Call For Abstracts: The Global Council on Anthropological Linguistics (GLOCAL) Conference on African Linguistic Anthropology  (AFALA),  University of Nairobi, Kenya, 19-22 October 2022. Deadline:  8 July 2022.

The GLOCAL AFALA 2022 theme, “Linguistic Landscapes, Cultural Climates,” “Mazingira Ya Lugha, Hali Ya Hewa Ya Kitamaduni,” well symbolizes the complexity of the complex set of inter-subjective identities throughout African urban and suburban centres. These increasingly complex climates become a highly fertile ground for Linguistic Anthropological scholarly attention, while scholars can draw from a range of peripheral yet pertinent fields to inform work on these geographical and cultural localities.

The GLOCAL AFALA 2022 thus invites work which addresses the complexity of African Linguistic Landscapes and their Cultural Climates. Papers and posters should acknowledge and describe processes of Linguistic complexity at these cultural centres, that is, of African regions, and by those working in African regions.


ConferencesCall for papers: The Global Council on Anthropological Linguistics (GLOCAL) Conference on Europe and Mediterranean Linguistic Anthropology (COMELA) 2022, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, 19-23 July 2022. Deadline:  20 June 2022.

The (SCOPUS/ISI) GLOCAL COMELA 2022 theme, ‘Bounded Languages … Unbounded,’ encapsulates the ongoing struggle throughout Mediterranean and European regions. As tensions between demarcation and legitimization of languages, language ideologies, and language identities, enter a new era, flexible citizenship now operates well within, and not only across, language communities, to unbind languages, and to create new boundaries, unlike those ever seen throughout history.

The (SCOPUS/ISI) GLOCAL COMELA 2022 invites work which addresses the shifting boundedness of Language Communities of The Mediterranean and Europe. Papers and posters should acknowledge and describe processes of language shape, change, and ideology, pertinent to social, cultural, and political histories and futures, of Mediterranean and European regions.

Presenters must register before July 13, 2022 to guarantee a place in the program.


MIT: Postdoc in Linguistic Anthropology (USA)

PostdocsPostdoctoral Associate in Linguistic Anthropology, Anthropology Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. Deadline: May 15, 2021.

Postdoctoral Associate in Linguistic Anthropology, Anthropology Program, to teach the twelve-unit course “Language, Culture, and Communication” each year. In addition, will devote three to five hours each week to the Language and Technology Lab, coordinating a recurring workshop, updating the website, and mentoring graduate and undergraduate research partners.

REQUIRED: a Ph.D. in linguistic anthropology or a closely related field by the time of appointment. The area of geographic expertise is open, though we encourage scholars whose work engages with global languages and cultures.
PREFERRED: research interest in the relationship between language and technology, broadly conceived; experience with both qualitative and quantitative research, including computational methods; and experience with collaborative research and a desire to work as part of an interdisciplinary team in a leadership capacity.

This is a one-year appointment with the possibility for renewal, beginning September 9, 2021.


ConferencesCall For Abstracts: The Global Council on Anthropological Linguistics (GLOCAL) Conference on Europe and Mediterranean Linguistic Anthropology (COMELA) 2021, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece July 21-24, 2021. Deadline:  March 10, 2021.

Theme – Bounded Languages … Unbounded / Περιορισμένες Γλώσσες … Απεριόριστες, a theme highly pertinent to Europe and Mediterranean at the current time, encapsulates the ongoing struggle throughout Mediterranean and European regions. As the continuous tension between demarcation, and the concurrent legitimization, of languages, language ideologies, and language identities, enters an era where new modes of interactivity require language communities to take on roles superordinate to the past, flexible citizenship now operates within, and not only across, language communities, to unbind languages, and to create new boundaries, unlike those ever seen throughout history.

Over 450 scholars globally will gather to present papers and to engage in progressive discussion on the Linguistic Anthropology, Language and Society, Sociolinguistics, and related fields of Europe and Mediterranean. The GLOCAL COMELA is fully Non-Profit, assisting scholars in impeded economic positions, who require funding to access the COMELA Conference, and who display strong ability in their work. GLOCAL COMELA proceedings are SCOPUS / ISI (AHCI / SSCI / CPCi) indexed and contribute to ranked and cited publications for all those accepted to present. The GLOCAL COMELA publishes papers presented at the GLOCAL COMELA 2021 in Top Tier Journal Publication Special Issues.



Call For Abstracts: The Global Council on Anthropological Linguistics (GLOCAL) Conference on African Linguistic Anthropology  (AFALA),  University of Nairobi, Kenya, October 13-15, 2021. Deadline:  February 28, 2021.

Theme: Linguistic Landscapes, Cultural Climates, Mazingira Ya Lugha, Hali Ya Hewa Ya Kitamaduni. The framing of language and speech communities within particular geographical and cultural localities, and within boundaries of tradition and heritage, always constitutes an arduous task. However, this becomes intensified in African contexts, in that language and cultural mixing and switching is highly common, if not normative practice, as vital to an African politics of identity. A continuous Bakhtinian re-stylizing of previous language practices then, mediates cultural practices of new generations, while this re-stylizing becomes complexified by new and intensified mobilities, technologies, return migration, multimodalities, (continuously) rewritten historiographies, colonized and decolonized ideologies, innovative scholarly work, and so forth.

The intertwining of the many channels of this eclectic re-stylizing can best, or maybe only, be deciphered anthropologically. And why not through a lens of cultural scapes and climates, where new communities identify with cultural patterns and cultural subjectivities? Again, this becomes an arduous task in African regions, where so much mixing and switching, as normative practice, occurs. Concurrently, the complexity of each and every society in (sub) Urban Africa makes for an infinitely fertile ethnography of language and cultural community, to inform our knowledge of the linguistic landscapes of African countries and regions.

Leila Monaghan Profile


Leila Monaghan (Ph.D., UCLA) teaches linguistic and cultural anthropology at Northern Arizona University. Leila Monaghan

Her research interests are broad and include the history of Deaf communities, the impact of HIV/AIDS, the narrative construction of disability, and the role of Native women in the Plains Indian Wars. Co-edited books include Many Ways to be Deaf, and Barriers and Belonging: Personal Narratives of Disability. She is also editor of the new journal Language, Culture and History.

Selected publications:

Jarman, M., Monaghan, L., & Harkin, A. Q. (Eds.). (2017). Barriers and belonging: Personal narratives of disability. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Monaghan, L. (2012) Perspectives on intercultural communication and discourse. In C.B. Paulston, S. Kiesling & E. Rangel (Eds.), Handbook of intercultural discourse and communication (pp. 19-36). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Monaghan, L. F., Schmaling, C., Nakamura, K., & Turner, G. H. (Eds.). (2003). Many ways to be deaf: International variation in Deaf communities. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press.

Monaghan, L., Goodman, J., & Robinson, J.M. (Eds.). (2012). A cultural approach to interpersonal communication: Essential readings. Malden, MA: Wiley/Blackwell.

Senghas, R.J., &  Monaghan, L. (2002) Signs of their times: Deaf communities and the culture of language. Annual Review of Anthropology, 31(1), 69-97.

Work for CID:

Leila Monaghan wrote KC11: Intercultural Discourse and Communication, and Constructing Intercultural Dialogues #5: Intercultural Dialogue and Deaf HIV/AIDS, as well as a guest post on Intercultural Challenges of the Deaf HIV/AIDS Epidemic.

NOTE: Leila Monaghan passed away in February 2022. She was one of the first to mention the Istanbul conference on intercultural dialogue in 2009 in print, a delight to correspond with, and she will be sorely missed.
– Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz

CFP Language, Indexicality and Belonging: Linguistic Anthropology Conference (England)

Language, Indexicality and Belonging: Linguistic Anthropology Conference
7-8 April 2016U

ORGANISING COMMITTEE: Kinga Kozminska, Leonie Schulte, Dr. Nancy Hawker, Dr. Stephen Leonard

This 1.5-day conference brings together leading scholars and graduates in linguistic anthropology and related fields in order to explore the relationship between languages and senses of belonging. Focus is placed on the indexical character of language in the modern, changing world as manifest in communicative practices that are impacted by social, political and economic processes that bring different languages or forms of language into contact. Participants in three dedicated conference panels will examine how global, state, local and institutional aspects of belonging are indexed through language, how these levels can be distinguished from one another, and how linguistic anthropology and sociolinguistics can account for related linguistic transformations.

At the conference we would like to address such questions as:
• Are ideas of citizenship on the one hand and national identity on the other being conflated? What role does language play in these debates?
• How do migrants appropriate and challenge existing language ideologies and norms?
• In a globalized world, what does it mean to ‘sound’ local? What does it mean to ‘sound’ like a national? Can local communicative practices transcend local environments?
• How does the development of multiethnolects, such as those emerging in ethnically mixed and economically disadvantaged areas of some European cities, challenge or even redefine understandings of the relationship between language and social class, ethnicity, gender, but also national and local belonging?

We invite 20-mintute-long papers contributing to the debate on the relationship between language and regional, national and transnational affiliations contested on social, economic and policy-based levels.

Preference will be given to papers based on fieldwork conducted in the last three years. The papers given at the conference will be published through open access platforms.

Submissions of 500-word abstracts with keywords and short bios should be sent to

Abstracts will undergo blind review, so please make sure that your submission is properly blinded. The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2015. Accepted speakers will be notified on February 1, 2016.

There will be a conference fee, which will be confirmed in December

For more information visit our website which we will be updating regularly.

University of Virginia job ad: Linguistic Anthropologist

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Virginia seeks to hire a tenure-track, full-time linguistic anthropologist at the rank of Assistant Professor. We seek a colleague with expertise in the rigorous, fine-grained structural analysis of speech at any level from phonetics to discourse, and who is committed to integrating this with anthropological theory in order to speak to larger questions about the nature of language and social life. We prefer a focus on language use in communities that are under-studied and under-represented in traditional areas of the academy; for example, indigenous languages in post-colonial contexts, or minority language varieties within nation-states. Geographic area and sub-topical specialization within linguistic anthropology are open, but preference will be given to candidates whose research and teaching interests complement those of the Department. This new colleague will join with existing linguistic anthropology faculty in maintaining a vibrant subdisciplinary presence within the Anthropology Department while fostering connections with other areas of the University, centrally including (but not limited to) the interdepartmental Linguistics M.A. program and undergraduate major.

Required: Candidates must have an ongoing program of research and publication with a focus on language in its sociocultural context that integrates in-depth analysis of language data with larger theoretical questions. They must also have a commitment to excellence in teaching and be prepared to teach courses that contribute to the interdepartmental Linguistics M.A. program and undergraduate major as well as to the Anthropology graduate and undergraduate programs. The appointment start date is August 25, 2016. Applicants must have defended their PhD dissertation by the time of application and must hold a PhD at the time of appointment.

Preferred: Preference will be given to qualified candidates who have an ability to contribute, through their research, teaching and service, to the diversity of the curriculum and the academic community, and who have the organizational and interpersonal skills to work productively with colleagues in other subfields of Anthropology and in other departments.

Priority will be given to applications received by October 16, 2015 in selecting candidates for preliminary interviews in mid-November. However, the search will remain open until filled.

To apply, please submit a Candidate Profile to posting number 0616988 through Jobs@UVA ( and attach the following: CV, cover letter describing qualifications and research trajectory, contact information for three references, and two writing samples: (1) an article-length sample of written work that demonstrates integration of linguistic analysis with anthropological theory (attach to “Writing Sample 1” in Jobs@UVA), and (2) the front matter [table of contents, acknowledgments, and introduction] of your dissertation or, if appropriate, book (attach to “Writing Sample 2” in Jobs@UVA).

Questions regarding the application process for Jobs@UVa should be directed to:
Mildred Dean
Office Manager
Department of Anthropology
University of Virginia

For additional information contact:
Lise Dobrin
Chair, Search Committee

The University will perform background checks on all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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