Re: [xmca] FW: NCTEAR

From: Mike Cole (
Date: Sun Jan 28 2007 - 09:02:20 PST

Hi Peter-- Now if only I retired and could go to all these interesting
conferences!! Thanks for the post.

Kevin has from time to time been around xmca and perhaps you or he or
someone would comment on the proliferation of the uses
of the term, literacy. I have dabbled in such extrensions in a timid way in
an earlier paper on the concept of literacy in print and film.
And, of course, I live immersed in the discussions of computer literacy. Nor
can I avoid the multitude of "literacies" that have gone in
and out of vogue in recent decades: emotional literacy, cultural literacy,
multi-cultural literacy, information-seeking literacy, visual literacy,
music literacy ..............

Sometimes it seems to me that sometimes the term, literacy, is a simple
substitute for "knowledge of." At other times special systems of codes
are involved (so my co-author and argued vis a vis film literacy and I would
argue for some other uses of the term, but not all). The title of the
conference sharply accentuates this issue.-- living literacies of the body
and image.

What, indeed, counts as literacy. What does count mean in this case?
1,2,3,4,.......!! Which ideas re literacy are we for?

Maybe the conference organizers could stream the major talks so we could all
have a chance to learn? As it is, this
Brer rabbit will be holed up teaching and preparing classes when not seeking
to promote (dare I sway it!) the literacy
of children who are being set up to be non-union peripheral workers in local
service industries.


On 1/28/07, Peter Smagorinsky <> wrote:
> Dear Colleagues,
> The NCTEAR website has been updated and all information is now available
> for the upcoming Mid-Winter NCTEAR Conference!
> Conference Theme:� What Counts As Literacy? Living Literacies of the Body
> and Image
> Date and Location:� February 23-25, Peabody College of Vanderbilt
> University
> Please visit the site for information about speakers, registration, and
> housing.� In addition to featuring an exciting schedule of�keynote addresses
> workshop presentations, and roundtables, this year's conference will include
> interactive lunchtime sessions with featured researchers.� To add to your
> conference experience, we have scheduled a Saturday night music event at the
> Bluebird Cafe, a Nashville tradition with a worldwide reputation for
> showcasing some of the world's greatest acoustic and country shows!�
> Registration for "Music at the Bluebird" is available at the website.
> �** Advanced registration ends on January 30th, so please register now!�
> Visit the website for registration information.� After January 30th,
> registration will be onsite at Joe B. Wyatt Center, Peabody College,
> Vanderbilt University.
> Attached is an flier with more information about the conference theme and
> speakers.
> We look forward to seeing you in Nashville!
> Cynthia Lewis and Kevin Leander
> Co-Chairs, NCTEAR
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