Call for Papers - Babylonia 3/2021


The representation of women: language, communication, teaching

2021 marks the 50th anniversary of women's right to vote and be elected at the federal level in Switzerland.  It is therefore the perfect time to discuss not only women's representations at the political level but also their representation in language and, more generally, in communication. A thorough examination of this topic is essential because equality between men and women is also expressed in the way we communicate.

In this issue of Babylonia, we aim to reflect on the representation of women across all functions (not only related to politics) and in all types of language (verbal, iconic, etc.). We consider, in particular, texts used in schools, and more specifically in language teaching. The topics we want to reflect on include but are not limited to the following aspects:

- How are women portrayed in textbooks, for example in coursebooks or (school/foreign) language exercises?

- What foreign/school language lessons can be created using literary texts (classical, contemporary, children's literature), authentic texts (web, newspapers, etc.), films, comic strips, etc.  around this theme?

- How can students and teachers be made aware of the issue of gender equality in everyday communication? What courses, interventions, or other awareness-raising materials are planned or already exist?

- What interventions could be carried out to improve the representation of women in the language? Is it useful to develop a "gender-tracker" to monitor the situation at school and in other areas of society?

- What studies (including master's theses) have been carried out or are in progress at Swiss universities on the issue of women's representation in language and communication in general?

- How are women represented in the media (social media, radio, television, print and online, etc.)? Why? With what effects?

If you would like to contribute to this special issue of Babylonia, we invite you to send us a short summary (250-500 words) by January 10, 2021 ( and/or ). The publication will follow the timing indicated in the calendar below. The publication of the issue is scheduled for the end of 2021.

We welcome empirical contributions (research projects, action-research), practical (instructional materials, exercises, good practices, etc.), and socially engaged contributions (position papers, interviews, etc.). Babylonia favors a clear and easily understandable writing style. Concrete examples - directly in the text or in boxes - are welcome. Article size: 16'000-20'000 characters (4-5 pages). 


January 10, 2021: deadline for receipt of title and summary of contributions; proposals to be sent to and/or

February 1, 2021: notification of possible acceptance of contributions

May 1, 2021: first version of contributions

September 1, 2021: final versions

December 2021: publication