The annual “Michicago” conference provides an occasion for students and faculty of the two academic communities to discuss contemporary issues in the sociocultural study of language and related semiotic forms. Graduate students from a number of programs (anthropology, linguistics, sociology, literature, and so on), and at all levels of graduate study participate by presenting conference papers, dissertation proposals, or research reports. Although each conference is assigned a thematic orientation, we welcome any and all topics of linguistic anthropological interest, most broadly construed.
There is no registration fee, and the cost of most meals and travel expenses to and from the host institution are customarily covered. The conference is usually held in April or May. In odd-numbered years it takes place in Ann Arbor; in even-numbered years Chicago. An electronic call-for-papers is sent out two or three months in advance via each institution’s departmental email lists.
The faculty sponsors at Chicago are Michael Silverstein, Susan Gal, and John Lucy. At Michigan they are Judith Irvine, Bruce Mannheim, and Webb Keane.
2010 Linguistic Terrains: Landscapes and Socioscapes, Chicago
2009 Ambiguity – Confusion – Creativity – Play, Ann Arbor
2008 Linguistic Worlds in Collision, Chicago
2007 Documents and Inscriptions, Ann Arbor
2006 Language Trust, Chicago
2005 Voice and Inequality, Ann Arbor
2004 Evidence, Authority, Legitimation, Chicago
2003 Politics, Performance, and the Sign, Ann Arbor
2002 New Medias, New Publics, Chicago
2001 Politics and Poetics, Ann Arbor
2000 Anthropologies and Histories of Language, Chicago
1999 Inaugural Conference, Ann Arbor