Fleeing from an ash cloud: Languages, literacies and technologies as resources in a coach hurtling across Europe. Literacy Research Discussion Group
Date: 15 February 2011 Time: 1.00 pm - 2.pm
Venue: C89 (meeting room 7) County South
This paper is about people's decision-making and communication practices in times of uncertainty. It examines how people acted when flights were grounded in Europe in April 2010 as a result of the ash cloud, focussing on a group of people travelling from Norway to Britain in a hired coach. Drawing on literacy studies along with broader work on new technologies, it covers:
- How people integrate languages, literacies and technologies as global resources for local decision making;
- How they deploy networks of support in different ways; and
- How they evaluate knowledge in a rapidly changing situation of rumour and counter-claim.
The paper emphasises the need to develop richer notions of networked interaction and mediated language use in a mobile world, and it highlights the importance of language issues for crisis management in a multilingual, multimodal world.
Event website: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fss/centres/llrc/what/lrdg/lrdg.htm
Who can attend: Anyone
Associated staff: David Barton
Keywords: Literacies, Literacy practices, Mobilities, Multilingualism, Multimedia technologies, Multimodalities