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Fri Feb 12 2021

FYI: CFP for Edited Volume Entitled: Redoing Linguistic Worlds: Unmaking Gender Binaries, Remaking Gender Pluralities

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 09-Feb-2021
From: Kris Knisely <>
Subject: CFP for Edited Volume Entitled: Redoing Linguistic Worlds: Unmaking Gender Binaries, Remaking Gender Pluralities
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Call for Submissions: Edited Volume

Redoing linguistic worlds:Unmaking gender binaries, remaking gender pluralities

Co-editors: Kris Aric Knisely (University of Arizona: & Eric Louis Russell (University of California, Davis:

Contemporary attention to gender diversity can be situated in a long historical arc. Recent decades have seen increased interest in how language users are challenging gender boundaries and binarities, including their realization in and through linguistic and sociolinguistic praxes. Speakers are calling into question grammatical, semantic, and lexical normativities; they are defying forces that have and continue to construct, reflect, and reify feminine-masculine dualities; and they are interrogating appeals to cis-readability that fuel the recreation of gender oppositions. All of this is taking place within –and even beyond– communities of practice labeled as trans, non-binary, and/or gender non-conforming, in a variety of culturally specific manners.

The aim of Redoing linguistic worlds is to assemble emerging voices and innovative investigations into the linguistic, sociolinguistic, and pedagogical realities of speech communities that surpass and call into question gender binarity. The volume aims to fill an important gap in contemporary scholarship by giving particular focus on Romance and Germanic languages and speech communities, i.e. those that have traditionally projected female/male binarity in the lexicon and grammar.

We invite chapter proposals that open conversations about how forms and structures in these languages are used to reflect and communicate experiences of the world. We are particularly interested in scholarship that subverts and calls into question gendered normativities as these are manifested in language, writ large. All proposed contributions should include pertinent descriptions of linguistic, sociolinguistic, pedagogical, and/or discursive data (broadly conceived), indicate how these will be interpreted (theory, method, approach), and clearly articulate a thesis pertinent to the framework of this volume. Submissions from scholars whose lived experiences resonate with the focus of this volume are particularly welcomed, as are those from graduate students and early-career professionals. While we do not have guarantees from any publisher, Multilingual Matters has expressed interest in the volume.

Organization and Structure of the Volume
The volume is organized around four major themes, although it is feasible that some contributions might span one or more of these.

I. Unmaking gender binaries and remaking gender pluralities in the classroom: focus on first and second language instructional settings

II. Unmaking gender binaries and remaking gender pluralities online: focus on virtual sociolinguistic and discursive spaces

III. Unmaking gender binaries and remaking gender pluralities offline: focus on physical sociolinguistic and discursive spaces

IV. Unmaking gender binaries and remaking gender pluralities as activism: focus on language use and performativity as perlocutionary resistance and social change
Instructions for Proposals

Title, 500-word abstract, & short author bio due by March 15, 2021. Please see the following link for the full CFP and instructions for proposal submission:

Thank you.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

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