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Professor Uta Papen

Professor of Literacy Studies

Uta Papen

County South

LA1 4YL

Lancaster

Tel: +44 1524 593245

Research overview

My main research interests are:

literacy and education (the politics and practices of teaching reading; critical literacy; digital literacies and multimodality)

supporting literacy development in countries of the Global South; 

collaborative action research 

Writing and urban spaces (linguistic landscapes)

PhD supervision

The role of written texts in health care contexts (including studies of patients' information searching and learning strategies via for example websites)

Ethnographic studies of literacy practices in various settings (e.g. institutions, workplaces, communities, etc.)

Linguistic landscape research: the role of writing and visual in the cultural production of space

Literacy teaching and learning in schools

Academic literacies

Adult literacy education in the so-called developing countries

Current Teaching

 

PhD teaching

LING 432tc Digital language and literacies (3 sessions)

LING 542 Qualitative methods in applied linguistics

FASS 522 Ethics in Social Science and Humanities Research

FASS 611d Ethnography and participant observation (distance module)

FASS 618 The viva: tragedy or triumph?

UG teaching

LING 319 Schools volunteering module

LING 209 Literacy and education

Research Interests

My research is interdisciplinary, located at the boundaries between social anthropology, education and applied linguistics. A way to describe my work is to say that I am a linguistic anthropologist. Main areas of work are: literacy in education, supporting literacy (in particular English literacy) in countries of the Global South, academic literacies and writing in urban public spaces. Much of this work is focussed on critically examining policies and how they impact on the practices of teaching and learning in classrooms. Another longstanding interest is critical literacy and how children and people of all ages can be supported in critically examining the texts that they engage with and the messages these contain and invite them to accept.

I have a longstanding interest in the role of writing in everyday life, for example with regards to institutions and how they interact with the public and with individual citizens.  I start from the idea that our contemporary world is 'textually mediated', to borrow a phrase coined by Dorothy Smith. Thus, I see literacy as a central aspect of many contemporary social practices (including spatial practices) and it is the role of reading and writing in these practices that I investigate. I am particularly interested in exploring how writing and texts are implicated in power relations between individuals and groups as well as individuals, groups and institutions. To understand these power dynamics, i study for example how writing and texts (in the widest sense) shape urban spaces, looking at their role in gentrification and urban renewal.

I use primarily ethnographic and collaborative methods which I complement with various other research approaches, including critical discourse analysis and multimodal analysis.

 

Profile

 External role

I am a member of the editorial board of Compare - a journal of comparative and international education. I am also on the editorial board of the journal Sociolinguistics Studies.

Administration

I am Chair of the FASS-LUMS Research Ethics Committee.

Additional Information

New book

Literacy and education: policy, practice and public opinion. Published by Routledge. 2016.

New article

Signs in cities: the discursive production and commodification of urban spaces. Sociolinguistic studies (see my publications for the full text)

 

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