Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

They, Hirself, Em, And You Conference

Nonbinary pronouns in research and practice 

June 11-13, 2019 | Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario 

They, Hirself, Em, and You is a three-day conference bringing together linguists and other researchers and practitioners working on topics relating to nonbinary pronouns in English.

The goal of this conference is to bring together researchers working on topics relating to nonbinary gender (usage, users, and user experiences) in language, particularly in pronouns, in order to both raise the profile of this research within linguistics and other disciplines, and to build resources that can be used by educators, policy makers, community advocates, and researchers in other fields. It will include two interleaved tracks of talks and presentations: one featuring research from linguistics, and one featuring scholars and practitioners from other fields. There will also be a series of four invited keynote talks, open to the public, and one of the conference outputs will be a resource compiling information and resources on nonbinary pronouns, for general use.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Lauren Ackerman, Newcastle University
  • Kirby Conrod, University of Washington
  • Lex Konnelly, University of Toronto
  • Brooke Larson

THEY 2019 has been made possible by support from the following sources: 

  • Queen’s Inclusive Communities Fund
  • Queen’s Arts and Science Conference Fund
  • Queen's Faculty of Education
  • Canadian Linguistics Association
  • University of Toronto Linguistics Department
  • Queen’s Department of Gender Studies 
  • Queen’s Strathy Language Unit
  • Queen’s Cultural Studies Program
  • Queen’s Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Organizing Committee:

  • Bronwyn Bjorkman, Queen’s University (Linguistics)
  • Lee Airton, Queen’s University (Education)
  • Lex Konnelly, University of Toronto (Linguistics & Sexual Diversity Studies)