What Can Transgender Studies Bring to the French Classroom?
Gender inclusivity in the French language classroom spans a range of issues: asking for students’ pronouns and accords, practicing écriture inclusive, exploring gender-neutral or non-binary French grammar, and expanding cultural content to feature gender minority voices. For each of those topics, this talk will argue that a transgender studies approach is essential to recalibrating understandings of gender in language, especially at a time when charges of wokisme are used to justify institutional transphobia.
The talk will be followed by a substantial Q&A discussion in which attendees are encouraged to reflect upon and share their own classroom experiences.
This event is organized by the department of French at Columbia and co-sponsored by the Maison Française.