The workshop “Gender, Without Mincing Words”, organized by the Trans Aid and LGBT initiative AUT from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb, is being held on Saturday, May 31st, 2014, from 2 to 5 p.m. The workshop will be held at the Infoshop Library Pippilotta, Pierottijeva 11, Zagreb.

The use of language conceptualizes and conveys different ways in which we perceive, experience and understand the world around us. Some experiences are more easily communicated and thought out through the available symbolic forms, while others are often suppressed and silenced. How are the existing power relations in the language that produce inequality based on the concept of gender built and maintained? What cracks in the language can open up space for speaking about oneself, about one’s own experiences? Can we, and how, avoid gender expression in the Croatian language, or express gender neutrally? How has the linguistic concept of gender transformed over time and in different cultural contexts? What are the possibilities of resistance to the pre-set binary system of gender in the language we have?

These and related questions will be answered at the workshop, to which all interested persons are invited.

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