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 […]

Linguistic Anthropology at the Women’s Marches

The Women’s Marches around the world have become a news item because of their unprecedented size – characterized as the largest one-day march in American history, and just as significantly ignored in a White House press briefing the same afternoon. The turnout speaks to the symbolic power of individual bodies gathering in shared physical and […]

Language and Social Justice Committee Storify

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 […]

Rick Parmentier’s Reflection upon Retirement

SLA interview with 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 […]

SLA Business Meeting Report

SLA Business Meeting Saturday, November 19th, 2016 For the complete report, please see the slideshow linked below: sla-2016-report-slideshow 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 […]

Run, Hide, Fight

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 […]

Detention, Disappearance, and the Power of Language

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 […]