The Department of Sociolinguistics and Discourse Studies invites everyone
to a workshop and a lecture by
Dr Jane Sunderland
University of Lancaster
Workshop: Working with naturally-occurring and elicited data in gender and language study
Tuesday, 5 April, 11.30 -13.00, room 109A
Lecture: Key notions in current language and gender/sexuality research
Wednesday, 6 April, 15.00-16.30, room 601A
In this lecture I look at two notions which are sometimes neglected in research into gender/sexuality and language: those of similarities and of distinctions. More specifically, these are the importance of seeking similarities across women and men, boys and girls, and of making a range of distinctions. These concepts intersect at various points. Distinctions are of course relevant to all the social sciences (and presumably the arts and humanities and natural sciences more widely). While similarity has a particular relevance for sociolinguistics in general, it however has a particular ideological relevance for gender and language study.
I also explore two theoretical foci, both related to representation. The first is the question of whether it is not only epistemologically but also politically more appropriate to look at and for ‘gender differences’ in representation than in naturally-occurring talk. The second is the notion of intersectionality and more specifically whether we can talk about representational intersectionality.
I look at the above in relation to four recent empirical research projects: ‘Harry Potter and Boys’ Literacies’ (researchers: Steven Dempster, Jane Sunderland and Joanne Thistlethwaite), ‘Gender representation in language textbooks in Hong Kong’ (researcher: Chi Cheung Ruby Yang), ‘Gender and sexuality in English Language Education: Focus on Poland (researchers: Lukasz Pakula, Joanna Pawelczyk and Jane Sunderland) and ‘Gender representation in children’s picturebooks featuring two-Mum and two-Dad families’ (researchers: Mark McGlashan and Jane Sunderland).
Informację wprowadził/a: Joanna Zadarko