The CALA, The Annual Conference on Asian Linguistic Anthropology, is a yearly conference on Linguistic Anthropology with a focus on Asian countries, and regions. Scholars globally gather to engage in work on fields of Asian Linguistic Anthropology, though this does not limit interest to those working on the East, or to Linguistic Anthropologists, Linguistics, or Anthropologists. Networking multiple universities, the conference venue shifts annually, where the Conference Main committee, advised by the Conference Scientific committee, collaborates with the respective universities for each conference.


The general aims of the conference include:

To elicit new understandings of Linguistic Anthropology, by centering research and rhetoric on Asian contexts, and a network of related fields.

To contribute significantly to the advanced efforts of other global societies and organizations in Linguistic Anthropology, such as the SLA (Society for Linguistic Anthropology), The JLA (the Journal for Linguistic Anthropology), the AAA (the American Anthropological Association), The JAT (the Journal of Anthropological theory), the Annual Review of Anthropology, and others.

To strengthen conceptions of, and interest in, the Linguistic Anthropology of Asia, and to increasingly connect scholars working in and on Asian regions with those in other regions.


2015 Formation
2016 Development of first / Central committee
2017 Formation of Scientific committee
2017 Endorsement by the American Anthropological Association
2017 Partnering with Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia, Cambodia
2018 Partnering with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
2018 Partnering with Publisher Taylor and Francis Publishers Global
2018 Receipt of Wenner Gren Foundation Grant, and Japan Foundation Grant
2019 (Jan.) Inaugural annual conference, Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia, Siem Reap, Cambodia
2019 (June) Launching of the CALA Academic Journal, The JALA
2020 (Feb.) Second annual conference, University Putra Malaysia, Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia