Sawyer Seminar Working Group Invitation

Dear campus community:
We would like to invite you to a multi-disciplinary working group in connection with the 2018-2019 UC Berkeley Sawyer Seminar on the topic of linguistic anthropology and literary and cultural study. You can find a longer description of the Seminar here.  The working group will be meeting eight times throughout the year to discuss work from the Seminar’s invited speakers and others. The Sawyer Seminar itself will consist of seven two-day events across the academic year dedicated to a series of interlocking themes: translation / transduction, sound, publics, politics, religion, sexuality, or ethics. In addition to a meeting coinciding with each of these seven sessions, our first meeting will serve as something of an introduction to linguistic anthropology and its potential relations to literary and cultural study.
Working group meetings will take place on Tuesdays from 6-8pm.  For each meeting after the introductory one, this will occur on the Tuesday prior to  each Wednesday/Thursday Seminar session. The dates are 8/28/18, 9/11/18, 10/9/18, 11/13/18, 2/5/19, 3/12/19, 4/2/19, 4/30/19. Invited speakers include Susan Gal, Steven Feld, Virginia Jackson, Paja Faudree, Michael Warner, Asif Agha, Michael Silverstein, Judith Irvine, Laura Graham, and others.
We ask working group members to commit to attending all (or at the very least 6 out of 8) sessions to help with the creation of a robust conversation.  We will be developing the reading list for the working group over the course of the summer, and readings for the introductory session will be distributed sometime in June.
To help us in our planning, please drop us a line to let us know if you’d like to join the working group.
Michael Lucey and Tom McEnaney