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Lavender Languages & Linguistics Conference

23rd Annual Lavender Languages

Welcome to the Lavender Languages Conference website. Here you will find information about the 23nd annual Lavender Language Conference (February 12-14, 2016), including Sessions under Development, and archived programs and abstracts from previous conferences.

Commitment: Lav 23 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 23 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 also welcomed.  

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 ( at any time if you have questions about the conference program or related logistics.

With best wishes,  

Wlm L. Leap
Conference Coordinator
Lavender Languages 23 

2016 Dates for Lavender Langs XXIII
February 12-14, 2016
Final Schedule now available

2016 Conference Accommodations Rate
See Accommodations page for Courtyard Marriott ($109/night) info and link.

2016 Special Event
Roundtable: The Browning of Queer

Journal of Language and Sexuality
Journal of Language and Sexuality

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