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
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
The submission deadline is November 6, 2015.
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 consent to the nomination of others.
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 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
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 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,
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/
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
“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/
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:
The latest Anthropology News features an article from Bonnie Urciuoli entitled, “Language and Social Justice Committee Activities, 2013-14.” You can access the article on the Anthropology News website by clicking here, or by copying and pasting this link into your web browser: http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2014/06/25/language-and-social-justice-committee-activities-2013-14/
SOCIETY FOR LINGUISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY PRESIDENTIAL CONVERSATION ON LANGUAGE AND MOBILITY: RETHINKING THE POPULATIONS, PRACTICES, AND PLACES OF “MIGRATION” Friday, November 22, 2013 12:15pm to 1:30pm Chicago Hilton (Williford A) Event Description In conjunction with the AAA Public Education Initiative on Migration, this event will engage the co-constitutive relationships between language practices and the forms of mobility that are enabled and constrained by the processes of late capitalism. Participants will explore new approaches to mobility and language through a dialogic format. During the first part of the event, invited participants will offer brief reflections on the topic of language and mobility,
Society for Linguistic Anthropology 2013 Graduate Student Essay Competition 2 Winners: Elise Kramer (University of Chicago) ”Speaking for the Voiceless: Metaphors of Power and Agency in Political Discourse” Katherine Geenberg (Stanford) ”Fractal Marginalization and Linguistic Style in Hill Country: How the Nor-Rel-Muk Indians mix local Englishes to construct authenticity” 3 runners-up: Jonghyun Park (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) ”Korean Rap and Rhyme: Local Enregisterment of a Foreign Genre” Ferguson, Jenanne (University of Aberdeen) ”Code-mixing among Sakha-Russian bilinguals in Yakutsk: a spectrum of features and shifting indexical fields” Sabrina Gavigan (American University) “Meet the [Neoliberal] Faces of Mexico” All 5 will present
The Society for Linguistic Anthropology’s column in Anthropology News has been updated with an article by Christopher Ball, Alejandro Paz, and Michael Silverstein, entitled, “Teleologies of Structuralism.” Click here to read the article.
August 2013 Volume 23, Issue 2 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jola.2013.23.issue-2/issuetoc Table of Contents: Articles Thoroughly Mixed Yet Thoroughly Ethnic: Indexing Class with Ethnonyms (pages E1–E22) Andrea L. Smith and Anna Eisenstein Reading in Context: The Interpretation of Personal Reference in Ancient Maya Hieroglyphic Texts (pages E23–E47) Danny Law, Stephen Houston, Nicholas Carter, Marc Zender and David Stuart Intellectual Property in Practice: Filtering Testimony at the United States Trade Representative (pages E48–E65) Alexander S. Dent Co-Constructing Colonial Dichotomies in Female Former Colonizers’ Narratives of the Belgian Congo (pages E66–E83) Dorien Van De Mieroop and Mathias Pagnaer Book Review Article Political Economy and Language: A Review
We are pleased to announce the results of the recent SLA elections. Bonnie Urciuoli was voted President-Elect, a two year term after which she will serve two years as President. James Wilce was elected to a two year term as Executive Committee Member-at-Large. These terms will begin at the end of the AAA meetings in November. At that time, Paul Kroskrity will step up from President-Elect to President of SLA. Congratulations to Bonnie and James, and thank you for your willingness to serve in these positions. Thanks also to SLA members who agreed to stand for office, and to all those who voted in the
(Via Jillian Cavaugh) 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