Publications and papers


Walton, Marion & Nicola Pallitt. (forthcoming) Grand Theft South Africa’: Games, literacy and inequality in consumer childhoods  Language and Education

Walton, Marion & Jonathan Donner (2011) Read-Write-Erase: Mobile-mediated publics in South Africa’s 2009 elections. In Katz, James E (ed), Mobile Communication: Dimensions of Social Policy (pp 117-132). New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers.

Prinsloo, M., & Walton, M. (2008) Situated responses to the digital literacies of electronic communication in marginal school settings. Yearbook 2008: African Media, African Children. Norma Pecora, Enyonam Osei-Hwere, and Ulla Carlson (eds). Göteborg: Nordicom, Göteborgs universitet. [Prepublication draft]

Walton, Marion. 2007. “Cheating Literacy: The Limitations of Simulated Classroom Discourse in Educational Software for Children” Language and Education. 21.3. pp197-215. [Prepublication draft]

Walton, Marion. 2007. “’New’ literacies: Educational software and classroom power” Around the Globe 3.3 pp35-37.

Walton, Marion. and Archer, A. 2004. The Web and information literacy: Scaffolding the use of Web sources in a project-based curriculum. British Journal of Educational Technology 35.2. pp173-186. (selected as one of the “Top 20” library instruction articles for 2004)

Walton, Marion. 2004. Behind the screen: The language of web design. In Ilana Snyder & Catherine Beavis (Editors) Rewriting Literacy in the Network Society. Hampton, New Dimensions.

Walton, Marion. and Vukovic’ V. 2003. Cultures, literacies, and the Web: Dimensions of information scent. Interactions, March/April. pp 56-64.


Walton, Marion. (2011). Mobilizing African Publics. Information Technologies & International Development.7.2, Summer 2011, 47–50

Research reports

Walton, M. & J. Donner. (2012). Public access, private mobile: The interplay of shared access and the mobile Internet for teenagers in Cape Town. Global Impact Study Research Report Series. Cape Town, South Africa: University of Cape Town.

Hassreiter, S., Walton, M. and Marsden, G. (2011). Degrees of sharing. Public voices, impression management and mobile video production in a participatory media project for teens in Makhaza, Khayelitsha. Project report produced for Nokia Research, February 2011.

Walton, Marion. 2010. Mobile literacies & South African teens: Leisure reading, writing, and MXit chatting for teens in Langa and Gugulethu. Research report prepared for the Shuttleworth Foundation m4Lit project. Further project information available

Peer-reviewed conference papers

Paper accepted: “Degrees of Sharing: Proximate Media Sharing and Messaging by Young People in Khayelitsha“, by Marion Walton, Silke Hassreiter, Gary Marsden, Silke Hassreiter and Sena Allen, has been accepted as a full paper to ACM SIGCHI’s International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI) 2012.  Join us in San Francisco Sept. 21-24

Walton, Marion. 2010. Social distance, mobility and place: Global and intimate genres in geo-tagged photographs of Guguletu, South Africa. Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2010), Arhus, Denmark, August 18-20. Draft

Walton, Marion. 2010. Mobile republic: Visual approaches to discourse in South African mobile social networks. Paper to be presented at ISEA 2010, Ruhr, Germany in August. Prepublication draft

Vosloo, Steve, Marion Walton, and Ana Deumert. (2009) m4Lit: a teen m-novel project in South Africa. Proceedings of the 8th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (mLearn 2009) held on October 26-30, 2009 in Orlando, USA. Available Prepublication draft

Elliott, Charlene, Marsden, Gary, Marion Walton, Nunez, David and Blake, Edwin, (2009) Design Notations for Creating Virtual Environments SAICSIT’09 Annual Conference of the South African Institute of Computer Scientists and Information Technologists.  Riverside Hotel and Conference Centre, Vaal River. 13/14 October

Other conferences

Walton, M. and J. Donner. 2012. Spatial injustices and mobile communication: Patterns of internet access in urban South Africa. Paper to be presented at ICA 2012 (Phoenix, AZ. May 24-28, 2012). International Communication Association. Washington, DC

Donner, J. & M. Walton. Notes on the interplay of mobile and fixed internet use by low-income teens in Cape Town. Paper presented at CSCW 2011, March 19–23, 2011, Hangzhou, China.

Walton, Marion and Jonathan Donner. 2009. Read-Write-Erase: Mobile-mediated publics in South Africa’s 2009 elections. Paper to be presented at the international conference on Mobile communication and social policy, Center for Mobile Communication Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA October 9-11, 2009.

Walton, Marion and Tino Kreutzer. 2009. ‘A phone that has life has Internet’: Mobile-only Internet access and media use by teens in Khayelitsha, South Africa.” Annual Conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), “Human Rights and Communication”. July 21-24.

Walton, Marion and Nicola Pallitt 2008. What’s inside ‘a Google’?: Understanding primary school students’ conceptualisations of search engines and searching. Schools ICT Conference at The Cape Academy for Mathematics, Science and Technology, Cape Town, 1-3 October 2008

Walton, Marion. 2008. Holding the floor: Multimodal discourse and Player versus Player combat in World of Warcraft. Fourth International Conference on Multimodality: Technology, Multimodal Representation and Knowledge (4-ICOM), 30 July – 1 Aug Singapore.

Walton, Marion. 2007. Software as multimodal discourse. The Learning Conference: The fourteenth International Conference on Learning. 26 – 29 June, 2007, Johannesburg.

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