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  1. mhenderson, Perception and Realization in Language and Gender Research, MI USA

Message 1: Perception and Realization in Language and Gender Research, MI USA

Date: Sun, 19 Jan 2003 14:47:48 +0000
From: mhenderson <>
Subject: Perception and Realization in Language and Gender Research, MI USA

Perception and Realization in Language and Gender Research: An
International Conference

Location: East Lansing, Michigan, USA
Date: 19-Jul-2003 - 20-Jul-2003 
Call Deadline: 01-Mar-2003

Web Site:
Contact Person: Mara Henderson
Meeting Email:
Linguistic Subfield(s): General Linguistics 

Meeting Description: 

Conference Announcement and Call for Participation

Organized by the Committee on the Status of Women in Linguistics (COSWL) and the International Gender and Language Association (IGALA)

Funded by the National Science Foundation

Conference Organizers:

Mary Bucholtz, University of California, Santa Barbara
Miriam Meyerhoff, University of Edinburgh (

Conference Assistant:

Mara Henderson, University of California, Santa Barbara

Conference website:

A conference to promote international dialogue on perception and
realization in language and gender research will be held during the
intersession of the 2003 Linguistic Society of America Institute at
Michigan State University. The conference will bring together scholars
from around the world to address the question: How is the relationship
between language and gender perceived and realized, both by speakers
and by researchers themselves?

Over the past decade, the related issues of perception and realization
have become increasingly central in language and gender
research. Concerns with the nature of gender differences in language
use have been largely replaced with newer, and still emergent,
research questions about how people perceive some linguistic features
to be associated with gender and how such associations are realized in
specific contexts of language use. These questions include: How can we
assert with confidence that a linguistic phenomenon is associated with
gender? How and when are gender identities salient? To what extent do
perceptions of gendered language use correspond to linguistic
manifestations of gender identity? The conference seeks to address
these new, central issues in the field by fostering dialogue among
international representatives of various theoretical, methodological,
and disciplinary perspectives.

Invited Speakers 

Barbara Horvath (University of Sydney) 
Celia Kitzinger (University of York) 
Helga Kotthoff (Pädgogische Hochschule Freiburg) 
Joan Pujolar Cos (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) 
Margaret Wetherell (The Open University) 

Workshops (working titles)

Conceptualizing the Community in the Study of Language, Gender, and Sexuality
Rusty Barrett (University of Michigan) 

Ethnographic Methods in Language and Gender Research
Lanita Jacobs-Huey (University of Southern California) 

Teaching Language and Gender
Shari Kendall (Texas A&M University) 

Critical Discourse Analysis Meets Conversation Analysis
Yumiko Ohara (Tokai International College, Honolulu) 

Taking Language and Gender Research Beyond the Academy
Maria Stubbe (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand) 

New Variationist Approaches to Language and Gender
Qing Zhang (University of Texas, Austin) 

Call for Abstracts

In order to encourage in-depth interaction between presenters and
audience members and to enable the widest possible range of
participants and topics, all submitted presentations will be presented
in poster format. Although posters are not yet widely used in
presenting language and gender research, they have many advantages
over traditional oral presentations:

* Posters encourage longer and more meaningful interaction between
presenters and audience members
* Posters enable audience members to assimilate larger amounts of
information than can be communicated orally
* Posters allow the presenter to present information in multiple
formats simultaneously
* Posters allow the presenter to easily distribute supplemental materials 
* Posters encourage participation from scholars who may feel less
comfortable with oral presentations

Detailed guidelines and recommendations for poster presentations can
be found at the conference website or can be requested by email from
any of the conference organizers. Posters must follow conference

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Abstract submissions must include the following information for each
presentation author:

1. Name 
2. Department 
3. Institutional affiliation 
4. Email address 
5. Mailing address 
6. Poster title
7. Abstract of no more than 250 words
8. Equipment requests: TV/VCR, CD/cassette player (please request only
what you are sure you need; contact an organizer if you have other

No more than one individually authored presentation and one coauthored
presentation may be submitted by the same person. Poster authors
should plan to attend the conference; posters by authors not in
attendance normally will not be displayed. (Coauthored posters may be
presented if at least one author is in attendance.)

Abstracts should be submitted electronically to both conference
organizers. If online submission is not possible, notify one of the
organizers well before the deadline to make other arrangements.

Presenters should plan to bring 25 copies of the paper on which the
poster is based to distribute to interested conference
participants. The text of invited talks, workshop materials, and
papers related to poster presentations will be posted on the
conference website after the conference.

Related events

LSA Linguistic Institute, June 30-August 8, 2003
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
Theme: Language, Mind, and Culture
The Institute offers many courses on language and gender-related
topics. Student fellowships are available.

Meeting of the International Pragmatics Association, July 13-18, 2003
Toronto, Canada
Theme: Linguistic Pluralism: Policies, Practices, and Pragmatics

NOTE: A direct train runs between Toronto and East Lansing.
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