Interview with Richard Bauman, part 2

April 24, 2017 No Comments ilana Uncategorized

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 Uncategorized

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

Update from SLA President, Bonnie Urciuoli

April 21, 2017 No Comments Mariam Durrani Uncategorized

The AAA announcement for the spring balloting is now open.  I write to remind everyone of the importance of voting.  In addition to the AAA ballots (including AAA president-elect), the positions of particular concern for SLA membership are the SLA president-elect, the Linguistic Seat on the Executive Board, and the Linguistic Seat on the Nominations Committee.  In addition, you will see an amendment to the by-laws, which reads as follows: The terms of office for members-at-large shall be three years, commencing at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. At the November 2016 SLA executive committee meeting,

Congratulations to SLA Member, Ignasi Clemente!

April 21, 2017 No Comments Mariam Durrani Uncategorized

The Catalan Sociolinguistics Society, under the aegis of the Institute for Catalan Studies, has announced that the 15th annual Modest Reixach Prize will be awarded to Ignasi Clemente (Department of Anthropology, Hunter College, CUNY), for his book Uncertain Futures; Communication and Culture in Childhood Cancer Treatment (2015, Wiley Blackwell). The prize is named after Modest Reixach (1931-2011), a pioneer of sociolinguistics in Catalonia. It recognizes a scientifically innovative work of sociolinguistic investigation published in any language by an author resident in or affiliated with universities in the Catalan-speaking countries. Publications on sociolinguistic phenomena in the Catalan-speaking countries published outside the Catalan linguistic

SLA Award for Public Outreach & Community Service: Call for Nominations

April 19, 2017 No Comments Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) Award for Public Outreach and Community Service, Uncategorized

The deadline for submitting nominations is October 1, 2017. 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.  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, or aired during the five years immediately preceding the submission deadline.  A Selection Committee appointed

Rick Parmentier’s Reflection upon Retirement

April 18, 2017 No Comments ilana Uncategorized

Rick Parmentier, Anna Babel and Ilana Gershon January 24, 2017 SLA interview with Rick Parmentier Rick Parmentier What article or book that you wrote are you most pleased with?  Could you talk about the story behind writing it? The principal argument of my paper “Diagrammatic Icons and Historical Processes in Belau” (American Anthropologist, 1985) was scribbled on a three-by-five card while in an ambulance taking me to the hospital after a massive injections of epinephrine. I did not know at the time that I have a fatal allergy to black hornets.  While I have never again written anything “on drugs,” I

2017 SLA Interdisciplinary Public Engagement Conference Fund CFP Application

April 13, 2017 No Comments Mariam Durrani Award for Public Outreach and Community Service, Uncategorized

Interdisciplinary Public Engagement Conference Fund Call for Proposals Deadline: October 1, 2017 for 2018 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 sub-disciplinary and disciplinary boundaries. For example, SLA has supported special colloquia on linguistic anthropology and social justice in previous years at the American Association of Applied Linguistics conferences, and this year at LSA and elsewhere, although support is not limited to AAAL or Linguistics-specific conferences. Up to $500 per presenter for up to eight presenters, for reimbursement

Charles Goodwin’s Reflections on Retirement

April 11, 2017 No Comments ilana Uncategorized

SLA Interview with Charles Goodwin What article or book that you wrote are you most pleased with?  Could you talk about the story behind writing it? While “Professional Vision” is perhaps the article that anthropologists know best, what pleases me most in my career is my work on the social life of Aphasia. With that, I (and others) have been able to change the way that people encounter and think about not only people with aphasia, but, more generally, others who differ from themselves. The person whom I write about is my father who had a stroke in his early

SLA 2017 Undergraduate Student Essay Contest

March 30, 2017 2 Comments Mariam Durrani Uncategorized

Every year the Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA) confers an award for a distinguished undergraduate research paper.  Selected winners will be awarded $500, a certificate of accomplishment, and a $300 travel grant to the AAA Annual Meeting in Washington DC, November 29 – Dec 3 2017.  In addition, the winning essay will be considered for publication in our signature journal, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology.   Essays will be judged on the basis of research contributions to the field of linguistic anthropology, clarity, organization, and engagement with existing scholarship.  If this sounds like a paper you have, and it has been written within

Announcing SLA Spring 2018 Meeting

March 21, 2017 No Comments Mariam Durrani Uncategorized

The Society for Linguistic Anthropology is pleased to announce that plans are well under way for our first Spring Conference, March 8-10, in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania Anthropology Museum.  The SLA board would like to ask SLA members to fill out a very brief (one question) survey as to whether you think you are likely to attend – this so we can make firmer plans for numbers.  Here is the link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BT7H3G5 Many thanks in advance for responding to the survey, and we hope to see lots of you at Penn a year from now!

Announcement: Edward Sapir Book Prize 2017

March 21, 2017 No Comments Mariam Durrani Uncategorized

Submission Deadline: May 15, 2017 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. Submissions are now open for the 2017 prize. The SLA invites books with conceptual and theoretical focus, as well as ethnographic and descriptive works. Single-or multi-author books – but not edited collections – are eligible. Books must have been published between June 2014 and December

AN News: Language and Social Justice Committee Storify (Language and Social Justice Committee)

March 15, 2017 No Comments annab Uncategorized

Anthropology News Column By Mariam Durrani, Netta Avineri, Kathleen C. Riley, Hilary Parsons Dick, and Susan D. Blum This post is a summary of the Storify compiled by the Committee for Language and Social Justice following the AAA Annual Meeting.  You can find the original Storify here. At this year’s AAA Annual Meeting, the Committee for Language and Social Justice (LSJ) (part of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology) convened several panels and discussions to further our understanding of how language and social justice intersect. Beyond the oxygenated conversations, a group of scholars from the Language and Social Justice Committee planned

AN News: SLA Business Meeting Report

March 15, 2017 No Comments annab Uncategorized

Anthropology News Column SLA Business Meeting Saturday, November 19th, 2016 President’s Report Report on SLA Interdisciplinary Public Engagement Award: Supported invited colloquium at AAAL by Jonathan Rosa, Netta Avineri, Susan Blum, Eric Johnson, Bernard Perley, Kathleen Riley, and Ana Celia Zentella: “Applied Linguistics, Linguistic Anthropology, and Social Justice: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Social and Linguistic Change” Will support “Language and Educational Justice: Critiqueing deficit approaches to the education of linguistically and racially marginalized students,” to be presented at the LSA by Mary Bucholtz, Anne Charity Hudley, Anna Bax, Emiliana Cruz, Michael DeGraff, Kris Gutiérrez, Joseph Hill, Katie Lateef-Jan, Wesley Leonard, Jessica

Announcement: 2017 SLA Graduate Student Paper Competition

February 10, 2017 No Comments Mariam Durrani Graduate Paper Contest, Uncategorized

The Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA) announces the 2017 SLA Graduate Student Paper competition.  Deadline: Friday March 17, 2017. Every year the Society for Linguistic Anthropology confers an award for a distinguished graduate research paper.  Awardees receive a cash prize, travel funds to attend the annual American Anthropological Association (AAA) meeting, and an invitation to submit their paper for publication consideration with our signature journal, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology.  In addition, the winner and finalists are invited to participate in an SLA-sponsored panel at the annual AAA meeting, with the competition judges serving as discussants.  This year the annual AAA meetings will be held in Washington DC from November 29 to

AN News: Trump’s Formulaic Twitter Insults

February 5, 2017 No Comments Mariam Durrani Uncategorized

From Anthropology News Trump’s Formulaic Twitter Insults Trumped Up Words Adam Hodges Every presidential transition also involves a change in the regime of language. This year the juxtaposition between the outgoing and incoming regimes is especially stark, something President Obama’s evening farewell address followed by President-elect Trump’s press conference the next morning vividly depicted. However, underlying their many obvious differences, they both employ the common rhetorical device of repetition—Obama to inspire and affirm shared values, Trump to peddle insults peppered with gratuitous modifiers. In his address, Obama demonstrated his familiar composure marked by effective use of timing, repetition, and storytelling,

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

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

Ethnographies of Language Socialization: Resources for Teaching Undergraduate Anthropology

November 9, 2015 No Comments Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) Language Socialization, Teaching

See below for a list of recent ethnographies on language socialization, which will appeal to educators and students of anthropology, particularly at the undergraduate level, as well as to readers with a general interest in linguistic anthropology. These titles were suggested on the LINGANTH listserv by members of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology, and to make additional suggestions, please email: soclinganth@gmai.com or post your suggestions to LINGANTH. Ethnographies are listed in reverse chronological order of publication. Click on the images to learn more about each title.  Gilmore, P. (2015). Kisisi (Our Language): The Story of Colin and Sadiki. Wiley-Blackwell. García-Sánchez, I. M. (2014). Language and Muslim Immigrant Childhoods: The Politics

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