Michicagoan Conference in Linguistic Anthropology

May 12, 2023 | 2:10PM
University of Chicago

The 24nd Annual Michicagoan Conference:


May 12-13 2023 | Department of Anthropology, The University of Chicago

The Michicagoan Graduate Student Conference in Linguistic Anthropology is currently accepting submissions. This conference serves as a forum for scholars attuned to the emergent production of linguistic, cultural, social, and otherwise material phenomena via diverse semiotic processes. This year, the conference will take place fully in person at UChicago. The 2023 conference theme is Place, Space, and Landscape.

For linguistic anthropologists and sociolinguists, research is often tied intimately to place—where speakers are located, how speech communities create location, where the outer (spatial) limits of a community of practice are located, how speakers create channels of communication in space, and how space and place are ideologically imagined and represented in discourse. We invite paper presenters to consider the following questions: What is the role of space and place in constructing language? What is the role of language in creating place and space? How are place-making processes informed by other semiotic processes? What assumptions about space and place do we as linguistic anthropologists bring to our research, and how might our research itself be a place-making process?

We seek papers from students from any discipline that consider any of the many dimensions of place and place-making as they relate to language and other semiotic modalities. These may include chronotope (Bakhtin 1981), spatial deixis, spatial-semiotic landscape (Eckert 2019), linguistic landscape, toponomastics, signing space, phaticity, as well as papers that explore concepts of locality (Appadurai 1992), place identity (Reed 2018), memory and migration, and language policy. 

Students from all disciplines are invited to submit papers that ethnographically discuss place, space, landscape or related topics. 

Students will have 15 minutes to present. If you are interested in presenting a paper, please send a title, abstract (250 words), and your affiliation to michicagoan2023@gmail.com

Abstracts are due by 11:59 pm CST on Friday, March 17, 2023. There is no registration fee for the conference. 

All other inquiries, including questions concerning access for persons with disabilities, can be directed to michicagoan2023@gmail.com.