, we can enable others to improvise and to imagine. It will also make space for delegates themselves to improvise, imagine and play with new possibilities.

The Call for Papers will be open on October 1 and we look forward to seeing you all there! 

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Venue location

Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK S1 2LX

Event sponsors

Capita Reading Cloud
Just Imagine
Nosy Crow