Virtual Conference Session By Day (all times listed in Pacific Time Zone):

Friday, May 21, 2021

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Welcome to the Lavender Languages and Linguistics 27th Conference sponsored by the Human Sexuality PhD Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Our 2020 conference was postponed given the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic and will now be held virtually from May 21-23, 2021. This conference site provides you access to the conference presentations, program information and much more.

Join the conference sessions by finding the individual author/paper title or event by clicking on the titles below, which are organized by time slot for the date shown below. If you click the title of the session, more information like the abstract and presenter contact information will be shown. All sessions will be held via Zoom. If you do not already have a Zoom account, please be sure to sign up for a free account here. All sessions will be held via Zoom. If you have trouble joining a session, use this URL for conference Zoom technical support at and be sure to add in the panel number you are having trouble joining. All sessions are in the Pacific Time Zone US & Canada, UTC/GMT - 7 (PDT). There is a time zone converter button found on the left under Conference Links to allow you to understand the conversion for where you are located. The sessions will not be recorded. When joining the Zoom session, please consider adding your name and pronoun in your profile (i.e. Michelle Marzullo (she/her); see more on how to do this here: If you have questions during the conference, please email Michelle Marzullo at

Have you ever wondered why talk about sexuality is everywhere? How certain identities have formed or how slurs around sex, sexuality, and gender persist? Interested in how political talk impacts our intimate understandings of ourselves?

If so, then join us at the Lavender Languages and Linguistics conference held at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Participants from around the world will deliver papers that closely examine these questions. Students, activists, and early career scholars are encouraged to attend.

The Lavender Languages and Linguistics conference, dedicated to language and sexuality research, has run annually since 1993. Lavender Language 27 will retain its inclusive, supportive atmosphere, and students and scholars with interest in language and sexuality (broadly defined) will be welcome. The conference aims at being a safe space following the  anti-harassment policy of the Association of Computational Linguistics.

Keynote speakers:

Jack Halberstam, Columbia University

Watch On Destitution, Dereliction, Depreciation and Dispossession

Elizabeth Freeman, University of California at Davis

Watch The Book of Love is Long and Boring: Reading Aloud, Care Work, & Contemporary Children’s Literature

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