October 15-20, 2018, in person at the University of Arizona and accessible online.

Participation, a long-standing assessment category on language syllabi, has found a new conceptual life over the last few decades as digital literacies practices have become a part of everyday life and learning. In 2018, the L2 Digital Literacies symposium  aims to contribute to discussions of the role of digital literacies in second language learning and teaching and biliteracy development, by considering the ways in which technologically-mediated communication can enable new forms of participation and access, but also the ways in which participation in digital spaces is rarely full and equitable, but is more often than not fraught with questions of legitimacy and symbolic power.

The third event in a biennial series, this symposium is free to attend. However, participants must register for in-person or online access to the live presentations and discussions.

Register on the L2DL website.


  • Featuring a week of digital presentations between October 15 and 20, with recorded virtual presentations and live discussion with the authors.


Carol Brochin, University of Arizona
“Crossing Linguistic Borders and Gendered Binaries: Stories of (In)Equity and Inclusion in Bilingual, Queer Communities ”

Susan Herring, Indiana University
“Ideology, Power, and Social Differences in Computer-Mediated Communication: A Gender Retrospective”

Judy Kalman, Centro de Investigacion y Estudios Avanzados del IPN
“Digital Arrangements: The Appropriation of Information, Communication, and Design Technologies in a Marginalized Community in Mexico City”

Bonny Norton, University of British Columbia
“Storybooks Canada and Global Storybooks: Promoting Children’s Multilingual Literacy in an Unequal Digital World”

Illona Vandergriff, San Francisco State University
“L2 Identity and Equitable Participation in Digital Social Spaces”