SLA Interdisciplinary Public Engagement Conference Fund CFP & Application

December 16, 2015 3 Comments Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) AAA, Announcements, Call for Sessions, Events, SLA

Interdisciplinary Public Engagement Conference Fund Call for Proposals Deadline: October 1, 2016 for 2017 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 subdisciplinary and disciplinary boundaries. For example, SLA has supported two special colloquia on linguistic anthropology and social justice at the 2014 and 2016 American Association of Applied Linguistics conferences, although support is not limited to AAAL or Linguistics-specific conferences. Up to $500 per presenter for up to eight presenters, for reimbursement of conference travel expenses is available,

AN News: “(Not) Talking about Unmentionable Symptoms” by Christine Labuski (Virginia Tech)

December 15, 2015 No Comments aaron Anthropology News Columns, SLA Section News

How do I tell my health care provider about a pain that I can’t name? How are symptoms experienced when they emerge from a part of the body for which most sufferers literally have no words? These questions framed my fieldwork with women who experienced vulvar pain (vulvodynia); women for whom vaginal penetrative sex, sitting down for extended periods, and wearing jeans were intolerable activities, and for whom the words vulva and labia were rendered unavailable by their socially disruptive nature. While my primary orientation toward these patients was medical, it was impossible for me to ignore the ways that language—and (lack of) access

New Issue Alert: Journal of Linguistic Anthropology (December 2015)

December 14, 2015 No Comments Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) AAA, Announcements, JLA, SLA

Volume 25, Issue 3 Pages 239–364 Articles Inscribing the Miraculous Place: Writing and Ritual Communication in the Chapel of a Guatemalan Popular Saint (pages 239–255) Timothy W. Knowlton Article first published online: 11 DEC 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/jola.12100 Abstract Article PDF(875K) References Request Permissions   Communicating and Hand(ling) Technologies. Everyday Life in Educational Settings Where Pupils With Cochlear Implants Are Mainstreamed (pages 256–284) Ingela Holmström, Sangeeta Bagga-Gupta and Rickard Jonsson Article first published online: 11 DEC 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/jola.12097 Swedish Sign Language Video Abstract: https://youtu.be/Qp_fc5GzoOM International Sign-System Video Abstract: https://youtu.be/im1QwiW8_jI Abstract Article PDF(1031K) References Request Permissions   “What do

Update on the SLA Committee for Language and Social Justice

December 13, 2015 1 Comment Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) Announcements, In the news, JLA, Language and Social Justice, SLA

Core Committee Established The SLA Committee for Language and Social Justice has now established its core committee, and is proud to welcome the new core committee members, Susan Blum and Hilary Dick. The Society for Linguistic Anthropology thanks Daniel Suslak and Patricia Baquedano-Lopez for their service on the LSJ committee. They have helped make the work for the LSJ Committee more visible and relevant to current debates and issues of social discrimination. If you are interested in participating in LSJ initiatives and campaigns, please contact Netta Avineri navineri@gmail.com or Robin Conley conleyr@marshall.edu to be added to the google group list. Recent posts about Language and Social Justice [Sports Mascots] 

2015 SLA Prize Winners

December 4, 2015 1 Comment Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) AAA, Graduate Paper Contest, Prizes, Sapir Book Prize, SLA, Undergraduate Paper Contest

The Society for Linguistic Anthropology was proud to award the following prizes at the 114th AAA Annual Meeting in Denver: ♦ Sapir Award Kristina Wirtz for Performing Afro-Cuba: Image, Voice, Spectacle in the Making of Race and History. University of Chicago Press. (2014) The Edward Sapir Book Prize was established in 2001 and is awarded to a book that makes the most significant contribution to our understanding of language in society, or the ways in which language mediates historical or contemporary sociocultural processes. Beginning in 2012, the Sapir Prize has been awarded annually. ♦ Graduate Student Essay Prize The 2015

AN News: “Linguistic and Local Peripherality: The Case of Chalmatians in Greater New Orleans” by Katie Carmichael (Virginia Tech)

November 16, 2015 No Comments annab Anthropology News Columns

Anthropology News Article In Greater New Orleans, there is an enregistered (Agha 2003) dialect of English that sounds similar to New York City English, making it stand out within the linguistic landscape of the American South. This dialect is associated with the white, working class residents of New Orleans, and is imbued with the sorts of low status, high solidarity associations so many nonstandard regional dialects possess—speakers are framed as “uneducated” and “lazy,” but also “fun-loving” (Greenfield 1994; Starnes 1994; Coles 1997). Examining commercial and parodic memes circulating on the Internet reveals a pattern to the negative versus positive framing

Ethnographies of Language Socialization: Resources for Teaching Undergraduate Anthropology

November 9, 2015 No Comments Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) Language Socialization, Teaching

See below for a list of recent ethnographies on language socialization, which will appeal to educators and students of anthropology, particularly at the undergraduate level, as well as to readers with a general interest in linguistic anthropology. These titles were suggested on the LINGANTH listserv by members of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology, and to make additional suggestions, please email: soclinganth@gmai.com or post your suggestions to LINGANTH. Ethnographies are listed in reverse chronological order of publication. Click on the images to learn more about each title.  Gilmore, P. (2015). Kisisi (Our Language): The Story of Colin and Sadiki. Wiley-Blackwell. García-Sánchez, I. M. (2014). Language and Muslim Immigrant Childhoods: The Politics

SLA Committee on Language and Social Justice Call for Volunteers (open through November 25)

November 7, 2015 No Comments Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) AAA, Announcements, Language and Social Justice, Positions, SLA

[Edit 9 December 2015] The SLA Committee for Language and Social Justice has now established its core committee. Individuals who are interested in participating in LSJ initiatives and campaigns may contact Netta Avineri navineri@gmail.com or Robin Conley conleyr@marshall.edu to be added to the google group list.   The SLA Nominations Committee is currently seeking volunteers to serve as a core committee member on the SLA Committee for Language and Social Justice (LSJ). The LSJ committee was created in 2009 out of the Task Group on Language and Social Justice and is a standing committee within SLA. There are currently four

AN News: “Indian Mascots: Naturalized Racism and Anthropology” by Bernard C. Perley (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

Anthropology News Article The month of September ushers in another season of professional football. Native Americans across the country will have to endure yet another year of public humiliation. The professional football team from Washington DC continues to use their racist moniker with impunity. How is it, in the Nation’s capital, such a public display of racist language can continue to be defended as honorific discourse presumed to elevate the public imagination of the entire population of the Indigenous peoples of North America? This is a social imaginary unworthy of a nation that purports to endorse the best values of

Ethnographies of Language and Gender: Resources for Teaching Undergraduate Anthropology

November 4, 2015 1 Comment Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) Language and Gender, Teaching

See below for a list of recent ethnographies on language and gender, which will appeal to educators and students of anthropology, particularly at the undergraduate level, as well as to readers with a general interest in linguistic anthropology. These titles were suggested on the LINGANTH listserv by members of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology, and to make additional suggestions, please email: soclinganth@gmail.com or post your suggestions to LINGANTH. Ethnographies are listed in reverse chronological order of publication. [UPDATE 11/9/2015: See also suggested titles for recent ethnographies dealing with language socialization on the SLA blog] Click on the images to learn more about each title. Manning, P. (2015). Love

Language panels at #AAA2015

September 17, 2015 1 Comment Chad Nilep AAA, SLA

A list of language-related panels and activities at the American Anthropological Association’s 114th Annual Meeting, November 18-22 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver

AN News: “Why You Should Consider Applying for a AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship” by Laura M. Ahearn (AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow)

August 17, 2015 No Comments annab AAA, Anthropology News Columns, Jobs

Anthropology News Article Are you about to complete your PhD and want to do something other than become an adjunct? Or are you perhaps safely tenured but want to make a contribution in government rather than in academia? (“Ask not what your country can do for you…”) Or maybe you’re just curious and would like to find out what a very different work environment would be like? Whether you’re at the early, mid-, or late-career stage, an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellowship might turn out to be the perfect way for you

AN News: “Anthropological Listening as a Genre” by Xochitl Marsilli-Vargas (UC Berkeley)

July 6, 2015 No Comments aaron Anthropology News Columns, SLA Section News

Linguistic anthropologists are accustomed to exploring the way speakers create structures of relevance that provide directionality to social activity. Could we also say the same for listeners? Listening has the potential to generate a specific context by listening “in a particular way;” for example, when a mechanic is deciphering the semantic meaning of the sounds of a broken car, when a psychoanalyst is listening emphatically to an analysand, or when a doctor is translating the sounds emitted from my body through auscultation. Just by turning the ear in a particular framework—what I call a genre of listening—the individual is transforming a

Announcing the 2015 Sapir Prize Entries

June 26, 2015 1 Comment Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) AAA, Announcements, Prizes, SLA

The Edward Sapir Book Prize was established in 2001 and is awarded to a book that makes the most significant contribution to our understanding of language in society, or the ways in which language mediates historical or contemporary sociocultural processes. Beginning in 2012, the Sapir Prize has been awarded annually. The following 12 books have been submitted and are now being considered for the Edward Sapir Book Award. Winner(s) will be announced to the SLA membership at the SLA Business Meeting, held during the AAA Annual Meeting in Denver (November 18–22). Click on the cover images for more information about each

AN News: “Neither Home Nor Field” by Erika Alpert (Nazarbayev University)

June 8, 2015 No Comments annab Anthropology News Columns, Uncategorized

Anthropology News Article One of the perks offered to faculty at Nazarbayev University is a free campus apartment. When I was hired last year, I was pleased to be offered this accommodation. Not only did it mean not having to pay rent, but it meant not having to house-hunt in the unfamiliar cultural and linguistic environment of Astana, the new capital of Kazakhstan. Now that I’m here, I find myself living on a construction site. It is frequently loud and muddy, and the path from my apartment block to work shifts on a somewhat regular basis. New paths are built

AN News: “Report on the 2014 SLA Business Meeting” by Aaron Ansell (Virginia Tech)

May 5, 2015 No Comments aaron Anthropology News Columns, JLA, SLA, SLA Section News

The annual business meeting of the SLA in Washington DC was attended by about 150 people, and proved to be a lively and informative event. President Paul Kroskrity reported on two areas of general concern: increasing public engagement around issues of linguistic racism and the mentoring of junior colleagues within SLA itself. Paul reported on the results of a mentorship survey, which indicate willingness among members to serve as mentors. However, because the survey does not provide a good basis for moving forward, we are waiting for AAA-wide initiatives that will provide both models and resources for future planning. Finally,

AN News: “At the Crossroads of Linguistics and Anthropology: Disciplinary perspectives on language documentation” by Lise Dobrin (University of Virginia) and Niko Besnier (University of Amsterdam)

Anthropology News Article by Lise Dobrin and Niko Besnier For a long time in anthropology, the documentation of languages on the brink of disappearing was negatively tainted as salvage: quaint in its Boasian particularism, inappropriately objectifying speakers as passive vehicles of an authoritatively rendered ‘tradition’, naïve in uncritically adopting the folk category of ‘language’ as an analytic one, and irrelevant to a discipline that is concerned with linguistic practices and ideologies primarily as a form of evidence for claims about other areas of social life. But over the past couple of decades, a major transition has taken place in linguistics