The EASA network on Linguistic Anthropology (ELAN) workshops

The ELAN Online Workshop provides ELAN members with a forum to share their work with other linguistic anthropologists and to receive friendly feedback on research in progress. We hope that participants will find it to be a fruitful place, both to develop their own writing and also to learn about peers’ research. Please sign up to the ELAN listserv to be informed about upcoming meetings.

The workshop typically meets once a month. Meeting times can vary so please check the workshop schedule for each session’s starting time. Workshop meetings will take place on Zoom. We will start with a short (5-10 minute) presentation by the paper author. This will be followed by short discussant comments (5-10 minutes) and a general discussion. All participants are asked to read the pre-circulated texts in advance.

Yazan Doughan (y.doughan(at) will lead the workshop in autumn 2023. Anna Weichselbraun (anna.weichselbraun(at) and Chelsie Yount-André (c.j.andre(at) will lead the workshop in spring 2024. Please contact them with your questions, comments, suggestions.

The 2023-24 ELAN workshop schedule will be announced shortly.

Past workshops

Catherine Tebaldi & Alfonso Del Percio: ”White Pride and Profit”
September 22, 2022 (12.15-13.45 BST)
Discussant: Andrew Graan

Kaushalya Perera: A Reading Discussion on Evidentiality
October 13, 2022 (12.15-13.45 BST)

Chelsie Yount-André: “Scales of Solidarity: Navigating Economic Moralities”
November 23 (Wednesday), 2022 (14:00-15:30 GMT)
Discussant: Webb Keane

Yazan Doughan: “Intentions Reconsidered: Reasons for action in the ruins of practical reason”
December 8, 2022 (12.15 - 13.45 GMT)
Discussant: TBA

Martha Karrebæk: “No puedes hablar ahora”: Voice in an interpreter mediated court meeting
January 12, 2023 (15.15-16.45 GMT)
Discussant: TBA

Grigory Gorbun: Title TBA
February 9, 2023 (12.15-13.45 GMT)

Mike Prentice: Title TBA
March 9, 2023 (12.15-13.45 GMT)

Shannon Ward: “Creating bivalency: Sibling relationships and cross-linguistic meaning-making in Tibetan family interactions”
April 13, 2023 (12.15-13.45 BST)

Charles Zuckerman: ”Why Petanque?”
May 11, 2023 (12.15-13.45 BST)

Reading Discussion: Susan Gal and Judith Irvine "Signs of Difference" Introduction Chapter
9 September, 2021 (18.00 - 19.30 Helsinki time)
Guest: Susan Gal

Jenny-Louise: "Ethnographic Relations: Short Notes"
7 October, 2021 (14.15 - 15.45 Helsinki time)
Discussant: Karel Arnaut

Andrew Graan: "Diplomatic Commentary and the Sovereignty Trap: Rethinking Political Reform Macedonia"
4 November, 2021 (14.15 - 15.45 Helsinki time)
Discussant: Stefan Groth

Giulia Cabras: "Linguistic Landscapes of Amdo (Northwest China)"
2 December, 2021 (15.15 - 16.45 Helsinki time)
Discussant: Laura Siragusa

Reading Discussion in Memory of Jan Blommaert: "Chronotopes, scales, and complexity in the study of language in society" & "Durkheim and the internet: Notes on sociolinguistics and the sociological imagination"
13 January, 2022 (16.00 - 17.30 Helsinki time)
Guests: Robert Moore, Jenny Van Der Aa

Steve Coleman: "The Rhetoric of Máirtín Ó Cadhain: Key Tropes in Interrogating the Views and Policies of the Irish State"
10 February, 2022 (15.15 - 16.45 Helsinki time)
Discussant: Mary Scoggin

Anna Weichselbraun: "Coronatopes: Talk and Temporality during the Covid-19 Pandemic"
10 March, 2022 (15.15 - 16.45 Helsinki time)
Discussant: Janet Connor

Julia Sonnleitner: "Of Criminals, Beasts, and Ghosts: Detecting traces in the Semiotic Landscape of the Vienna Central Cemetery"
7 April 2022 (14.15 - 15.45 Helsinki time)
Discussant: TBA

Stefan Groth: "Utopian Investments: Notes on the Pragmatics of Crypto Twitter"
12 May 2022 (14.15 - 15.45 Helsinki time)
Discussant: Anna Weichselbraun

Shukti Chaudhuri Brill and Laura Siragusa “Workshop on Teaching Linguistic Anthropology”
6 May, 2021

Roswitha Kersten-Pejanic: “Signs of (post)conflict in the linguistic landscape of Mediterranean Croatia”
15 April, 2021
Discussant: Costas Canakis

Tatsuma Padoan “The Designer’s Apprentice: A Semiotics of Learning and Making in Design Practice”
11 March, 2021 (14.15-15.45 Helsinki time)
Discussant: Steve Coleman

Lijing Peng “Language Diversity in Chinese speaking Areas”
11 February, 2021 (14.15-15.45 Helsinki time)
Discussant: Laura Siragusa

Meghanne Barker “Smiles and Smirks at Kazakhstan's EXPO: Emotional Mediation Surrounding a Global Encounter”
14 January, 2021 (14.15-15.45 Helsinki time)
Discussant: Patrick Eisenlohr

Anna Weichselbraun “No Accents, No Affects: Producing the "Civil Voice" of the IAEA”
3 December, 2020 (14.15-15.15 Helsinki time)
Discussant: Martha Sif Karrebæk