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Dr Julia Gillen

Senior Lecturer

Julia Gillen

County South

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YL

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 510830

Office Hours:

Friday 10 - 11am in termtime and by appointment.  


Research overview

I research language and mode, within social interactions:

1)       I have recently published a book "Digital Literacies" (Routledge, 2014).  This includes work on Twitter as a professional practice.  I also research children and teenagers learning in formal and informal settings including in virtual worlds. See this recent book and its associated  ESRC seminar series.

2)       I study aspects of language, literacy and multimodality in childhood.  I draw on sociocultural theory, linguistic ethnography and visual methods. See the Day in the Life project website and this book

3)      I co-direct The Edwardian postcard project, a history of vernacular literacies, multimodality, mobilities and as e-heritage - making connections with contemporary digital technologies and practices. 


I am a Senior Lecturer in Digital Literacies.  Current interests include studying professional practice in Twitter, the literacy practices of children and young people in virtual worlds, the Edwardian postcard, and the development of multimodal research methods. 



I am co-editor of the Journal of Early Childhood Literacy.

Professional Associations and External Examining

Member of: American Educational Research Association; British Association of Applied Linguistics; International Society for Cultural and Activity Research; the UK Literacy Association and the Royal Historical Society.

External Roles

Honorary Research Associate, School of Graduate Studies, University of New Brunswick, Canada. (2011-2014)

Assessment and Qualifications Authority HE expert panel member advising on GCSE ‘A’ level: English Language and English Language & Literature. 2012-2014

Evaluator, Digital Futures in Teacher Education (DeFT) project - Sheffield Hallam & Sheffield Universities.  (2011-2012)

External consultant, Mixed Reality Interactions Across Contexts of Learning (MIRACLE) project, InterMedia, University of Oslo. (2010-2014)

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