Where’s Anna: Literacy Research Association Edition

This week I have the opportunity to join with many of you at the Literacy Research Association‘s annual conference. I look forward to catching up on the great work that I am usually only able to follow at a distance. Here are three times you can catch up with me:

Methods for Researching Transliteracies in Practice:
An Embodied Theoretical Review

On Thursday December 3, 2015 8:45am – 10:15am in Costa Del Sol Ballroom – Salon E, you can join us in an Alternative Format Session. This alternative session addresses a central challenge for literacy researchers–how to account for practices ‘on the move’–by drawing together literacy scholars working at the methodological cutting edge. Through data demonstrations and an embodied theoretical review, this symposium initiates a concerted effort to gather a set of innovative methodological tools that address the complexity of transliteracies in practice. The audience will collaborate in constructing a visual map, considering with panelists how to ethically represent marginalized voices.

Anna Smith, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Amy Stornaiuolo, University of Pennsylvania
Nathan Phillips, University of Illinois at Chicago
Christian Ehret, McGill University
Matthew Hall, The College of New Jersey
Jon M Wargo, Michigan State University
Joanne Larson, University of Rochester

“I’ve Become a Student of This”:
Temporal Practices in Transcontextual Writing Development

In the session Enacting Literacies across Contexts on Thu, December 3, 3:00 to 4:30pm, Costal Events Marigold, I will be sharing findings from an 18-month connective ethnography focused on the development of four young men’s writing practices across the formal, informal and online learning contexts they traversed in a large urban center, with a focus on participation in out-of-school organization. In this paper, I trace a portion of the young men’s developmental pathways during which three of the young men shifted the primary genre composed from spoken word to page-based literature. Explicating the shifts in practices that followed, I present two temporal practices the young men employed which fostered development—reminiscence and anticipation. In making this shift, the young men demonstrated an orientation toward learning contexts as resource banks from which they drew practices that were intentionally employed to reach the compositional goals produced in reminiscence and anticipation for writing on and for the page.

Writing and Literacies SIG Happy Hour & #literacies chat

On Thu, December 3rd at 6-7PM PT, the #literacies chat and the AERA Writing & Literacies SIG are joining together for a Happy Hour to share and discuss updates live from the Literacy Research Association annual conference. If you are there in person, you can find us at the Omni’s Bistro  65. If you are joining virtually, we’ll see you on Twitter with the hashtags #literacies and #lra15!

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