Join us on Tuesday, May 14th for Speaker Series: Stavroula Kontovourki

Texts, stuff, and bodies: (Agentive) potentials in the renaming of literacy


Literacy studies are continually in motion, as this is documented in reviews of paradigmatic shifts and turns in the field. As part of these shifts, researchers have re-
theorized and often renamed literacy to complicate simple views of literate doing,
acting, and becoming. In this talk, I focus on re-theorizations that have proliferated
over the past five years and opened up spaces to think of literacies as im/material,
embodied, trans-, posthuman, and affective. Doing so, I consider the very act of
renaming as a temporal emergence and invite the audience in a discussion of its
(agentive) potentials not only for reframing literacy research, but also for re-
imagining literacy learning in bounded spaces like schools.


And join us for a workshop (co-sponsored by Media and Social Change Lab) with Dr. Kontovourki on Wednesday, May 15th, 1:00 – 2:30p in 46A HM.

Researching and representing literacies as embodied

This data analysis workshop draws on the theoretical construct of embodiment that
emerged across disciplines and epistemological domains to destabilize sedimented
understandings of selves, pedagogies, and schooling. Drawing on collaborative work
on literacies, learning, and the body (Enriquez, Johnson, Kontovourki, & Mallozzi,
2016), I offer suggestions on how literacy teaching and learning may be theorized as
an entanglement of texts, discourses, and bodies that is disciplined and disciplining,
emotive and affective, re-presentative, and potentially impossible to fully capture.
To engage with such idea, the audience will be invited to consider issues of
researching and representing bodies – of humans, of knowledge, of stuff and matter
– by intra-acting with excerpts of ethnographic and interview data that involve
teachers and students in elementary literacy classrooms.

Dr. Kontovourki is the co-editor of Literacies, Learning, and the Body: Putting Theory and Research into Pedagogical Practice

Please join us for a brown bag workshop on Ethics in ethnographic fieldwork

Dr. Ariana Mangual Figueroa will be with us on Tuesday, February 12, leading a workshop on ethics in fieldwork. We will reflect on questions related to entering and exiting the field, articulating the scope and significance of a project to participants,  how participant’s goals and expectations translate in the researcher-participant relationship and how to adapt our thinking about ethics in the context of globalization. La carta de responsabilidad_ Ethics in comtemporary ethnographic fieldwork(1)

Ofelia García on Translanguaging

Thanks everyone who joined Ofelia García’s talk on translanguaging! It was a privilege and a pleasure to have her back at TC and as a speaker for the CMLL which she co-founded with JoAnne Kleifgen. Her presentation and engagement with the audience reminded us of how much her research contributes to many avenues of future research and practice.
We were also excited to have in the audience Alastair Pennycook, another world-renowned scholar of multilingualism. Screen Shot 2018-11-25 at 10.23.56 AM


CMLL Open House

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our open house today! It was wonderful to see familiar faces and to meet new members of our community. Thank you for sharing ideas about your ongoing projects and also for inspiring future CMLL activities. We’ll be updating our events page with the complete details about all upcoming events this semester, so check back on our site for that information.

And, given the feedback we received today, we will find another date or two this semester to convene for a combination of sharing work-in-progress, data from ongoing projects, celebrating achievements, and enjoying snacks!

Looking forward to seeing everyone soon — and perhaps as soon as next week, when some of us will be participating in the 3rd Annual Anthropology and Education Conference at TC.

CMLL Welcomes Autumn

The weather is cooling, but our upcoming slate of events and activities is heating up!

We hope to see many of you at our Open House on October 16, 2018, from 1:00 – 2:30 in 422 Thompson. We want to share more about the history of the center, and also want to hear how can support ongoing language and literacy efforts at the College. Join us and help set an agenda for the Center’s future!

Later this semester, our Associate Director, Nicholas Limerick, will be involved in coordinating and chairing the 3rd Annual Anthropology and Education Conference sponsored by the Programs in Anthropology at Teachers College.

We are also excited to give you a preview of one of our speakers this autumn — none other than CMLL co-founder Professor Ofelia Garcia! We are thrilled to have Prof. Garcia returning to Teachers College to give a colloquium and engage with the TC community. Her talk is scheduled for Monday, November 5th at 5:00pm. Additional details will be posted soon.

Finally, as we look ahead to the future of CMLL, your thoughts and participation will be vital in helping us grow our work. In the past, we’ve coordinated study groups, workshops, and data analysis session in response to interest from across our community. So please be in touch if you aren’t able to join us for the Open House and let us know about your work, whether you’d be interested in sharing it as part of a brownbag series, and if have recommendations for our Speaker Series.

Teachers College’s Anthropology and Education conference submission deadline is April 15th!

Teachers College’s Anthropology program is hosting the Third Conference on Anthropology and Education on October 26th and 27th. They are currently accepting submissions until the April 15th deadline! This year’s theme is centered on “The Work of Education” with a focus on the exploration of the human condition through the consideration of how education is done beyond the school and in diverse contexts. Check out Teachers College’s Anthropology of Education site for more details on the conference theme and submission requirements.

CMLL co-founders Ofelia Garcia and Jo Anne Kleifgen will be signing books at AERA!

If you are attending the American Educational Research Association (AERA) this year, please join authors and co-founders of the Center for Multiple Languages and Literacies Ofelia Garcia and Jo Anne Kleifgen at their book signing event in support of their bestseller Educating Emergent Bilinguals: Policies, Programs, and Practices for English (2nd edition). The book will be 50% off while supplies last!

Ofelia Garcia (CUNY Graduate Center) and Jo Anne Kleifgen (Teachers College, Columbia University) are distinguished scholars in the field of urban and bilingual education and their seminal publication is essential for all educators, policymakers and researchers. This work offers readers a comprehensive account of language minority students and descriptions of alternative practices and pedagogies to support them. Please see the flyer for more information about the updated second edition and other details.

Date: April 14th, 2018
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: AERA Book Signing Booth #1800