Event Details

Event Details

  • Introduction

    The Second CALA, the Conference on Asian Linguistic Anthropology. The CALA seeks to redefine scholarship on Asian Language and Society.

    Purpose and Structure of the Conference

    Over 500 scholars globally will gather to present papers and to engage in progressive discussion on Asian Linguistic Anthropology, Linguistics, Anthropology, and related fields. The CALA is a fully Non-Profit Organization, and all publishing undergoes a free blind reviewed system. The CALA sources funding/grants to assist people who need funding to access the Conference, yet whose papers excel. All conference proceedings and publications (journal issues/monographs) will be SCOPUS indexed as ranked and cited publications.

    Keynote Speaker
    Professor Li Wei - University College London

    Plenary Speakers

    - Professor Asmah Haji Omar - University of Malaya
    - Susan Needham - California State University Dominguez Hills
    - Professor Hans Henrick Hock - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    - Professor Nathan Hill - SOAS University London


    – Taylor and Francis Global Publishers (Official Publishing Partner)
    – SOAS London
    – Over 100 major academic institutions globally
    – Scientific Committee of 120 academics


    Several Special (Top-Tier/SCOPUS/ISI/ACHI/SSCI) Journal issues and monographs, with high-ranking Publishers only, from papers submitted to the CALA, that meet the requirements of review. Ample assistance is provided to revise papers for publication.


    Second CALL FOR PAPERS Abstract and poster proposal submission - May 23, 2019 - August 23, 2019
    Notification of acceptance - No later than September 1, 2019 (for those submitted prior to this)


    Early bird - March 10, 2019 - June 14, 2019
    Normal bird - June 15, 2019 - September 25, 2019
    Presenters must register by September 25, 2019, to guarantee a place in the program. Registration will remain open after this, but conference organizers cannot guarantee placement in the conference.
    Late bird - September 26, 2019 - February 8, 2020 (Conference end)

    Conference dates

    Wednesday February 5, 2020 - Saturday February 8, 2020
    Final day comprises optional Anthropological excursion

    Abstract submissions
    The Call for Abstracts is now open, at http://cala2020.upm.edu.my, which contains all information

    Anthropological Excursion
    Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia

    Asian Text, Global Context

    The CALA 2020, February 5-8, 2020, Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia, expands on work from previous CALAs, on Asian Linguistic Anthropology, and Asian Language and Society.

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

    Themed Asian Text, Global Context, The CALA 2020 will represent over 400 years of East-West global interaction, communication, and transnationalism. Symbolisms of Asian 'texts' have been significantly emphasized, (re)interpreted, contested, and distorted, while employed for cultural and political purpose. Asian texts have become highly representational, thus legitimizing sociopolitical and cultural devices, where their potency should not be undervalued. Never have these texts shown more significance than in the present, as their intensified use, and their qualities in Asian identities long contested, seek this Linguistic Anthropological exploration.

    As a semiotic, the Asian text has thus regenerated itself, in that, as a verbal and visual artifact, it encompasses the whole semiotic spectrum of that which is performatively Asian, and that which is distinct from the Non-Asian, yet a text which can interlink the East and the West, through a multitude of textual modes. The continuous repositionings and recontextualizations of Asian texts, both locally and globally, have hence become vital to representations of Asia.

    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, Eastern demographics and their expanding social dynamics, models, and praxis, continue to uniquely inform and complexify Asian texts, in both local and in global contexts.


    Abstract and poster proposals should address the key strands related to Asian countries and regions:

    – Anthropological Linguistics
    – Applied Sociolinguistics
    – Buddhist studies and discourses
    – Cognitive Anthropology and Language
    – Critical Linguistic Anthropology
    – Ethnographical Language Work
    – Ethnography of Communication
    – General Sociolinguistics
    – Language, Community, Ethnicity
    – Language Contact and Change
    – Language, Dialect, Sociolect, Genre
    – Language Documentation
    – Language, Gender, Sexuality
    – Language Ideologies
    – Language Minorities and Majorities
    – Language Revitalization
    – Language in Real and Virtual Spaces
    – Language Socialization
    – Language and Spatiotemporal Frames
    – Multifunctionality
    – Narrative and Metanarrative
    – Nonverbal Semiotics
    – Poetics and Parallelism
    – Post-Structuralism and Language
    – Religious Discourse
    – Semiotics and Semiology
    – Social Psychology of Language
    – Text, Context, Entextualization

    Presentation lengths

    – Colloquia – 1.5 hours with 3-5 contributors (Parts A and B are possible, thus 6-10 contributors)
    – General paper sessions – Approx. 20-25 minutes each, including 5 mins for questions/responses
    – Posters – to be displayed at designated times throughout the CALA 2020

    Submission Guidelines (via the online submission website, or by email (see below))

    General session papers

    – 18-word maximum presentation title
    – 400-word maximum abstract, including references


    – Submission of only the main abstract for colloquium required
    – Abstract must contain the colloquium main description/theme, and a summary of each individual paper within the colloquium

    Evaluation of proposals

    – All abstracts for general sessions will be double blind reviewed.
    – Parent abstracts for colloquia will be double blind reviewed. All abstracts for individual presentations within each colloquia will not be peer reviewed, but are expected to be at a standard commensurate to the colloquium parent abstract.

    Review criteria are as follows:

    – Appropriateness and significance to CALA 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.

    For more information, please contact:


    Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hazlina Abdul Halim
    Head, Dept. of Foreign Languages
    Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication
    Universiti Putra Malaysia

    Head of Communications

    Ms. Nhan Huynh
  • 2/5/20 at 8:00 AM -
    2/8/20 at 2:00 PM
  • Where
    University Putra Malaysia, Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia Map
  • Host
    University Putra Malaysia
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