Literacies, Power and Identities in Figured Worlds in Malawi

6th October 2022

This seminar will be based on Ahmmardouh Mjaya’s in-depth ethnographic study of the National Adult Literacy Programme (NALP) in Malawi, which has recently been published by Bloomsbury Academic. Employing the concept of figured worlds to study literacy as a social practice, the book focuses on understanding power relationships and identities in literacy practices. It illustrates how literacy identity’s and power relationships of some local community members continuously vary from one context to another and, in some cases, even within the same context.