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CFP for the Summer 2020 issue of the ESSE Messenger

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CFP for the Summer 2020 issue of the ESSE Messenger

Theme: Language, discourse and gender identity
Guest editors:
Dr. Isil Bas, Istanbul Kultur University, Turkey
Dr. Maria Socorro Suárez Lafuente, University of Oviedo, Spain
Deadline: 31 May 2020.

Identities are constituted and reconstituted by language, which gives the illusion that
linguistic organization reflects a definitive sense of belonging in a neatly structured
world. Since mid-twentieth century, however, language has increasingly started to be
suspected, as its neutrality has constantly been under attack by theoreticians who see
it as reflecting and strengthening hierarchical social orders that oppress certain
groups and individuals that fall outside the established norms. Gender scholars,
especially, now approach language as a “discourse” that either fits or subverts the
aims of patriarchy. They claim that gender discourse has been barely unalterable for
centuries, when subversion was fairly easy to silence and invisibilize. But in the last
half century gender discourse acquired a name and a presence and marked the way
for minorized groups to form and voice their different identities and in Bronwyn
Davies’s words “multiple ways of being.” (1990:502)
The upcoming Messenger issue will concentrate on both the role of language in
creating gendered identities and alternative “discourses” that envisage the existence
and possibility of plural and variable existences and worlds that challenge traditional
sexed and gendered polarities.
To that end we seek articles that address:
• Language as marker of gender identities
• Language as reflection of cultural patterns of dominance and subordination
• Use of language to construct dominant gender ideologies through history.
• Use of language to suppress the gender discourses through history.
• Gender-Appropriate Language
• Positioning in Gender communication
• Analysis of gender discourse to express personal identities.
• Possibility of linguistic “sex change”