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

SLA Conference Registration Open

October 4, 2017 No Comments Mariam Durrani SLA Section News

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 at the AAAs

September 30, 2017 No Comments annab Anthropology News Columns, SLA Section News

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

Call for applications for SLA graduate student representative

September 26, 2017 No Comments Mariam Durrani SLA Section News

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

Preview for Inaugural SLA Spring 2017 Conference

September 22, 2017 No Comments Mariam Durrani Events, SLA Section News

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

Opening for Anthropology News/SLA Section News Co-editor

September 18, 2017 No Comments Mariam Durrani SLA Section News

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 babel.6@osu.edu

New initiative by AAA for non-tenure track faculty

September 6, 2017 No Comments Mariam Durrani AAA

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.

Bonnie Urciuoli’s Reflections upon Retirement

August 15, 2017 No Comments ilana SLA Section News , ,

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

AN News: Right-wing Politics in Brazil: Iconization and Accusations of Corruption

May 14, 2017 No Comments ilana AAA, Anthropology News Columns, SLA Section News

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

AN News: “Run, Hide, Fight” by Anna M. Babel (The Ohio State University)

December 19, 2016 No Comments annab Anthropology News Columns, Uncategorized

Anthropology News Column On campus violence, language, and the climate of fear. Monday was my birthday. I was taking a walk along the river near my house when my phone buzzed. I figured it was a birthday message, but instead it was a security alert from the campus emergency system. “Take cover,” it said. “Shelter in place, wait for additional information.” A few moments later, another message arrived: “Active shooter on campus. Run, hide, fight.” The name of a campus building and an address followed. I walked back home and turned on the local news. There was no more information on

AN News: “Detention, Disappearance, and the Power of Language” by Miranda Cady Hallett and Lynnette Arnold

November 15, 2016 No Comments annab Anthropology News Columns, Uncategorized

Anthropology News Article By Miranda Cady Hallett (U of Dayton) and Lynnette Arnold (U Mass-Amherst) During the 20th century, military dictatorships in Latin America became notorious for kidnapping and torturing their citizens. Because many of those kidnapped never returned, family members began to name and denounce this repression as ‘disappearance,’ coining the term los desaparecidos (the disappeared) to discursively highlight the systematic nature of this form of state violence. We are in a new era of los desaparecidos, this time perpetrated by the US government against the racialized bodies of immigrants. Immigration law enforcement and deportation in the United States

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

November 1, 2016 No Comments aaron AAA, Announcements

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) We are currently recruiting several LSJ members and other interested parties to act as social media respondents at the conference. These “designated tweeters” will sign up to attend specific AAA events relevant to the Language and Social Justice Committee’s work including:     (i)   

Language and Social Justice Task Force events at #AAA2016

Please see below a list of events that the Language and Social Justice Task Force is sponsoring and/or participating in at this year’s AAAs in Minneapolis. We hope to see you all there! If you are involved in a panel or event that you think would be of interest to LSJ members, send an email to Robin (conleyr@marshall.edu). Best, The LSJ Core Members 1. Language and Social Justice Task Force Meeting Saturday, Nov. 19, 12:15-1:30 pm All are welcome!! 2. SLA Presidential Conversation on Multilingual Education and Social Justice Thursday, November 17, 12:15-1:30 pm Patricia Baquedano-Lopez Mexican and Central American

AN News: “SLA at the 2016 AAA Meeting” by Aaron Ansell and Anna Babel

The Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA) panels and other events at the upcoming AAA Annual Meeting (November 16-20 in Minneapolis,MN) promise to be exciting ones. Below is a schedule of these events with links to the Full Program on the AAA website. Wednesday, November 16th 2:00 p.m.-3:45 p.m. Affect, Identity, and Language Ideologies (2-0145) Blank Faces (2-0170) Prayer, Poverty, and Song: Cultivating Religious Sound in a Secular World(2-0225) 4:00 p.m.-5:45 p.m. Discourses of Power and the Politics of Discourse (2-0380) Media and the Movement of Language (2-0415) Sticks and Stones: Struggle in Discourse (2-0330)   Thursday, November 17th 12:15 p.m.-1:30

Last Call: Nominations for Public Outreach Award (Oct 15)

September 12, 2016 No Comments Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) AAA, Announcements, Award for Public Outreach and Community Service, Prizes, SLA

SLA Award for Public Outreach and Community Service: Call for Nominations The submission deadline is October 15, 2016. 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.  Applicants may self-nominate or be nominated.  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,

AN News: “The Gap That Won’t Be Filled: An anthropolitical critique of the ‘Language Gap'” by Avineri et. al.

August 29, 2016 1 Comment annab Anthropology News Columns

Anthropology News Article Netta Avineri (Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey), Susan D. Blum (U of Notre Dame), Eric Johnson (Washington State U Tri-Cities), Kathleen C. Riley (Rutgers U), and Ana Celia Zentella (UC San Diego) Is language responsible for poverty? If poor and minority parents spoke like rich white parents, would they too become rich and successful? That’s the impression one gets from the now-familiar discourse about the language gap (or word gap, or 30 million-word gap) between children (of color) on welfare and children of professional (white) parents. This notion of a language gap is based on

AN News: “Difficult Interpretations: Linguistic anthropology and access to social services” by Rusty Barrett (U Kentucky), Hilaria Cruz (U Kentucky), and María Luz García (Eastern Michigan U)

August 23, 2016 No Comments annab Anthropology News Columns

Anthropology News Article Since 2000, any agency receiving government funding is legally obligated to provide clients with access to interpreters who speak their language. However, finding interpreters for indigenous languages can be difficult. Those of us who research languages from Mexico and Central America have become used to regular requests for help finding interpreters. Even so, cases where no adequate interpreter can be found often have dire consequences. A well-known example is the case of Cirila Baltazar (discussed in the second edition of Lippi-Green’s English with an Accent), a Chatino speaker who had her newborn infant taken away by the

AN News: “Interdisciplinary Collaborations around Language and Social Justice” by Jonathan Rosa (Stanford University) and Netta Avineri (Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey)

July 27, 2016 No Comments aaron Anthropology News Columns, SLA Section News

In recent years, AAA’s Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA) has generously supported a range of efforts intended to create interdisciplinary dialogues. In 2014, this support took the form of an Invited Colloquium at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), conceived of by then presidents of AAA and AAAL, Monica Heller and Aneta Pavlenko, respectively, and organized by Angela Reyes. Aneta also organized a related roundtable at the 2014 AAA meeting. Both the Invited Colloquium, “Conceptualizing Linguistic Difference: Perspectives from Linguistic Anthropology,” and the roundtable, “Dilemmas and Complexities of Multilingual Fieldwork,” provided forums for SLA members and

AN News: “Charting New Territory: The Intersection of Linguistics and Geography” by Catherine Lee (U Hawaiʻi Manoa)

July 26, 2016 No Comments annab Anthropology News Columns

Anthropology News Column When most people think about linguistic geography, if they think of it at all, they think of dialect atlases such as the Atlas of North American English (Labov et al., 2006). But linguistic geography has the potential to be far more than isoglosses and vowel shifts. At the recent American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting in San Francisco, I organized a series of three sessions dedicated to linguistic geography, broadly defined. The presenters in these sessions (follow these links for abstracts for Session 1, Session 2, and Session 3) were a mix of human geographers, linguistic