930008 Gender, Ethnicity and Language

winter semester 2019/2020 | Last update: 03.09.2019 Place course on memo list
Gender, Ethnicity and Language
SE 2

Students understand social categories such as gender, race, migraion, class and disability as intersectional linguistic constructions. They are able to discuss feminist theories, methods and contexts from a critical, practice-oriented linguistic perspective and can evaluate their content.

Every day, gender and race are linguistically reproduced as a relevant social categories. In this way, hierachies that are based on gender and race conceptions are manifested. We will investigate how discriminatory language use reproduce hegemonic norms such as heteronormativity, cisgendering and binary gendering and analyse the effects generated by the position of the speaker and addressee every time a person is named and referred to. The course aims at understanding genderism and racism as power relations that are interdependent with migratism, classism, and ableism. Students will be asked to analyse lingustic practices, including silencing, and develop ideas for an intervention with a power sensitive approach.

Dispositive analysis, discourse analysis, social positioning and critical self-positioning, life stories

Presentation and documentation of intervention (detailed draft of an intervention comprising specification of problem, analysis and implementation of intervention, based on the presentation)

Hornscheidt, Lann (2012): Feministische W_orte. Ein Lern-, Denk- und Handlungsbuch zu Sprache und Diskriminierung, Gender Studies und feministischer Linguistik. Frankfurt/Main: Brandes & Apsel.

Hornscheidt, Lann (2015): Trans_x_ing linguistic actions and linguistics. In Jenny Magnusson, Karin Milles, Zoe Nikolaidou (Hg.): Könskonstruktioner och språkförändringar. Södertörns högskola, S. 29–46;

Lorde, Audre (2007 [1980]): Age, Race, Class, and Sex: Women Redefining Difference. In Audre Lorde: Sister outsider. Essays and speeches. Berkeley, CA: Crossing Press, pp. 114–123.


If there are any questions with regard to the gender-master, please contact the coordinator of this master program gender-studies@uibk.ac.at

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Date Time Location
Fri 2020-01-10
09.00 - 17.00 SR VI (Theologie) SR VI (Theologie) Barrier-free
Sat 2020-01-11
09.00 - 17.00 SR VI (Theologie) SR VI (Theologie) Barrier-free
Fri 2020-01-17
09.00 - 17.00 SR VI (Theologie) SR VI (Theologie) Barrier-free
Sat 2020-01-18
09.00 - 17.00 SR VI (Theologie) SR VI (Theologie) Barrier-free