Call for Papers

Vernacular Literacies – Past, Present and Future
13–15 June, 2012
Department of Language Studies, Umeå University, Sweden


Literacy practices have become increasingly prominent features in everyday life, especially in social media through digital technology. However, vernacular literacy is not a new phenomenon. The written word has been used for everyday purposes throughout history – in other media and using different technology. Whether historical or modern, vernacular literacy practices have arisen out of everyday needs and have not been formally regulated by institutions or organisations linked to education, religion or the work-place.

We hereby invite researchers to submit conference papers that illustrate vernacular literacy in the Nordic countries at different periods of time: in the past, the present or looking into the future. We look forward to contributions from a variety of disciplines such as linguistics, history, education, folklore, literature and book history.

The conference is multilingual. Conference information will be given in Swedish and English. Conference papers will be presented in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian or English. For further details about the conference, visit the conference website.

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Important dates:
15 September 2011. Second call for papers.
13 January 2012. Deadline for submissions of abstracts.
13 February 2012. Notification of acceptance of abstracts.
15 April 2012. Registration deadline.

The conference is being organised by the Nordic literacy network, Vardagligt skriftbruk (Vernacular Literacies) at Umeå University in cooperation with the Nordic research project Reading and Writing from below at the University of Helsinki.

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