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Digital Literacies in and beyond the L2 Classroom: A Hybrid Symposium on Research and Practice

Location: University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona (and online)
Keynote: Richard Kern, University of California at Berkeley

See the Digital Literacies website for more details about poster format and general information about the symposium.

Call for Posters

Download the CFP

The deadline for submissions passed on August 8th, but this information is here for reference purposes. If you would like to learn more about the symposium, please visit the blog.

As digital technologies continue to radically change the social acts of meaning making in which we engage, boundaries once taken for granted between semiotic consumption and production and among various modes and medialities have begun to break down, pushing applied linguists and scholars of language pedagogy to reconsider conceptualizations of literacy in teaching and learning language and cultures. If new literacies afford new forms of meaning making, then they also demand new understandings of the ways in which we acquire and evaluate knowledge and communicate.

This symposium will explore the wide array of practices captured by the concept of digital literacies from social networking to gaming to fan fiction to micropublishing as they relate to particular circumstances of learning and living in a second or additional language and culture.

In addition to the keynote talk by Richard Kern and a series of talks and panel discussions held on the University of Arizona campus on October 11, 2014, this event will include online poster presentations with opportunities for both synchronous and asynchronous exchange.

We are currently seeking submissions for the digital poster session. Since poster presentations will be online, presenters need not be physically present. Presentations should be in slideshow or similar online format, possibly with voiceover annotation, and should take approximately 15-20 minutes for individuals to view. Posters will be hosted online during the week of October 6, 2014, to be viewed by all registered conference attendees (registration will be free). Asynchronous fora (discussion threads) will allow for question-and-answer for the entire week, and presenters may conduct synchronous chat at designated times as well. Details on formatting, hosting, and submitting final posters will be provided to accepted presenters. Research studies, theoretical discussions, and exemplary practices are all equally welcome. Topics might include, but are not limited to, digital literacies…

  • as social practice
  • as functional (information, media, computer literacies, etc.)
  • as multimodal
  • as everyday and academic
  • in schools and “in the wild”
  • and digital gaming
  • and social media
  • and interaction
  • and authorship (blogs, wikis, fan fiction, etc.)
  • agency, and identity
  • and genre
  • and culture
  • and multilingualism
  • and language ecology
  • and language revitalization
  • competences, and proficiencies
  • access, and the digital divide
  • research theory and methods

Submission Details: Please send an email with your name, title, institution, email address, and a poster title (maximum 10 words) and 350 word abstract describing your proposed poster presentation to Submissions must be received by August 8th, 2014, and will be acknowledged by email.

Questions? Contact Professor Jonathon Reinhardt ( and Professor Chantelle Warner (