Keynote Speakers

Susan Ehrlich is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at York University, Toronto, Canada. She has written extensively on language, sexual violence and the law and is currently working on a project that investigates intertextual practices in the legal system, demonstrating how such an investigation can shed light on broader patterns of social inequalities.  Recent books include The Handbook of Language, Gender and Sexuality (co-edited with Miriam Meyerhoff and Janet Holmes) and Discursive Constructions of Consent in the Legal Process (co-edited with Diana Eades and Janet Ainsworth).

Michelle Lazar is Associate Professor and Head of Department of English Language & Literature at the National University of Singapore.  With research interests in critical discourse analysis and multimodality, Michelle has published widely in the areas of gender, sexuality, media and politics. She was recipient of the 2018 IGALA Best Article Award for her research on the discourse of homonationalism in a global southern context.

Busi Makoni is an Associate Teaching Professor in the African Studies Program at Penn State University (USA). Her research straddles linguistic anthropology and sociolinguistics by focusing on language and social identity in Africa and the United States, particularly with respect to hierarchies of gender, sexuality, and socioeconomic class. Some of her most recent work has appeared in Gender and Language, African Cultural Studies, International Journal of the Sociology of Language, International Journal of Applied Linguistics, Discourse & Communication, Feminist Studies and the Journal of Multicultural Discourses.

Lal Zimman is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Affiliated Faculty in Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His work is broadly focused on the linguistic practices of transgender speakers, and uses a mixture of sociophonetic, discourse analytic, ethnographic, and experimental methods. He has published on a range of linguistic issues affecting trans communities, and his current work focuses on the language of trans people of color with a focus on trans Latinx identities. He is General Editor of OUP’s Series in Language, Gender, and Sexuality.