That’s right, it was one year ago today that I wrote my first post here. 52 weeks and 61 posts later here I am! I was very hesitant to start a blog, I had no idea what I’d write about- but I’ve done OK.
A lot has happen in this last year. I’ve been to the SfAA meetings in Vancouver, the AAA meetings in San Jose, applied and been accepted into grad school, moved back to Tampa, and have had a lot of fun while doing it all.
Today, I find myself in a rather unique situation. Despite my choice to focus on business anthropology in grad school, I’m writing a paper about my undergraduate research on the subculture of smokers. I’ve been asked to present at the 2007 SfAA conference (session S-103) in a session about applying linguistics in the classroom and beyond. I’m working on the finishing touches to the paper and it’s going fairly well. In fact, the only “problem” I’m really running into is maintaining a balance between my own personal anti-ivory tower, anti-jargon style of writing and a style that will still hold authority within my academic audience. In the past (and currently) I’ve advocated for people to academics/scholars to write for the general public so that their research is more accessible and I hold this near and dear to my heart. But, in the past year I’ve also realized that when one is in an academic forum, authority is established in a certain way. If you don’t already hold symbolic capital within the group- your use of words, terms, theories, etc is how the audience determines your authority. It’s a delicate balance. Considering the fact that this is my first time presenting and to really practice what I’ve preached, I’m discovering that it’s easier said than done- but isn’t it always?!
If you would have told me a year ago that I would be presenting in a week and a half at the SfAA conference about my smoking research, while in a graduate program focusing on business anthropology- I wouldn’t believe you… but oh how much can change in a year 🙂
I’ve also recently been asked to present (a co-authored presentation) at the AAA meeting in D.C. in November. Oddly enough- it’s another linguistics session, but this time it will be about the online/on-campus comparison of the same graduate course. It kind of seems like linguistics has picked me because I don’t think I picked it.