Crossing Boundaries and Borders: In Pursuit or Equity, Solidarity, and Social Justice



Annual Meeting

Current Conference

Conference Theme

The theme of the Literacy Research Association’s 72nd Conference is, “Crossing boundaries and borders: In pursuit of equity, solidarity, and social justice.” The theme is influenced by the words of African-American feminist poet, Audre Lorde, who said “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences… I speak these words in an attempt to break that silence and bridge some of those differences between us, for it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence. And there are so many silences to be broken.”


Louise Wilkerson, author of Caste: The Origins of our Discontent, further challenges us to address the longstanding and powerful issues that divide us and operate in silence in “search for the unseen stirrings of the human heart to discover the origins of our discontents.”


The 2022 theme, “Crossing boundaries and borders: In pursuit of equity, solidarity, and social justice,” is intended to engage LRA in discovering the origins of our collective discontents through civil dialogue and to encourage activism that makes visible the unseen stirrings that act as barriers to pursuing equity, solidarity, and social justice for the diversity of students, families, and communities we seek to serve. To accomplish our goal, we must be prepared for action. Actions that propel us to cross the boundaries and borders that negatively impact literacy research, policies, and practices

2022 Conference Chair:
Doris Walker-Dalhouse

2022 Associate Chair:
Alfred W. Tatum


If this is your first visit to the 2022 LRA Proposal Submission system, you will need to create a new user account. Please select “Create a New Account,” below. If you created a new account and are unable to sign in, please contact Kendra Tyner at, for assistance

Hotel Rate 

LRA’s contracted rate at the beautiful Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel is $170/night plus tax. Attendees will be able to reserve their rooms, in late July.  Phone reservations will not be accepted by the hotel. All reservations must be made through the registration portal. If you have any questions regarding booking a reservation, please reach out to LRAHQ.

The reduced room rate will be available until November 7th, 2022 or until the block is full. See you in Atlanta!

Important Dates to Remember

January 18, 2022

First day that proposals for the 2022 Conference may be submitted online.

February 7, 2022

2021 conference papers must be submitted for review to the Editors of Literacy Research: Theory, Method, and Practice to be considered for Volume 72.

March 1, 2022

Proposals for the 2022 conference program must be submitted electronically by 11:59 PM PST. Submitted proposals will be inaccessible, during the review period.

July 24, 2022

Notification of all proposal review decisions will be sent out via email, but only to the individual identified as the contact person when the proposal was submitted. This person must notify all other individuals.

August 15, 2022

Applications for the Student Research Award must be received by the Chair of the committee (see LRA website for Award details)

October 1, 2022

Applications for the J. Michael Parker Award must be received by the Chair of the committee (see LRA website for Award details)