Discourse, Gender and Sexuality: South-South Dialogues

15-16 November 2013

Wits University

Over the last thirty years or so, the study of discourses of gender and sexuality has gained considerable momentum within the broader field investigating the relationship between language and social processes. However, scholarship on discourse, gender and sexuality continues to be dominated by Western/Northern paradigms, and most of such research is still conducted in the global North. 

It is with a view to redressing this imbalance that this conference aims to bring together scholars from diverse fields of knowledge as well as geographical regions who are interested in showcasing work on any aspect of the relationship between discourse, gender and sexuality in the global South. 

Possible thematic areas may include, but are not limited to:

  • Gender, sexuality, and the body
  • Gender, sexuality and disabilities
  • Identity and desire
  • Gender, sexuality and power
  • Intersections of gender, sexuality, class, race and age
  • Gender, sexuality and poverty
  • Gender, sexuality and the media 
  • Gender, sexuality and violence
  • Gender, sexuality and multilingualism
  • Gender, sexuality and space/place
  • Gender, sexuality and social theory

Plenary speakers

Sibonile Ellece (University of Botswana)
Michelle Maria Lazar (National University of Singapore)
Ana Cristina Ostermann (UNISINOS, Brazil)

Abstract submission

The abstract should be written in English and not exceed 300 words.

Deadline for submissions of abstracts: the abstract should be submitted no later than 15 May to

Conference fees

There are no conference fees. Lunches and coffee breaks are offered by the conference organizers.

Student bursaries

Three bursaries covering travel and accommodation costs are made available to post-graduate students. In order to apply for the bursary, send an email to with a proof of registration for a university degree, a letter of motivation and a letter of support.