SOAS University of London

Department of Linguistics, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Workshop on gender and linguistic fieldwork

Various speakers

Date: 8 June 2015Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 8 June 2015Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 4426

Type of Event: Workshop

The purpose of the workshop is to provide a platform for fieldworkers to exchange their experiences and reflections on the role gender plays in both their work and personal life while in the field.

A lot has been said about the relationship between gender and fieldwork in anthropology, but no such exchange has yet been initiated in documentary linguistics. By means of this workshop we hope to start bridging that gap, and hopefully make fieldworkers more aware of ways of conceptualising, and relating to both their gendered experience, and gender dynamics in their host communities.

This event is an all-day workshop, with a plenary talk followed by presentations by selected speakers. Each of the presenters will have 20 minutes for the talk, plus 10 minutes for questions.

Plenary talk:

Natalia Buitrón Arias, PhD candidate in Social Anthropology, LSE  & Grégory Deshoullière, PhD candidate in  Social Anthropology, School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) of Paris: Imperfect ethnographers and heterogeneous voices: gendering fieldwork in Ecuadorian Amazonia.

Keynote speaker:

Professor Anne Pauwels, SOAS, University of London: Does gender really matter in linguistic fieldwork?


9:45-10:45Natalia Buitrón Arias (LSE)  & Grégory Deshoullière (EHESS, Paris)PLENARY
Imperfect ethnographers and heterogeneous voices: gendering fieldwork in Ecuadorian Amazonia.
10:45-11:15Coffee break
11:15-11:45Pamela Innes, University of WyomingGender and its role in shaping my understanding of the Mvskoke linguistic world
11:45-12:15Virginia Grover, BirkbeckInsider-Outsider Identities and Gender in Fieldwork in India
12:15-12:45Lindsay Morcom, Queen’s UniversityIndian Status, Idle no More, and Indigenous Language Revitalization: The Renaissance of Indigenous Female Leadership in Ontario
12:45-13:45Lunch break
13:45-14:15Anne Pauwels, SOASKEYNOTE
Does gender really matter in linguistic fieldwork?
14:15-14:45Anthony Capstick, Lancaster UniversityGender dynamics in research on the multilingual literacy practices of migrants in Pakistan and the UK: exploring language in migration and researcher reflexivity.
14:45-15:15Coffee break
15:15-15:45Sarah Foxen, University of ExeterHigh heels or football boots?: Reflections on gender, decision making and data collection in sociolinguistic fieldwork
15:45-16:15Łukasz Pakuła, University of Poznań‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ in Polish ELT: gaining insights from within the classroom
16:15 – 17:00Round table discussion and close


There is no need to register in advance: just turn up on the day.

Suggested Reading List

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