Call for papers

Lavender 30 is taking place at the University of Brighton on 21-23 August 2024. 30 years after its first conference, this year we will celebrate its glorious past, the present and the future of research on language and sexuality, from its multiple perspectives.  

We are delighted to invite you to contribute to this celebration by sharing your research with the lavender community, a friendly space for all researchers. If you are a graduate student, do not miss your opportunity to take part in the graduate session (see information below about how to submit your work in progress), organised by Dr Lucy Jones. 

This is a conference that is meant to be face-to-face (we will continue to explore a hybrid option but at the moment we can only guarantee a face-to-face option) 

All topics, theories and methodologies are welcome, showcasing the wide range of ways in which sexuality operates through and with language. 

Graduate session 

Please follow the instructions at the end of this page. 

Oral presentations  – REVISED DEADLINE 6TH FEBRUARY 2024

To submit an abstract for an oral presentation, please submit 500 words (references included) in a Word document, via EasyAbs by 30th January 2024, Each person can submit one solo-authored paper and one co-authored paper. Each paper will be allocated 30 minutes (20 + 10 for Q&A). 


The abstract for posters should be no longer than 400 words (reference included) and submitted via EasyAbs, 

Panels – Revised deadline 22th January 2024

We also accept panel proposals, the panels should be 4-5 papers long, and have a specific theme (e.g. a theory, a method, a topic). For proposals, please do email them at by 15th January 2024. Proposals should contain a 500-word (max) introduction to the panel and the abstract of each talk participating (see instructions for oral presentations). The panel proposals can contain the names of the organisers and the contributors. 

Other formats – Revised deadline 22th January 2024

While at the moment we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate other formats (e.g. round tables, performances, workshops), we would like the Lavender community to have a space for creativity. Depending on space and timing, we will see what can be featured. Please send a 300-word (max) abstract via email at by 15th January 2024. 


Dates to remember

Submission deadlines:


Call for papers: Student work-in-progress session 

Session summary 

 This session allows Masters and Doctoral students as well as advanced undergraduate students to discuss their research and academic plans with colleagues in a supportive forum. It is intended as an opportunity for students to receive constructive feedback which might inform their future research.    

Who is this aimed at? 

 Presenters must currently be, or be planning to become, a graduate student working on a topic relevant to the Lavender Languages and Linguistics conference. This session is not intended for those ready to discuss projects that are near completion; those with data and some initial analysis should propose via the main conference stream (i.e. as a regular paper). 

Presenters in this session may have recently determined their research questions and objectives but not yet decided on their methodology. Others may not yet have established their research questions or approach but know broadly what they want to do and how it will fill a gap in the field. Some may have begun to collect their data but will not have not yet explored it systematically. 

Students in these situations will benefit from sharing their ideas with others, hearing about different approaches, and offering feedback to others. Though slots are limited to students only, established scholars in will also be present in the audience to share their thoughts and advice. 

Please note: due to high demand for this session, abstracts cannot be accepted from speakers who are also intending to submit a regular paper to the conference or from previous presenters in this session.  

 How will it work? 

Presenters will have 5 minutes to share their work-in-progress: there will not be time to lay out the background in detail or go into specifics. Instead, the aim is to offer brief highlights of the aims, the approach that might be/is being taken, and any very preliminary findings or observations. Presenters are welcome to use slides/visual aids, but this is not a pre-requisite of participation in the session. Each presentation will be followed by a 5-minute informal discussion session with the audience. 

If you would like to present your research ideas, please email Lucy Jones at by Friday 26 January 2024 with a Word document containing the following: 

  • Your project’s working title 
  • Your name, email address, the university where you are a graduate student, name of degree and program as well as your current year of study (1st year, 3rd year, etc.) 
  • A 150-word (max.) abstract detailing: 
  • The intended aims and objectives of your project 
  • Your likely/actual methodological approach 
  • The likely stage of your research by the time of the conference (e.g. if you will be establishing your methodology, beginning data collection, starting your analysis, etc.)  


Participation will be confirmed by email during March 2024.