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Global Literacies: UK Literacies in a Global Context

The theme for this year’s RaPAL conference and accompanying digital journal is superdiversity in adult literacies (including maths, English and digital literacies). We 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 with a long tradition of supporting adult learning and literacies development for all. Liverpool’s industrial past and vibrant new opportunities, such as the new super-port connecting the city to the rest of the world, make this truly an educational powerhouse.

‘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.

While we welcome any pieces which respond to these themes, we are particularly keen to support pieces which take a social practices approach, such as those of the New Literacy Studies or Literacy as Social Practice movements.

We need to see first drafts by Saturday, 30th September 2017 at the latest, and ideally earlier particularly where they are peer reviewed pieces. We will provide support and feedback as required. Please send a copy of your draft to both editors as soon as you are able to conference2017@rapal.org.uk

With best wishes

Sarah Freeman and Tara Furlong

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