Bonnie Urciuoli’s Reflections upon Retirement

SLA Interview with Bonnie Uriciuoli 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 […]

Difficult Interpretations

As scholars of language and culture, linguistic anthropologists often find themselves mediating between different groups and across power differentials in the communities where we work. In this article, three colleagues highlight the linguistic and cultural complexities faced by indigenous Latin American immigrants to the US. In institutional settings, these “invisible” migrants find it difficult to […]

Right-Wing Politics in Brazil

Iconization and Accusations of Corruption 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 […]

Charles Goodwin’s Reflection upon Retirement

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, […]

Interview with Richard Bauman, part 1

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. Over the course of your career, you have had many insights that have opened conceptual paths for others around performance, […]

Interview with Richard Bauman, part 2

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 […]