Coming out of the closet - a social and interactional accomplishment

Gendering in Research: Talk by Steffen Madsen

2017.03.16 | Anne-Mette Pedersen

Date Thu 30 Nov
Time 11:00 13:00
Location IMC Meeting Room, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4, Building 1483-312

Coming out of the closet is a social and interactional accomplishment. But how do we achieve linguistically and socially to be in the closet, to come out of it – and to go back in for that matter?

This talk presents a queer theoretic linguistic ethnography of the sexual identity work referred to as ‘coming out’. Based on qualitative interviews with volunteers from Danish LGBT institutions, autoethnography and conversation analyses of video data, I will present an open-ended linguistic and semiotic catalogue of the social practices of coming out as gay or lesbian and of being in the closet.

In addition, I will present observations from my critical discourse analysis of the material, especially the moral and temporal dimensions of both types of practices.

Join me for a critical discussion of the notion of ‘the coming out story’, micro identity management in social interaction and their macro structural and heteronormative conditions of possibility.  

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Steffen Madsen, MA graduate in linguistics

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The Gendering in Research Network provides a platform for gender researchers and students at Aarhus University to discuss, collaborate, and exchange ideas. For further information about the Gendering in Research Network, please contact: Lea Skewes, IMC Theresa Ammann, IMC

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