Welcome to the Lavender Languages Conference website. Here you will find information about the 22nd annual Lavender Language Conference (February 13-15, 2015) and announcements about sessions under development, as well as archived programs and abstracts from previous conferences.
Commitment: Lav 22 offers discussions of language and sexuality that draw on current debates in anthropological linguistics, sociolinguistics, sexuality studies, and queer theory to examine diverse voices and experiences.
Atmosphere: The conference proudly maintains a "no attitude" atmosphere. The conference setting is deliberately informal. The program includes many opportunities for formal and informal discussion. Fees are deliberately suppressed to ensure that registration is affordable for the widest possible audience. Conference activities take place in accessible sites. And, with sufficient advance notice, all events have sign-language support. No one attending Lav 22 need feel alone, out-of-place, or unloved.
Program planning: Already there are several sessions under development with titles and contact details, and session descriptions will soon follow. Your ideas for a session or your plans for your own, individual paper are welcome, of course. Contact the conference coordinator for details.
About the choice of conference dates: Lav 21 had to be compressed (from 3 days to 2) owing to a snowstorm and its effects on air travel. We considered changing the conference dates to a time later in the month or later in the spring. But truthfully, any date we select before spring break will coincide with the possibility of snowfall. And any date after spring break coincides with someone's national or regional meetings. The plan is to try Valentine's weekend again, hoping that snowflakes won't strike twice in the same place two years in a row. If we need to regroup on this policy after Lav 22, we will.
Logistics: Information about campus logistics and information on accommodations is posted elsewhere on the website. Please note that we will once again negotiate a block of hotel rooms at a site convenient to campus and at a reasonable weekend rate. To confirm rooms at this rate, conference participants are asked to make reservations through the hotel website by mid-January. Details will be available at Accommodations.
Please message back (firstname.lastname@example.org) at any time if you have questions about the conference program or related logistics.
With best wishes,
Wlm L. Leap
Lavender Languages 22