Hi there tout la gang,

We don't have much to say about research in practice at the Café right now

but we are talking policy and practice over here now: Literacy Enquirers.

Monday, February 23, 2009

RaPAL conference in wales this year

It is time to start thinking about the RaPAL conference again. Tannis went in 2007 and we both went last year.

Click here to read more about last year's trip on this blog and here to read about some of the other things we did in Ireland on my story juice blog.

As you can see, the RaPAL conference is a great time. Lots of fun and lots of learning in a relaxed and congenial atmosphere.

Here is the information that the good people at RaPAL sent:

Dates: 26-27 June 2009 with a free pre-conference event on 25 June.
Place: University of Wales, Newport
Theme: Sustainable Literacies

The call for papers is at the website and the deadline is March 20th.

We would like to invite conference participants to apply the idea of sustainability to literacies. Workshop themes could cover the following issues:

• Practice, research and policies that sustain a variety of literacies and languages.
• Practice, research and policies that avoid ‘quick fix’ solutions and promote long-term development of literacies.
• Practice, research and policies that support literacies as a sustainable community resource as well as individual skills.
• How can digital technologies support and develop sustainable literacies?
• Sustainable literacies in local, national and global contexts.
• How can literacies sustain and support individuals and communities in times of changing social, environmental and economic conditions?

...We welcome proposals from new presenters and will be happy to offer advice and support if you have not presented at a conference before.

Newport is a former Victorian industrial town between Bristol and Cardiff which flourished as a port, docks and steel town until the 1970s. It subsequently lost these core industries but is now recovering as a lively and attractive city with developments such as new bridges, an arts centre, the establishment and expansion of the University Of Wales, Newport, city centre regeneration and other projects.

Please put the dates in your diary now.

Read about last year's conference in Galway here.

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