August 18, 2012 No Comments Lindsay Bell Uncategorized , ,

Dear Graduate Students,

This year, the American Ethnological Society (AES) is sponsoring three faculty-students workshops to provide an intimate environment for discussing issues important to AES graduate students. The Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA) has co-sponsored one of these workshops and I invite you to consider participating in what promises to be an excellent conversation.

These workshops include:

Workshop 1: Unbinding and Rebinding Theories in STS, Social Analysis, and Anthropology
Faculty Facilitators: Sherine Hamdy (Brown U) and Stefan Helmreich (MIT)

Workshop 2: Publishing in American Ethnologist
Faculty Facilitators: Angelique Haugerud (Rutgers U), Catherine Besteman (Colby), and other members of the AE Editorial Board

Workshop 3: Linguistic Anthropology in Ethnography (open to SLA and AES members)
Co-Sponsored with the Society for Linguistic Anthropology
Faculty Facilitators: Laura Ahearn (Rutgers U), Paul Kroskrity (UCLA), Janet McIntosh (Brandeis U)

These workshops will be limited and they will take place at a restaurant inside or near the conference hotel, lunch or refreshments will be provided. The workshops are free to all participants and open to AES student members at all levels of graduate training. Dates and times of meetings TBA.

To join one of these workshops, students are asked to submit a brief description of no more than 250-300 words (i.e., one-page) about your research project. You are encouraged to include in the description specific questions for the workshop leaders and for the group as a whole to consider. Descriptions will be shared with fellow workshop participants and workshop leaders in advance of the meeting.

TO APPLY:

Applications will be accepted on a first-come first-serve basis, noting the following:
1. The project descriptions are closely suited to the workshop themes
2. Students and workshop leaders are from different institutions
3. Students are a member of the AES or SLA

Please send your application as soon as possible for consideration as the workshops fill up quite quickly. The final deadline for consideration will be October 1, 2012. Again, it is first-come first-serve so please submit immediately. Applications can be sent to the event organizer, Jessica Hardin at jahardin@brandeis.edu

If you are not yet a member of the AES or SLA, but would like to join at the modest student rate, you can do so easily on the AAA website:http://www.aaanet.org/membership/join.cfm. Membership comes with a full print subscription to American Ethnologist (AES) and/or Journal of Linguistic Anthropology (SLA).

Formal notice to all participants will be sent out by October 15, 2012.
Please feel free to forward this to interested students and do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.

Best,
Lindsay Bell
Graduate Student Board Member, Society for Linguistic Anthropology

Jessica Hardin
Graduate Student Board Member, American Ethnological Society
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Workshop Details:

Workshop 1: Unbinding and Rebinding Theories in STS, Social Analysis, and Anthropology
Faculty Facilitators: Stefan Helmreich (MIT) and Sherine Hamdy (Brown U)

4-5 Student Participants

Many of our theories and concepts have latent within them universalizing assumptions about human agency, ethics, and relations. The task of this panel will be to “unbind” our theories of such domains as ethics, kinship, and economy from their frequent groundings in methodologically individualist social science, in secularist models of analysis, and worries about origins. We will discuss how to “rebind” them within frames that include political economy, theology, technology, and social justice concerns. How might such unbinding and rebinding redraw the lines around what will count as science, technology, and medicine in our studies?

Workshop 2: Publishing in American Ethnologist
Faculty Facilitators: Catherine Besteman (Colby) and Angelique Haugerud (Rutgers U) and other members of AE’s editorial board.

8-10 Student Participants

In this workshop, Angelique Haugerud, Editor for American Ethnologist, Editorial Board members including Catherine Besteman and others will offer advice on publishing in scholarly journals. The focus of the workshop will on publishing while a graduate student and publishing early in one’s career. Topics to be explored may include common reviewer criticism and suggestions, writing for a general audience, choosing journals, writing for edited volumes, book reviews, and approaches to Anthropology journals. Faculty Facilitators will also offer advice on submitting and getting a manuscript accepted to American Ethnologist. Most importantly, this session will offer a dedicated time for asking questions about publishing processes and practices.

Workshop 3: Linguistic Anthropology in Ethnography
Co-Sponsored with the Society for Linguistic Anthropology
Faculty Facilitators: Laura Ahearn (Rutgers U), Paul Kroskrity (UCLA), Janet McIntosh (Brandeis U)

8-10 Student Participants (Workshop open to SLA and AES members)

Traditional ethnographic methods and analysis are increasingly supplemented by linguistic anthropology tools and modes of inquiry. Given the expanding boundaries of linguistic anthropology and the gradual extension of linguistic anthropology studies to include not only theoretical studies of language-in-use in speech events but also the study of questions related to other subfields of anthropology with the tools of linguistic inquiry, this workshop aims to explore the use of linguistic anthropology tools to illuminate broader social and cultural phenomenon. We will also discuss the potential pitfalls of selectively employing linguistic anthropology analysis.