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Identity, Digital Storytelling and Linguistic Citizenship

Thursday, July 22, 2021
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)


Event Details

The Hub for Language and Linguistic Diversity (HELD) are delighted to invite you to: Identity, Digital Storytelling and Linguistic Citizenship by Dr Bonny Norton, University of British Colombia on Thursday 22nd July.



The presentation addresses the following question: What is the relationship between identity, digital storytelling, and linguistic citizenship? Because of advances in digital technology, there are new relations of power at micro and macro levels, and digital literacy has become essential in “claiming the right to speak.”  As language learners navigate these changing times, they need to negotiate new identities, investments, and imagined futures (Norton, 2013, Darvin & Norton, 2015). In my presentation, I demonstrate that while there are social structures that may constrain a language learner’s linguistic citizenship, digital stories in multiple languages can help these learners claim the right to be heard. Drawing on my recent research on digital storytelling in both wealthy and poorly resourced communities worldwide (Norton & Doherty, 2020; Norton, Stranger-Johannessen, & Doherty, 2020), I discuss how freely available digital stories in multiple languages can harness the linguistic capital of language learners in homes and schools, with exciting implications for the promotion of linguistic citizenship in communities worldwide.

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 Speaker Bio:

Dr. Bonny Norton (FRSC) is a University Killam Professor and Distinguished University Scholar in the Department of Language and Literacy Education, University of British Columbia, Canada. Her primary research interests are identity and language learning, digital storytelling, and open technology. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the American Educational Research Association, she was awarded the BC 2020 Academic of the Year Award for her leadership of the Global Storybooks project. Her website is:


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This event is part of the Hub for Education & Language Diversity summer school, July 21-23, 2021, but it will be open to everyone.