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.

In 2020-21, the workshop will meet approximately once a month on Thursdays. 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.

Please contact the workshop coordinators, Meghanne Barker (meghanne.barker(at) and Janet Connor (j.e.connor(at), with suggestions, comments, or questions.

2022-2023 Workshop Schedule

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)


Past workshops

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