Dr Vally Lytra

Lecturer, Goldsmiths University, London

 

Current position:

Programme Head for MA Multilingualism: Linguistics and Education

Previous position(s):

Co-Director of research project “Becoming Literate in Faith Settings: Language and Literacy Learning in the Lives of New Londoners” (Sept. 2009- Feb. 2013) funded by ESRC

Research interests:

multilingualism and social identities; language and literacy learning and socialisation in schools, homes and communities in cross-cultural urban contexts; language and faith

Publications:

Lytra, V., D. Volk and E. Gregory (eds). Forthcoming 2016. Navigating Languages, Literacies and Identities: Religion in Young Lives. Routledge Critical Studies in Multilingualism

Lytra, V., Gregory, E., and A. Ilankuberan. Forthcoming 2016. “Children’s representations of the Temple in text and talk in a Tamil Hindu/Saiva transnational faith community in London”. In: Navigating Languages, Literacies and Identities: Religion in Young Lives. Routledge Critical Studies in Multilingualism

Lytra, V., Gregory, E. and A. Ilankuberan. Forthcoming 2016. “Using scrap books to research literacies and identities in faith settings”. In: M. Martin-Jones and D. Martin (eds.) Researching Multilingualism: Critical and Ethnographic Approaches. Oxon: Routledge

Gregory, E. Lytra, V. and A. Ilankuberan. Forthcoming 2015. “Divine games and rituals: How Tamil Saiva/Hindu siblings internalise their faith through play”. International Journal of Play

Conference papers:

Lytra, V. 2014. “Tales of Religious Belonging: Exploring Children’s Oral and Written Narratives across Four Transnational Faith Communities in London”.  NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Annual Convention, Washington DC, 20-23 November

Lytra, V. 2014. “’Faith class has become once a week’: Investigating change in faith teachers’ multilingual repertoires, practices and beliefs”.  Sociolinguistics Symposium 20, Jyväskylä, 15-18 June

Lytra, V. and A. Ilankuberan. 2012. “Family language policies and faith in a Tamil Hindu/Saiva community in London”  Sociolinguistics Symposium 19, Free University Berlin, 21-24 August

Public-facing activities:

see website www.belifs.co.uk  and podcasts on website

 

Contact:

v.lytra@gold.ac.uk

 

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