SIG Research on Literature Education



The Special Interest Group ROLE organizes various activities:

Symposia on ARLE conference

At the 12th ARLE conference in Lisbon Marloes Schrijvers organised an invited SIG ROLE Symposium on the theme "Systematic Design of Interventions for Literary and Reading Instruction" (June 27, 2019). See abstract.

At the 11th ARLE conference in Tallinn a SIG symposium was organized on “Changing perspectives on self and others in the literature classroom”. Conveners were Marloes Schrijvers, Tanja Janssen (the Netherlands) and Irene Pieper (Germany). See abstract.


Upcoming SIG ROLE Seminar in September 2023 and Call for Papers
You are welcome to submit a proposal for the SIG ROLE seminar, Literary development reconsidered: Perceiving literary education in an ethical frame. The seminar will be held at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, September 20–22, 2023. Invited keynote speakers are Associate Professor Sofia Ahlberg, Uppsala University Sweden and Dr. Julia Dietrich, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. You may find further details about the event and how to submit a proposal in the attached document. Please note that abstract submission is open until April 1, 2023. Information about the seminar is also available on the conference website. Please feel free to share the Call for Proposals with people you think might be interested in participating in the seminar. Welcome to Berlin in September 2023! Greetings from the SIG coordinators, Prof., Dr. Irene Pieper, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, and Dr. Heidi Höglund, Åbo Akademi University, Finland, in cooperation with Dr. Helen Lehndorf, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

In May 2021, SIG ROLE - Research on Literature Education held a webinar on the theme "Memory Culture in Literature Education" which was hosted by Abo Academy/Finland. The aim was to explore the theme of memory culture from the perspectives of literature and literature education. Keynotes from literary studies and the arts, an artist talk and discussions about the presentations submitted provided insights into approaches to memory culture from different angles. Children’s literature and literature for young readers, films and graphic novels received particular attention. Participants appreciated the opportunity for intensive exchange on a praticularly challenging theme in an international perspective. The program is available here.

In June 2018 members of SIG ROLE met for a seminar at the University of Hildesheim. Theme of the seminar was “Interaction in the Literature Classroom”. The aim of the seminar was to provide insights into different approaches to research on interaction in the literature classroom as a means of learning and discuss ongoing research in an international context. In two workshops groups of experts and the conference community discussed empirical data from both plenary and peer group discussions about reading experiences and approaches to literature. For more information see the call and the program of the seminar.

In June 2016 a two-day PhD-seminar was held at the University of Amsterdam. The seminar offered PhD candidates in the field of literature education the opportunity to exchange ideas, knowledge and experiences, and to discuss their ongoing research with experts. About ten PhD-candidates and seven experts participated.

Special Issues L1

Until now, SIG ROLE prepared three special issues of L1 Educational Studies in Language and Literature:

Future issues are under consideration. Search for volumes and paper in the L1 Journal System or go to the the journal's home