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Ethnographies of literacy


8th May, 2008

Place Literacy Research Centre, Lancaster University
Focus This seminar brings together members of the Lancaster Literacy Research Centre and the BAAL Special Interest Group UK Linguistic Ethnography Forum with members of the Anthropologie de l’Ecriture group based at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris to explore commonalities and points of potential development across French and British traditions of ethnographic research in writing practices.

Philippe Artières, Historical examples of the medicalisation of personal writing.


David Barton, New vernacular writing practices online.

Béatrice Fraenkel, Acts of writing.


Julia Gillen and Nigel Hall, Edwardian postcards and ordinary writing.


Nathalie Joly, Administrative and practical demands on farmers’ writings.


Aissatou Mbodj-Pouye, Personal notebook keeping practices in rural Mali.


Uta Papen, Patients’ experiences of health texts.


David Pontille, The hidden writing work behind biomedical databases.


Karin Tusting, The challenges of writing in the workplace for childcare staff.