The Highpoint Church Standing Ovation

Was #MeToo washed away in baptismal waters? Jon Bialecki January 26, 2018 There is a clip that has been circulating through both conventional broadcast and cable news programs in the United States, as well as on social media sites. It shows a sort of blandly handsome man, on the young side of middle age, garbed in a neutral preppy ensemble: a plaid shirt under a gray crew-knit sweater. He is sitting down next to a table with two bottles of water on it; behind him you see blue decorative stage lighting and the corner of a keyboard. His face has a look

Susan Lepselter on Winning the Bateson Book Prize

January 19, 2018 No Comments ilana AAA, SLA Section News ,

Society for Linguistic Anthropology Ilana Gershon and Susan Lepselter January 19, 2018 Susan Lepselter won the 2017 Gregory Bateson Book Prize for her book, The Resonance of Unseen Things: Poetics, Power, Captivity and UFOs (2016).  In announcing the prize, Karen Strassler describes the book in the following terms: In this exquisitely crafted ethnography, Susan Lepselter explores how the uncanny saturates the everyday among believers in UFOs in the American West. Rather than objects of elite disdain or sideshow curiosities, Lepselter’s interlocutors emerge as poets and theorists whose reflections on odd coincidences and eerie happenings offer a ‘strange mirror’ on the experiences of

SLA Business Meeting Report

Society for Linguistic Anthropology Business Meeting Ilana Gershon December 2nd, 2017 President’s Report  SLA Interdisciplinary Public Engagement Award This funds conference submissions beyond the AAA Annual Meeting, and provides travel reimbursement up to $500 per person/$4,000 annually. There will be a 2–3 year trial period. Please keep an eye out early next year for the 2018 Call for Proposals for 2019 conferences. Changes to SLA’s Temporal Rhythms SLA will begin to have board meetings at their Spring meetings. The meetings may not occur every year. There was a widespread consensus that the second SLA spring meeting will occur in 2020.

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

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

Interview with Richard Bauman, part 2

April 24, 2017 No Comments ilana AAA, Anthropology News Columns, SLA Section News

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

Interview with Richard Bauman, part 1

April 24, 2017 No Comments ilana Anthropology News Columns, SLA Section News

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

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

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: “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: “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

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