Call for applications – ReDMIL 2018 doctoral summer school: Research on Digital/Media/Information Literacy

“The RedMIL 2018 doctoral summer school, organized by the GReMS (Groupe de Recherche en Médiation des Savoirs – Knowledge Mediation Research Group) on September 11th-14th, 2018, aims at contributing to the convergence between digital, media and information literacy research by bringing together researchers from all three communities, to foster the scientific debate and explore connections between them. 

The summer school is an international training program that will alternate between framing presentations by senior researchers and the in-depth discussion of emerging research by participating PhD students.

The theme of the 2018 edition is: “Literacies as culture, practices, and competences”. Participants will be invited to question the way they define digital/media/information literacy in terms of culture, practices, or competences, what it entails in terms of methods for their research, and how it shapes the usefulness of their research and how and where they can valorize its outputs.

The goal of this summer school is to allow PhD students engaged in a doctoral research in the field of digital literacy, media literacy or information literacy:

  • to benefit from the expertise of renowned researchers in their field, though theoretical and methodological presentations;
  • to present their own research to an audience composed of these experts, as well as other PhD students and researchers;
  • to work collectively to the enhancement of their research work with other participants;
  • to improve their knowledge of the research undertaken by their peers.

The Summer School will start with a poster session (Sept. 11th), followed by six half-day workshops (Sept. 12th-14th) on the following topics:

  • theoretical frameworks in the study of digital, media and information literacies (one workshop);
  • epistemological issues in new literacies research (one workshop);
  • methods for observing, documenting, and assessing literacies and their associated educational practices and policies (three workshops);
  • designing research with social relevance and valorizing research results in society (one workshop).

Each half-day workshop will open with one or two plenary talks by renowned experts, followed by a session focused on the research work of the participating PhD students, exploring them from the perspectives developed in the plenary talks. In addition to presenting an outline of their work at the opening poster session, each participating PhD student will have the opportunity to present their work in two sessions, on two different topics.

The Summer School will also allow for numerous informal interactions (including a networking dinner) between experts, researchers and PhD students.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Maria José Brites, Lusófona University of Porto, Portugal
  • Sirkku Kotilainen, University of Tampere, Finland
  • Normand Landry, TELUQ (Université du Québec), Canada
  • Olivier Le Deuff, Université Bordeaux Montaigne, France
  • Annemaree Lloyd, University of Böras, Sweden
  • John Potter, University College London, United Kingdom
  • Leo Van Audenhove, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Submission of applications

The summer school is targeted at PhD students at all stages of their research, who develop their research in the following areas :

  • the study of new literacies: observing, documenting and/or evaluating digital, media or information literacy;
  • the study of educational initiatives in digital, media or information literacy developed by a variety of actors (teachers and educators, employers, associations, parents, media and tech companies, …);
  • the study of public policies in the fields of digital, media and information literacies at any geographical level;
  • or any other topic related to digital literacy, media literacy, or information literacy.

PhD students wishing to present and discuss their doctoral research at the summer school are invited to submit an application, including the following:

  1. A brief curriculum vitae (one to two pages);
  2. A presentation of their doctoral research in a maximum of 1500 words (references not included), including the following four sections:
    1. Problem or societal issue that the thesis intends to answer;
    2. Research question, hypotheses (in the case of a hypothetico-deductive approach) and theoretical framework of the thesis;
    3. Data collection and analysis method;
    4. Expected results: the usefulness of their research, from an academic and/or societal point of view (e.g. for the world of education, for the political world, for the media industry).
  3. An abstract of this presentation in a maximum of 300 words.

Applications must be sent in the form of a single file (word or pdf) including CV and presentation to this address by June 1st, 2018 at the latest.

Candidates will be personally notified of the acceptance of their participation on June 22nd, 2018.

Participation in the summer school will be free for the PhD students whose application has been accepted.

For researchers (whether doctoral or not) wishing to attend the summer school without presenting their work, a limited registration fee (covering lunch and coffee breaks) will be requested.”