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

AN News: “Silent Meditation: Speech, power, and social justice” by the Committee on Language & Social Justice

April 14, 2015 No Comments annab AAA, Anthropology News Columns, Language and Social Justice, SLA

Anthropology News Article by Netta Avineri, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey; Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein, Independent Scholar; Robin Conley, Marshall University; Mariam Durrani, University of Pennsylvania; Kathleen Riley, Fordham University The AAA Committee for Human Rights Task Group/Society for Linguistic Anthropology Committee on Language & Social Justice is committed to collaborating with one another to provide a unique, linguistic anthropological perspective on relevant issues of the day. We believe that a merging of voices allows for greater depth of reflection, listening, and revision. In this way our process in the Task Group is symbolic of our greater ideals – a

AN News: “Digital Counterpublics: Black Twitter in the Aftermath of Ferguson” by Mariam Durrani (University of Pennsylvania)

Anthropology News Article On November 24, 2014, St Louis prosecutor McCulloch announced that the grand jury trial did not indict Officer Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown. As the news media reports and subsequent protests unfolded, the Twittersphere erupted in thousands of tweets condemning the non-indictment, especially given his self-confessed shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old. These tweets are constitutive of a digital Black counterpublic that provides a strong opposition to mainstream media reporting and analysis. In the days that followed, online commentators critiqued the mainstream media coverage of Ferguson, the non-indictment, and other shootings of unarmed black men

Announcing SLA’s Annual *Undergraduate* Essay Contest

February 24, 2015 1 Comment Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) AAA, Announcements, Prizes, SLA, Undergraduate Paper Contest

Want to make a difference with your work beyond your undergraduate transcript? Submit to SLA’s Annual Student Essay Contest! Selected winner will be awarded $500, a certificate of accomplishment, and a $300 travel grant to the AAA Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, November 18-22, 2015. The paper will be considered for publication in SLA’s signature journal, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology. Submit an original sole-author work based on your own research while in an undergraduate degree-granting program. Submissions must be submitted no more than 2 years since written and never have been published or submitted for publication. Essays will be judged

Announcing the SLA’s Annual Graduate Student Essay Prize

February 23, 2015 No Comments Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) AAA, Announcements, Graduate Paper Contest, Prizes, SLA, SLA Section News

Announcing the SLA’s Annual Graduate Student Essay Prize The Society for Linguistic Anthropology would like to invite submissions of graduate student papers for the SLA’s Annual Graduate Student Essay Prize. Papers should be submitted by the deadline, March 20, 2015. The winner and finalists will be invited to participate in an SLA-sponsored panel at the 2015 AAA meetings in Denver, along with this year’s competition judges (names TBA). The winner will receive a $500 prize and a grant of up to $300 to cover expenses for travel to the AAA meeting to accept the award. Eligibility: In order to be eligible for

SLA Nominations 2015

January 20, 2015 No Comments Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) AAA, Announcements, Positions, SLA

Dear SLA Colleagues, We are writing to encourage you to consider nominating yourself for one of two open SLA positions in the 2015 AAA elections. Our current President-Elect, Bonnie Urciuoli, will assume the office of the President at the end of this year. In addition a Member at Large, Jim Wilce, will also see the end of his term. Please consider participating in the SLA’s Executive Committee by running for one of these two offices. President-Elect: The President-elect shall assume the duties of the President in the event of absence, death, resignation or incapacity of the President, and shall succeed

AAA Executive Program Committee Call for Submissions

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

AAA 2015 Conference Theme: “Familiar/Strange” Casting common sense in new light by making the familiar seem strange and the strange seem familiar is a venerable strategy used across anthropology’s subfields. It can denaturalize taken-for-granted frames and expand the horizons of students and public alike. But useful as this process of estrangement and familiarization can be, it can lapse into exoticism through “us/them” comparisons that veil historical and contemporary relations of power and powerlessness within and across societies. As an orienting theme for the 2015 Denver meeting of the AAA, we invite proposals for Executive Program Committee (EPC) sponsorship (sessions, forums,

Anthropology News: Contact and Its Allure

December 1, 2014 No Comments Chad Nilep Anthropology News Columns, SLA Section News ,

The latest SLA column at Anthropology News is now available. Shunsuke Nozawa’s “Contact and Its Allure” explores phatic communion, isolation and social relations, the role of technology, and more in Japan’s “It’s me” fraud. Nozawa draws on his own field work, Japanese media coverage, and a range theory in anthropology to analyze how fraud is experienced and understood in contemporary Japan.

AAA Committee on Ethics *Call for Submissions*

October 17, 2014 No Comments Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) AAA, Announcements

(1) The AAA Committee on Ethics Small Grants Program: The goal of the AAA Small Grants Program is to foster the development and use of curricular materials for the teaching and communication of ethics and ethical practice across the discipline of anthropology. Administered by the AAA Committee on Ethics, this small grant program encourages the awareness of and innovation in ethics curricular materials used in introductory, undergraduate, and graduate classes. Proposals for the development of curricular materials in a variety of forms are welcome, including texts, films, blogs, websites, exhibits, and other innovative media forms. The grant recipient(s) will have

SLA October Column Now Online

October 17, 2014 No Comments Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) AAA, SLA, SLA Section News

The latest SLA column in Anthropology News is now available! “Scales of Repair,” authored by Eve Danziger, Mark Sicoli, and Brook Hefright http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2014/10/14/scales-of-repair/  

SLA Undergraduate Contest Update: Deadline extended to September *22*

September 5, 2014 No Comments Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) AAA, Announcements, SLA

The Society for Linguistic Anthropology would like to invite submissions of undergraduate student papers for the SLA’s Annual Student Essay Contest. The winner will receive a prize certificate, a $500 prize, and a grant of up to $300 to cover expenses for travel to the AAA meeting to accept the award. Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges. A prize will be awarded only if a submission of sufficiently high quality is received. The winner or winners will be announced at the SLA business meeting, which is held during the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association. Papers should

SLA Anthro News August column now online!

August 4, 2014 No Comments Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) Blogroll, Jobs, SLA, SLA Section News

“Linguistic Anthropology in the Current Professional Market,” by Steven P. Black is the latest SLA column in Anthropology News, and is now available on their website: http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2014/08/04/linguistic-anthropology-in-the-current-professional-market/      

SLA Undergraduate Contest Update: Deadline extended to September 2.

July 17, 2014 No Comments Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) AAA, Announcements, Prizes, SLA Section News, Undergraduate Paper Contest

(Via Jim Wilce) The Society for Linguistic Anthropology would like to invite submissions of undergraduate student papers for the SLA’s Annual Student Essay Contest. The winner will receive a prize certificate, a $500 prize, and a grant of up to $300 to cover expenses for travel to the AAA meeting to accept the award. Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges. A prize will be awarded only if a submission of sufficiently high quality is received. The winner or winners will be announced at the SLA business meeting, which is held during the annual meeting of the American

UPDATE on SLA Edward Sapir Book Award

June 29, 2014 No Comments Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) AAA, Announcements, Prizes, Sapir Book Prize, SLA, SLA Section News

The following 16 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 on December 6, 2014. Click on the cover images for more information about each book from the publisher’s website. Barton, Bernadette.  2012.  Pray the Gay Way: the Extraordinary Lives of Bible Belt Gays. NYU Press. Billings, Sabrina.  2014.  Language, Globalization, and the Making of a Tanzanian Beauty Queen.  Multilingual Matters. Blommaert, Jan.  2013. Ethnography, Superdiversity, and Linguistic Landscapes: Chronicles of Complexity.  Multilingual Matters. Cody, Francis.  2013.  The Light of Knowledge: