You are invited to a multi-disciplinary working group in connection with the 2018-2019 UC Berkeley Sawyer Seminar on the topic of linguistic anthropology and literary and cultural study.

The working group will be meeting eight times throughout the year to discuss work from the Seminar’s invited speakers and others. The Sawyer Seminar itself will consist of seven two-day events across the academic year dedicated to a series of interlocking themes: translation/transduction, sound, publics, politics, religion, sexuality, or ethics.

In addition to a meeting coinciding with each of these seven sessions, our first meeting will serve as something of an introduction to linguistic anthropology and its potential relations to literary and cultural study.

Working group meetings will take place on Tuesdays from 6-8 pm. The dates are 8/28/18, 9/11/18, 10/9/18, 11/13/18, 2/5/19, 3/12/19, 4/2/19, 4/30/19. Invited speakers include:

  • Susan Gal
  • Steven Feld
  • Virginia Jackson
  • Paja Faudree
  • Michael Warner
  • Asif Agha
  • Michael Silverstein
  • Judith Irvine
  • Laura Graham, and others

The working group members commit to attending all (or at the very least 6 out of 8) sessions to help with the creation of a robust conversation. A reading list will be developed for the working group over the course of the summer, and readings for the introductory session will be distributed sometime in June.

If you would like to join the working group contact Michael Lucey and Tom McEnaney.