June 24-30, 2018 at Florida Atlantic University

The first Lavender Languages Institute at Florida Atlantic University will be six days of workshops, discussion sessions and informal conversations explore topics of current interest in language and sexuality studies, queer linguistics, and various lavender language themes. 

Topics that will be addressed include: critical discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, language/sexuality/history; language and the queer of color critique; language, sexuality and postcolonial theory; language and sexuality in diaspora. Plus, defining a language/sexuality research problem, securing research funding, publishing findings, and queer classroom pedagogy.

Who Should Attend?

·         Those just beginning language and sexuality studies.
·         Those preparing undergraduate or graduate research topics (including thesis proposals).
·         Those seeking a safe space to examine language/sexuality topics in depth.

Cost of Participation?

·         A $250 administrative fee in lieu of tuition *
·         On-campus housing, double occupancy room $31 or single occupancy room $31, includes linens
·         Meals and incidentals
·         Round trip travel to FAU**
*Those seeking course credit may make individual arrangements with institute staff prior to the start of the summer program.
**FAU Boca campus is served by airports in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. All three airports connect directly to campus via the regional Tri-Rail (train) service.

This year's application is now open! Deadline to register April 1st, 2018.

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For more information, please contact: William Leap- wleap@fau.edu



Tentative Schedule

9:00am-5:00pm: Classes on the Following Topics:

  • Corpus Linguistics in Language and Sexuality Studies (Dr. Motschenbacher)

  • Critical Discourse Analysis (Dr. Peterson)

  • Language, Sexuality, History (Dr. Leap)

  • Language and Black Queer Experience (Dr. Lane)

  • Language and Queer Diasporas: Asymmetries in Sexual Rights and Political Ideologies (Dr. Viteri)

  • Language and Postcolonial Queer Critique (Dr. Kini, Dr. Valenzuela, Dr. Horswell)

12:00-1:00pm: Lunch Hour

  • Opportunity for round table discussions on additional topics

5:30pm and On: Personal Time

  • Research
  • Conferences
  • Free Time


Meet the Faculty

William LeapDr. William Leap       

William L. Leap, PhD, is an Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the American University (Washington, DC) and an Affiliate Professor in the Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, FL). He is the founding senior editor of the Journal of Language & Sexuality and, since 1993, has coordinated the annual program of the Lavender Language Conference. His writings about language and sexuality address topics as varied as race/class inequities, gender differences, language socialization, homophobia/hate speech, gay pornography, trans-national circulations, subaltern voice, and problems of queer historiography. Key publications include American Indian English (1993), Word’s Out: Gay Men’s English (1996), Out in Public: Reinventing Lesbian/Gay Anthropology in a Globalizing World (co-edited with Ellen Lewin), Speaking in Queer Tongues: Gay Language and Globalization (co-edited with Tom Boellstorff), and the widely reprinted papers “Language, socialization and silence in gay adolescence’, “Queering gay men’s English”, and “Homophobia as moral geography.” He is currently completing a multi-disciplinary study of language, identity and same-sex desire in the US military, in Renaissance-era Harlem, in women’s softball teams, in cruising sites, and in other locations “before” Stonewall.                       



Dr. Michael HorswellDr. Michael Horswell

Michael J. Horswell, PhD, is Dean of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Horswell earned his Ph.D. in Latin American literature at the University of Maryland, College Park. He also holds a MA in Spanish from Middleburry College in Vermont, and a BA in Spanish and Business Economics from Wofford College. Dr. Horswell specializes in the literature and culture of the colonial period as  well as  indigenous literatures of the Andes. His first book, Decolonizing the Sodomite: Queer Tropes of Sexuality in Colonial Andean Culture, focused on indigenous gender and sexuality as tropes used in the representation of the conquest and colonization of the Americas. His interest in the confluence of sexuality and culture in the Hispanic world has led to two recent collections of essays co-edited with Dr. Nuria Godón, Sexualidades Periféricas. Consolidaciones literarias y fílmicas en la España de fin de siglo XIX y fin de milenio (Madrid: Fundamentos, 2016) and the special issue of the  Journal of Language and Sexuality on the theme of "Transnational Discourses of Peripheral Sexualities in the Hispanic World" (Vol. 5, no. 2: 2016).  Desiring Pizarros and Incas: Comparative Andean Affects and the Writing of Conquest.




Nikki Lane

Dr. Nikki Lane

Nikki Lane is an independent, interdisciplinary scholar trained as a Cultural and Linguistic Anthropologist currently teaching courses in American Studies at American University and in Women's Studies at the George Washington University. Her ethnographic research has dealt with issues in American Popular Culture, urban spatial politics, and sexual cultures throughout the African Diaspora. Her current book project, under contract with Palgrave MacMillan, is tentatively titled Ratchet: Race, Gender, Sexuality and the (Anti)Politics of Respectability and explores the use of the word “ratchet” in a community of Black queer women in Washington, DC. You can follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @thedoctorlane or visit her website thedoctorlane.com where she regularly shares short videos about Black Pop Culture, upcoming course syllabi related to race, gender and sexuality in the pop culture, and individual lesson plans to help educators bring pop culture into the classroom.  



Ashvin KiniDr. Ashvin Kini

Ashvin R. Kini is an Assistant Professor of English, Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Kini received his PhD in Literature (Cultural Studies) from UC San Diego in 2016. His dissertation is titled: “Racial Encounters: Queer Affiliations in Black and South Asian Diasporas”. He also holds a M.A., English (Certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies) and a B.A. English, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently at work on a book manuscript that examines diasporic Black and South Asian literature and cinema to explore queer and feminist models of affiliation and coalition attentive to nonequivalent histories of colonialism and gendered racialization. His work has appeared in South Asian Review and The Journal of Intercultural Studies.

David PetersonDr. David Peterson 

David Peterson is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, teaching courses in American literature and culture, systemic-functional linguistics, queer Western American literature, and text-based research methods. A pioneer of applying Faircloughian critical discourse analysis and Hallidayan functional grammar to studying homophobic language, his articles on homophobia have appeared in Gender and Language, the Journal of Homosexuality, the Journal of Language and Sexuality, and Queering Paradigms. He is currently working on a book-length analysis of homophobic language use in the neoliberal moment. 





Maria Amelia ViteriDr. Maria Amelia Viteri

Maria Amelia Viteri is a Professor of Anthropology at the Universidad de San Francisco de Quito. Dr. Viteri holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from American University, in Washington D.C., with a concentration on Race, Gender and Social Justice.  Her main areas of research have been examining the intersections between race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality and migrant status and how these are closely related to inequality, violence, belonging, nutrition, curricula, LGBT, women, migrants and children's rights. Dr. Viteri's work has informed both academic knowledge and public policy.  She has published extensively, in English and Spanish, for both an academic audience, as well as to inform public policy and the international development field. Her latest applied research work looks at what are known as “illegal” markets from a gender perspective in eight Latin American countries.  In addition, her long-term research project looks at belonging and place among U.S. retirees in Cotacachi, Ecuador and second generation Ecuadorians in NYC.




Jose de la Garza ValenzuelaDr. Jose de la Garza Valenzuela

José A. de la Garza Valenzuela ia an Assistant Professor of U. S. Latino/ a Literatures at Florida Atlantic University. He received his Ph. D. in English from Miami University (Ohio) in 2016, with a graduate certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. His dissertation investigates the relationship of citizenship and sexuality in gay Chicano fiction. His research has been awarded the Frederick A. Cervantes Award by the National Association of Chcana/o Studies. For the past year, he has been a Chancellor’s PostDoctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois, UrbanaChampaign in the Department of Latina and Latino Studies. He has an article forthcoming on Arturo Islas’ The Rain God in a collection on the queer Latino/a immigrant experience.




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Dr. Heiko Motschenbacher

Heiko Motschenbacher is Professor of English as a Second/Foreign Language at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Bergen. He completed his PhD and Habilitation in English Linguistics at Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main and held temporary professorships at universities in Bayreuth, Siegen, Braunschweig and Mainz. Currently, he is working at Florida Atlantic University on a project entitled Linguistic Dimensions of Sexual Normativity, for which he has received a Marie Curie Global Fellowship. He is co-editor of the Journal of Language and Sexuality. His research interests include language, gender and sexuality, critical discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, English as a lingua franca, language, nationalism and Europeanisation, and linguistic inclusion in ELT.