I was fortunate enough to attend IGALA 9: Time and Transition last week in Hong Kong, and to meet a wonderful community of language and gender researchers. My attendance was made possible due to the Anne Simone Graduate Student International Conference Award, for which I am truly grateful.
IGALA 9 featured a wide array of excellent papers and keynote speakers, as well as provided a superb selection of research on transgender linguistics. Language and trans identities was a reoccurring theme throughout the conference, beginning with the very first plenary lecture by Dr. Sally McConnell-Ginet and continuing through to the very last day. Truly, transgender linguistics researchers could not have found a better venue at which to showcase their work! The rapidly increasing volume of research focusing on trans identities is a welcome addition to the field, which has often focused on language and cisgender identities. The growing diversity of research -- not simply exemplified by work on trans identities, but also on the intersection of race, ethnicity, religion, age, place, etc. with language and gender -- has been and will continue to be a boon to the field of sociolinguistics. I look forward to see the continued evolution of the field at IGALA 10 in Botswana!