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Literacy, borders and digital culture

Grant number: 09/00671-7
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: April 01, 2009 - March 31, 2011
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics - Applied Linguistics
Principal Investigator:Marcelo El Khouri Buzato
Grantee:Marcelo El Khouri Buzato
Host Institution: Instituto de Estudos da Linguagem (IEL). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


Digital literacies, also referred to as new literacies, establish border zones among knowledge domains as well as among diverse social practices and among semiotic and media systems. Such border zones can be seen as spaces for negotiation and exchange, that is, for interaction and overlaps, but also as loci of conflict and contestable delimitations. The open, complex nature of such literacies, which both produces and results in connections that are not always predictable or controllable challenges traditional conceptualizations of literacy, in technicist and sociocultural traditions, as well as the usual methodological and empirical formulations in literacy studies. This project aims, first, to investigate and help enhance a conception of digital literacy that is relational and interactive - and, therefore, non-reductionistic - on the grounds of operative concepts such as border and network and of recent theoretical developments in the Humanities that address the relations among technology, society and culture. Secondly, it sets out to identify activities and artifacts (both physical and symbolic) that support what one could call boundary practices, that is, practices that enable the appropriation of digital literacies in diverse contexts and domains, and which potentialize transformations in traditional literacies. The identities and interpretations of the practitioners are taken into account in this effort, as a means of bringing the agency and reflexivity of the social subject to the foreground in such dynamics. Results expected include theoretical and practical subsidies for the development of methodologies in teaching, systems and interface design, and leadership development related to digital inclusion in Brazil. (AU)

Articles published in Pesquisa FAPESP Magazine about the research grant:
Gestores digitales en ascenso 
The rise of the digital manager 
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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
MARCELO EL KHOURI BUZATO. Cultura digital e apropriação ascendente: apontamentos para uma educação 2.0. Educ. rev., v. 26, n. 3, p. 283-303, . (09/00671-7)
BUZATO‚ M.E.K.. Práticas de letramento na ótica da Teoria Ator-Rede: casos comparados. Calidoscopio, v. 10, n. 1, p. 65-82, . (09/00671-7)

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