“Activist Literacies: Inspire, Engage, Create, Transform”

Please join us for JoLLE's inaugural conference on February 22-23, 2013 in Athens, Georgia. On Friday evening, following keynote speakers Glynda Hull from U.C. Berkeley and Christian Faltis from U.C. Davis, we will have an interactive exhibit and reception where attendees will have the opportunity to browse artifacts, and artwork submitted by students, teachers, researchers, and artists. Dinner hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar are included in the Friday registration fee. On Saturday, concurrent workshop sessions will begin at 9am and run until 3pm. A special interactive panel will close the conference. Registration for Saturday includes a boxed lunch and morning and afternoon snack and beverage breaks.

Literacy in the 21st century no longer refers only to reading and writing; rather, there is an increased emphasis on multiple, new and digital literacies. Our theme this year, "Activist Literacies: Inspire, Engage, Create, Transform" draws on this evolving nature of literacy with a particular focus on addressing issues of importance to schools and communities. This theme extends to multiple and multimodal literacies; arts-based, performance-based, and digital literacies; and broadening and connecting literacies across traditionally separated disciplines and borders. We want to frame the inaugural JoLLE@UGA conference in a new way, one that is action-oriented, informed by research and practice, and also inventive and creative at its very core. In the words of Simon, Campano, Broderick and Pantoja, "Activist literacies challenge the binary between high theory and practice by emphasizing participatory action and acknowledging a more dialogical relationship between theory and practice" (2012).


Simon, R., Campano, G., Broderick, D., & Pantoja, A. (2012). Practitioner research and literacy studies: Toward more dialogic methodologies. English Teaching Practice and Critique, 11(2), 5-24. 

JoLLE's 2013 Inaugural Conference web site

Friday, February 22, 2013 to Saturday, February 23, 2013
UGA Hotel and Conference Center
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States

Registration on/before January 3, 2013:

  • Friday only – $40
  • Saturday only – $75
  • Entire Conference – $115

Registration after January 3, 2013:

  • Friday only – $50
  • Saturday only – $100
  • Entire Conference – $150

Event Cancellation Policies
(1) A cancellation received by 5:00 p.m. ET on or before February 15, 2013 will be refunded, minus a $35 processing fee. No refunds will be issued thereafter; substitutions will be allowed. (2) To change or cancel your registration, call 800-884-1381, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET. (3) If an event is cancelled for any reason, the UGA Hotel and Conference Center will not be responsible for any charges related to travel. 

Hotel Costs: 

You'll be given the opportunity to make a hotel reservation as you proceed through the online registration process. 

Contact information: 

Tobie Bass jolle@uga.edu (706) 542-4526
Lindy Johnson jolle@uga.edu (706) 542-4526

Special Needs
If you require special services, contact Nette Penn at 706-542-6658, or Nette.Penn@georgiacenter.uga.edu at least 5 business days before your event. Dietary restrictions should be indicated on the registration form or during the online registration process.