Cope, L. (2016). Texas Czech Legacy Project: Documenting the past and present for the future. The International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 2016(238), 105-125.
This article focuses on the Texas Czech Legacy Project and its main initiative, the building of an open-access digital Texas Czech Dialect Archive. Texas Czech dialect is a product of over a century and a half of contact between Moravian Czech and English spoken in Texas. While its life cycle is rather typical of diasporic dialects, its resilient life span represents decades of self-sufficient existence in a rather enclosed sociolinguistic space organized around farming and small business ventures periodically rejuvenated by religious and fraternity activities without the need for an outside social world. Following a brief sketch of the socio-historical background of ethnic Czechs and Moravians in Texas, I discuss the objectives of the Project and the design of the Texas Czech Dialect Archive, bearing in mind the complexities involved in designing a product that is to serve community members, educators and students of the Czech language and culture, as well as a diverse group of researchers. The Project’s purposes and practical value of its digital archive for these multiple audiences are demonstrated using examples of both typical and idiosyncratic features of this diasporic dialect.
Congratulations to Dr. Lida Cope for guest-editing a special issue of International Journal of Sociology of Language
Cope, L., & Eckert, E. (Guest Eds.) (2016). Special issue of the International Journal of Sociology of Language, 2016(238): Multilingualism and minorities in the Czech sociolinguistic space.
Donna J. Kain & Wardle, E. (2016). Activity Theory: An Introduction for the Writing Classroom. In D. Downs & E. Wardle (Eds.), Writing about Writing: A College Reader, Third Edition. Bedford/St. Martin’s.
Congratulations to Andrea Kitta, who recently published an article “The significance of folklore for vaccine policy: discarding the deficit model,” in the journal Critical Public Health. Co-written with medical humanities scholar Daniel Goldberg, the paper addresses the relevance of medical folklore for vaccine policy intended to increase vaccination uptake. The authors make two primary claims: First, that dominant approaches to increasing US vaccination uptake have largely been based on deficient understandings of the root causes of anti-vaccination behavior; and second, that superior approaches to evidence-based policy must enlarge the scope of that evidence base to include crucial findings on belief formation, technical and risk communication, and the folklore of vaccination. They show that the failure to attend to this evidence results in interventions that are disconnected from the factors actually driving vaccination refusal.
The article can be found here: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09581596.2016.1235259?journalCode=ccph20
Congrats to Dr. Anna Froula, who edited and introduced Cinema Journal’s *In Focus* on Media Studies 15 Years after 9/11. Her introduction, titled “What Keeps Me Up at Night” and the essays appeared in 56.1, Fall 2016.
“The Marriage of Caribbean Studies with Postcolonial and Multicultural Criticism.” Indo-American Review 21 (2016): 137-78. Rpt. in Multiculturalism in Literature, America and Beyond. Ed. R. Dhawan. New Delhi: Prestige Books International, 2016. 137-78.
Deena publishes “Exploration of Diversity and Globalization in Moshin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Nadine Gordimer’s The Pick Up”
“Exploration of Diversity and Globalization in Moshin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Nadine Gordimer’s The Pick Up.” Celebrating Diasporic Writing: A Critical Response to Indian and Pakistani Literature. Ed. R. K. Dhawan and Yamini Pendyala. New Delhi, India: Prestige Books International, 2016. 190-203.
Alex Albright has published “Prague Bluegrass Spring” in the October issue of Bluegrass Unlimited (pages 42-45).