We are all semioticians (Keynote)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Who we are, as well as where and when we are, influences the meanings we are able to make. On one hand, this reveals how our individual identities, contexts, cultures, and social positions might enable us to make sense of the world in particular ways. That is, these are our resources of meaning-making. However, this also reveals the limits of any individual perspective in the act of making meaning (whether that be reading, writing, speaking, listening, doing, being, or believing). In an attempt to move away from powerful and persistent notions that literacy and literacy education resides in the individual and what they are assumed to (not yet) know, I will use my platform here to consider how an asset-based understanding of literacies might reveal possibilities for doing literacy education that is critical and inclusive. Working from the assumption that we all already have practices for making sense of ourselves, our world, and each other through multiple sign systems, I invite you to participate with me as we look and relook, read and re-read, write and re-write, as well as design and redesign the meanings that are possible within our space - drawing together the critical, the queer, and the decolonial.
Period2 Jul 2022
Held atUnited Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA)
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Critical Literacy
  • queer critical literacies
  • decoloniality
  • social semiotics
  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Multimodality
  • literacy studies