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The Book of Love is Long and Boring: Reading Aloud, Care Work, & Contemporary Children’s Literature

Elizabeth Freeman, University of California at Davis 

May 22, 2021

On Destitution, Dereliction, Depreciation and Dispossession

Jack Halberstam, Columbia University

May 23, 2021

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Have you ever wondered why talk about sexuality is everywhere? How certain identities have formed or how slurs around sex, sexuality, and gender persist? Interested in how political talk impacts our intimate understandings of ourselves?

If so, then join us at the Lavender Languages and Linguistics conference held at California Institute of Integral Studies. Participants from around the world will deliver papers that closely examine these questions. Students, activists, and early career scholars are encouraged to attend.

The Lavender Languages and Linguistics conference, dedicated to language and sexuality research, has run annually since 1993. The Human Sexuality PhD Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies is proud to host the 27th Annual Lavender Languages Conference in San Francisco, CA, May 21-23, 2021. See below for more information on purchasing conference tickets, travel, and keynote speakers.

Lavender Language 27 will retain its inclusive, supportive atmosphere, and students and scholars with interest in language and sexuality (broadly defined) will be welcome. The conference aims at being a safe space following the  anti-harassment policy of the Association of Computational Linguistics

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