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RaPAL Conference 2017

conference2017RaPAL represents practitioners, learners and researchers in the field of adult literacies in the UK and around the world. Our next conference will be held from 09:30 to 16:30 in Liverpool.

Venue: The Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Ln, Liverpool L1 3BT

less than half a mile from Liverpool Lime Street station

Call for Workshops/ Papers

Deadline: 18th April 2017

Feedback: by 24th April 2017

The theme for this year’s RaPAL conference is superdiversity in adult literacies and English. We are putting out a call for conference contributions which address the spectrum of resources and challenges presented by superdiversity in global literacies and in a UK context. Liverpool is a rich source of superdiversity and has indeed been a cosmopolitan city for hundreds of years. 

‘Superdiversity’ acknowledges the acceleration and intensification of processes of cross-cultural social integration as well as fragmentation nationally and internationally.  These have occurred because of dramatic changes in migration flows, and the advent and spread of the Internet and mobile technologies. The resulting extreme diversity in language and literacy resources have opened exciting and innovative research paths as well as potential directions for literacy in practice.

We are looking for short and sharp ‘market stall’ presentations on innovative work you are interested in sharing with colleagues, and for more substantive workshops. If you are interested in contributing, please complete the call for workshops here and email to conference2017@rapal.org.uk by 18th April 2017.


Early bird tickets are £45 including hot refreshments through the day. Limited accommodation available nearby at £45 per person per night en suite. Limited bursaries available for budget travel with tickets at £22.50.


Over the course of the day, you will have the opportunity to:

  • share innovative research, resources and teaching and learning practices across sub-sectors such as workplace and community literacies, family and offender learning
  • reflect on the rapid rate of change in the sector and the curricular and policy implications
  • network with other practitioners in the field of adult literacies


Refreshments and networking will be from 09:30 to 10:00 and we will have activities on Friday evening for those arriving early.

09:30 Arrival and Registration
10:00 Introduction and Welcome
10:15 Keynote speech
10:50 Setting the Scene
11:00 Workshops
12:00 Lunch
12:45 Marketplace Carousels
13:45 Workshops
14:45 Break
15:00 Reflection and Peer Collaboration
15:45 Q&A Panel
16:15 Endnote… and the rest of the weekend for those staying

Full programme to be confirmed shortly, including a weekend of Liverpool’s cultural activities:

23rd to 25th June International Mersey River Festival

24th June Armed Forces Day

Many more events here in addition to the standing cultural offer.

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