The Sixth Annual Conference on Semiotic Anthropology, May 3, 2019

2019 CONFERENCE PROGRAM

8:00-8:30 Coffee and light breakfast

MANAGING MEASURABLES

8:30-9:00 ‘Risky documents: Measuring, evaluating and managing the environment in the Yucatan peninsula
Pablo Aquilera Del Castillo University of Pennsylvania

9:00-9:30 ‘Counting the “not yet”: the semiotics of census-taking’

Nooshin Sadeghsamimi University of Pennsylvania

9:30-10:00 ‘Social processes and conceptual challenges in defining the “Behavioral Science(s)”
Carter Timon University of Pennsylvania

10:00-10:15 Discussant Justin Clapp, Justin.Clapp@uphs.upenn.edu

10:15-10:30 COFFEE BREAK

PLYING CATEGORIES

10:30-11:00 ‘Deciphering the signs of ‘kiameti’ in a Georgian Koran School
Ricardo R. Rivera UC- Berkeley

11:00-11:30 ‘Phase transitions in truth conditions’
Paul Kockelman Yale University

 

11:30-12:00 ‘Etymological invention: Metalinguistic techniques for producing the past and present in Republican China’
Aliyah Bixby-Driesen University of Pennsylvania

 

12:00-12:30 ‘Religious Talk, or not? Islamic discourses at the interstices of media production and reception’
Elliot Montpellier University of Pennsylvania

 

12:30-1:00 ‘The sidewalk, the morgue, and the manual: Diagnosing “High” speech and enregistering the biophysical’
Ben Slightom Yale University

 

1:00-1:15 Discussants Asif Agha, asifagha@sas.upenn.edu
Miranda Weinberg, mirandaw@gse.upenn.edu

 

1:15-2:00 LUNCH BREAK

 

(UN)MAKING LAW

 

2:00-2:30 ‘Talking tax: The discursive construction of the law and its loopholes’
Eric Greubel University of Pennsylvania

 

2:30-3:00 ‘Enregistering “Private Ownership” in informal settlements of Hyderabad, India’
Indivar Jonnalagadda University of Pennsylvania

 

3:00-3:30 ‘Permits, partage, and Persepolis: Legal infrastructure and the value of heritage in Iran
Kyle Olson University of Pennsylvania

 

3:30-3:45 Discussants Paul Kockelman, paul.kockelman@yale.edu
Yalong Chen yalong@sas.upenn.edu

 

3:45—4:00 COFFEE BREAK

 

NEGOTIATING EMBLEMS

 

4:00-4:30 ‘Constipated Nationalism: Chinese Nuns and the Encounter of Metro-Manila’
George Bayuga Yale University

 

4:30-5:00 ‘The sound of feeling: Listening for ethnoracialness in Jazz Manouche’
Siv B. Lie U of Maryland, College Park

 

5:00-5:30 ‘Authority, ideology and dialogism in 19th century Jewish women’s writing’
Miri Cohen-Achdut Ben-Gurion University

 

5:30-6:00 ‘The metapragmatics of speakerhood’
Miranda Weinberg Swarthmore College

 

6:00-6:30 ‘Losing the rhythm over time: Sound, temporality, and conflicting metaforces in the Pacific Sikh diaspora’
Davindar Singh Harvard University

 

6:30-7:00 ‘Between speech and song: Mazatec whistling historical and social context’
Paja Faudree Brown University

 

7:00-7:15 Discussants Andrew Carruthers, acarru@sas.upenn.edu
Alex Warburton, warburton@g.harvard.edu

 

7:15-7:30 Short Break

 

7:30-10:00 CONFERENCE DINNER