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Department of Linguistics and English Language: Talk on language, gender and sexuality
Date: 27 June 2012 Time: 14.00-15.30
Venue: Bowland North seminar room 9
Deborah Chirey (Edge Hill University) will give a talk at the Research in Gender, Language and Sexuality group: "Connections and disconnections - reflections on the study of language, gender and sexuality"
Connections and disconnections - reflections on the study of language, gender and sexuality
In this talk, I consider the recent disentanglement of the study of language and sexuality from the study of language and gender, as a result of the insight from Queer Theory that they are separate dimensions. With reference to a range of linguistic research, I explore ways in which the study of language, sexuality and gender involves a shared set of theoretical perspectives, as well as having a common interest in revealing how they are each linked to power. Furthermore, I examine what culturally available discourses are available through which a sexualised and gendered subject position can emerge, and discuss how texts contribute to reproducing heteronormativity. I speculate about future directions of linguistic research in this area, and suggest that further empirical, ethnographic research into the intersections between sexuality, gender and other categories such as race/ethnicity, socioeconomics, age and religion seem productive ways forward.
Furthermore, I note that certain areas, such as masculinity, seem to be of particular interest to researchers at present.
Who can attend: Anyone
Organising departments and research centres: Linguistics and English Language
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