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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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,
Prepared by: Netta Avineri, Susan D Blum, Hilary Parsons Dick, and Robin Conley Riner About the Listserv The Language & Social Justice (LSJ) listserv is a valuable tool for networking and keeping up with activities, information, and issues related to the LSJ, as well as in the field of language and social justice more broadly. It also provides a discussion forum for professional topics, a means for exchanging relevant news, and a venue for critical dialogue about members’ language and social justice efforts. The LSJ is open to any scholar with an interest in the topics of discussion. Members may
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
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
Overview The Society for Linguistic Anthropology Committee on Language & Social Justice (LSJ) will be organizing social media artifacts (tweets, Instagram posts, etc.) into a curated Storify (https://storify.com/) resulting from several events (panels, roundtables, meetings) during the AAA 2016 conference in Minneapolis. Organizers Netta Avineri (firstname.lastname@example.org) Hilary Dick (email@example.com) Mariam Durrani (firstname.lastname@example.org) Kate Riley (email@example.com) We are currently recruiting several LSJ members and other interested parties to act as social media respondents at the conference. These “designated tweeters” will sign up to attend specific AAA events relevant to the Language and Social Justice Committee’s work including: (i)
SLA Board is happy to announce an opportunity for members with recently published books that they would like to display to the membership at large. A table will be available for members to display new books and share information about them at the 2016 AAAs on Saturday night (11/19).
Please see below a list of events that the Language and Social Justice Task Force is sponsoring and/or participating in at this year’s AAAs in Minneapolis. We hope to see you all there! If you are involved in a panel or event that you think would be of interest to LSJ members, send an email to Robin (firstname.lastname@example.org). Best, The LSJ Core Members 1. Language and Social Justice Task Force Meeting Saturday, Nov. 19, 12:15-1:30 pm All are welcome!! 2. SLA Presidential Conversation on Multilingual Education and Social Justice Thursday, November 17, 12:15-1:30 pm Patricia Baquedano-Lopez Mexican and Central American
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
SLA Award for Public Outreach and Community Service: Call for Nominations The submission deadline is October 15, 2016. 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 be nominated. 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,
AN News: “The Gap That Won’t Be Filled: An anthropolitical critique of the ‘Language Gap'” by Avineri et. al.
Anthropology News Article Netta Avineri (Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey), Susan D. Blum (U of Notre Dame), Eric Johnson (Washington State U Tri-Cities), Kathleen C. Riley (Rutgers U), and Ana Celia Zentella (UC San Diego) Is language responsible for poverty? If poor and minority parents spoke like rich white parents, would they too become rich and successful? That’s the impression one gets from the now-familiar discourse about the language gap (or word gap, or 30 million-word gap) between children (of color) on welfare and children of professional (white) parents. This notion of a language gap is based on