UCL Knowledge Lab, UK
Dynamic Literacies / Dynamic Methodologies
This talk will explore how theoretical innovation is supported by methodological innovation and the ways which they are in a symbiotic relation to one another.
In recent years, multimodal theory has challenged researchers to account in their work for the many ways in which meaning is made, with a focus on visual (and other) ways of working appropriate to the dominant modes of communication in a digital age. The mediatic turn itself arises from an attempt to re-conceptualise and re-describe literacy more widely as a set of dynamic practices and assemblages which, in turn, has its roots and echoes in new literacy studies, post-humanism, actor- network theory and more. In the context of learning, formally and informally, this suggests an imperative for a cultural integration of texts and practices hitherto considered to be superficial, ephemeral and disconnected from the codes and conventions of real literacy. Multimodal research methods help us to generate innovative theory because they allow us to pay attention to, and describe, embedded and changing forms of literacy practices.
Practical examples of support for a theory of dynamic literacies will be discussed showing how they can be derived from dynamic and multimodal research methods in a number of projects, including an ongoing playground games research project, Playing the Archive. Seminar participants are invited to bring their own work and ideas to the discussion of these emergent and innovative research methods.