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Literacy and Contemporary Society: Bridging sociocult
  Literacy and Contemporary Society: Bridging sociocult

Ακαδημαϊκοί, ερευνητές/τριες, εκπαιδευτικοί, μεταπτυχιακοί-διδακτορικοί/ές φοιτητές/τριες, εκπροσώποι ΜΚΟ και άλλων οργανισμών Population: Ακαδημαϊκοί, ερευνητές/τριες, εκπαιδευτικοί, μεταπτυχιακοί-διδακτορικοί/ές φοιτητές/τριες, εκπροσώποι ΜΚΟ και άλλων οργανισμών

23 - 24 October 2015 Date: 23 - 24 October 2015

Filloxenia Conference Center Location: Filloxenia Conference Center

Nicosia Address: Nicosia

 The term literacy, thus the ability that was traditionally understood as the acquired knowledge and skills of reading and writing, appears frequently in educational literature. However, its definition as well as its importance is continually changing and evolving, especially in contemporary technologically advanced societies. In understanding the quality or state of being literate in the 21st century, it is important that the following essential aspects are considered equally: the enhanced role of technology, the ways and forms of communications, the nature and speed of information and last but not least the change in the composition of societies in the global world. The aforesaid indicate that the process of becoming literate is complex and multidimensional particularly due to the existence of multiple literacies, also known as multiliteracies, multiple modalities and diverse and novel genres and texts. Moreover, new communities of practice are constantly emerging; a parameter which provides new meanings to literacy and to the very process of becoming literate. Within this context, the role of education, formal, non-formal and informal, becomes highly important.

In perusing a more comprehensive understanding of Literacy and the ways to promote it, the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute, in collaboration with the University of Cyprus, the CARDET Research Center, the Cyprus Organization for Promoting Literacy, the Centre of Educational Research and Evaluation, the Literacy Committee, the Interdepartmental Committee for School Success and Promotion of Literacy and the Departments of Primary, Secondary and Vocational Education of the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture, organizes the International Scientific Conference «Literacy and Contemporary Society: Bridging sociocultural, philosophical, pedagogical and technological dimensions”.

The conference will take place in Nicosia at 23-24 October 2015.

The conference’s objective is to explore different aspects of literacy, functioning at the same time as a dynamic forum where different theoretical and applied contributions to literacy research will be brought together. More specifically, the conference focuses on the following thematic entities:

- Emerging/Developing Literacy

- Literacy and teaching practices in pre-primary, primary and secondary education

- Multiliteracies, multimodality and technology

- Multilingualism and bilingualism

- Literature - Reading for pleasure – Love of reading

- Out of school literacy

- Literacy and social agents

- Continuing education and literacy

- Information technology, communication and literacy

- Educational policy and planning and literacy


The conference can be attended by all education professionals/paraprofessionals as well as education stakeholders interested in promoting literacy. The target group includes teachers-educators, re-searchers, librarians, students, NGO’s etc. Participation in the conference includes but is not limited to oral presentations, posters, workshops, symposiums or organized round table discussion. As previously mentioned, the conference will take place from the 23th to the 24th of October 2015, at the Filloxenia Conference Center in Nicosia, Cyprus.

The conference will be held in both English and Greek language, supported by translation services where needed. Enrollment, admission and participation to the conference is free, however the maximum number of participants has been set to 300; therefore for the selection of attendees a strict order of priority will be applied.

Invited Speakers

- Brian Street, Profession at King´s College London

- Jackie Marsh, Professor at University of Sheffield

- Αrgyris Archakis, Assistant Professor at University of Patras


All information regarding the conference can be found on the conference website: http://www.pi.ac.cy/pi/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1312&Itemid=124

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