Susan Lepselter on Her Prize-Winning Book

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 […]

SLA Business Meeting Report

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 […]

“Free Speech” in Times of Conflict

Lessons from Charlottesville Since the violent events that took place in Charlottesville, VA, this past August, when a white supremacist rally led to the killing of a peaceful counter-protester, there has been a lot of reflection in the media and among legal scholars on the problem of free speech. Does the right to speak still […]

Suspended Lives

Endangered minorities and linguistic pluralism in Italy 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 […]

The Storm after Maria

Puerto Rican Aftermath Puerto Ricans are US citizens. Puerto Rico is a colony. The tensions encompassed by these two facts were extremely clear in the federal response to Hurricane Maria. September 20, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico. That morning, at around 8:00 a.m., I texted the latest coordinates and predictions of when Maria […]

SLA at the Annual Meeting

SLA Invited & Co-Sponsored Sessions & Meetings Thursday, November 30 4:15 p.m.–6:00 p.m.  –  SLA graduate student paper contest: Semiotic processes across scale media, and voice – Omni, Cabinet 6:30 p.m.–8:15 p.m.  –  Taking Action in Troubled Times: Learning and Engaging with Shirley Brice Heath – Marriott, Balcony A Friday, December 1 7:30 a.m.– 8:45 a.m. –  Society for Linguistic […]

Here’s the Rub on the Dove Skincare Ad

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 […]

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 […]