Olga Iriskhanova
Vice-Rector for Science and Research, Moscow State Linguistics University.

Topic for discussion: Gender and Academia: Are there well-balanced ways to study gender imbalance?

While general statistical data point to gender imbalance in various spheres, including academia, to avoid stereotypical thinking it is important to take into consideration a broader variety of factors and to rely on both quantitative and qualitative research. The authors present the results of macro- and micro-level analyses in research metrics and linguistics that, on the one hand, confirm the gender inequalities in academia. On the other hand, they indicate that, first, gender culture seems to be sensitive to the historical period, trends and fields of research. Second, the analysis of the communicative patterns shows that gender relations in academic interactions turn out to be fluid and are linked to the ways speakers construe their professional status.