Meet the Centre Director

Professor Kate Pahl

Kate studied English at Cambridge and then was an outreach worker in adult literacy, employed by the Council for Racial Equality in London for many years. Her PhD was on literacy practices in homes, with anthropologist Brian Street at King’s College, London.

Her research has been concerned with literacy practices in communities, drawing on arts and humanities methodologies. She has been involved with many projects funded through the AHRC Connected Communities programme including, 'Writing in the home and in the street', 'Language as Talisman', 'Transmitting Musical Heritage', 'Communicating Wisdom', 'Co-producing Legacy', 'Imagine' and 'Taking Yourself Seriously'.

All of these projects have been co-produced with community partners and have involved drawing on the knowledge within communities to work together to produce living knowledge.

Her publications have drawn on literary theory, New Literacy Studies and social anthropology and her research continues to explore the intersections between arts methodologies and community cohesion. Her book on literacy practices in Rotherham, 'Materializing Literacies in Communities' (2014) is published by Bloomsbury Academic.

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