AN News: “Outreach and Engagement in a Science Museum” by Leslie C. Moore (The Ohio State University) et al.

June 13, 2016 No Comments annab Anthropology News Columns, Uncategorized

Anthropology News Column In recent years, several sociolinguists have published accounts of successful integration of Outreach and Engagement into their research and/or teaching, including outreach to middle and/or high school students, university service-learning courses, and meaningful involvement of students in research as participants. We have found it exciting and effective to engage with the public through informal science education in a science museum. In 2012, the Language Sciences Research Lab opened at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in Columbus, Ohio. The lab is better known as the Language Pod, a research-in-real-time exhibit that consists of a glass-enclosed room

AAA/SLA election reminder

May 15, 2016 No Comments Chad Nilep AAA, Announcements, Positions, SLA ,

Just a quick reminder to the SLA membership that the AAA election deadline is May 31st.  So if you haven’t already voted, please do so as soon as you can, particularly as there are two SLA positions on the ballot: secretary-treasurer and member-at-large.  Just find the “Vote Now” button on the AAA website. Thanks! How to Vote (from American Anthropological Association) 1. Click here to login using your AAA member login information. 2. Click on the “Vote Now” button on the right side of the page. 3. If you don’t see a “Vote Now” button click on the “My Information” link on

AN News: “Communicating Bodies: New Juxtapositions of Linguistic and Medical Anthropology” by Charles L. Briggs (U California, Berkeley) and Paja Faudree (Brown U)

Linguistic anthropology and medical anthropology are growth areas of anthropology, yet research across these two fields has been relatively limited. Recently medical and linguistic anthropologists have shifted from viewing language, medicine, and science as established objects to documenting the practices, discourses, and technologies through which they are produced. Important developments around the world—including the ascendance of biomedicalization, neoliberal markets for language practices, and new forms of mediatization—invite coordinated attention. Nevertheless, the epistemological commitments of scholars in both subfields have frequently resulted in forms of boundary work that impede fruitful exchanges and cooperation. In 2014, we began bringing together scholars who

AN News: “Taking Full Accountability (but None of the Blame)” by Aaron Ansell (Virginia Tech)

March 14, 2016 No Comments aaron Anthropology News Columns, SLA Section News

Last year, in the midst of a campus mobilization led by Black students that rocked the U of Missouri (“Mizzou”), we caught a glimpse of a particular breed of non-apology, one anchored in Christian neoliberalism and felicitous of white privilege. I’m referring to the November 9th resignation speech of Tim Wolfe, former President of Mizzou. Wolfe’s resignation represented a win for campus activists who through protests, encamped demonstrations, a hunger strike, and a historic strike of many football players, publicized the endemic racial injustice at Mizzou. Here I offer no comment about the protests, the injustices that motivated them, the culpability of Wolfe’s administration,

AN News: “Working at the Border of Sister Disciplines” by Anna Babel (The Ohio State University)

March 11, 2016 No Comments annab Anthropology News Columns

Anthropology News Article One of this column’s areas of focus for the upcoming year is interdisciplinarity in linguistic anthropology. We’re excited to have contributions lined up from colleagues who are crossing disciplinary borders and collaborating with scholars in geography, agriculture, education, medicine and more.  If you are an interdisciplinary scholar, please check out the SLA Interdisciplinary Engagement Conference Fund, which supports participation in conferences beyond the usual linganth venues. I thought we might kick this series off with a practical discussion of the most common, and most fundamental, disciplinary alignment in our field—the convergence and dialogue between linguistic anthropology and

AN News: “A Proposal to Initiate a Spring SLA Meeting” by Michael Silverstein (University of Chicago)

At our recent SLA annual business meeting in Denver, I proposed to the Board and to the membership in attendance that we consider organizing a Spring meeting along the lines of the long-standing and very productive ones of other sections of the American Anthropological Association. Two of our sub-disciplinary “quadrant” (or “quintile”) counterparts, the American Ethnological Society and the Society for Cultural Anthropology, as well as the Society for Psychological Anthropology, have long had either annual or biennial meetings, frequently held jointly with one or more smaller organizations that have collaborated to highlight a thematic focus especially rewarding as a

Call for Nominations — Open until February 10, 2016

January 18, 2016 No Comments Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) AAA, Announcements, Positions, SLA

Dear SLA Colleagues, Greetings!  We are writing to encourage you to consider nominating yourself for one of two open SLA positions in the 2016 AAA elections. If you are interested in AAA governance or developing leadership within linguistic anthropology, please consider participating in the SLA’s Executive Committee by running for one of these two offices.  The descriptions follow below: Secretary-Treasurer: The Secretary-Treasurer shall have charge of the records of the Society and shall submit a draft budget not less than sixty (60) days before the Annual Meeting for the approval of the Executive Committee. Member at Large: There shall be

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

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

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

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