Reconceptualising Early Childhood Literacies: An International Conference

Full Programme available HERE

Slides from the keynote speaches are available via the following links:

Children as producers of digital text -Lisa Kervin, University of Wollongong, Australia

The Role of Talk, the Body, and Digital Tools in eBook Composing, Deborah Wells-Rowe, Vanderbilt University, USA

Making Noise! Toward a ‘Sound’ Theory of Young Children’s Making, Jon Wargo,Boston College, USA

Tracing Intertextual Connections in Multimodal Composing: A Case Study of a Young Child’s Filmmaking in the Early Childhood Classroom, Cassie Brownell, University of Toronto, Canada

Play Matters: Entangled literacies in early childhood makerspaces, Karen Wohlwend, Indiana University Bloomington, USA

DigiLitEY Cost Action Country Reports

Sponsored by the Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, COST Action ‘DigiLitEY’ and H2020 Project ‘MakEY‘.


This exciting conference will bring together researchers from across the world who are interested in the ways in which early childhood literacies are being transformed in the twenty-first century.  Keynote speakers will present creative approaches to today’s challenges that include rapid developments in digital technologies and increasing standardisation in early childhood curricula.

The DigiLitEY and Makey programmes are in the forefront of research into the lives of young children and those who work, live and learn with them.  Our third sponsor, the Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, is also associated with recognising creativity, diversity and social justice.  Participants are equally welcome whether already connected in some way to any of our sponsors or otherwise interested in reconceptualizing early childhood literacies. Join us for what will be certain to be a stimulating conference!

The conference will take place at the Manchester Conference Centre, perfectly situated in the centre of Manchester, only 5 minutes away from central theatres, galleries, bars and clubs, and easily reached from Manchester Airport by train.

The cost of registration, which includes refreshments and lunch on the 7th and 8th of March, and wine reception and buffet dinner on the 7th March, is £135 for attendees whose costs are not met as DigiLitEY COST Management Committee members.

Full Programme now available HERE

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