Call for Papers: Lavender Languages & Linguistics Conference 25

Rhode Island College, Providence RI

20-22 April 2018



The Lavender Languages Conference series has a rich history of examining language use and representation in relation to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, heterosexual and/or queer life, as well as language and sexuality more broadly. The Conference defines discussions of “language” as including all areas of semiosis, including pronunciation, lexical choice, grammar, semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, (critical) discourse analysis, and the analysis of communication in various text genres, modes (spoken, written, signed, multimodal, non-verbal) and media. Historical, literary, and descriptive studies are welcomed, as are performance-centered presentations and poster displays. While the language of presentation is English, research on languages other than English are welcomed and encouraged.

The Conference proudly maintains a “no attitudes” atmosphere to ensure that all attendees will benefit from a welcoming, supportive and collaborative conference space.

Call for papers

The conference program has always included papers addressing a wide range of topics, and we hope to see that diversity maintained at Lav25. We invite abstracts for presentations which explore site-specific relationships between language and sexuality within broader contexts of social, cultural, linguistic, and gender-sexuality theories. This year, papers and panels that address future directions for language and sexuality inquiry are particularly welcomed.

The Lav25 website ( provides a list of panels being organized to which you are invited to submit an abstract. Please contact David Peterson (conference program coordinator; ) for more information regarding the abstract submission.

Abstracts for individual papers and poster presentations should be no more than 250 words, and should include the presentation title and the presenter’s name, affiliation, and email address. Abstracts should describe the paper’s/poster’s focus, research method, findings and ties to language and sexuality interests.

Panel organizers are responsible for soliciting and selecting abstracts (4-8 papers), and then submitting a panel proposal. You are welcome to advertise a call for submissions to your panel via our website, where we will have a section entitled ‘Sessions under development’; please contact Elijah Edelman (conference on-site coordinator; to arrange for the posting. Proposals for pre-organized panels should include an overall abstract (also 250 words) as well as titles and abstracts for all intended panel members.

Abstracts must be submitted using the EasyAbs system, available here: 

Deadline for individual abstracts and panel proposals: 15 November 2017

All proposals will be evaluated by the conference’s Scientific Committee based on quality, significance, and relevancy to the conference’s themes. Presenters will be notified of acceptance in January 2018.

All paper presentations, including those within organized sessions, will be a maximum of 20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for discussion.

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