Madison, Wisconsin
Friday, February 18, 2011
Time and Space in Literacy Research: Revisiting Context
February 18th-20th, 2011 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
Co-sponsored by the University of Wisconsin, Madison Co-chairs: Catherine Compton-Lilly, Mariana Pacheco, and Erica Halverson

The NCTEAR 2011 conference theme will focus on crossing borders with an emphasis on emerging conceptualizations of how time and space affect and inform literacy education and research. Attention to time and space has emerged out of recent investigations that have recognized the ways time and space operate as contextual factors that affect the lives of students, educators, family members, and researchers. These insights have contributed to questions related to history, identity, longitudinal methodologies, in-school and out-of-school literacies, and local/global literacies, as well as a range of other issues. The conference theme aims to address current practical, theoretical, and methodological issues related to time and space in literacy research. This national conference will feature the work of keynote speakers who will speak reflect on to the affordances and challenges of various conceptions of time and space.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

  • Mollie Blackburn, Ohio State University
  • Barbara Comber, University of Southern Australia
  • Norma González, University of Arizona
  • Juan Guerra, University of Washington
  • Glynda Hull, New York University
  • Gloria Ladson-Billings, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Kevin Leander, Vanderbilt University
  • sj Miller, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Kate Pahl, University of Sheffield
  • Johnny Saldaña, Arizona State University


We welcome proposals that describe literacy researchers’ conceptualizations of time and space as well as insights and challenges gained through specific studies, explorations of emerging theories, and considerations of practical and ethical research dilemmas. The deadline for submission of proposals has passed. Please read the “Call for Proposals” for more information.

Special Events for Teachers and Graduate Students

  • Special rates for teachers, teams of teachers, and teams of graduate students
  • Sessions that address the implications of this work for classrooms and schools
  • Friday orientation On Friday afternoon, an orientation to NCTEAR will be offered which will include an overview of the conference.
  • Saturday lunch with noted scholars Teachers and graduate students have the option of attending a catered lunch with noted scholars on Saturday. For this lunch, participants will need to sign up in advance when they register for the conference.
  • Sunday debrief After the conference on Sunday, a debriefing session will be hosted.
  • Credit option Two graduate credits will be offered in conjunction with NCTEAR. If this option is selected, participants will be required to attend the three events noted above.

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