Readers in Training and the Surveilled Imagination – Margaret Mackey

DARE and LATE (London Association for the Teaching of English) invite you to attend a Harold Rosen Memorial Lecture given by Margaret Mackey on Wednesday 21 March 2018. The lecture will take place at the Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL in Room 728 at 5.00 – 6.30pm.

One goal of education has long been to equip children to savour the pleasures of “private reading.”  On many fronts, however, the privacy of digital reading is not secure.  A few examples demonstrate the breadth of incursion into behaviours that were recently completely internal, even secret:  the commercial use of algorithms to observe personal text selection in order to recommend further choices, the option for instructor oversight of student reading activities in university class modules, and outright surveillance of children’s behaviours from within the texts of their classroom reading scheme.  What are the implications of such encroachments for our tacit and explicit understanding of what “private reading” involves?  In what ways do these changes matter?  Is there a line between nonchalance and paranoia when it comes to the surveillance of personal reading?

Margaret Mackey is Professor Emerita at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta in Canada.  She researches and teaches in the area of print, media, and digital literacies.   Her most recent book, One Child Reading:  My Auto-Bibliography (2016), was recently declared the Scholarly and Academic Book of the Year by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta.

The lecture will be followed by a short Q & A session with refreshments. The event is free but we ask that you sign up in advance using EventBrite:

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