BACKGROUND

The first Lavender Languages conference was held in 1993, in conjunction with the National March on Washington, DC. Through support from American University’s Department of Anthropology, Women’s/Gender Studies Program and other academic and service programs, from the College of Arts and Sciences and from the University Provost, the conference has become an annual event, regularly attracting participants from England, Wales, Ireland, Austria, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, China, Japan, Brazil, Argentina, Puerto Rico, as well as across the USA and Canada.  The conference is now mobile, hosted by the University of Nottingham in 2017 and by Rhode Island College, Providence, RI in 2018.

Undergraduates and graduate students have always had an active presence in all conference activities—including presenting papers and coordinating panels and workshops, and so have activists, other members of lgbtq communities and other friends. Conference participants work hard to maintain Lav Lgs as a no-attitude event, whose activities are open to anyone interested in lgbtq languages and language research. Please see also: Previous Conferences.

CONFERENCE FOCUS

Stated broadly, the Lavender Languages and Linguistics Conference examines language use in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer life. Linguistic inquiry is broadly defined here, to include studies of: pronunciation, vocabulary and meaning, conversational structures and styles, life stories and other narratives, fiction, and poetry, the “language” of scientific and historic documents and print media, meanings encoded in spatial practices, sign language, non-verbal communication, and communication through photography, cinema and other visual arts. While presentations usually focus on local linguistic practices, they do not neglect the global spread of North Atlantic “gayspeak” and the growing tensions between (homo)sexuality and citizenship worldwide, and they acknowledge the need to position site-specific practices within broader contexts of social, cultural and linguistic theory. The language of conference presentation is English, but the languages explored in presentations have been as varied as Navajo and Japanese, Ukrainian and Hindi, Nicaraguan vernacular Spanish or Kechuan. Presentations from established scholars and from those just beginning to explore lavender language issues are welcomed.

Register for Lavender Languages 25 here: Lavender Languages and Linguistics 25 Registration

Previous Conference information available here and below:

Lavender Languages and Linguistics 24, April 2017 (University of Nottingham)

Conference Program 

Conference Abstracts 

2017 Keynote Speakers:

Helen Sauntson | Queer/ing Applied Linguistics: Researching Language and Sexuality in Schools

Paul Baker | What Polari did next

William Leap | (Lavender) Language Matters: Reflections on the Past and Future of the Lavender Languages Conference

LAV LGS XXIII, FEBRUARY 2016

Conference Program

Conference Abstracts

2016 Special Events

 

LAV LGS XXII, FEBRUARY 2015

2015 Conference Program

2015 Plenary: Rusty Barrett

 

LAV LGS XXI, FEBRUARY 2014

2014 Program & Abstracts

2014 Conference Photo Gallery on FB

Special Events:

  • Critical Discourse Analysis Workshop with David Peterson
  • Premier of Reinterpreting Bukovac (A Documentary Film)
  • “American Orientation: Interpellation of the Gay Male Subject in Literary Narratives in Taiwan” with Ta-Wei Chi

 

LAV LGS XX, FEBRUARY 2013

Conference Program

Special Events:

  • Master Class with Tom Boellstorff
  • 20th Annual Conference Reception with AU Pride

2013 Conference Photo Gallery on FB

 

LAV LGS XIX, FEBRUARY 2012

Conference Program

Special Events:

  • Reporting and Writing Queer Temporalities (Panel discussion)
  • Voices from a Chorus(featuring Paula Bresnan Gibson)
  • 1 Girl, 5 Gays and LGBTQ Discourses in School Settings (featuring Philip Tetro)
  • A Reading from “The Bar Notebook” (featuring Bonnie Morris)

 

LAV LGS XVIII, FEBRUARY 2011

Conference Program

Conference Abstracts

Plenaries:
Scott Kiesling, Carlos Decena, Sharif Mowlabocus

 

LAV LGS XVII, APRIL 2010

Conference Program

Conference Abstracts

Plenaries/Special Presentations
by Gibran Guido, Ellen Lewin, Andrew Tucker

 

LAV LGS XVI, FEBRUARY 2009

Conference Program

Conference abstracts

Plenaries by Aizura and Weismantel

See also podcast of pre-conference workshop:
Is “Hope” Enough? Anticipating the LGBTQ Discursive Landscape of the Obama Administration (requires iTunes)
See also: Bilerico Project recap

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