20th Annual Michicagoan Conference

Friday, May 4, 2018 to Saturday, May 5, 2018

 

20th Annual Michicagoan Conference:

SIGNIFICATIONS OF MODALITY AND VALUE

Graduate Student Conference in Linguistic Anthropology

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 the Power of Exchange in U.S.-Japan Citizen Diplomacy”

 

 

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.

 

Visit the conference website! The most up-to-date information will be posted here.

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CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, MAY 4

9–10:30am

Panel 1—The Location of Regimentation and Revaluation

DISCUSSANT: Sonia Das (New York University)

 

PANELISTS:

Perry Wong (PhD student, Anthropology, University of Chicago) “Histories of the Language of ‘Ritual Advice’ in Mesoamerica, Studies in Method”
Sharon Seegers (PhD student, Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago) “Deaf Communicative Registers as Fuzzy Modalities of Inclusion”
Kristin Gee Hickman (PhD candidate, Anthropology, University of Chicago) “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)

 

PANELISTS:

Prash Naidu (PhD candidate, Anthropology, University of Michigan) “Propriosemiosis: Corporeal Mimicry and the Ethical Sensibilities of Balance in Timor-Leste”
Kieran Kelly (PhD student, Anthropology, University of Chicago) “‘There was a View’: Extracting Consensus from Surplus Modality”
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 (MAPSS’2016, Anthropology, University of Chicago) “Control, Compromise, and Getting Off in an Era of Fifty Shades”

 

2–3:45pm

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

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

 

PANELISTS:

Moniek van Rheenen (PhD student, Anthropology, University of Michigan) “‘Welcome Turis, We Spik Inglish’: Scaling Linguistic Imperialism in Contemporary Indonesia”
Natalja Czarnecki (PhD candidate, Anthropology, University of Chicago) “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, University of Chicago) “How Law Gained Its Value: A Short History of Linguistic Ideology amongst Soviet Lawyers”
Shenghe Lily Ye (PhD student, Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago) “Getting Reliable In and Out of the Lab”

 

4:30–6pm

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

Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University

 

SATURDAY, MAY 5

9–10:30am

Panel 4—Stance-Taking and the Practice of Value

DISCUSSANT: Ilana Gershon (Indiana University)

 

PANELISTS:

Jessica Lowen (PhD candidate, Anthropology, University of Michigan) “Collusion and the Limits of Situationally Emergent Ethics: A Model for Transcribing Frame-crossing and Proximal Interactivity”
Owen Kohl (PhD candidate, Anthropology, University of Chicago) and Falina Enriquez (PhD’2014, Anthropology, University of Chicago) “The Ethics of Entertaining, Everyday Technologies of Self-Presentation”
Britta Ingebretson (PhD candidate, Anthropology and Linguistics, University of Chicago) “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)

 

PANELISTS:

James Meador (PhD candidate, Anthropology, University of Michigan) “Where my Way Must Go: Modal Indexicals and Manly Virtue in the Suicide of Ajax”
Shulan Sun (MAPSS Anthropology, University of Chicago) “‘Demotic’s Trojan Horse’: A Linguistic Anthropological Perspective on the Demoticist Movement and the Greek Language Question”
Yukun Zeng (PhD student, Anthropology, University of Chicago) “The Semiotic Production of Alternativity: Knowledge, Time, and Value of the Dujing Movement in China”
Georgia Ennis (PhD candidate, Anthropology, University of Michigan) “Mutimodal Chronotopes: Practice, Performance, and Ancestral Time in the Ecuadorian Amazon”
Eman M. Elshaikh (MAPSS Anthropology, University of Chicago) “‘Compounded Ignorance’: An Arabic without Arabs”

 

2–3:30pm

Panel 6—Script, Inscription, and Scripting Authority

DISCUSSANT: E. Summerson Carr (University of Chicago)

 

PANELISTS:

Rajasvi Gandhi (MAPSS Anthropology, University of Chicago) “Code Switching and Secondary Stress”
Robyn Taylor-Neu (PhD student, Anthropology, University of California – Berkeley) “Sincerely, ______: Signature as Expert Mark (of the Climate Skeptic)”
Jay Schutte (PhD candidate, Anthropology, University of Chicago) “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)

 

PANELISTS:

Kenzell Huggins (PhD student, Anthropology, University of Chicago) “Retooling Media Ideology In Singapore”
Xiao Ke (PhD student, Anthropology, Duke University) “Refusing Alignment in Using Ni-guo: The Making and Unmaking of a National Icon in Chinese Cyberspace”
Christopher Bloechl (PhD candidate, Anthropology, University of Chicago) “The Cruel Priest and the Maya Quinceañera: Deciphering Humility and Humiliation in a Yucatecan Viral Video”
Wee Yang Soh (MAPSS Anthropology, University of Chicago) “Intensional Prototypes and Internet Memes”
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Presented by graduate students in the University of Chicago Department of Anthropology and the Semiotics: Culture in Context workshop.

 

Sponsored by: 3CT / Arts, Science + Culture Initiative / Center for East Asian Studies / Center for East European and Russian–Eurasian Studies / Center for Latin American Studies / Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture / Committee on Southern Asian Studies / Department of Anthropology Lichtstern Fund / Department of Comparative Human Development / Franke Institute for the Humanities / UChicago Grad Council.

 

References: Collins, Samuel Gerald, Matthew Durington & Harjant Gill (2017) “Multimodality: An Invitation.” American Anthropologist 119(1): 142–146. / Graeber, David (2001) Toward an Anthropological Theory of Value: The False Coin of Our Own Dreams. New York: Palgrave. / Kress, Gunther & Theo van Leeuwen (2001) Multimodal Discourse: The Modes and Media of Contemporary Communication. Oxford:

Oxford University Press.