We are fortunate at the University of Michigan to not only have a strong Linguistics Department, but to also have many linguists affiliated with other departments across campus (ranging from various language departments, to Anthropology, Psychology, Computer Science and beyond). The University in particular has a first rate Linguistic Anthropology program in the Department of Anthropology, and there is a lot of interaction between our department and our linguist colleagues in Anthropology. Linguistic graduate students often take classes in Anthropology, and likewise Anthropology students take classes in Linguistics, faculty from the one of the departments serve on student committees in the other department, and faculty and students from the two departments participate in joint research groups.
Today's news update contains a report from one of our colleagues in Anthropology, Judith Irvine, about her productive and busy summer. Judy spent several weeks in South Africa over the summer both conducting research and giving lectures. Below is a report in her own words:
"I spent three weeks in August '14 as a Mellon Fellow (visiting faculty) in the Department of Linguistics, University of Cape Town, South Africa. While there I gave several presentations: a workshop on colonial linguistics; on the history of linguistic anthropology in North America; and on Peircean approaches to ideologies of language. I also met with their graduate students and research associates, and I gave a talk (on language ideology as interpretative gaze) at the linguistics department of the University of the Western Cape. Earlier, I spent two weeks in the Johannesburg area working with a South African collaborator, Liz Gunner, on our joint research on Zulu performance genres. Altogether a great summer -- I met lots of interesting people and learned a huge amount about language and society in South Africa!"