This conference emerges from the expanding awareness among educators about the importance of gender diversity and inclusion in the classroom. As the need to cultivate safe and respectful spaces for discussing a range of experiences and identities becomes more evident, there’s an escalating demand for effective methods to incorporate gender-inclusive language in teaching.
The conference “From Theory to Practice: Advancing Gender-Inclusive Language Pedagogy” seeks to unify researchers, practitioners, and members of LGBTQI+ communities in a collaborative and inclusive effort. Together, we aim to discover and disseminate best practices for fostering inclusive spaces in languages both with and without grammatical gender distinctions.
Given the unique grammatical gender constructs, linguistic norms, and cultural considerations inherent to many languages, these factors can deeply influence the implementation of gender-inclusive language methods. Therefore, a key feature of our conference will be language-specific roundtable discussions (organized based on submissions) tailored to address the distinctive challenges and subtleties of each language. Educators focusing on the same language will have a dedicated forum to discuss issues inherent to their linguistic area. Attendees will be equipped with practical techniques that are both rooted in theory and adapted to the diverse linguistic landscapes.
To that end, we welcome submissions addressing the following topics:
- best practices for affirming gender diversity and incorporating themes of gender inclusivity in the classroom
- research-based gender-inclusive methodologies and pedagogies
- methods and practices for incorporating gender-inclusive forms in specific languages
- the broader sensitivities and experiences of LGBTQ+ students in the language classroom
Paper proposals should be in English, up to 500 words in length excluding references, and should be submitted by January 8, 2024.
We encourage submissions addressing all languages and levels of education.
Notifications of acceptance will be emailed by February 12, 2024.
Certificates of Attendance and Digital Badges will be emailed to all participants who attend on Zoom.
Keynote Speaker: Wes Chernin
Wes Chernin (he/him) is an award winning transgender speaker, consultant, educator, and speech-language pathologist (SLP). He partners with schools, healthcare clinics, businesses, and communities in order to support queer & trans belonging.
1st Annual Conference
Watch recorded panels of our first conference that took place in April 2023
Conference Organizing Committee
María Mercedes Fages Agudo, Master Lecturer in Spanish, USC
Evgeny Dengub, Professor (teaching) of Russian, Director of the Center for Languages and Cultures, USC
Katherine Guevara, K-12 STEM Center Assistant Director, Viterbi School of Engineering, USC
Yi-Hsien Liu, Associate Professor (teaching) of Chinese, USC
Ben Papadopoulos, Ph.D Candidate, University of California Berkeley
USC Center for Languages and Cultures
Levan Institute for the Humanities
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures
Department of French and Italian
German Studies Program
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Gender-Inclusive Language Teaching Resources
Check out our collection of resources for gender-inclusive language classroom