Conference Dates: July 24 to 27, 2022

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The Center for Literacy and Reading Instruction (CLaRI), University at Buffalo, will host the 2022 Positioning Theory Conference with virtual and in-person sessions July 24–27, 2022. The conference is open to all, but advance registration is required.

Presenters represent 13 countries and a diverse array of disciplines including numerous educational sub-disciplines and areas such as political science, linguistics, business, communication studies and international relations.

Keynote addresses (some virtual and some in person) will feature:

  • Dr. Luk Van Langenhove (Free University of Brussels), one of the foundational theorists who, with Rom Harré and others, established what has now become known as Positioning Theory.
  • Dr. Michael Bamberg (Clark University), known for his work on narrative and identity and “small stories.”
  • Dr. Bo Allesøe Christensen (Aalborg University), whose scholarly interests include media studies, cultural psychology and Wittgenstein.
  • Dr. Pasi Hirvonen (University of Eastern Finland), an expert in the use of Positioning Theory and Conversational Analysis in studying small groups and organizational change.
  • Dr. Mary McVee (University at Buffalo, SUNY), whose work on positioning focuses on racial positioning in teacher discussions and multimodal positioning in children’s engineering literacies.