TABLE: Toward a Better Linguistics Environment (Colloquium Series) w/ Kirby Conrod

Monday, Oct 04, 2021 | 3:00 pm

TABLE: Toward a Better Linguistics Environment
Fall Colloquium Series (Mondays at 3pm)
Presented by the Linguistics Department, and co-sponsored by the Office of Graduate Diversity, and the Center for Race & Gender. 

“How to ask the gender question”

Speaker: Kirby Conrod

Hybrid Event
370 dwinelle or zoom registration:

Abstract: A critical approach to methodology in linguistics research should include continuous examination of how demographic information is collected and operationalized. This presentation will give recommendations for strategies to avoid when designing research around gender and/or sex to avoid cissexist or transphobic bias. The presentation reviews several quantitative and qualitative approaches to sex and gender data in linguistics, and examines benefits and drawbacks of each.

Bio: Dr. Kirby Conrod received their BA in Linguistics and Literature at UC Santa Cruz, and their MA and PhD in Linguistics at the University of Washington. Their dissertation, Pronouns Raising and Emerging, is a sociosyntactic analysis of a change in progress around the specific use of singular they. Their recent work focuses on nonbinary pronouns and other sociolinguistic approaches to morphosyntax. They are a visiting assistant professor at Swarthmore College.


TABLE, is a colloquium series which aims to give space to socially and theoretically important topics which are historically neglected within the fields of linguistics and language studies. Speakers will touch on topics including language and gender, language and race, signed language, language and ability, decolonizing linguistics, and social justice pedagogy. While a primary goal of this series is to generate ideas for GSIs and faculty to incorporate directly into their teaching and research, this talk series will be of interest to the general public and all are welcome.

Speaker Schedule
Kirby Conrod – October 4
Robert Englebretson – October 11
Kelly Wright – October 18
Julie Hochgesang – November 8
Linda Tuhiwai Smith – November 15
Anna Bax – November 22

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