Members of the Institute community in Monterey and around the world are making their mark, whether in print, online, or both. Here, we share recent publishing news from alumni, students, faculty, and staff.
Professor Balcom’s New Book of Translated Poetry Published
Balcom has previously published a dozen volumes of translated poetry. Author Shang Qin (1930–2010) was born in China but spent his adult life in Taiwan. He is widely considered an important surrealist poet in addition to the greatest prose poet of his age.
Associate Professor Coedits Book on Metalinguistic Communities
Netta Avineri, TESOL and Teaching Foreign Language (TFL) associate professor and Intercultural Competence Committee chair, coedited the book Metalinguistic Communities: Case Studies of Agency, Ideology, and Symbolic Uses of Language (Palgrave Macmillan). Avineri coined the model of the metalinguistic community during her ethnographic dissertation research with Yiddish community members in 2012. This book combines 10 case studies exploring how metalinguistic communities are defined primarily by language ideologies and symbolic practices rather than use of the language itself. Metalinguistic communities explored through case studies include Spanish and Hebrew in the United States, Kurdish in Japan, Pataxó Hãhãhãe in Brazil, and Gallo in France. The book’s authors discuss how agency, belonging, negotiations of hegemony, and battles against cultural erasure and genocide shape metalinguistic communities. The book is primarily aimed toward students and scholars interested in applied linguistics, linguistic anthropology, and migration studies.
Professor Coedits Special Issue on Cultivating Relationships for Justice in Applied Linguistics
Professor Netta Avineri also coedited with UC Davis Associate Professor Danny C. Martinez a special issue of Applied Linguistics, titled “Applied Linguists Cultivating Relationships for Justice: An Aspirational Call to Action.” The special issue discusses how stakeholders in the field of applied linguistics can provide justice for past harms by moving away from individual researchers’ interests toward collective solidarity. The issue features examples of collaborative work in the United States, Mexico, South Africa, Colombia, the Caribbean, and Spain. It is available for free until February 9, 2022.
Professor Publishes Book on Foreign Language Curriculum Design
Marianna Guedez Forgiarini TLM ’22 has published Desde el Exilio, a collection of poems in Spanish and English about her experiences as a Venezuelan who fled her country in 2014 in the face of political and economic turmoil.
Fans of This American Life have likely heard the voice of Gabriela Muñoz MACI ’23, who worked as an interpreter for several episodes of the popular national radio show. That experience led her to pursue a master’s in conference interpretation.