Schedule

SIGNIFICATIONS OF MODALITY AND VALUE

May 4–5, 2018 | Classics Building Room 110 (1010 E 59th St), University of Chicago

With a keynote address by

Hirokazu Miyazaki

Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University

“The Gift of Internationalism: Persons, Things, and Relationships of the Future in U.S.-Japan Friendship Doll Exchange”


Now in its 20th year, the Michicagoan Graduate Student Conference in Linguistic Anthropology serves as a forum for scholars attuned to the emergent production of linguistic, cultural, social, and otherwise material phenomena via diverse semiotic processes.

The conference is pleased to present papers that take semiotic approaches to “value” and “modality” in their various instantiations across heterogeneous semantic and disciplinary fields. Through this theme, participants will attend to relations between and among linguistic codes; their sociopragmatic uses-in(- and -as)-context across variously-scaled discursive types (utterances, typified genres, registers); the kinds of relations so expressed (and made expressable); their by-degrees codifications (linguistically, legally, habitually, institutionally); and the entailments of these relations in subsequent uptake.

This event is free and open to the public. We are committed to making this event fully accessible to persons of all abilities. Persons who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event organizers at jdbabcock@uchicago.edu or rhoward3@uchicago.edu.

Download the conference program.


FRIDAY, MAY 4

8–9am

Breakfast

Classics Hall (1010 E 59th St)

9–10:30am

Panel 1—The Location of Regimentation and Revaluation

DISCUSSANT: Sonia Das (New York University)

PRESENTERS:

  • Perry Wong (PhD student, Anthropology, UChicago) “Histories of the Language of ‘Ritual Advice’ in Mesoamerica, Studies in Method”
  • Sharon Seegers (PhD student, Comparative Human Development, UChicago) “Finding Interpreters Who Can ‘OPEN-THEIR-MIND’: How Deaf Teachers Select Sign Language Interpreters in Hà Nội, Việt Nam”
  • Kristin Gee Hickman (PhD candidate, Anthropology, UChicago) “Vernacular Language and the City”
  • Cheryl Yin (PhD candidate, Anthropology, University of Michigan) “Did Jesus Slap or Sokut for our Sins?: Language-use Among Cambodian Christians”

10:40am–12:30pm

Panel 2—Sense, Consensus, and Consent

DISCUSSANT: Hilary Parsons Dick (Arcadia University)

PRESENTERS:

  • Prash Naidu (PhD candidate, Anthropology, University of Michigan) “Propriosemiosis: Corporeal Mimicry and the Ethical Pedagogy of Balance in a Timor-Leste Fishing Hamlet”
  • Promise McEntire (PhD student, Anthropology, University of Michigan) “Heat Metaphors as Contact Tropes and Language Ideologies: Sensation and Sociality Meet Attention and Autonomy”
  • Alannah Berson (MA’2017, Anthropology, UChicago) “Fuck: Control, Compromise, and Getting Off in an Era of Fifty Shades

12:30–2pm

Lunch

Classics Hall (1010 E 59th St)

2–3:45pm

Panel 3—Chaos in the Cosmos: Governance, Resistance, and Social Coordination

DISCUSSANT: Jessica Greenberg (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

PRESENTERS:

  • Natalja Czarnecki (PhD candidate, Anthropology, UChicago) “Panicked Awareness: Rumors, Dangerous Foods, and the Public Call to Trust Oneself in Post-Soviet Tbilisi, Georgia”
  • Adrienne Lagman (PhD candidate, Anthropology, University of Michigan) “An Affective Lens on Legal Risk and Responsibility Management in Corporate Shanghai”
  • Grigory Gorbun (PhD student, Anthropology, UChicago) “How Law Gained Its Value: A Short History of Linguistic Ideology amongst Soviet Lawyers”
  • Shenghe Lily Ye (PhD candidate, Comparative Human Development, UChicago) “Getting Reliable In and Out of the Lab”

4:30–6pm

Keynote: “The Gift of Internationalism: Persons, Things and the Power of Exchange in U.S.-Japan Citizen Diplomacy”

Hirokazu Miyazaki (Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University)

7pm

Student Dinner

Classics Hall (1010 E 59th St)


SATURDAY, MAY 5

8–9am

Breakfast

Classics Hall (1010 E 59th St)

9–10:30am

Panel 4—Stance-Taking and the Practice of Value

DISCUSSANT: Ilana Gershon (Indiana University)

PRESENTERS:

  • Owen Kohl (PhD candidate, Anthropology, UChicago) and Falina Enriquez (PhD’2014, Anthropology, UChicago) “Entertaining Selves”
  • Britta Ingebretson (PhD candidate, Anthropology and Linguistics, UChicago) “I Can’t Even Read One Word: Illiteracy Practices in Rural China”
  • Jin Li (PhD candidate, Anthropology, University of Michigan) “Interpreting ‘Demons’: Violence and Non-violence Movements in a Tibetan Buddhist Community”

10:40am–12:30pm

Panel 5—Futures Past: Time, History, and Revitalization

DISCUSSANT: Kathryn Graber (Indiana University)

PRESENTERS:

  • James Meador (PhD candidate, Anthropology, University of Michigan) “Where My Way Must Go: Modal Deixis and Manly Virtue in the Suicide of Ajax”
  • Shulan Sun (MA student, Anthropology, UChicago)“From ‘A National Poet’ to ‘The Poet’: Iconizing Personhood and the Enregisterment of Demotic Greek”
  • Yukun Zeng (PhD student, Anthropology, UChicago) “The Semiotic Production of Alternativity: Value, Time, and the Un(actualizability) of the Dujing Movement in China”
  • Georgia Ennis (PhD candidate, Anthropology, University of Michigan) “Multimodal Chronotopes: Embodying Ancestral Time on Quichua Radio”
  • Eman M. Elshaikh (MA student, Anthropology, UChicago) “Arabic without Arabs: Golden Chronotopes and Stratifying Language Ideologies in the Discourses of Shaykh Hamza Yusuf”

12:30–2pm

Lunch

Classics Hall (1010 E 59th St)

2–3:30pm

Panel 6—Script, Inscription, and Scripting Authority

DISCUSSANT: E. Summerson Carr (University of Chicago)

PRESENTERS:

  • Rajasvi Gandhi (MA student, Anthropology, UChicago) “Code Switching and Secondary Stress”
  • Robyn Taylor-Neu (PhD student, Anthropology, University of California – Berkeley) “Signature Moves”
  • Jay Schutte (PhD candidate, Anthropology, UChicago) “Doing Things with ‘Nothing’: Performing (Dis)order in South African Parliamentary Debate”
  • Leak Ly (PhD student, Anthropology, University of Michigan) “Unobstructed Words, Clear Minds, and a Developed Society: The Rhematization of Text and Democratic Society in Debates about Punctuation in Written Khmer”

3:45–5:15pm

Panel 7—Mediatized Voices and Problems of Circulation

DISCUSSANT: Adrienne Lo (University of Waterloo, Ontario)

PRESENTERS:

  • Kenzell Huggins (PhD student, Anthropology, UChicago) “Retooling Media Ideology In Singapore”
  • Xiao Ke (PhD student, Anthropology, Duke University) “Performing Dialectical Liberals: Acting Intimate Alterity through ‘Your Country’ in Chinese Cyberspace”
  • Christopher Bloechl (PhD candidate, Anthropology, UChicago) “The Cruel Priest and the Maya Quinceañera: Deciphering Humility and Humiliation in a Yucatecan Viral Video”
  • Wee Yang Soh (MA student, Anthropology, UChicago) “Much Indexicality, Such Recontextualizations: The Intensional Prototypes of Internet Memes in Singapore”

7pm

Dinner and Closing Reception

(Experimental Station, 6100 S Blackstone Ave)


Presented by Graduate Students in the University of Chicago Department of Anthropology and the Semiotics: Culture in Context workshop.
Sponsored by:
Anthropology Students Association
Arts, Science + Culture Initiative
Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS)
Center for East European and Russian–Eurasian Studies (CEERES)
Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS)
Center for the Study of Communication and Society
Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture (CSRPC)
Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CT)
Committee on Southern Asian Studies (COSAS)
Department of Anthropology Lichtstern Fund
Department of Comparative Human Development
Franke Institute for the Humanities
The Student Organization Catering Fund
UChicago Grad Council
UChicago Urban
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