Professor Helen Sauntson

Professor of English Language and Linguistics

School of Languages & Linguistics

E: h.sauntson@yorksj.ac.uk

T: 01904 876880

Professor Helen Sauntson

BA (Central England), PGCE (Birmingham), PhD (Birmingham), SFHEA

I am Professor of English Language and Linguistics in the York St John University School of Languages and Linguistics. I teach on the BA English Language and Linguistics and the MA Postgraduate Linguistics programmes.

My main teaching and research interests are in the areas of classroom discourse analysis; language, gender and sexuality; language in education; gender and sexuality in education. As a former teacher, I maintain an interest in classroom interaction and my research in this area focuses on how gender and sexuality identities are constructed through linguistic interaction in classroom settings.  I have published a number of authored and edited books and journal articles in the research areas listed above areas (see Research and Publications section below). I am co-editor of the Palgrave Studies in Language, Gender and Sexuality book series.

Further Information

Teaching

BA in English Language and Linguistics

MA in Applied Linguistics: TESOL

MA in Applied Linguistics: Translation

MA in Applied Linguistics: Japanese Language Teaching

Professional Activities

I am co-editor (with Allyson Jule) of the Palgrave Studies in Language, Gender and Sexuality book series.

I am the author of Approaches to Gender and Spoken Classroom Discourse (Palgrave, 2012) and (with Liz Morrish) New Perspectives on Language and Sexual Identity (Palgrave, 2007).

I am the co-editor (with Vanita Sundaram) of Global Perspectives and Key Debates in Sex and Relationships Education: Addressing Issues of Gender, Sexuality, Plurality and Power (Palgrave, 2015), Gender and Language Research Methodologies (with Kate Harrington, Lia Litosseliti and Jane Sunderland) (Palgrave, 2008) and (with Sakis Kyratzis) Language, Sexualities and Desires: Cross-Cultural Perspectives (Palgrave, 2007).

I am currently undertaking research investigating discursive constructions of sexuality in educational contexts. I am a member of the British Association of Applied Linguistics, the British Educational Research Association, and the International Gender and Language Association.

I am the co-convenor of the BERA (British Educational Research Association) Sexualities and Genders Special Interest Group.

I regularly review submissions for the following academic journals: Gender and Education; Gender and Language; Journal of Language and Sexuality; Sex Education. I have acted as a reviewer for the ESRC grants board and various publishers.

Publications

Books

Sauntson, H. Forthcoming 2018. Researching Language, Gender and Sexuality: A Student Guide. London: Routledge.

Morrish, L. and Sauntson, H. Forthcoming 2018. Academic Irregularities: Language and Neoliberalism in Higher Education. London: Routledge.

Sauntson, H. Forthcoming 2017. Language, Sexuality and Education. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Sundaram, V. and Sauntson, H. (eds) 2015. Global Perspectives and Key Debates in Sex and Relationships Education: Addressing Issues of Gender, Sexuality, Plurality and Power. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Sauntson, H. 2012. Approaches to Gender and Spoken Classroom Discourse. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Harrington, K., Litosseliti, L., Sauntson, H. and Sunderland, J. (eds) 2008. Gender and Language Research Methodologies. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Morrish, L. and Sauntson, H. 2007. New Perspectives on Language and Sexual Identity. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Sauntson, H. and Kyratzis, S. (eds) 2007. Language, Sexualities and Desires: Cross-Cultural Perspectives. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Book chapters

Sauntson, H. Forthcoming 2018. Queering TESOL in international learning contexts. In L. Pakula (ed) Linguistic Perspectives on Sexuality in Education: Representations, Constructions and Negotiations. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Sauntson, H. Forthcoming 2018. Queer theory and language and sexuality research. Routledge Handbook of Language, Gender and Sexuality: Theory and Method. London: Routledge.

Sauntson, H. 2016. Language, sexuality and education. In S. Wortham and D. Kim (eds) Encyclopedia of Language and Education Volume 3: Discourse and Education. New York: Springer.

Sauntson, H. and Sundaram, V. 2015. Discursive silences: Critically analysing the presence/absence of sexual diversity in the Sex and Relationships Education guidance for England and Wales. In V. Sundaram and H. Sauntson (eds) Global Perspectives and Key Debates in Sex and Relationships Education: Addressing Issues of Gender, Sexuality, Plurality and Power. Basingstoke: Palgrave. 100-114.

Sauntson, H. 2015. Sexualities equality and diversity training in UK schools: An appraisal analysis of teachers’ reflections, attitudes and experiences. In A. Jule (ed) Shifting Visions: Gender and Discourses. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge Scholars Press. 168-190.

Sauntson, H. 2015. Coming out stories. In P. Whelehan and A. Bolin (eds) The Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

Sauntson, H. 2015. Coming out. In P. Whelehan and A. Bolin (eds) The Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. 197-200.

Morrish, L. and Sauntson, H. 2011. Gender, desire and identity in a corpus of lesbian erotica. In B. Scherer and M. Ball (eds) Queering Paradigms II: Interrogating Agendas. Oxford: Peter Lang Press. 63-81.

Sauntson, H. and Morrish, L. 2010. Vision, values and international excellence: The ‘products’ that university mission statements sell to students. In M. Molesworth, L. Nixon and R. Scullion (eds) The Student as Consumer and the Marketisation of Higher Education. London: Routledge. 73-85.

Sauntson, H. and Morrish, L. 2010. Performing sexual identity through spoken discourse. In B. Scherer (ed) Queering Paradigms. Oxford: Peter Lang Press. 27-47.

Sauntson, H. 2009. Classroom discourse. In L. Cummings (ed) Routledge Encyclopedia of Pragmatics. London: Routledge. 63-65.

Sauntson, H. 2008. The contributions of queer theory to gender and language research. In K. Harrington, L. Litosseliti, H. Sauntson and J. Sunderland (eds) Gender and Language Research Methodologies. Basingstoke: Palgrave. 271-282.

Sauntson, H. 2007. Education, culture and the construction of sexual identity: an appraisal analysis of lesbian coming out narratives. In H. Sauntson and S. Kyratzis (eds). 140-164.

Sauntson, H. 2005. Saying and not saying: gender, sex(uality) and discourse analysis. In J. Santaemilia (ed) The Language of Sex: Saying and Not Saying. Valencia: University of Valencia Press. 25-44.

Journal articles

Sauntson, H. Forthcoming 2018. Language, sexuality and inclusive pedagogy. Special issue on ‘Linguistic dimensions of inclusion in foreign language education’. Journal of Sociolinguistics.

Morrish, L. and Sauntson, H. 2016. Performance management and the stifling of academic freedom and knowledge production. Journal of Historical Sociology 29 (1): 42-64.

Sauntson, H. 2016. Authenticating sexual diversity in the school curriculum: Examining sociolinguistic constructions of young people’s sexual identities. Journal of Language, Identity and Education 15 (1): 17-31.

Sundaram, V. and Sauntson, H. 2015. Discursive silences: Using critical linguistic and qualitative analysis to explore the continued absence of pleasure in sex and relationships education in England. Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning 16 (3): 240-254.

Sauntson, H. 2013. Sexual diversity and illocutionary silencing in the English National Curriculum. Sex Education13 (4): 395-408.

Morrish, L. and Sauntson, H. 2013. ‘Business-facing motors for economic development’: An Appraisal analysis of visions and values in the marketized UK university. Critical Discourse Studies10 (1): 61-80.

Sauntson, H. and Morrish, L. 2012. ‘How gay is football this year?’ Identity and intersubjectivity in a women’s sports team. Journal of Language and Sexuality1 (2): 151-178.

Sauntson, H. and Simpson, K. 2012. Other cultures, other sexualities? Including sexuality in secondary English. English Drama Media23: 25-30.

Sauntson, H. and Simpson, K. 2011. Investigating sexuality discourses in the UK secondary English curriculum. Journal of Homosexuality. 58 (6-7): 953-973.

Morrish, L. and Sauntson, H. 2011. Discourse and identity in a corpus of lesbian erotica. Journal of Lesbian Studies15 (1): 122-139.

Sauntson, H. and Morrish, L. 2010. Gender and sexuality – the discursive limits of ‘equality’ in higher education.Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences3 (2): 1-18.

Sauntson, H. 2007.Girls’ and boys’ use of acknowledging moves in pupil group classroom discussion. Language and Education24 (4): 304-327.

Conferences and invited lectures

Plenary addresses, keynote addresses and invited lectures

Queer/ing Applied Linguistics: Researching Language and Sexuality in Schools. (Keynote lecture). 24th Annual Conference on Lavender Languages and Linguistics. University of Nottingham, April 2017.

Young women, sexual diversity and schools. Kings College, London, February 2016. (Invited seminar)

Queering TESOL in international learning contexts. Queering ESOL: Towards A Cultural Politics of LGBT Issues in the ESOL Classroom conference. UCL Institute of Education, 19-20 June 2015. (Invited presentation).

The Language of Homophobia: Speech and Silence. 40thAnniversary of the Gay Liberation Front conference, London School of Economics, 19-20 May 2011 (Invited lecture).

Language, Genders, Sexualities, Identities. Trans-cending Gender Norms conference, University of the West of England, 12 April 2011. (Keynote address)

Analysing classroom interaction using four methods of discourse analysis. Aston University Linguistics seminar series, Aston University, 8 March 2011. (Invited seminar)

Neoliberal discourses of gender and sexuality in British higher education. English Language Research seminar series. University of Birmingham, November 2008. (Invited seminar)

Tactics of intersubjectivity: A framework for analysing language and sexual identity. English Language Research seminar series, University of Birmingham, 6 March 2007. (Invited seminar)

The contributions of queer theory to gender and language research. Queering Equity and Inclusion symposium, State University of New York, Oneonta NY, February 2007. (Keynote address)

New perspectives on language and sexual identity: the legacy of fourteen years of Lavender Languages. (With Liz Morrish, NTU) 14thAnnual Conference on Lavender Languages and Linguistics, American University, Washington DC, February 2007. (Plenary address)

Gender, sex(uality) and discourse analysis. 2ndValencia Workshop on Gender and Language – The Language of Sex: Saying and Not Saying. University of Valencia, October 2004. (Keynote address)

Conference papers

Using poststructuralist linguistics frameworks to explore the school experiences of LGBT+ youth. American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Conference, Portland, Oregon, USA, March 2017.

Gender, sexuality and applied linguistics. Postgraduate Forum on Applied Linguistics, York St John University, January 2016.

Symposium lead for Schools as queer spaces: European perspectives. European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary, September 2015.

Young women’s experiences of homophobia in UK schools. European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary, September 2015.

Symposium lead for Language, gender, sexuality and applied linguistics: Breaking theory and exploring future avenues. British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL) Conference, Aston University, UK, September 2015.

Using applied linguistics to understand heteronormativity and homophobia in school environments. British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL) Conference, Aston University, UK, September 2015.

Discursive silences: A content and critical linguistic analysis of the 2014 SRE guidance for England and Wales. (with Vanita Sundaram) British Educational Research Association conference, London Institute of Education, 23-25 September 2014.

Sexualities equality and diversity training in UK schools: An appraisal analysis of teachers’ reflections, attitudes and experiences. International Gender and Language Association (IGALA) conference, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, June 2014.

Teaching about sexualities equality and diversity: A case study of research-led and research-based teaching. (with student researchers – Natalie Elton and Sarah Holliday) Talking About teaching Conference, York St John University, January 2014.

Sexualities equality and diversity training in secondary schools: An appraisal analysis of teachers’ reflections, attitudes and experiences.British Educational Research Association (BERA) conference, University of Sussex, September 2013.

How gay is football this year? Tactics of intersubjectivity in a women’s varsity football team.(with Liz Morrish) 20th Annual Conference on Lavender Languages and Linguistics, American University, Washington DC, February 2013.

Assessing sexual diversity training levels and needs for secondary school teachers in a UK context.(with Kathryn Simpson) British Educational Research Association (BERA) conference, University of Manchester, Manchester, 4-6 September 2012.

Authenticating sexual diversity in the school curriculum: Examining sociolinguistic constructions of young people’s sexuality identities. Queering Paradigms IV, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 24-28 July 2012.

How gay is football this year? Desire as adequation and distinction in a women’s varsity football team.(with Liz Morrish) Queering Paradigms IV, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 24-28 July 2012.

Authenticating sexual diversity in the school curriculum: Examining sociolinguistic constructions of young people’s sexuality identities. British Educational Research Association: Sexualities Special Interest Group conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, 11 November 2011.

Sexual Diversity in the English National Curriculum: Teachers’ and Young LGB-identified People’s Experiences in the City of Birmingham, UK. (with Kathryn Simpson) European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), Berlin, 13-16 September 2011.

Sexual diversity in the English National Curriculum: A Critical Discourse Analysis. (with Kathryn Simpson) British Educational Research Association (BERA) conference, Institute of Education, London, 6-8 September 2011.

Issues of homophobia and its impact on student achievement.(with Kathryn Simpson) Learning and Teaching conference, University of Birmingham, 18 June 2011.

Investigating sexuality discourses in the UK secondary English curriculum. European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) Conference, Helsinki, 25-27 August 2010.

Gender and sexuality: The discursive limits of ‘equality’ in higher education. XIV World Congress of Comparative Education Societies, Istanbul, 14-18 June 2010.

Introduction to neoliberalism.(with Liz Morrish) Gender and sexuality: The discursive limits of ‘equality’ in higher education seminar series. University of Birmingham, February 2009.

Performing lesbian sexual identity through discourse. (with Liz Morrish) Queering Paradigms conference, Canterbury Christ Church University, February 2009.

An appraisal analysis of gender and sexuality in an electronic corpus of coming out narratives. 4thInternational Gender and Language Association conference, University of Valencia, Valencia, November 2006.

A reflection on teaching language, gender and sexuality: problems and solutions. Teaching Language, Gender and Sexuality in Further and Higher Education (BAAL Gender and Language Special Interest Group seminar), Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, September 2006.

A language of our own? The discourse of lesbian erotica. (with Liz Morrish) 12th Annual Conference on Lavender Languages and Linguistics, American University, Washington DC, February 2005.

Analyzing evaluation in coming-out narratives. 9th Annual American University Conference on Lavender Languages and Linguistics, American University, Washington DC, February 2003.

Examining lesbian conversation as discourses of resistance. 9th Annual American University Conference on Lavender Languages and Linguistics, American University, Washington DC, February 2002.

Gendered discourses in the Technology classroom. British Association of Applied Linguistics conference, University of Cambridge, September 2000.

Changing approaches to the study of gender and sexuality in applied linguistics. British Association of Applied Linguistics conference, University of Edinburgh, September 1999.

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