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Panel on Gender and Sexuality and Education @ IGALA9 [05/07/2016]

In May 2016, together with experts in their respective fields I had the pleasure of organising and convening a panel 'Education vis-à-vis language, gender, and sexuality research: Global issues, local solutions?' during the 9th International Gender and Language Association Conference held in Hong Kong. Read more here...  


The ideology of gender: Polish struggles [20/02/2016]


Grandfather sitting in an armchair. Smoking a pipe. The rest of the family scattered around the room. It’s 2014 and compilation of the first state-funded Primary School primer is in progress. This illustration undergoes alterations due to the intervention of an editorial member who deals with equality issues in this textbook. As a result the grandfather gets up from the armchair, loses his pipe, gets equipped with a watering can instead, and starts looking after plants. There’s also another man in the room – his adult son. This seemingly subtle change, however, then resulted in harsh criticism on part of some religious and conservative communities. They accused the editors of introducing ambivalent representations by allowing a same-sex romantic interpretation of the relationship between the two characters (Chmura-Rutkowska, 2015. Some organisations launched open petitions to the author of the primer not to ‘surrender’ to the new ‘ideologies’ whose aim is to ensure gender equality... 

Continue reading about 'the ideology of gender'... 

Gender and Sexuality in English Language Education -- our book's out! [5/10/2015]

Report on pioneering research into the constructions of gender and sexuality in English language education, with a focus on Poland, is out now. I do hope that the huge effort we put in the study itself and the book will pay off by having real-life impact, i.e. making teachers, publishers, and Ministry of Education advisors more aware of diversity issues in the context of EFL and education in general.
Report Cover

Below is a back cover blurb from Gender and Sexuality in English Language Education: Focus on Poland.

"With a focus on Poland, Łukasz Pakuła, Joanna Pawelczyk and Jane Sunderland empirically explore gender and sexuality in relation to classroom interaction and textbooks in the primary and secondary English language classroom. Based on data from a range of classrooms, the book shows how gender stereotyping in textbooks has not disappeared, that heterosexuality is the only sexuality in evidence and that heteronormativity is salient. Importantly, though, through teacher- and student-talk and classroom interaction generally, these representations can be and are negotiated and challenged. The book also offers practical suggestions for teachers, educators and publishers to make the English language classroom a truly inclusive social space."

The book is a free-access publication and can be downloaded here (or by clicking on the cover image above).

Supplementary material is being prepared at the moment, it will include brochures with extracts from the research as well as recommendations for diversity-inclusive policies and practices. Both Polish and English versions will be made available. 


New book on gender and Education! [12/09/2015]

Gender Representation in Learning Materials: International Perspectives edited by Abolaji S. Mustapha, Sara Mills is out now! 

Among many fascinating articles, the book also features a chapter I co-authored: 

"Constructing Gender and Sexuality in the EFL Classroom in Poland: Textbook Construction and Classroom Negotiation?"





British Council report out soon! [15/08/2015]


Together with other members of the project team, we haven’t been idle for the past two years! Lots of presentations some papers and — most importantly — the report that we’ve just submitted to the fabulous British Council. You can learn more about our research project by going to IGaS in EFL. Also, please watch this space for more praxis-related publications. 


Łukasz Pakuła, Joanna Pawelczyk and Jane Sunderland. 2015. Gender and Sexuality in English Language Education: Focus on Poland. London: British Council.


Other publications include: 



Pawelczyk Joanna, Łukasz Pakuła, Jane Sunderland. 2014. "Issues of power in relation to gender and sexuality in the EFL classroom - An overview", Journal of Gender and Power 1 (1): 49-66The article can be downloaded here

Book chapters:

Pawelczyk, Joanna and Pakuła, Łukasz. 2015. ‘Constructing gender and sexuality in the EFL classroom in Poland: Textbook construction and classroom negotiation?’, in Mustapha, Abolaji Samuel and Mills, Sara (eds), Gender Representations in Learning Materials: International Perspectives. London: Routledge, 193 - 211.



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Hi, thanks for dropping by. I'm a linguist working in the field of sociolinguistics and lexicography with the focus on how gender and sexuality are manifested in the language we use in our everyday lives. Apart from information on my qualifications and academic activity, this site provides some links to resources of interest to those with similar research pursuits. 

The horizontal bar will navigate you through information concerning my education, professional interests and activities and on how to get in touch with me. The vertical one, in turn, contains links to my professional profiles on other web sites, the conference I've been involved in the organisation of for a number of years now as well as the Reearch Group I'm a member of at the Faculty where I work and study.

In 2009 I initiated and co-organised a series of conferences for young researchers in interdisciplinary linguistics - Young Linguists' Meeting in Poznań. The conference has been organised under the auspices of the Faculty of English at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Below is a promo video of the endeavour: 




Thanks for your interest in my work,


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