Humanities Decanted: Lal Zimman

Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm

"Transgender Language Reform: Some Challenges and Strategies for Promoting Trans-Affirming, Gender-Inclusive Language"

Join us for a presentation and discussion with Lal Zimman (Linguistics) about his new work, “Transgender Language Reform.” Refreshments will be served.
With a growing societal interest in the experiences of transgender people has come a new kind of awareness about gendered language. Zimman’s recent article, “Transgender language reform: some challenges and strategies for promoting trans-affirming, gender-inclusive language,” takes a linguistic approach to trans-inclusive language by distilling the practices of transgender speakers of English into a series of challenges and potential solutions. A short presentation of his work will be followed by an audience discussion of practical strategies for trans-affirming and gender-inclusive language in the university context.
Lal Zimman is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at UC Santa Barbara. His research takes a broad perspective on trans language, from voices to narratives to terminological choices. His edited volume, Queer Excursions: Retheorizing Binaries in Language, Gender, and Sexuality, won the Association for Queer Anthropology’s Ruth Benedict Prize in 2014.
Sponsored by the IHC’s Harry Girvetz Memorial Endowment.

Target Audience

Alumni, Graduate Students, Prospective Students, Undergraduate Students


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