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Talking Gender and Sexuality
Aalborg, November 1999

T A L K I N G   G E N D E R   &   S E X U A L I T Y

5-6 November 1999

Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark

Plenary speakers:
Marjorie H. Goodwin, UCLA
Celia Kitzinger, Loughborough University
Don Kulick, Stockholm University

Abstract submission deadline: 1 August 1999

In the 1990s there has been much debate about the best way to approach the
study of language and gender. The traditional divisions between the
deficit, the cultural difference and the dominance models have been
disputed. One consequence is that the profound theoretical challenge to
how we understand and account for gender - as a dynamic, performative
engagement which is never complete - matches with the rich set of tools
that have been developed for analysing the complexities of everyday
language use, agency and identity in talk-in-interaction. Also, a new
domain has opened up that is ripe for study: the relationship of sexuality
to social interaction and language use. Recent edited book collections
such as 'Language and Masculinity', 'Language and Desire', 'Queerly
Phrased', 'Language & Gender', 'Rethinking Language and Gender Research',
'Feminism and Discourse', and 'Gender Articulated' suggest a flourishing
research enterprise, but one which has yet to be fully explored. 

Attendees of the symposium are invited to present parallel session papers,
to organise panel sessions or to conduct workshops on the theory and/or
practice of analysing verbal and non-verbal social interaction in a
diversity of settings in which participants constitute themselves as
gendered and sexed persons or communities. Presentations of research on
the following settings are welcome: everyday conversation, institutional
talk, talk in the media, computer-mediated communication, and dialogue in
popular culture, fiction and written texts. We desire to achieve a relaxed
forum for discussion and debate, so accepted presentations will be grouped
into thematic sections under the guidance of a section chair and/or
discussant. Presenters will be allotted 20 minutes plus 20 minutes for

Abstracts of max. 300 words in English should be sent with your full
contact details by August 1st, 1999 to Paul McIlvenny (see the address
below). Electronic submissions are welcome. The language of the symposium
is English. Please redistribute this call for papers to interested

For further information, and to pre-register, please see the symposium web
site ( or contact:

Paul McIlvenny (
Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies
Kroghstręde 3
Aalborg University
DK-9220 Aalborg
Tel: +45 9635 9169
Fax: +45 9815 7887