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Upcoming event

Language, gender, sexuality and education

At a time when issues such as LGBT inclusion in Relationships and Sex Education are being hotly debated in the UK and elsewhere, this event responds to an increased awareness of the crucial role that language plays in promoting or preventing gender- and sexuality-based inclusion in schools. The event brings together research which explores how language can be used in schools to both reinforce and challenge sexism, homophobia, heterosexism and heteronormativity. Contributions will examine the various ways in which analysis of spoken and written language use in schools can further understanding of how educators and students experience gender and sexual diversity, and how different gender and sexual identities are constructed through language in school contexts.

The event is intended to be interdisciplinary, bringing together practitioners and scholars working in linguistics, education, and gender and sexuality studies. In doing so, this will facilitate rigorous and timely engagement with the complexities of language, gender, sexuality and education. The event is co-organised by the British Education Research Association (BERA) and the British Association for Applied Linguistics and aims to promote dialogue between gender and sexuality research being conducted across the related disciplines of education and applied linguistics.

The event aims to connect language, gender, sexuality and education research to those who face challenges around inclusion, enriching their professional practice. It also aims to suggest some ways that gender and sexuality diversity might be adequately addressed in guidance, school policy and curricula.


09.30 Registration, tea and coffee
10.00 Opening remarks
Sylvia Shaw, University of Westminster
10.15 Anthony Liddicoat, University of Warwick
11.00 Coffee break
11.20 Jane Sunderland, University of Lancaster
12.00 John Gray, University College London
12.40 Lunch
13.40 Mike Baynham, University of Leeds
14.20 Laila El Metoui, LELM Education
15.00 Coffee break
15.20 Winner of Judith Baxter award
16.10 Completion of evaluation forms
16.15 Reception – The Handbook of Language, Gender and Sexuality book launch