Dr. Lydia Kokkola holds the Chair in English and Education at Luleå University of Technology. She is Reviews Editor for the International Research Society of Children’s Literature, and a former editor of the International Board for Books for Youth’s journal Bookbird. Previously, she was a Research Fellow of the Academy of Finland and a collegium researcher at the University of Turku, Finland.
Professor Kokkola’s main research interests are Reading in English as a Foreign Language, Children’s Literature, Adolescence, Holocaust Studies, Trauma Studies, Cognitive Literary Theory and is currently beginning work on the emotions and reading, including the reading of new media and electronic literature. Her most recent book-length study, Fictions of Adolescent Carnality: Sexy Sinners and Delinquent Deviants, focuses on Anglophone presentations of adolescent desire in fiction for teens.
7:30pm | Monday, Nov 10
Free Public Lecture and Reception
The Reading Brain: Creating Connections in Fiction and Digital Texts
This lecture uses neuroscience, literacy education and cognitive literary studies to examine differences between traditional narratives and digital media. Since both game-playing and extended novel reading can affect how the brain develops, teachers need to understand how they can enable their pupils to develop the neural pathways that make flexibility of reading style possible.
Mayer Family Community Hall
Performing Arts Centre, Augustana Campus