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73rd Annual Conference

Theme: "Interrogating Hierarchies: Building a Humanitarian Literacy Research Architecture that Binds"
November 29th - December 2nd, 2023
Hilton Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

Conference Chair, Alfred W. Tatum
Conference Associate Chair, Fenice B. Boyd

The demands for literacy research to make sense of or provide the guiding light for the ongoing instructional, political, cultural, institutional, and geographic currents dictate that our role as literacy researchers should be reflective, responsive, timely, and forward-looking. Our supreme challenge is interrupting stubborn hierarchies that persist across social and scientific landscapes despite rigorous research, sophisticated analyses, and a strong methodological and theoretical canvas.

Therefore, we must continue to engage in serious study to interrogate longstanding research findings that have not interrupted longstanding educational hierarchies that suffocate the humanity of far too many who have their literacy development denied, delayed, disrupted, or diminished.

The promise of literacy research leads me to ask, how do we catalyze methodological and theoretical strengths to expand the resuscitating power of literacy research to shape positive life-outcome trajectories? How do we build our capacity and strengthen our resolve to conduct research and communicate findings in highly ethical and responsible ways that leverages our global research musculature?

Moreover, how do we interrogate hierarchies to build a humanitarian literacy research architecture that binds? Thus, the theme for the 73rd Annual Conference of the Literacy Research Association.




·  January 16, 2023

First date that proposals for the 2023 Conference may be submitted electronically


·  February 13, 2023

2022 conference papers must be submitted for review to the Editors of Literacy Research: Theory, Method, and Practice to be considered for volume 73.

·  March 1, 2023

Proposals for the 2023 conference program must be submitted electronically by 11:59 PM PST


·  July 21, 2023

Notification of all proposal review decisions will be sent out via email, but only to the individual identified as the contact person when the proposal was submitted. This person must notify all other individuals.



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