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  • Susan Lepselter on Winning the Bateson Book Prize

    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 ...

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  • 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. ...

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  • 2017 Sapir Book Prize Winners Announced

    This year’s recipient for the Edward Sapir Book Prize, awarded at the American Anthropological Association Meeting in Washington D.C., was Kathryn Woolard. She received the award for her book: Singular and Plural: Ideologies of Linguistic Authority in 21st Century Catalonia  (Oxford 2016). Two honorable mention awards were given to Sonia Das for her book, Linguistic Rivalries: Tamil Migrants and Anglo-Franco Conflicts (Oxford 2016), and to Erika Hoffman-Dilloway for her book, Signing and Belonging in Nepal (Gallaudet 2016). Congratulations to all the winners!  

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  • Charles Briggs Receives Society of Medical Anthropology Book Award

    This year’s recipients for the New Millennium Book Award, given by the Society of Medical Anthropology, were Charles L. Briggs & Clara Mantini-Briggs. They received the award for their book: Tell Me Why My Children Died: Rabies, Indigenous Knowledge, and Communicative Justice (Duke 2016). Congratulations!!  

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  • SLA Endowment for John Gumperz Annual Graduate Student Essay Prize

    The Society for Linguistic Anthropology is pleased to announce, through a very generous gift from Jenny Cook-Gumperz, the establishment of an endowment fund in honor of John Gumperz (1922-2013) that will provide the prize awarded annually to the winner of the SLA’s graduate student essay contest, now renamed the John Gumperz Annual Graduate Student Essay Prize. The SLA has initiated a fund-raising campaign to raise the endowment to an amount sufficient for its interest to provide for the essay prize.  Contributions may be made via the following link:  http://bit.ly/SLAGumperzDonation Dedicating this fund to recognize graduate student work is an especially ...

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  • 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 ...

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  • Here’s the Rub on the Dove Skincare Ad

    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 ...

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  • SLA Public Outreach Award Deadline Extension to 10/15

    The submission deadline HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 15, 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 ...

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  • SLA Conference Registration Open

    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

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  • SLA at the AAAs

    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 ...

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