Gender-inclusive language in a Multilingual Europe:
between institutional policies, their applications and AI-related developments
3rd-4th October 2024, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Over the past three decades, gender-related language policies have spread widely in Europe, at various institutional levels, with different speed and different levels of acceptance and effectiveness.

The conference aims at bringing together expert(s) in linguistics, sociolinguistics, language policies, translation studies and artificial intelligence to discuss, in a comparative perspective, recent developments in language policies, the application of guidelines in university institutions and supranational bodies, as well as new frontiers of machine translation and recent developments in AI regarding gender.

The conference aims to promote interdisciplinary dialogue and provide insights into the understanding of gender-inclusive language dynamics, while encouraging collaboration among researchers and practitioners engaged in this socially relevant domain.

Invited speakers


Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Language policies at the institutional level:

  • study of gender-inclusive language policies in academic institutions (e.g., guidelines for inclusive language)
  • examination of challenges and opportunities in the implementation of gender-inclusive language policies in supranational bodies
  • analysis of proposals for gender-inclusive forms (nouns, pronouns, agreement etc.) in the languages of Europe
  • analysis of the implementation of gender-inclusive forms in different text types

Machine translation:

  • differences in the expression of gender-inclusive language (grammatical and social) across machine translation systems and between languages
  • challenges observed in translating gender in European languages
  • evaluation of the impact of machine translation technologies on gender-inclusive language

Artificial intelligence:

  • relevant applications of AI in the implementation of gender-inclusive language
  • gender representation in the training data of AI-based communication systems
  • quality of AI-generated texts (gender bias, calques from English etc.)
  • critical analysis of recent developments in AI and their impact on gender-inclusive language policies

Call for papers

Proposals for oral contributions (20 minutes + 10 minutes discussion) should be sent to the organizers at the following e-mail address by May 31st, 2024.
The message should contain in the subject line: “Contribution to LaGendA” and include in the text the title of the contribution and the name and affiliation of all authors. 

The document attached to the message must have the following characteristics and provide the following information: 

  • be anonymous
  • be a doc/docx/rtf document (with pdf version if special characters are included)
  • contain max. 500 words (bibliography and tables excluded) 
  • indicate the phenomenon analyzed, the data used and the method of investigation, and provisional results
  • provide a bibliography

Proposals will be evaluated through a double-blind review process. The organizers will notify acceptance (or rejection) of the proposal by June 30th, 2024.
The call is published on the LinguistList.



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