Out of the Box and Into the Margins

Teachers and researchers in the field of language and literacy education increasingly face standardizing forces. What do we do when these pressures go against our better understanding, our unique identities, and the particular makeup of our learning contexts? This year’s conference features educators and students who take risks, sometimes subversively, to employ and widen the spaces between the essentializing forces that we all face. We invite artists, gamers, remixers, techies, and fandoms. We invite all who experiment with the intertwining of identities and all who refuse to be labeled to share and explore how to exert agency within highly constrained contexts–or, in other words, how to move out of the box and into the margins. We invite national and international scholars with ranging research interests in language and literacy education to join us for a participatory conversation on various topics within our field. How do we encourage educators and students to go beyond consumption and engage as producers? We welcome you to join us February 3rd and 4th for a participatory conversation about how language and literacies help students and educators explore opportunities to remake, refocus, and revolutionize the system to fit ourselves.

Friday, February 3, 2017 to Saturday, February 4, 2017

Friday Workshops:
Registration from 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Sessions from 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Learn more about the sessions and location.

Friday Reception and Speaker:
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Reception Location:
Stan Mullins Art Studio
650 Pulsaki St., Athens, GA 30606
See map: Google Maps

Join us for refreshments, conversation, and inspiring words from guest speaker Eric Velasquez. This event takes place at the breathtaking 7,000 square-foot studio of Athens visual artist and sculptor Stan Mullins.

Saturday Conference:
Registration from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Conference Location:
UGA Hotel and Conference Center
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
See map: Google Maps

Nick Sousanis
is an assistant professor in the School of Humanities & Liberal Studies at San Francisco State University. He is the author of “Unflattening” from Harvard University Press, which began as his dissertation created in comics form. This year it’s won the American Publishers Association Humanities award and the Lynd Ward prize, and was nominated for an Eisner Award.

Call for proposals: 

Please visit the JoLLE@UGA web site for more information about the 2017 conference proposal submissions.

The deadline for submitting a proposal for the conference is October 12, 2016.


Conference Registration Fee:
(includes Friday reception, Saturday lunch, & refreshment breaks)

  • Registration Fee: $150
  • Students Registration Fee: $115

Deadline to Register:
January 23, 2017

Event Cancellation Policies:
(1) A cancellation received by 6:00 p.m. ET on or before January 27, 2017 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 6:00 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 will be given the opportunity to make a hotel reservation as you proceed through the online registration process.

Contact information: 

Program Contact:
Melanie Baer
(706) 542-4556

Beth Massey
(706) 542-8799

JoLLE web site

Registration Contact:
The Georgia Center
(706) 542-2134
(800) 884-1381

Special Needs: If you require special services, contact Jean Mann at Jean.Mann@georgiacenter.uga.edu by January 27, 2017.

Dietary restrictions should be indicated on the registration form or during the registration process.