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Colloque: Gender-Neutral / Fair / Inclusive/ Nonbinary / Non-sexist languages and their dis/contents

We are delighted to announce the conference entitled "Gender-Neutral / Fair / Inclusive / Nonbinary / Non-sexist Languages and Their Dis/contents"

This exceptional conference will take place on 16 and 17 October at the University of Chicago Center in Paris, located in the 13th arrondissement.

The working language of the conference will be English, and a detailed programme of speeches and sessions is available below.


As places are limited, we encourage anyone interested to register as soon as possible by sending an e-mail to Please specify in the subject line: CONFERENCE REGISTRATION.

Programm OCTOBER, 16 Welcome and opening remarks 09:30-09:45 Session 1 : Activism 09:45 -11:15 Mariel M. Acosta Matos (CUNY): “¿Por qué los anarquistas usan la X?”: Anarchists’ Prefigurative Politics and Discourses on Inclusive Language Maria Bakaliou & Angeliki Alvanoudi (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki): Attitudes towards nonbinary language reforms in a Greek feminist activist group Ernesto Cuba (CUNY): New’ morphemes and gendered identities in tension: Fragmentations and divergences in metadiscourses for gender-inclusive language in the Peruvian activist scene Coffee break Keynote Lecture : Rodrigo Borba 11:30-12:30 Lunch break Session 2 : Guidelines 14:00-15:30 Pauline Dupret (Université Catholique de Louvain): Mere Formal change, Necessary Evil or Leap Forward? About the Political Significance of Institutional Inclusive Writing Guidelines. Daniel Elmiger (University of Geneva): Guidelines for non-sexist / inclusive language: An evolving genre Aline Siegenthaler (University of Geneva): A quantitative and qualitative analysis of the suggested inclusive language forms in recent guides for gender-inclusive language Coffee break Session 3 : Law & Politics 16:00-17:30 Elena Mascarenhas (University of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne) : Inclusive language in Francophone law : uses and legislation. Benjamin Moron-Puech, (Lumière Lyon 2 university): Litigation in the field of gendered language. How do judge perceive gender inclusive language? Bianca Alencar Vellasco, (Universidade Federal de Goiás): Gender-neutral Language, Moral Panic, and Verbal Hygienism: Political and Metadiscursive Disputes in Brazil. Diner OCTOBER, 17 Session 4 : Visibility Strategies 10:00 -11:30 Farida Soliman (Queen Mary University of London): Navigating gender-inclusive language in Arabic: strategies and challenges for nonbinary Egyptians Zuzann Jusińska (University of Warsaw): Expressing non-binary identities via grammatical gender? Claudia Crespo del Rio (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú): Teachers discourses on inclusive language: how are gender issues addressed in the Peruvian educational context? Coffee break

Presentation of the CaFé Project 12:00-12:30 Lunch break Session 5 : Transnational & Multilingual Dynamics 14:00-15:30 Martin Stegu (Vienna University of Economics and Business): What multilinguals can tell us about (their use) of gender-fair language Berit Johannsen (Universität Greifswald): Transnational/Translingual metalinguistic discourse on the use of trans Maureen O. Gallagher (Australian National University); Whose Language? Navigating and Negotiating Gender-Neutrality in the German Language in Germany, North America, and Australia Coffee break Session 6 : Critics of Institutionalisation 16:00-17:30 Brian King (Hong Kong University): Coercing in, coercing out: Metadiscourse on the pitfalls of ‘inclusive language’ for intersex people’s self-determination Ier Vermeulen & Nina Friedman (Utrecht University): On the Mainstreaming of Gender Neutral and Inclusion Based Languages in the United States and Europe: A Transgender Melting Point Jennifer Kaplan (University of California, Berkeley); Writing between the lines of ‘wokisme’ and ‘fascisme’ : ‘L’écriture inclusive’ as a rhetorical device in the French Press Diner

Au plaisir de vous y voir,

Julie Abbou, Rodrigo Borba, Heather Burnett

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