CFP Future Imperfect: Language in Times of Crisis and Hope (USA)

ConferencesCall for papers: 2020 Spring Conference of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology: “Future Imperfect: Language in Times of Crisis and Hope”, April 2-5, 2020, Boulder, Colorado, USA. Deadline: December 1, 2019.

The Society for Linguistic Anthropology, in partnership with graduate students in the Program in Culture, Language, and Social Practice (CLASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder, has announced the SLA 2020 Spring Conference, to take place at the Hiltons on Canyon in Boulder, Colorado, on April 2-5, 2020. The SLA Conference Steering Committee welcomes all submissions advancing the study of language and society, but we are especially interested in work that engages the 2020 conference theme: Future Imperfect: Language in Times of Crisis and Hope.

As human societies face the tragedies of climate, war, racism, corruption, and displacement that are projected to define the 21st century, the SLA 2020 Spring Conference calls upon scholars to question the way forward in an imperfect future world. The future inhabits our uncertain present, generating complex intersections of crisis and hope. The imperfect, as a verb construction, describes an ongoing, incomplete action. With this conference theme, we wish to highlight the ever-unfinished and evolving condition of academic research and its contribution to pressing sociopolitical issues. How do we, in our role as researchers, reconcile time-honored methodologies with the novel challenges that have arisen in contemporary social life? How can our academic labor more effectively address the concerns of the future? We welcome submissions that make use of diverse methods, both micro and macro, to explore the precarity and forms of resistance that characterize our contemporary moment. We are especially interested in submissions that address the ways that language use may both enable and contest the sociopolitical shifts that continue to destabilize human equality (and indeed the future of humanity itself), whether at local, national, regional, or global scales.

In its focus on imperfect futures, the conference theme additionally proposes disruption and transformation as necessary concepts for critical language study. In social analytic research, these concepts each invoke traditional paradigms as they move toward more innovative ways of thinking and doing. Organizers highlight disruption as a rethinking of relationships between researchers, participants, audiences, and methodologies. What counts as knowledge production in linguistic anthropology and related fields? Who gets to produce and circulate knowledge, and in what fora? How can we productively disrupt our reliance on knowledge systems that may be more suited to past instead of future concerns? Likewise, organizers highlight transformation as encompassing the many ways in which laypersons as well as researchers may change and advance the contours of language study to confront an increasingly anxious world. Through the reflexive interrogation of positionality and subjectivity, we search for emergent paths to take within—and beyond—the comfort zones in our research fields. Disruption and transformation, as mutually reinforcing, co-constitutive phenomena, create the opportunity for more critical and participatory directions in language study. This conference theme invites linguistic anthropologists and related researchers to reflect on ways to realize goals of racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, gendered, and other forms of social justice in times of crisis and hope.

U Colorado: TESOL Instructor (USA)

“JobInstructor in TESOL Theory and Practice, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. Deadline: April 12, 2019.

The candidate selected for this 1 FTE appointment (.5 FTE Linguistics; .5 FTE International English Center) will report to both the Department of Linguistics and the International English Center. The salary is $55,000. This is a multi-year contract that can be renewed infinitely. Responsibilities divided as follows:

Department of Linguistics:
  • Teaching a 2/1 per academic year course load of split graduate/ undergraduate courses in LING-TESOL methods, theory, and practice.

  • Directing and developing the Department of BA TESOL Certificate program.

  • Advising students seeking the MA-level TESOL with Technology Certificate.

International English Center
  • Teaching 2 courses per each IEC eight-week session; four sessions per year.

  • [and more relating to teaching, curriculum development, service activities – see original ad for details]

Natasha Shrikant Profile


Natasha Shrikant is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Natasha Shrikant

She uses ethnographic and discourse analytic approaches to analyze relationships between communication and identity. She focuses mostly on how participants’ interactions explicitly or implicitly construct social identities such as race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality as relevant to interactional contexts. Most recently, she worked on a project examining how institutional members construct racial and ethnic identities as constitutive of professional identities in various institutional speech events, such as meetings, public speeches, and informal workplace conversations. She is also interested in how institutional members build interethnic or cross cultural relationships in an effort to meet institutional goals.

Sample Publications:

Shrikant, N. (2015).  The discursive construction of race as a professional identity category in two Texas chambers of commerce. International Journal of Business Communication, 1-24. doi: 10.1177/2329488415594156.

Shrikant, N. (2015). “Yo, it’s IST yo”: The discursive construction of an Indian-American youth identity in a South Asian Student Club. Discourse and Society, 26(4), 480-501.

Shrikant, N. (2014). “It’s like, ‘I’ve never met a lesbian before!’”: Personal narratives and the construction of diverse female identities in a lesbian counterpublic. IPrA Pragmatics, 24(4), 799-818. 

University of Colorado-Boulder job ad

The Department of Communication in the College of Media, Communication and Information at the University of Colorado-Boulder invites applicants for a tenure-track, assistant or associate professor position with expertise in the study of Difference, Disagreement, or Conflict in Interaction in one of the following communication contexts: community, cultural/intercultural, interpersonal, environment, political, or mediated. A PhD in Communication or a closely related field that includes training in the analysis of discourse or interaction is required at the time of appointment, as is a record of excellence in teaching and research. We are looking for applicants who study practices and processes of interaction in actual contexts, and, potentially, are engaged in intervening and designing them.

The position involves 40% research, 40% teaching (i.e. 2 courses per semester) and 20% service, and it will start August 2016.  Salary will be commensurate with the level of experience. To apply candidates should submit a letter or application, a current CV, a copy of 1-2 published articles, evidence of teaching excellence, and contact information (email address and phone) for three qualified reviewers.  Applications are accepted electronically, position number F02924.

Review of applications will begin October 23rd, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, letters of recommendation will be due no later than October 27th, 2015. Additional questions may be emailed to Professor Cindy White, Search Chair.

The College of Media, Communication and Information is the first new college at CU in 53 years. CMCI is at the forefront of the revolution in communication and digital technology, and is a distinctive, collaborative, interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial enterprise where students engage with world-class faculty to learn, create and analyze media content in all its many forms.  CMCI is establishing a new standard for teaching and scholarship in communication, media and information, and we are seeking faculty to join our growing enterprise and who can contribute to building a diverse educational environment through research, teaching, and/or service.

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator.

U Colorado job ad

Department of Communication
Tenure-track Assistant Professor: Communicating and Organizing

The Communication Department at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applicants for a tenure track position as an Assistant Professor whose research focuses on communicating and organizing. The department’s Organizational Communication area specializes in theorizing organizing practices, with interdisciplinary emphases on discourse, materiality, difference, constitution, and collaboration. We seek a colleague who complements and extends these existing strengths through analyzing and theorizing organizing practices in areas of social relevance. Topical interests could include (but would not be limited to) organizational change, governance, globalization, postcolonial relations, culture and power, advocacy and social conflict, forms of differentiation, queering organization theory and practice, and the influence of work beyond the workplace.

Evidence of actual and/or potential achievement of excellence in teaching and research is required. Appointment will begin August 2013, and the Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment.  Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants must provide electronic copies of the following materials: letter of application (including a statement describing how your work contributes to topical interests such as those listed above), curriculum vitae, copy of a published article (or an equivalent sample of research), evidence of teaching excellence, and three letters of recommendation.  Application materials are accepted electronically at, posting #818580.  Additional questions may be e-mailed to the Search Committee Chair Timothy Kuhn,

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at:

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