The first ACS Summer Institute

Association for Cultural Studies logo Association for Cultural Studies - Summer Institute on Critical Literacies
Department of Educational Studies - Ghent University
11 - 15 July 2011
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The full programme is now available. We offer a daily mix of keynote lectures, seminars, workshops, screenings and informal gatherings. Registrations are still open! Meanwhile, it is possible to download the Summer Institute Programme in pdf. Participants will also find a print version in their conference bags.


The traditional notions of literacy have been challenged by developments such as digitization, globalization and multiculturalism. During the Summer Institute we will question and discuss these challenges from a critical perspective, working at the intersection of cultural studies and education. We will expand the notion of a singular literacy to multiliteracies and focus on what this shift implies for media literacy, digital literacy, (cross)cultural literacy, academic literacy, corporal literacy, etc.


The overall participatory and informal character of the Summer Institute will give voice to the participants by offering a forum to address issues related to their own work specifically as well as issues of general interest. In addition, social activities from receptions and meals to informal gatherings will provide opportunities for participants, lecturers and organizers to intermingle and stimulate further conversation.

Keynote speakers

  • Joke Hermes (Hogeschool Inholland / University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Carol Stabile (University of Oregon, USA)
  • Ted Striphas (Indiana University, USA)
  • Keyan Tomaselli (University of Kwazulu-Natal, SA)
  • John Willinsky (Stanford University, USA)

International Staff

  • Abdulhamied Alromaithy (Culture Arabia, United Arab Emirates)
  • Chantal Cornut-Gentille D'Arcy (University of Zaragoza, Spain)
  • Ursula Ganz-Blättler (University of St. Gallen, Switzerland)
  • Jan Hein Hoogstad (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Bart Keunen & Sofie Verraest (Ghent University, Belgium)
  • Mikko Lehtonen (University of Tampere, Finland)
  • Gilbert Rodman (University of Minnesota, USA)
  • Griet Roets (Ghent University, Belgium)
  • Kris Rutten (Ghent University, Belgium)
  • Femke Snelting & Peter Westenberg (Constant, Belgium)
  • Thomas Vaessens & Gaston Franssen (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • An van. Dienderen (Royal Academy of Art, University College Ghent, Belgium)
  • Handel Kashope Wright (University of British Columbia, Canada)


The Association of Cultural Studies is the premiere international association of cultural studies and hosts the biennial Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference. Starting with Ghent in 2011, the ACS intends to host a biennial Summer Institute.
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