Monday, March 13, 2006
As far as a whole conference, it's an intriguing idea, but do you think we could get a big-enough group? Maybe a pre-conference at an established conference (or 2) might work a little better? At any rate, I'd be interested in talking more about this is anyone else is; I have a fair amount of conference organizing experience.
FWIW I just came across this useful site maintained by Mary Bucholtz, which lists language and gender-friendly conferences...many of them are undoubtedly CMC-friendly too, and some of them are new to me (Society for Text and Discourse? Yes please!).
another idea would be a gigantic conference like the American Anthropology Association annual meeting, which has a separate section for linguistic anthropology papers (and which allows for a definition of linguistic anthropology that's broad enough to encompass everything we do here, really). all they do there is panels, and since i'm currently in the process of putting together a panel for them now on an area of spoken discourse, i'll know a bit more about the how-to should we decide to put something together next year. i think i remember that rae did a poster at the last AAA. maybe she has something to add to that.
The deadline for ICA is usually Nov. 1. I definitely can't do AAA, since it's the same time as NCA.
i'd type more, but i'm totally burnt out with conference discussions. more in a few weeks.
i think the panel idea is great. it seems like our research interests all intersect on identity perception... how interlocutors perceive the identity of each other over the interet... or what kinds of cues interlocutors focus on in perception...
we have two basic approaches to these kinds of questions: 1) a discourse based approach, and 2) a linguistic based approach. some of us focus on the role that linguistic variation plays while others of us look at this variation within a larger discourse context. i think it would be interesting to bring these two perspectives toegther to talk about how variation within discourse shape our perceptions of identity.
i also think it would be interesting to put together a panel (or perhaps do a research project) looking specifically at standardization online. i'm not sure if kris would have any interest in doing this though. lauren, josh, and I all dip around this in our research, and i think it would be great if we could address it specifically.
but yes, I'm really all for organizing a panel or a conference. I always go to NWAV so that would be one I'd love to do. Abstracts are due July 1, but I don't know if panel spots are already filled there (I have some professors who are on some, I think.) AAA is also a good place to look into, they seem very open to interesting panels. But whatever one we all think works best, I'm in 100 percent.