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!
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!!
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
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
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
The submission deadline HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 15, 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 medium including but not limited to books, reports, exhibits, pedagogical materials/curricula, documentary films, newspaper or magazine articles, blogs, digitized or broadcast media, and lectures. Eligible work must have published, presented, or aired during the five years immediately preceding the submission deadline. A Selection Committee
Registration for the inaugural SLA conference is now available here When you register for the meeting you’ll receive information on how to submit an abstract proposal. SLA Members and non-members alike will need to register for the meeting in order to submit an abstract. When you login to the AAA web site, look for the “Add Meeting Registration” link on the left hand side and choose the SLA meeting to proceed. Non SLA members will need to create a free AAA user account if you don’t already have one. https://secure.americananthro.org/eweb
SLA Invited & Co-Sponsored Sessions & Meetings Thursday, November 30 4:15 PM – 6:00 PM – SLA graduate student paper contest: Semiotic processes across scale media, and voice – Omni, Cabinet 6:30 PM – 8:15 PM – Taking Action in Troubled Times: Learning and Engaging with Shirley Brice Heath – Marriott, Balcony A Friday, December 1 7:30 AM – 8:45 AM – Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA) Board Meeting – Marriott, Park Tower 8219 12:15 PM – 1:30 PM – Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA) & AAA Committee for Human Rights (CfHR) Language and Social Justice Task Force Meeting – Marriott, Wilson A 2:00 PM – 3:45 PM – Toward a transdisciplinary coalition in sociocultural linguistics: A collaborative analysis of
The SLA Executive Board invites applications from anthropology students interested in serving as the SLA Graduate Student Representative on the leadership body of the organization. Major responsibilities will be: attending the SLA board meeting at the annual meeting of the AAA, and possibly an AAA-level meeting of student representatives; providing student perspectives on SLA programming and events; and taking leadership roles for developing areas of particular interest to anthropology students. The term is two years, from the end of the 2017 AAA meetings in December until the end of the 2019 AAA meetings. To submit an application for consideration
The Society for Linguistic Anthropology is excited to announce that our association will soon be open to receive submissions to our inaugural conference. The conference organizing committee is working with AAA to get the registration site set up in addition to a website connected to the SLA page that will provide detailed information about the event, submission instructions, accommodations, and transportation. In anticipation of this site being launched soon, we are now circulating the CFP so that colleagues can be aware of the conference theme and the types of submissions we seek. Please read on and consider submitting… CFP, SLA
As of the December AAA meetings, Anna Babel will be wrapping up her 3-year term as co-editor for the AN-SLA section news, and Ilana Gershon will be taking over as senior co-editor. This leaves an opening for a second co-editor. I circulate this notice to solicit nominations or ask for self-nominations, for consideration by our current co-editors and the SLA board. Please submit names to Anna Babel firstname.lastname@example.org
The AAA Working Group on Non-Tenure Track Employment in Anthropology is setting up an online community to address issues of precarious faculty employment in anthropology. The forum will be open to contingent adjunct faculty in departments of anthropology as well as anthropologists with precarious appointments in any department, regardless of AAA member status. The AAA is sponsoring this initiative in order to provide a platform for contingent faculty to share experiences, strategies, and practices with one another. For more information, see our page on the AAA website.
SLA Interview with Bonnie Uriciuoli Bonnie Urciuoli. Nancy L. Ford What article or book that you wrote are you most pleased with? Could you talk about the story behind writing it? Or: What article or book was hardest for you to write, and why? These two questions have the same answer, “Skills and Selves in the New Workplace,” published in AE in 2008. It took years and I sweated blood writing and rewriting and rewriting it, probably because I tried to pack way too much into each draft. I had long been thinking about how the word skill got thrown around as a count noun
Anthropology News Column by Aaron Ansell In late 2016, I noticed a peculiar convergence between Brazilian and US politics. In both countries, the political right spurred mass mobilization against a ruling center-left party through the demonization of leading women as corrupt. While neither Senator Hillary Clinton (US) nor President Dilma Rousseff (Brazil) were indicted on criminal charges, these accusations helped to bring about drastic changes in each country’s government. In Brazil, where I’ll focus my attention here, popular allegations of Rousseff’s corruption had previously emboldened the congress to impeach her based on “an eclectic bunch of reasons” often having nothing
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 people had to transform genres as they transitioned from performing in front of audiences to making early commercial sound recordings. How has studying media affected your understanding of performance? Coming to IU to a department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, the ethnomusicology graduate students made a
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 for others around performance, intertextuality, and so on. Could you talk about the origins for one of your ideas and how your understanding evolved over different research projects, such as entextualization? For me, being part of a closely engaged circle of colleagues has been absolutely
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. In addition, you will see an amendment to the by-laws, which reads as follows: The terms of office for members-at-large shall be three years, commencing at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. At the November 2016 SLA executive committee meeting,
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), a pioneer of sociolinguistics in Catalonia. It recognizes a scientifically innovative work of sociolinguistic investigation published in any language by an author resident in or affiliated with universities in the Catalan-speaking countries. Publications on sociolinguistic phenomena in the Catalan-speaking countries published outside the Catalan linguistic
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 medium including but not limited to books, reports, exhibits, pedagogical materials/curricula, documentary films, newspaper or magazine articles, blogs, digitized or broadcast media, and lectures. Eligible work must have published, presented, or aired during the five years immediately preceding the submission deadline. A Selection Committee appointed
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 on a three-by-five card while in an ambulance taking me to the hospital after a massive injections of epinephrine. I did not know at the time that I have a fatal allergy to black hornets. While I have never again written anything “on drugs,” I