Brownbag Conversation with Prof. Detra Price-Dennis

CMLLMasclabDetraPriceDennisBrownbagThe Center for Multiple Languages and Literacies invites you to participate in our upcoming Brownbag Conversation with Prof. Detra Price-Dennis, from the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College

Date: April 20, 2016
Time: 12:30 – 2:00p
Room: 46A Horace Mann
Light refreshments will be served

The CMLL Brownbag series provides CMLL-affiliated faculty and students with an opportunity to share data and aspects of their projects in an informal context with a community of colleagues engaged in research and related work about languages and literacies.

You can learn more about Prof. Price-Dennis here.

If you would like to participate in the Brownbag Series, please be in touch with us at

U.Sheffield’s “Language, Literacy and Identity” Conference CFP *deadline extended*

12795012_10207635470759080_8998359405080254774_oThis year’s Call for Papers for the Language, Literacy and Identity Conference, hosted by the Centre for the Study of Literacies, has been extended to April 17, 2016.

The Centre describes the theme of the annual conference, which will take place on July 1st – 2nd, 2016 at the University of Sheffield, this way:

Conceptualising literacy and language is a key task in a world which is on the move, both literally and symbolically. This conference engages with the theme of Language, Literacy and Identity in order to better understand how communities , groups and individuals engage with literacy. It is concerned with exploring how literacy practices and texts affect our sense of who we are, how we relate to each other and our place within the world. We welcome papers considering literacy, language and identity across contexts, and domains of life. We are interested in how multilingual identities shape literacy practices, and in new understandings of the move to visual and digital literacies. This includes work engaging with new paradigms for literacy, including sensory and embodied approaches and the turn to the post-human in literacy research. Our approach is multi disciplinary, with a focus on language and literacy within a wide range of contexts, themes and perspectives.

For additional information about abstract guidelines, session formats, and more, visit the conference website.

This year’s Keynotes are: Urszula ClarkGuy MerchantAlexandra Georgakopoulou, and Susan Jones.

Having attended twice, I am eager to return to the nurturing, generative, and innovative conversations I was fortunate to be a part of each time. If you haven’t attended before, and find yourself on the ‘other side of the pond’ — or are looking for an excuse to go — consider this as enthusiastic encouragement to do just that. Among the lessons learned, in addition to the theoretical insights and methodological challenges and triumphs shared by colleagues from the UK and beyond, is a simple but poignant recognition of the chasm that continues to exist about the knowledge literacies researchers have amply demonstrated about the rich and varied literacies landscapes of the communities where we have located our research…and the reductive  assumptions about literacies embedded in young people’s classroom experiences. Gatherings like the annual conference put on by CSL provide necessary spaces for rejuvenation, recommitment to thoughtful inquiries into literacy within and beyond school walls, and ample opportunities to commune with colleagues who are truly welcoming and generous of spirit.


Brownbag Conversation with Prof. Nicholas Limerick

The Center for Multiple Languages and Literacies invites you to participate in our upcoming Brownbag Conversation with Prof. Nicholas Limerick, from the Department of International and Transcultural Studies at Teachers College
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Date: March 24, 2016
Time: 12:00 – 2:00p
Room: 432 Horace Mann
Light refreshments will be served

The CMLL Brownbag series provides CMLL-affiliated faculty and students with an opportunity to share data and aspects of their projects in an informal context with a community of colleagues engaged in research and related work about languages and literacies.

If you would like to participate in the Brownbag Series, please be in touch with us at

A Dialogue Across Borders

When a young person returns to a country they left at a young age, several questions are called up. Among them:

  • What are the biggest struggles they encounter?
  • What are the educational challenges of navigating education in a different language and academic system?
  • How can educators and activists support them navigating these struggles?
  • And more importantly: How can undocumented youth engage in solidarity practices and collaborate beyond their local spaces and support each other?

These were some of the questions that inspired the conversation that the Center for Multiple Languages and Literacies hosted on February 12th, when self-identified DREAMers from the state of New York had a virtual conversation with members of L@s Otr@s DREAMers, a digital network created by and for young people who have returned to Mexico.



This conversation provided an opportunity for youth from both groups to share their challenges, accomplishments and hopes, and to contextualize through their stories the multiple difficulties that transnational undocumented youth encounter; from navigating a different language, to their access to Higher Education and employment.
The CMLL team is grateful for the DREAMers in both countries who generously shared their stories, and we thank the audience for their participation.

Spring 2016 CMLL lineup

This spring, we are excited to feature work of doctoral students and Teachers College faculty that explore various intersections of language and literacies research. We are focusing on conversation as our mode of engagement, and in that vein have organized gatherings designed to stimulate engagement with topics related to the presenters’ work. To that end, we are thankful to our colleagues who have graciously agreed to provide an artifact from their work as a jumping off point for conversation and collective inquiry. We hope you can join us for any or all of these events. We will be adding one or two additional events, so be sure to check back here for more.

A Dialogue Across Borders: A Conversation with DREAMers
Monday, February 15, 2016
Whittier Hall, Teachers College, Columbia University
1230 Amsterdam Ave, New York, New York 10027 (map here)



limerickBrownbag Conversation Series featuring Prof. Nicholas Limerick (Teachers College)
March, 2016 (exact date, TBD)
12:30 – 2:00p


Brownbag Conversation Series featuring Prof. Detra Price-Dennis (Teachers College)
April 20, 2016
12:30 – 2:00p
Room: TBD

Coming up this Spring

Happy New Year, everyone!

After a bit of quiet over here at CMLL, we’re getting ready for an active spring. We are finalizing our spring brownbags and speaker series and will be posting details shortly. Suffice it to say that we’ll be immersed dialogue about language policy, after-school literacy experiences, and more!

Another note: this year’s International Literacy Association Conference is coming up soon and the theme is Culinary Linguistics, to be held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, March 11-13, 2016. From the CFP:

Recently, much attention has been given to the idea of the language of food in the media and among linguists and other scholars across the disciplines. In addition, a number of books concerning this topic have been published in the last three years. Authors analyze food from various angles such as the linguistic history of culinary terms; the linguistics of food advertising and culinary arts programs; the linguistic components of recipes, menus, labels, restaurant reviews; the discourse of food production and consumption; and the comparison of cooking and dining practices across cultures. The ILA invites submissions that explore these and other connections between linguistics and food.

You can read the full Call for Papers here: CFP Update 61st ILA annual conf Culinary Linguistics

Hope to see you there! And check back for more information about speakers and our brownbag series.

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Scenes from Kate Pahl’s visit to CMLL

A few tweets from Kate Pahl’s visit to Teachers College and the Center last week, chock full of links and other little tidbits of goodness to ponder!

Happening this weekend: ILA’s “Linguistics and Education” Conference at Teachers College

CMLL is thrilled to help sponsor ILA’s Annual Conference. This year’s theme, “Linguistics and Education,” is a perfect match for current ILA president Jo Anne Kleifgen, who is also one of the founders of CMLL. See below for more information about this year’s conference.

From the ILA website:

60th Annual Conference of the International Linguistic Association
Theme: Linguistics and Education – Honoring Franklin E. Horowitz

Teachers College, Columbia University, April 24-26, 2015

On the occasion of the 60th Annual Conference of the International Linguistic Association, we pay special tribute to Franklin Horowitz, who has been an active and dedicated member of the ILA from its earliest years, serving both as an ongoing member of the Executive Board and as ILA’s president from 1999 to 2002. A professor of linguistics at Teachers College, Columbia University for over 35 years, Frank’s enthusiasm for language inspired legions of students, who continue the work of teaching linguistics to their own students around the world. His influence has been enormous, both as a leader of the ILA and as a teacher. Thus, this year’s theme reflects the mark he has left on those who have worked with and learned from him.

Plenary Speakers

  • Ellen Bialystok, York University
  • William Labov, University of Pennsylvania
  • Raymond McDermott, Stanford University
  • Jacob Mey, University of Southern Denmark

Invited Panels

WORD Global Roundtable. On the occasion of the re-launch of WORD, journal of the ILA, Teachers College, Columbia University and Beijing Normal University will host a simulcast roundtable co-chaired by WORD‘s managing editor Jonathan J. Webster and ILA’s president, Jo Anne Kleifgen. Our panelists will be Sheila Embleton, Michael Halliday, Ruqaiya Hasan, William Labov, and Jacob Mey.

Rethinking the Relationship between Linguistics and Education. Betsy Rymes, Andrea Leone, Mark Lewis andNelson Flores of the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate school of Education, will explore themes in language research in education.

Workshops for Teachers

The Writers’ Sentence: From Casual to Formal Writing. Alice Deakins of William Paterson University and colleagues will present four increasingly complex levels of the English sentence, including both grammatical conventions and stylistic power. At each level, the structure of the sentence will be discussed followed by practice in a game format.

Having Fun with Words. Kate Parry of Hunter College, CUNY and colleagues will focus on the problem of learning infrequently encountered vocabulary. Participants will engage in games or exercises requiring interactive discussion about the selected words. Materials that teachers can use with their students will be provided.

Click here for more complete information, including details about registration and lodging.

Next in our CMLL Speaker Series: Kate Pahl (April 14th)

Kate Pahl, our CMLL Visiting Scholar, will be in residence at Teachers College this month, April 13th – 15th. There will be several opportunities for anyone interested to learn more about her work. Kate Pahl is Professor of Literacies in Education at the University of Sheffield. She is the author of ‘Materializing literacies: The uses of literacy revisited’ (Bloomsbury 2014).

During her visit, Dr. Pahl will join us for the Multimodality Study Group – April 14th, 12-1:30p, Room: TBA
Additional opportunities to meet with Dr. Pahl will be posted as they are finalized.

On April 14th, she will present in our Speaker Series: Co-producing literacies: ways of knowing in communities.
Time: 6:00p (reception at 5:30p)
Room: 152 Horace Mann


This presentation will describe a collaborative ethnographic research project that is currently underway in Rotherham with a focus on ‘Imagining better communities and making them happen’ funded by the ESRC through the Connected Communities programme. At the heart of the project is an exploration of how different ways of knowing or ‘unknowing’ (Vasudevan 2011) can inform understandings of community literacy practices. image kate pahl Drawing on the concept of ‘materializing literacies’ as a touchstone for generative research, this presentation will describe different understandings of literacy in communities.These ways of knowing incorporate textiles, art-work, images, oral stories and draw on the magical spaces of the everyday. This presentation will re-think the way literacies are conceived and understood through collaborative ethnographic research with girls and women, using literary and post-colonial theory. By bringing together a hermeneutic understanding of the social, drawing on post- colonial literary texts, a complex picture of literacy as meshed with ‘the fabric of our lives’ will be presented. This presentation draws on Pahl (2014) – an approach to literacy that combined multimodality with aesthetic and literary theory together with the New Literacy Studies to re-think how literacy is understood within multilingual community contexts.

Learn more about Pahl’s work in her article titled, “The Aesthetics of Everyday Literacies: Home Writing Practices in a British Asian Household,” recently published in Anthropology and Education Quarterly.

Image: ‘The Fabric of Our Lives”: The ‘Listening Voices – Telling Stories’ project in Rotherham