Announcements

2018 John Gumperz Annual Graduate Student Essay Prize Competition

February 7, 2018 No Comments Mariam Durrani Graduate Paper Contest

The Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA) announces The 2018 John Gumperz Annual Graduate Student Essay Prize Deadline: Wednesday March 21, 2018 The Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA) is delighted to announce the inaugural John Gumperz Annual Graduate Student Essay Prize competition.  Each year the Society for Linguistic Anthropology confers an award for a distinguished graduate research paper.  Through a generous gift from Jenny Cook-Gumperz, we have established an endowment fund in honor of distinguished linguistic anthropologist John Gumperz (1922-2013) which supports this annual award, now renamed the John Gumperz Annual Graduate Student Essay Prize. Awardees receive a cash prize, travel

The Highpoint Church Standing Ovation

Was #MeToo washed away in baptismal waters? Jon Bialecki January 26, 2018 There is a clip that has been circulating through both conventional broadcast and cable news programs in the United States, as well as on social media sites. It shows a sort of blandly handsome man, on the young side of middle age, garbed in a neutral preppy ensemble: a plaid shirt under a gray crew-knit sweater. He is sitting down next to a table with two bottles of water on it; behind him you see blue decorative stage lighting and the corner of a keyboard. His face has a look

AN column: “Free Speech” in Times of Conflict by Lise M. Dobrin and Eve Danziger

Lessons from Charlottesville Since the violent events that took place in Charlottesville, VA, this past August, when a white supremacist rally led to the killing of a peaceful counter-protester, there has been a lot of reflection in the media and among legal scholars on the problem of free speech. Does the right to speak still call for protection when people are not only shouting incendiary racist slogans, but brandishing weapons as they do so? Where is the line between speaking one’s mind and forms of expression that impinge on the freedom of others? Trying to make sense of a shrouded Confederate statue in

AN column: The Storm after Maria by Sherina Feliciano-Santos

Puerto Rican Aftermath Puerto Ricans are US citizens. Puerto Rico is a colony. The tensions encompassed by these two facts were extremely clear in the federal response to Hurricane Maria. Eric Feliciano-Santos September 20, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico. That morning, at around 8:00 a.m., I texted the latest coordinates and predictions of when Maria would leave the Island to my mother and brother. My brother replied. “Ok gracias.” September 21, my social media feeds exploded. We all knew so little. The diaspora wanted any news, any detail that could give us an inkling of insight into our

Adam Hodges’s 2017 “Trumped Up Words” columns

Please see the following for an end-of-year index of Adam Hodges’s Trumped Up Words columns on the Anthropology News website. Adam assures us there are more to come in 2018!  As a reminder, you may wish to download any column you plan to use in the future; AN columns are generally moved to AnthroSource after 3-4 months and may be difficult to access and/or behind a paywall. Rescuing Ourselves from the Argument Culture (December) http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2017/12/05/rescuing-ourselves-from-the-argument-culture/  Responsibility and Evidence in Trumpian Discourse (November) http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2017/11/03/responsibility-and-evidence-in-trumpian-discourse/ The Paranoid Style of Climate Change Denial (October) http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2017/10/11/the-paranoid-style-of-climate-change-denial/ Wrestling with ‘The Donald’ (September) http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2017/09/05/wrestling-with-the-donald/ A Bully in

Susan Lepselter on Winning the Bateson Book Prize

January 19, 2018 No Comments ilana AAA, SLA Section News ,

Society for Linguistic Anthropology Ilana Gershon and Susan Lepselter January 19, 2018 Susan Lepselter won the 2017 Gregory Bateson Book Prize for her book, The Resonance of Unseen Things: Poetics, Power, Captivity and UFOs (2016).  In announcing the prize, Karen Strassler describes the book in the following terms: In this exquisitely crafted ethnography, Susan Lepselter explores how the uncanny saturates the everyday among believers in UFOs in the American West. Rather than objects of elite disdain or sideshow curiosities, Lepselter’s interlocutors emerge as poets and theorists whose reflections on odd coincidences and eerie happenings offer a ‘strange mirror’ on the experiences of

SLA Business Meeting Report

Society for Linguistic Anthropology Business Meeting Ilana Gershon December 2nd, 2017 President’s Report  SLA Interdisciplinary Public Engagement Award This funds conference submissions beyond the AAA Annual Meeting, and provides travel reimbursement up to $500 per person/$4,000 annually. There will be a 2–3 year trial period. Please keep an eye out early next year for the 2018 Call for Proposals for 2019 conferences. Changes to SLA’s Temporal Rhythms SLA will begin to have board meetings at their Spring meetings. The meetings may not occur every year. There was a widespread consensus that the second SLA spring meeting will occur in 2020.

2017 Sapir Book Prize Winners Announced

December 19, 2017 No Comments Mariam Durrani Sapir Book Prize

This year’s recipient for the Edward Sapir Book Prize, awarded at the American Anthropological Association Meeting in Washington D.C., was Kathryn Woolard. She received the award for her book: Singular and Plural: Ideologies of Linguistic Authority in 21st Century Catalonia  (Oxford 2016). Two honorable mention awards were given to Sonia Das for her book, Linguistic Rivalries: Tamil Migrants and Anglo-Franco Conflicts (Oxford 2016), and to Erika Hoffman-Dilloway for her book, Signing and Belonging in Nepal (Gallaudet 2016). Congratulations to all the winners!  

Charles Briggs Receives Society of Medical Anthropology Book Award

December 13, 2017 No Comments Mariam Durrani Prizes

This year’s recipients for the New Millennium Book Award, given by the Society of Medical Anthropology, were Charles L. Briggs & Clara Mantini-Briggs. They received the award for their book: Tell Me Why My Children Died: Rabies, Indigenous Knowledge, and Communicative Justice (Duke 2016). Congratulations!!  

SLA Endowment for John Gumperz Annual Graduate Student Essay Prize

November 27, 2017 No Comments Mariam Durrani Gumperz Prize

The Society for Linguistic Anthropology is pleased to announce, through a very generous gift from Jenny Cook-Gumperz, the establishment of an endowment fund in honor of John Gumperz (1922-2013) that will provide the prize awarded annually to the winner of the SLA’s graduate student essay contest, now renamed the John Gumperz Annual Graduate Student Essay Prize. The SLA has initiated a fund-raising campaign to raise the endowment to an amount sufficient for its interest to provide for the essay prize.  Contributions may be made via the following link:  http://bit.ly/SLAGumperzDonation Dedicating this fund to recognize graduate student work is an especially

Endangered minorities and linguistic pluralism in Italy

Stavroula Pipyrou November 21, 2017 In 1999, the implementation of act no. 482 finally created the opportunity to link linguistic minorities in Italy directly with local self-government. After the demarcation of their territories by the provincial councils, the linguistic minorities recognized by act no. 482 were granted the right to use their languages in the field of education both as a medium-language and as a subject in nursery schools, in primary and secondary education, in public meetings, in place names, in the media, and with public administration and judicial authorities. Local populations and institutions were determined to make the most

Here’s the Rub on the Dove Skincare Ad

October 18, 2017 No Comments ilana AAA, SLA Section News , ,

Shalini Shankar October 18, 2017 The latest rendition of “sorry, not sorry” is not just topping the Billboard charts. It is also a public relations anthem about “missing the mark.” This time, Dove skincare is being accused of “tone deafness.” The ad, appearing on Facebook, drew widespread critique. It features a loop of images of three women, each wearing a nude colored shirt to match the model’s skin tone. A black woman removes her shirt to become a white woman, who removes her shirt to become a brown woman, whose undressing returns us to the first of the three models. The