First Monday publishes first peer-reviewed article on transliteracy

FirstMonday.gifThe highly-respected journal First Monday has published an article by the PART team at De Montfort University. Transliteracy: crossing divides lays out our current thinking about the concept and invites response and comment. Notable as the first peer-reviewed article on the concept, it was written collectively by Sue Thomas, Chris Joseph, Jess Laccetti, Bruce Mason, Simon Mills, Simon Perril, and Kate Pullinger – a supreme effort of collaboration!
Abstract Transliteracy might provide a unifying perspective on what it means to be literate in the twenty-first century. It is not a new behavior but has only been identified as a working concept since the Internet generated new ways of thinking about human communication. This article defines transliteracy as "the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through handwriting, print, TV, radio and film, to digital social networks" and opens the debate with examples from history, orality, philosophy, literature, and ethnography.


One thought on “First Monday publishes first peer-reviewed article on transliteracy

  1. Dear Sue,
    thank you for your response! Too bad you can’t make it to LIFT!
    Recently I have thought about this and related topics a lot – although I
    did not have a name for it. The concept of transliteracy makes it very
    clear to me.
    Education on the new possibilities improve, new tools are developed
    every day and the nature of the web democratizes the learning process.
    However I am concerned about the ones left behind (I only have to look
    around people I deal with every day, of whom the majority are not
    inclined to really get their hands onto this). Of course my perception
    is not representative. What I can see from the developments I have
    followed so far is that there is a trend to making software, as one of
    the tools, increasingly easier to use but on the other hand the
    complexity of choice due to such a large number of possibilities
    increases day by day.
    It’s great to see that you and your colleagues are thinking and writing
    about this and related problems in such an understandable way. Expect me
    to pass by your blog(s) in the future.
    Best regards from Paris,

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