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Asian Text, Global Context

The CALA 2020, in February 2020, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will follow on from the success of the CALA 2019 in January 2019, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The CALA 2020 will thus expand on work on Asian Linguistic Anthropology, as well as Asian Language and Society. Here, the world’s prominent Linguistic Anthropologists will gather to discuss work on Linguistics, Anthropology, and Language and Society, in and of Asia, and beyond.

With an increased focus on the significance of Asian Language and society, the Annual CALA Conference has emerged at an appropriate time, allowing academics from the West to tap into, and work with, Academia in the East. Scholars in institutions throughout Asia have increasingly affiliated with the CALA network, as have those in Western contexts, to explore the vast possibilities of the Conference on Asian Linguistic Anthropology, academically, and socioculturally, where the CALA network has now well contributed and has significantly boosted research, publications, and academic networks, globally.

The CALA 2020 theme, “Asian Text, Global Context”, describes a culmination of 100 years of East-West global communication. Throughout the past century, the symbolisms of Asian ‘text’ have been significantly emphasized, contested, (re)interpreted, distorted, while employed for both political and Anthropological purpose. Asian text has become a highly representational, authenticating, and legitimizing device, and its potency as such cannot be underestimated. Never has it shown more significance than in the current era, where its intensified usage, and its qualities in Asian identities long contested, seek description both through etic and emic frames.

The Asian text has thus become iconic, symbolic, and indexical, in that, as a verbal, non-verbal, and visual artifact, it encompasses the whole semiotic spectrum of that which is performatively Asian, and distinct from the Non-Asian, yet a text which can interlink the East and the West, through a multitude of textual modes. The continuous recentralization and recontextualization of Asian texts, both locally and globally, have hence become vital to representations of Asia, Linguistically, Anthropologically, Socioculturally, Politically, and much more.

The CALA 2020 thus calls for renewed interpretations of Asian texts, and asks that we seek new perspectives of these complex texts, in global contexts. These interpretations increase in significance as; return migration to Asia is now a salient factor in transnational flows; online texts and their textual modes now compete ever more enthusiastically to effect disjunctures in previously Western dominated technologies; ontological conceptions of life and social interaction now increasingly draw from Asian philosophies, sociocultural models, lifeworlds, and Asian urban anthropologies, thus producing interstices for new or revised textual and textualized semiotics; the entangled complexities and intersubjectivities of political, sociocultural, and religious practices and their constraints motivate engagements in interfaith dialogue, shifting ethnic demarcations, and sociopolitical interventions. Ultimately, the massive sets of Eastern demographics, and their expansive set of social dynamics, models, and praxis, continue to uniquely inform and complexify productions of Asian texts, in both local and in global contexts.

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Abstract and poster proposal submission

Opens: November 11, 2018 at midnight (UTC Time)

Closes: March 9, 2019 at midnight (UTC Time)

Notification of acceptance

No later than April 10, 2019 at midnight (UTC Time)

Early bird registration

Opens: March 10, 2019 at midnight (UTC Time)

Closes: June 14, 2019 at midnight (UTC Time)

Normal bird registration

Opens: June 15, 2019 at midnight (UTC Time)

Closes: September 25, 2019 at midnight (UTC Time)

– Presenters will need to have registered for The CALA 2020 by no later than September 25, 2019, midnight (UTC Time), to guarantee a place in the program. Registration will remain open after this date, but the conference organizers can not guarantee placement in the conference.

Late bird registration

Opens: September 26, 2019 at midnight (UTC Time)

Closes: February 8, 2020 (Conference end)

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Wednesday February 5, 2020
Thursday February 6, 2020
Friday February 7, 2020
Saturday February 8, 2020

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Abstract and poster proposals should address one or more of the key strands related to Asian countries and regions

  • Anthropological linguistics
  • Applied sociolinguistics
  • Cognitive Anthropology and language
  • Critical Linguistic Anthropology
  • Post-structuralism and language
  • Semiotics and semiology
  • Language documentation
  • General sociolinguistics
  • Language socialization
  • Social psychology of language
  • Language revitalization
  • Ethnography of communication
  • Language, community, ethnicity
  • Language, dialect, sociolect, genre
  • Nonverbal languages
  • Multifunctionality
  • Language and embodiment
  • Ethnographical language work
  • Language, gender, sexuality
  • Language ideologies
  • Narrative and metanarrative
  • Language and spatial and temporal frames
  • Language minorities and majorities
  • Language in real and virtual spaces
  • Language contact and change
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Presentation lengths

  • Colloquium – 1.5 hours with 3 contributors
  • Papers – 25 minutes, includes 5 minutes for questions/responses
  • Posters – (to be displayed at designated times throughout the CALA 2020)

Abstract Submission Guidelines

  • 18-word maximum presentation title
  • 400-word maximum abstract, including references
  • Colloquia – complete the template provided, and upload as a word or PDF document. You must add title and summary information of the colloquia, where requested.
  • The first author will be the nominated ‘Corresponding Author’, but can also be a ‘Presenting author’ when completing the profile.
  • Each author must also confirm their role: Presenting author, non-presenting author, chair or discussant.
  • Submission of proposals for papers, posters, and colloquia should be completed via the online submission website.

Evaluation of proposals

Proposals for individual papers, posters, and colloquia will be evaluated by the CALA 2020 Review Committee, with criteria as follows:

  • Appropriateness and significance of the topic to CALA 2020 themes
  • Originality/significance/impact of the research
  • Clarity/coherence of research concerns, theoretical and analytical framework(s), description of research, data collection, findings/conclusions, rhetoric, and exegesis as a whole
  • (For colloquia) Importance/significance of the overarching topic and/or framework(s) addressed, and its coherence of and with individual presentations
  • All abstracts will be double blind reviewed.

Conditions of Submissions

  • A participant may be first author/presenter in a maximum of two presentations, be it individual papers, posters, or papers within colloquia.
  • In addition, a participant may act as chair, discussant, or co-author in one further presentation
  • Alternatively, participants may act as first author/presenter in one presentation, and chair, discussant, or co-author in a maximum of two other presentations.
  • All proposals must present or interpret original work otherwise yet unavailable.
  • The language of the CALA 2020 is English. However, abstracts may be submitted in any language, but together with an English translation.
  • Presenters can present in any language, but must prepare an English translation for the presentation.
  • The CALA 2020 Committee will assign all relevant schedules to accepted individuals and groups.
  • Presenters must register and pay prior to September 25, 2019, to confirm their place at the CALA 2020, and hence for their presentations to be confirmed in the program.
  • Presenters are required to organize their own travel and accommodation arrangements. The CALA 2020 Organizers have secured accommodation at various locations around the city (see link for accommodation), details of which will be available for booking when registering for the CALA 2020.
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  • 1.5 hours with 3 contributors

Colloquia provide an opportunity for several presenters within the boundaries of a theme or topic to present together in a supportive environment. Colloquium organizers can tailor time lengths to each presentation, but must allow time to include opening and closing remarks, presentations, and audience interaction.

The colloquium chair is responsible for organizing the group and for submitting the colloquium in the Call for Papers platform on behalf of all their contributors.

All colloquium submissions must be uploaded to the submission site using the Colloquium Submission Form Template provided.

General and non-colloquia session papers

Paper presentations will be allocated 25 minutes including 5 minutes for questions and answers.


  • Posters will be displayed at designated times throughout the CALA 2020
  • Posters are for one-on-one discussion of a symposium-related theme or topic.
  • A block of time will be allocated for presenters to discuss their posters.
  • Posters will be displayed in the designated areas (main halls).
  • Presenters will be assigned a space to display their poster.
  • Posters should be sized A0: 841 x 1189 mm width x height/ 33.1 x 46.8 inches width x height (landscape or portrait).
  • Submissions should contain a summary of key elements for the presentation.
  • Posters can include any relevant visuals or academically descriptive objects, where color is visually optimal.
  • Posters must be clear, concise, and simple, with large fonts, with the title of the project, and author information (name and affiliation).


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