Reconceptualising Early Childhood Literacies: An International Conference

7th and 8th March, 2019
Manchester Conference Centre, UK

Keynote Speakers:

Cassie Brownell
University of Toronto, Canada

Lisa Kervin
University of Wollongong, Australia

Jon Wargo
Boston College, USA

Debbie Wells Rowe
Vanderbilt University, USA

Karen Wohlwend
Indiana University Bloomington, USA

Full Programme available HERE

The programme can also be accessed vis the Conference App

The Keynote speaches will be streamed live, via the following links:

Thursday 7th March 2019

9:15 Keynote A – Children as producers of digital text -Lisa Kervin, University of Wollongong, Australia

14:00 Keynote B – The Role of Talk, the Body, and Digital Tools in eBook Composing, Deborah Wells-Rowe, Vanderbilt University, USA

Friday 8th March 2019

9:00 Keynote C – Making Noise! Toward a ‘Sound’ Theory of Young Children’s Making, Jon Wargo,Boston College, USA

13:35 Keynote D – 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

16:15 Keynote E –Play Matters: Entangled literacies in early childhood makerspaces, Karen Wohlwend, Indiana University Bloomington, USA

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.

Accommodation can be booked separately and a list of hotels is available HERE

The Journal of Early Childhood Literacy will be sponsoring prizes which include ‘Best paper presentation by an early career researcher’ and ‘Overall best paper’. The Journal also has a small amount of funding to sponsor attendance at the conference by early career researchers who live in the Global South. Please send an application for a bursary to when you submit your registration. The application should include all of your contact details and should specify in no more than 500 words how attendance at the conference will impact on your research / career.

All conference participants should register for a place HERE

Full Programme now available HERE

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