European Conference on Literacy 2021
















The LAI is pleased to announce that the 22nd European Conference on Literacy which is jointly organised by the Federation of European Literacy Associations and The Literacy Association of Ireland, will take place in Dublin, Ireland from July 5th to July 7th, 2021, together with the 45th Annual Conference of the Literacy Association of Ireland.

The conference theme, “Literacy and Diversity: New Directions” will bring together researchers and educators from all over Europe and further afield to celebrate, discuss, debate and examine matters relating to literacy, literacy teaching and literacy research, across the full span of human learning. The aim of the conference is to encourage discourse about the evolution of diverse literacies in the 21st century and to hear a range of voices in the world of literacy.

The conference theme will have a number of subthemes, including:

  • Literacy in the early years

  • Effective literacy instruction

  • Digital literacies

  • Literacy environments

  • Inclusive practices in literacy for diverse learners

  • Lifelong development of literacy skills. 

The conference venue is the Institute of Education, Dublin City University (St Patrick’s Campus, Drumcondra), where a warm welcome will be extended to presenters, delegates and attendees.  The 22nd European Conference on Literacy in 2021 will be the third such event to be held in Ireland. The 4th European Conference on Literacy was held in Dublin in 1985, while the 12th was held here in 2001.


As you will be aware The Literacy Association of Ireland has a long tradition in promoting discourses in diverse disciplines associated with literacy, with contributions from experts from Ireland and overseas. Part of its mission is to provide platforms for members to promote their research. With this in mind,  there are a number of ways in which LAI members and friends can contribute to this European Conference:

  • Submit a proposal to present a paper, symposium, round table, poster or a workshop. Visit the conference site for more information. Proposals should be submitted by November 1, 2020

  • Volunteer to help us to review proposals – if you have completed a Masters or Ph.D. that included literacy and would like to review proposals, please contact the Conference Subcommittee at

  • Attend the conference.  Registration for the conference will open at in February 2021.

  • The LAI is planning a summer course for 2021 (for registered teachers) that includes attendance at the Conference. Check in spring 2021 for details.


Already, a number of keynote speakers have agreed to present at the Conference. These include Director of Research,  Jean-Francois Rouet, Université de Poitiers, France; Professor Anne Bourke, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada; and a panel of Irish literacy educators, including Dr Tara Concannon-Gibney, Dublin City University;  Dr Eithne Kennedy,  Dublin City University; Dr Gene Mehigan, Marino Institute of Education, Dublin and Dr Brian Murphy, University College Cork.


The Literacy Association of Ireland is supported in organising the Conference by a Conference Subcommittee. Members include Gerry Shiel (Chair), Máirín Wilson (Secretary), Tara Concannon-Gibney, Eithne Kennedy, Gene Mehigan, Finian O’Shea, Jennifer O’Sullivan and Niamh Watkins.

The LAI looks forward to welcoming you to the 22nd European Conference on Literacy in Dublin in July 2021.


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