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SLA Award for Public Outreach & Community Service: Call for Nominations

The deadline for submitting nominations is October 1, 2017. Created and awarded for the first time by the SLA in 2014, this award honors an SLA member or members for work that effectively impacts public awareness of social issues involving language and communication and/or represents a significant service to a particular community outside of the academy.  Such work may be in any […]

2017 SLA Interdisciplinary Public Engagement Conference Fund CFP Application

Interdisciplinary Public Engagement Conference Fund Call for Proposals Deadline: October 1, 2017 for 2018 conferences SLA announces an initiative to fund conference submissions promoting the dissemination of activist linguistic anthropology work at venues beyond the AAA meetings, in order to promote collaboration across sub-disciplinary and disciplinary boundaries. For example, SLA has supported special colloquia on […]

Announcement: 2017 SLA Graduate Student Paper Competition

The Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA) announces the 2017 SLA Graduate Student Paper competition.  Deadline: Friday March 17, 2017. Every year the Society for Linguistic Anthropology confers an award for a distinguished graduate research paper.  Awardees receive a cash prize, travel funds to attend the annual American Anthropological Association (AAA) meeting, and an invitation to submit their paper for publication consideration […]

Tweet-and-Storify about Language and Social Justice at AAA 2016

Overview The Society for Linguistic Anthropology Committee on Language & Social Justice (LSJ) will be organizing social media artifacts (tweets, Instagram posts, etc.) into a curated Storify (https://storify.com/) resulting from several events (panels, roundtables, meetings) during the AAA 2016 conference in Minneapolis[1]. Organizers Netta Avineri (navineri@gmail.com) Hilary Dick (dickh@arcadia.edu) Mariam Durrani (mdurrani@gmail.com) Kate Riley (kriley1125@gmail.com) […]

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Interview with Richard Bauman, part 2

March 7, 2017 Richard Bauman chatted with Ilana Gershon over coffee about his career upon receiving the Franz Boas Award for Exemplary Service to Anthropology.  Below is the second part of an edited transcript of the informal conversation. In recent years, you have been turning to the study of media, and in particular to how […]

Interview with Richard Bauman, part 1

Richard Bauman chatted with Ilana Gershon over coffee about his career upon receiving the Franz Boas Award for Exemplary Service to Anthropology.  Below is the first part of an edited transcript of the informal conversation. Richard Bauman. James Brosher Over the course of your career, you have had many insights that have opened conceptual paths […]

Update from SLA President, Bonnie Urciuoli

The AAA announcement for the spring balloting is now open.  I write to remind everyone of the importance of voting.  In addition to the AAA ballots (including AAA president-elect), the positions of particular concern for SLA membership are the SLA president-elect, the Linguistic Seat on the Executive Board, and the Linguistic Seat on the Nominations Committee.  […]

Congratulations to SLA Member, Ignasi Clemente!

The Catalan Sociolinguistics Society, under the aegis of the Institute for Catalan Studies, has announced that the 15th annual Modest Reixach Prize will be awarded to Ignasi Clemente (Department of Anthropology, Hunter College, CUNY), for his book Uncertain Futures; Communication and Culture in Childhood Cancer Treatment (2015, Wiley Blackwell). The prize is named after Modest Reixach (1931-2011), […]

Rick Parmentier’s Reflection upon Retirement

Rick Parmentier, Anna Babel and Ilana Gershon January 24, 2017 SLA interview with Rick Parmentier Rick Parmentier What article or book that you wrote are you most pleased with?  Could you talk about the story behind writing it? The principal argument of my paper “Diagrammatic Icons and Historical Processes in Belau” (American Anthropologist, 1985) was scribbled […]