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8 - 10 September 2023

Nelson Mandela University (Second Avenue Campus)
Gqeberha, Eastern Cape

Literacy in practice: Possibilities for praxis

Abstract Submission: 1 June 2023
Registration closure: 31 August 2023 


Abstracts are invited for the 2023 LITASA conference which will take place in Gqeberha from 8 - 10 September 2023.


After the interruptions in education that occurred during the Covid years, there are concerns that improvements in literacy may have been lost. Within all spheres of education, and at all levels of society, there is a concern and drive to improve access to meaningful literacy. Central to this process is the understandings of literacy that people have. A praxis approach to literacy enables caregivers, practitioners, educators, scholars and researchers to make explicit links between theory and practice and thus to better understand our literacy landscape. Because success in literacy learning is key to accessing educational opportunities, access to literacy is a social justice imperative at all levels and in all spaces.


Mindful of the different languages and literacies that people bring to learning spaces, the LITASA 2023 conference creates an opportunity to interrogate theories and practices of literacies in different spaces. We welcome all practitioners, NGOs, educators, DBE officials and researchers to share understandings of the interplay between theories and literacy practices and how these inform each other. In this way we hope to broaden and highlight the variety of ways literacy is received, generated and practiced in our communities and educational spaces.


Presentations can take the form of

  • Individual papers (20 Minutes & 10 minutes for discussion)

  • Colloquia (1 hour, 3-5 speakers)

  • Workshops (1 hour)

  • Poster displays


Abstract submission: Closing date 15 June 2023 at 

(Scroll down to complete Submission form)


Registration closing date: 31 August 2023

If you have any queries, contact us at

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The annual LITASA conference is the premier platform for those working in the literacy sector to connect, share knowledge and learn from each other. Exhibiting at the conference is a great way to meet members of our literacy community and introduce them to your innovations, products and services. We offer our exhibitors coverage on our website, social media and in -person platforms in the buildup, during the conference and beyond. 

 Email for an exhibitor's package.

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Complete the registration form below or contact us at

Kindly note that the closing date for delegate registration is 31 August 2023.

Delegate fees are as follows:

Full registration Non-member | R 2 800 Member | R 2 500

NGO registration Non-member | R 1600 Member | R 1 300

Teacher registration Non-member | R 1300 Member | R 1 000

Student registration | R 600

International registration (from Africa) | R 3 000

International registration (outside Africa) | USD $280

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Complete the registration form below or contact us at

Kindly note that the closing date for delegate registration is 31 August 2023.

Delegate fees are as follows:


Full registration:   Non-member | R 2 800  Member | R2500

NGO registration:  Non-member | R 1 600 Member | R1300

Teacher registration:  Non-member | R 1 300 Member | R1000

Student registration: R 600

International registration (Africa) :  R 3 000

International registration (outside Africa) : USD $280

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Please note that the member discount will be applied during invoicing. Discount applies to only one of the three people registered under an institutional or school membership.

Dietary requirements

See you at the conference!


You will be sent an invoice via email once your registration has been received. 


Click here for a guide on the payment process for debit/credit cards, QR code and payments via the Post Office/Checkers/Shoprite. 


If you prefer to make payment via bank EFT, our banking details can be found below.

ACCOUNT NAME | Literacy Association of South Africa

BANK | Standard Bank

ACCOUNT NUMBER | 071816100

BRANCH | Constantia

BRANCH CODE | 025309

ACCOUNT TYPE | Business Current


IBAN NUMBER | 025309071816100


BENEFICIARY REFERENCE | Your invoice number


Please email proof of payment to

Pre Conference Workshops

Book making with Bloom Software

Join us for an exciting and creative book-making workshop using Bloom Software! Whether you're a language enthusiast, educator, or simply interested in creating your own books, this event is perfect for you. Get ready to unleash your creativity and share stories with the world.

Date:  7 September 2023

Time: 14:30 to 16:30

Venue: Nelson Mandela University

RSVP or for more information, contact Jeni:


Participants should have a basic familiarity with computer usage and document editing. They should also possess the capability to edit and translate content in the languages they will be working with for these materials.


During the program, participants will have the opportunity to create their own versions of Little Zebra Books from the collection. You can access the collection via the following link:


For more detailed information about the Bloom software, please visit:


System Requirements for Bloom Editor on Windows:

  • Version 5.3 or 5.4 requires Windows 7 SP1, 8.1, 10, or 11.

  • Version 5.5 requires Windows 10 or 11.

  • If you are using an older version of Windows, please ensure you have .NET 4.7.2 or a higher version installed. Typically, this is included as part of the Windows operating system, so you likely already have it.

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Writing for Publication - Preconference workshop
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LITASA & Reading & Writing Journal invite applications to the 2023 Writing for Publication Preconference workshop. From 5 - 7 September 2023, participants will participate in an intensive writing retreat with individualized feedback and interactive group sessions.


  • 5 scholars will participate in a Sponsored Academic Writing Retreat.

  • Articles will be published in a Reading & Writing Journal Special issue themed Literacy in practice: possibilities for practice.

  • Your accommodation and meals will be sponsored for the duration of the workshop.

  • Participants must already have abstracts accepted for the LITASA 2023 Conference.

  • Date of submission of the extended proposal: 11 August 2023

  • Extended proposal of up to 2000 words including:

    • Background

    • Research Methodology

    • Findings / Discussions

    • Reference

  • Participants will present at the LITASA 2023 conference.

  • Follow R&W Submission guidelines

  • Outcomes will be communicated by 21 August 2023.


Send an extended proposal to Prof. Chinaza Uleanya by 11 August 2023

Shine Literacy PreConference Workshop

SHINE Literacy will be hosting a Pre-Conference workshop on Thursday 7 September 2023 at Nelson Mandela University.

The workshop will focus on paired reading, shared reading, writing, Word play /Games

and equip participants to access and utilise Shine's wide array of materials and resources.

Educators, caregivers, Reading Clubs, Early Childhood Development practitioners will benefit from attending this workshop


The workshop is designed and moderated by Shine Literacy. Shine has over 20 years' experience  investigating of the wide range of factors that influence a child’s progress at school. They have a proactive approach to empowering communities to  Create a Culture of Reading (CCR) in the spaces where children live, play and learn.

Email to RSVP and for information. 

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Contact our Operations Coordinator

Kgomotso Ramushu  

063 621 8271


Cancellations should be made in writing and emailed to


For in-person conference attendance, a 10% cancellation fee applies up to 1 week before the conference, thereafter a 100% cancellation fee will apply.


No refunds will be given for non-attendance.

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