Winter Quarter 2018 events

Friday, January 12, 1 PM

Practice Job Talk
Colin Halverson (Postdoctoral Fellow, Vanderbilt University; PhD ’16)
Tentative Title: Translating Uncertainty in Diagnosis
Colin Halverson, a recent graduate of UChicago’s Anthropology PhD program, will present a preliminary version of his job talk for a TT in Linguistic Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania.
The talk builds on his fieldwork in American medical genetics. Specifically, he analyzes the communication of uncertainty in diagnosis and the difficulties of maintaining a sense of tenuousness as diagnosis is translated from laboratory scientist to clinician to patient. How do claims to uncertainty interact with claims to expertise? How do different professional contexts condition presuppositions of certainty and truth? At the end of the talk, Colin turns to his new project regarding the effects of genetic reclassification on patients’ understanding of claims to scientific factuality. For instance, a patient is initially told she has a mutation that causes breast cancer, but then is given a revised report noting that the variant is no longer considered to be disease-causing.
Friday, January 2, 1 PM
Data Session
Britta Ingebretson (PhD Candidate, Anthropology)
Friday, February 16, 2 PM
Data Session
Chris Bloechl (PhD Candidate, Anthropology)”Coarse speech and competing images of personhood in a Yucatec Maya radio drama”

Winter Quarter 2018 Recurring Events

Welcome back everybody!

The following are recurring weekly meetings at the Linguistic Anthropology Lab this Winter Quarter:

  • Data Sessions (12 PM – 2 PM on Friday 1/12, 1/26, and 2/9)
  • Grant Writing Group – Fadi Hakim (2 PM – 3:30 PM on Fridays)

Contact Fadi Hakim, Linguistic Anthropology lab RA, if you would like to schedule your own weekly meetings or writing groups at the Lab.

Oct 5: Welcome Party

Please join us at the Linguistic Anthropology Lab next week on Thursday (10/5/2017)  to celebrate the new academic year and to welcome a new cohort of linguistic anthropologists:
Linguistic Anthropology Lab Welcome Party
Thursday (10/5), 6 PM
Haskell 301 & 302
Pizza and refreshments will be served
*If you have extra books or journals that you would like to add to our 302 library, feel free to bring them in.
**If you have old event/conference posters of relevance (past Michicagoans, for example), bring them too! We’re trying to add a little more life to the place.
*** Don’t forget to attend the first Semiotics workshop of the year as well – 4:30 PM in Haskell 101 on the same day (10/5). Erik Levin will be presenting

Jun 2, How To: Scrivener + Party

Anna Weichselbraun (Anthro PhD ’16) will be returning to do a Scrivener skill share with the lab, 1:30pm (note time!) this Friday. Sure to be helpful for anyone who wants to improve their write-up workflow.

And afterwards, we’ll have our end-of-the-year party! Snacks and after-work refreshments will be served. Be there or be not there.

May 12 Data Session

Join us at 12:30pm on Friday, for a data session with Yukun Zeng (Anthropology).  Note the later than usual time!

He will be talking about

1) The variety of ways to transcribe Mandarin
2) The scale of Chinese languages and the scaling of transcription
3) A bit of his own project
Britta Ingebretson will be facilitating. Snacks and drinks will be provided. See you there!

Terra Edwards visit

Hello all,

As you have likely already heard, Professor Terra Edwards will be visiting this Friday from Gallaudet to present her work on the divergence between visual American Sign Language (ASL) and protactile American Sign Language (PTASL). The talk will take place in Haskell 315 on Friday April 21, 3-4:30pm.

Hope to see you there!


Feb 3 Data Session

Join us Friday at 12:30 (note time!) for a data session with Bill Feeney (Anthropology). He writes:

“This will be a screening and discussion of a wildly popular 2015 comedic routine by the Japanese duo Bambino. Composed mostly of gibberish, I would like to collectively explore potential for the routine to serve as a object for thinking through the (ritual) poetics of gags in contemporary Japanese comedy.”

Location will be the lab seminar room, as usual, Haskell 302.