A Review of the DAAD Professional Development training 2022
Keynote Speech by Sophie Salvo, Ph.D. (University of Chicago) on the topic: Heterosexual Nouns: The Masculinist Dreams of Nineteenth-Centrury Linguistics
Workshop by Dr. Claire Scott (Vanderbilt University) on the topic: Gendergerechtigkeit und sexuelle Vielfalt im Klassenzimmer: Warum? Und Wie?
Friday, 12/09/2022, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Saturday, 12/10/2022 9:00am – 3:00pm
Location: Goethe-Institut Chicago (in cooperation with the DAAD)
The training, organised in cooperation with the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), will begin with an opening lecture on the historical theories of grammatical gender in German linguistics. The workshop that follows will then transfer and deepen these insights to the present and to teachers' practical experiences.
We will discuss concrete language variants for representing gender and sexual diversity, and develop strategies for incorporating them into language courses. First, we will approach gender-neutral or non-binary types of language by learning more about linguistic developments, such as (neo-)pronouns and the German concept of "Gendern". Building on this, we look at the relevance of using that language in the classroom itself to make gender equity and sexual diversity visible, acknowledged and promoted.
The goal is for participants to reflect on their institutions and their own roles as teachers, and finally to make diversity-sensitive practices part of their curricula.