Reconceptualising Early Childhood Literacies: An International Conference

Aug 3, 2018 | Share

Sponsored by the Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, COST Action ‘DigiLitEY’ and H2020 Project ‘MakEY‘.








This exciting conference will bring together researchers from across the world who are interested in the ways in which early childhood literacies are being transformed in the twenty-first century.  Keynote speakers will present creative approaches to today’s challenges that include rapid developments in digital technologies and increasing standardisation in early childhood curricula.

The DigiLitEY and Makey programmes are in the forefront of research into the lives of young children and those who work, live and learn with them.  Our third sponsor, the Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, is also associated with recognising creativity, diversity and social justice.  Participants are equally welcome whether already connected in some way to any of our sponsors or otherwise interested in reconceptualizing early childhood literacies. Join us for what will be certain to be a stimulating conference!


The conference will take place at the Manchester Conference Centre, perfectly situated in the centre of Manchester, only 5 minutes away from central theatres, galleries, bars and clubs, and easily reached from Manchester Airport by train.

We are now inviting submission of proposals for a paper presentation or symposia. The call for proposals closes on September 1st, 2018.

Successful applicants will be notified by October 1st 2018. Please send abstracts to: The abstract for papers should contain: title of paper, presenters’ details and 400 word abstract of the paper; the abstract for symposia should contain: title of symposium, presenters’ / discussants’ details, 200 word overview of the symposium and 200 word abstract for each paper.

The cost of registration, which includes refreshments and lunch on the 7th and 8th of March, and wine reception and buffet dinner on the 7th March, is £135 for attendees whose costs are not met as DigiLitEY COST Management Committee members.

Accommodation can be booked separately and a list of hotels is available HERE

The Journal of Early Childhood Literacy will be sponsoring prizes which include ‘Best paper presentation by an early career researcher’ and ‘Overall best paper’. The Journal also has a small amount of funding to sponsor attendance at the conference by early career researchers who live in the Global South. Please send an application for a bursary to when you submit your registration. The application should include all of your contact details and should specify in no more than 500 words how attendance at the conference will impact on your research / career.

All conference participants should register for a place HERE

Full Programme now available HERE

The programme app can be accessed via a smartphone or tablet HERE

Keynote Speakers:

Cassie Brownell
University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Lisa Kervin
Michigan State University, USA

Colin Mills
University of Manchester, UK

Jon Wargo
Boston College, USA

Debbie Wells Rowe
Vanderbilt University, USA

Karen Wohlwend
Indiana University Bloomington, USA

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