Ghent University International Conference

9-11 February 2012

Literacy and Society, Culture, Media, & Education


1) theme of conference 2) sponsors of conference 3) conference organization 4) registration fee 5) directions 6) accommodation 7) conference program 8) publication of conference papers 9) list of participants

Theme of the conference

In an age of digitality and mass media, perceptions about and practices of culture, the production and consumption of culture and thus also pedagogy and educational systems are undergoing rapid changes and debate. Among other issues and developments, the impact of digitality results in new perspectives on literacy(ies). Participants in the conference explore theories, practices, and applications for the study of the interrelations of digitality and contemporary society, culture, and pedagogy in thematic sections of 1) Media and Society, 2) Media and Culture, 3) Media and Education, and 4) Media and Information Literacy. In addition to paper presentations, the Conference is hosting participation by members of the projects EMPATIC: Empowering Autonomous Learning Through Information Competencies (<>, funded by the European Commission, Partners: MDR Partners, Ceris Insitute, Jagiellonian University, Technical University of Crete, The Turkish Librarians Association) and EMSOC (<>, Partners: Free University Brussels, Ghent University and Louvain University). Presentations are 20 minutes in length followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Contact: Geert Vandermeersche at <>.

Sponsors of the conference

Conference organization

International Scientific Committee
  • Ronald Soetaert (Ghent University)
  • Jo Pierson (Free University Brussels)
  • Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek (University of Halle-Wittenberg & Purdue University Press)
  • Kris Rutten (Ghent University)
  • Carol Priestley (EMPATIC)
Ghent University Organizing Committee
  • Geert Vandermeersche (Ghent University)
  • Jeroen Bourgonjon (Ghent University)
  • Joachim Vlieghe (Ghent University)

Registration Fee

The Conference registration fee is € 100.00 (includes coffee & tea and lunch each day of the Conference). Payment of the conference fee happens at the local conference desk. Participants who only want to attend the Saturday sessions can register without fee (costs will be covered by the EMPATIC and EMSOC organizations).

Directions to Ghent and the Conference

The conference will take place in the buildings of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Ghent University. Address:

Henri Dunantlaan 2,
9000 Gent, Belgium

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Conference Program

The Conference Program (version January 24th, 2012) is available for download:
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Publication of Conference Papers

Following peer review selected papers from the conference are planned to be published in the peer-reviewed, full-text, and open-access humanities and social sciences quarterly CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture <> (ISSN 1481-4374). Editors of the thematic issue are Ronald Soetaert and Geert Vandermeersche. Articles published in the journal are minimum 6000 words and maximum 7000 words including the abstract of the article, the works cited, and the author's bioprofile. For the required style of the journal consult <>. The deadline to submit papers is 31 August 2012 to Geert Vandermeersche at <>. Among other indexing services, the journal's material is indexed in the Thomson-Reuters ISI Arts and Humanities Citation Index.

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