The CALA 2020 - The (Annual) Conference on Asian Linguistic Anthropology 2020
Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia, February 5 - 8, 2020
The Second CALA, the Conference on Asian Linguistic Anthropology.
The CALA seeks to redefine scholarship on Asian Language and Society.
University Putra Malaysia
Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia
Purpose and Structure
Over 500 scholars from around the world 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 connected publishing undergoes a free blind reviewed system. The CALA sources funding/grants to assist people who need funding to access the Conference. All conference proceedings and publications (journal issues/monographs) will be indexed with SCOPUS and will hence contribute to ranked and cited publications for all those accepted to present.
Professor Li Wei - University College London
Professor Asmah Haji Omar - University of Malaya
Susan Needham - California State University Dominguez Hills
Professor Hans Henrick Hock - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
· 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.
Abstract and poster proposal submission - November 17, 2018 - May 9, 2019
Notification of acceptance - No later than June 10 2018 (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)
Wednesday February 5, 2020 - Saturday February 8, 2020
Final day comprises optional Anthropological excursion
The Call for Abstracts is now open, at http://cala2020.upm.edu.my, which contains all information
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 context 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, authenticating and 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, non-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, the massive sets of Eastern demographics, and their expanding social dynamics, models, and praxes, continue to uniquely inform and (re)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
– Islamic Studies and discourses
– Language Socialization
– Language and Spatiotemporal Frames
– Narrative and Metanarrative
– Nonverbal Semiotics
– Poetics and Parallelism
– Post-Structuralism and Language
– Semiotics and Semiology
– Social Psychology of Language
– Textualization, Contextualization, Entextualization
Evaluation of proposals
All abstracts for general sessions will be double blind reviewed.
Main 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