Call for papers: gender, language and sexuality

This looks like a great idea. Despite having decided I don’t want to do asexuality research anymore, I’m rather tempted to have a serious go at setting out my idea about the historical emergence of the sexual assumption in the hope I can get some corpus linguists interested in helping me investigate it:

We are Mandy, Katharina and Federica writing on behalf of RiGLS, the research group in gender, language and sexuality at Lancaster University (UK), founded by Dr Jane Sunderland. For more information on RiGLS, please visit our page:

We would like invite researchers interested in sexuality and/or gender in conjunction with language and/or a linguistic approach to come to any number of our sessions and/or to give a talk themself.
The sessions usually take place on Wednesdays, from 2 to 3.30pm (within term-time). Please find attached our programme for the current term.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with a suggestion for a talk in the future. We would be happy to accommodate your needs in terms of time and day of the week.

The Department of Linguistics and English Language is a very vibrant one in terms of both teaching and research and we are only one among many research groups active in the department. You can have a look at all the Research Groups here: We also at times team up with some of these groups to provide joint talks, for example this term with UCREL (Computer Corpus Research on Language) and LIP (Language, Identity and Power) on automatically detecting gender bias in media coverage (
Interdisciplinary work in general is very welcome. We also encourage presentations on work in progress. One of our aims is to facilitate constructive criticism and exchange of expertise between researchers in the wide field of gender, language and sexuality.

We have a small fund available to help with external speakers’ expenses such as train journeys within the UK.

If you are interested in giving a talk at RiGLS or you would like to come to a talk and would like further information please get in touch with us:
Mandy Yu:
Katharina Wind:
Federica Formato:
We also have a facebook page “RiGLS” and our Twitter account is @RiGLS.

We hope to hear from you.

The RiGLS coordinators

2 responses to “Call for papers: gender, language and sexuality”

  1. Hi, I am one of the RiGLS coordinators (Federica), I just found your page. I was wondering whether you have made progress with the project you had in mind! I also happen to be a corpus linguist (in the broad sense, as my main expertise is gender). Let us know and maybe you can present it at RiGLS.

  2. unfortunately not! I ended up changing focus and don’t think I’ll ever pursue it, which is a shame because I think it would be really interesting to try and track the emergence of asexuality in this way.

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