Conference Theme

The conference theme invites participants to consider how, at the current moment, research helps see challenges as opportunities for rethinking L1 education. In the transition to a post-COVID-19 era, the pandemic crisis serves as a liminal space: an in- between territory that allows the acknowledgment of challenges that pre-existed the pandemic and a place to explore alternative ways of moving forward. In this sense, the pandemic crisis can be understood as compounded with long lasting challenges including year-long economic crises and climate change, displacement and relocation, the surge of violence and polarization. With an eye on the past and on the present of the global pandemic, we invite conference participants to (re)imagine possible future transformations of L1 research and education, by attending to questions like:

• How have shifts in social interaction and communication reinforced and or transformed established notions of languages, literatures, and literacies?
• How might such reinforcement and transformation be linked to sustainability, diversity, and equity as recurring and emerging themes in L1 research and education?
• What spaces of possibility were created when learning and socialization were physically constricted and digitally mediated, and how can these help researchers and
educators reimagine L1 education in and beyond schooling?
• What newness emerges in the ways we perform identities as learners, teachers,
teacher educators, and researchers?

These and other questions may be considered in relation to the following subthemes:
– Literature and literature education
– Languages, literacies, and technologies
– Literacy theories and L1 education
– (Critical) language awareness
– Multiple languages, multiple cultures
– Teaching and learning practices in and beyond school
– Teacher education and professional learning
– Languages, literacies, and border crossings
– Languages, literacies, and activism

While the 13th ARLE conference emphasizes these themes and questions, it should be noted that we welcome submissions of any kind of L1 research relevant for the ARLE community, including symposia linked to ARLE SIGs.

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