‘Men, shut up for your rights!’ | language: a feminist guide

Deborah Cameron, who gave our public lecture last term, on the importance of men shutting up:


“If you haven’t spent the last decade living on another planet, I’m sure you will recognise the following sequence of events:

  1. A powerful man says something egregiously sexist, either in a public forum or in a private conversation which is subsequently leaked.
  2. There is an outpouring of indignation on social media.
  3. The mainstream media take up the story and the criticism gets amplified.
  4. The powerful man announces that he is stepping down.
  5. His critics claim this as a victory and the media move on—until another powerful man says another egregiously sexist thing, at which point the cycle begins again.”

Source: ‘Men, shut up for your rights!’ | language: a feminist guide

Public Lecture, 6th June: Professor Deborah Cameron on language and the problem of female authority

TORCH Gender & Authority Public Lecture

(Trinity College, Danson Room,  6th June, 6pm – please register in advance)

The Gender and Authority network, jointly supported by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) and the Balliol Interdisciplinary Institute, is delighted to present a public lecture on ‘Language and the problem of female authority’, delivered by Professor Deborah Cameron and chaired by Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford.
After the lecture, there will be some time for Q&A. The event will conclude with a drinks reception, starting at 7:30pm. Join us for what is sure to be an exciting and enlightening evening, to which all are welcome.
Professor Cameron currently holds the Rupert Murdoch Professorship in Language and Communication, and is a Fellow of Worcester College. Her primary research interests include language, gender, and sexuality; ideologies of language and ‘verbal hygiene’; discourse analysis; and language and globalization. She regularly writes for and speaks to both specialist and generalist audiences, and has a blog called ‘Language: a feminist guide’. Professor Cameron’s publications include the monographs Working with Spoken Discourse (2001),The Myth of Mars and Venus: Do men and women really speak different languages? (2007), Verbal Hygiene (2012), More Heat than Light?: Sex-difference Science & the Study of Language (2013), and the co-authored Gender, Power and Political Speech: Women and Language in the 2015 UK General Election (2016). 
More information about the Gender and Authority Research Network is available at http://torch.ox.ac.uk/genderandauthority and womenandthecanon.wordpress.com.

Our next seminar, 24th May, 5.15pm

TORCH Gender & Authority Seminar

(Somerville College, Vaughan SCR, 24th May, 5.15pm)

We are delighted to announce the latest seminar of the Gender & Authority Research Network, which will take place on Wednesday of Week 5 (24th May) in the Vaughan SCR at Somerville College.


Matthew Hurley (Oxford Brookes University)
The ‘genderman’: (re)negotiating militarized masculinities when ‘doing gender’ at NATO

Jessica Frazier (University of Kent)
The Other Woman: Unorthodox Forms of ‘Femininity’ in the Hindu World


More information about the Gender and Authority Research Network is available at http://torch.ox.ac.uk/genderandauthority and womenandthecanon.wordpress.com

On becoming a ‘woman conductor’ — Sansara

An interesting reflection on gender bias in the world of conducting by Meghan Quinlan:

I never thought about conducting as a gendered profession at all before moving to the UK. It was only after moving here that I saw myself as part of the more rarified category of ‘woman conductor’. This change arose gradually out of the realisation that everyone else was a man and that I was not like them.


Source: On becoming a ‘woman conductor’ — Sansara

Call for Papers – Women on the verge

Call for papers for Women on the Verge, University of Manchester:

“The conference aims to serve as an interdisciplinary forum for discussion, analysis and reflection on the concept of femininity and gender representations, which are socially, geographically and culturally embedded. Furthermore, it focuses on the re-appreciation of women as creative and professional figures within the literary environment and the cultural marketplace (artists, authors, publishers, editors, translators and so forth).”

Source: Call for Papers – Women on the verge

Gender and Authority Seminars this term.

We’re delighted to announce this term’s programme of seminars, which kick off on 25 January, with papers from Jennifer Griffiths (American University of Rome) and Yasmin Khan (University of Oxford). You can stay up to date with all our events through our mailing list, Facebook, and twitter.


Our second seminar will take place on Wednesday 22 February, with papers from Rachel Delman (University of Oxford) and Serena Alessi (British School at Rome).