The Austrian Literacy Association is happy to announce that the upcoming
19th European Conference on Literacy (former: European Conference on Reading) will takes place from 13-16 July 2015 in Klagenfurt, Austria, more specifically at the University of Klagenfurt.
Under the general theme "Literacy in the New Landscape of Communication: Research, Education and the Everyday" the conference will create a forum for the presentation and discussion of findings of current research into the range of contemporary forms (‘traditional’ and ‘new’) and uses of literacy in everyday settings: be it the home, kindergartens, school or beyond school, in institutions of teacher training, in libraries, in the context of social work, in text-design and publishing, in (fictional and non-fictional) media programmes, in social media, in sites, formal and informal.
Here it will be possible to relate these findings – with their theoretical and methodological focus – to the questions of learning and teaching of reading and writing, of uses and forms of literacy, ‘traditional’ as well as ‘new’. In exchange and discussion of knowledge and experiences, of proposals and hypotheses, the Conference provides a space for bringing together literacy researchers and literacy educators together in a shared and strengthened project of developing literacy – in its many forms, uses and genres, including the aesthetic experience and pleasure of literature – as an essential component of democratic action, interaction and participation.
The conference is organised in cooperation with IDEC (International Development in Europe Committee of the International Reading Association; www.literacyeurope.org), FELA (Federation of European Literacy Associations; www.felaliteracy.org), the University of Klagenfurt (www.aau.at) and the University College of Teacher Education Carinthia - Viktor Frankl UC (www.ph-kaernten.ac.at).