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Viewing gender and sexuality through the Thai language

October 19, 2021 at 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Join the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies for a talk with Dr. Pavadee Saisuwan, Assistant Professor at the Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. Her research lies in sociolinguistics, and her work includes research on the speech of Thai men who identify with non-normative male roles.​

In this talk, Dr. Saisuwan will discuss the relationship between the Thai language, gender and sexuality, and will demonstrate their role in reflecting and constructing gender and sexual identities in Thai society.

The constellation of gender and sexual categories in Thai society is complicated. One of the ways to understand the complexity is through the Thai language. Linguistic labels and expressions in Thai are employed to classify and portray people of different gender and sexual identities, and construct the stereotypical discourse about them. Various linguistic resources including pronouns and in-group language are significant to gender and sexual identities in Thai society.

Registration is required.


This talk is organized by Diana Carter as part of the Inclusive Languages project, and made possible with the support of the Department of Languages and World Literatures.


October 19, 2021
9:00 am - 11:00 am

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Arts and Humanities, Culture and Diversity, Student Learning
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