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Shifting language(s): the evolving landscape of words and meanings in queer lives

On the occasion of IDAHOBIT 2022, the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, and the Centre for Sexualities, AIDS and Gender, University of Pretoria, in partnership with the Embassy of France in South Africa and the Alliance Française in Pretoria are hosting a panel discussion on the theme “Shifting language(s): the evolving landscape of words and meanings in queer lives”.

Language has the power to shape and reinforce worldviews. It influences how we represent and interact with ourselves and others. Words can be weapons, but also tools of liberation and expression. This panel discussion will explore the role of language in queer lives, focusing in particular on English, French,

Format: Hybrid
Date: Thursday 19 May 2022
Time: 15:00 – 17:00 SAST

Register here

Keynote speaker

  • Dr Julie Abbou
    Sociolinguist and researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research

Moderators:

  • Sohela Surajpal
    Project Officer, SOGIESC Unit, Centre for Human Rights

  • Thiruna Naidoo
    Project Officer, SOGIESC Unit, Centre for Human Rights

Panellists:

  • Zinhle Kubheka
    Student, UP&Out
  • Dr Pascal Gygax
    Psycholinguist and cognitive psychologist
  • Sakhile Msweli 
    Clinical Psychologist
  • Landa Mabenge
    Author & South African transgender activist

For more information, please contact:

Thiruna Niadoo
Associate: Communications and Advocacy

Tel: +27 (0)12 420 3151
Fax: +27 (0) 86 580 5743
thiruna.naidoo@up.ac.za

Sohela Surajpal
Project Officer: SOGIESC Unit