The GLOCAL began with motives to address a multiplicity of concerns on language and culture in and for a set of Global regions. The specific motives for organizing the GLOCAL, are as follows:
- The field of Linguistic Anthropology, that is, the study of ways in which language represents a tension between the individual and society, and the study of language to (re)describe social and cultural models and praxis, in and for Global regions, requires much work, and is only in its infancy, with respect to each of these regions.
- Significant voids exist in the study of Linguistics and Anthropology, with respect to Global regions, which can be effectively addressed by facilitating the building of a network of Anthropological Linguistics / Linguistic Anthropology, and Scholars in these fields, through an overarching organization such as the GLOCAL.
- Methodological practice in Linguistic Anthropology must convey to the ethical level, and ethical practice must materialize in the implementation of methodology and method.
- Conferences and meetings which inspire progressive, methodologically ethical and sound, yet epistemologically entrepreneurial, work and thought on Linguistic Anthropology, for all Global regions, have not as yet been extensively attempted.
- Significant communicative channels must be opened for the transfer of understandings of Linguistic Anthropology, between Global academics, students and institutions, and those in other parts of the globe. Thus far, this has presented a significant impediment in the development of the scholarship of Linguistic Anthropology in and for regions globally, where the pioneering work of The GLOCAL requires greater channels for exposure and scrutiny.
- The progress of cornerstone organizations in Linguistic Anthropology, notably those in the United States, The United Kingdom, and Australia, and both within and outside of academia, which have thus far created significant space to the study and pursuit of Linguistic Anthropology / Anthropological Linguistics, through publications and collaborations, requires recognition. Without the pioneering efforts of these institutions, departments, publications, and processes, as well as the people within these, the study of Linguistic Anthropology will not have advanced as it has.
- Many social, cultural, and linguistic bodies Globally remain hidden, and only through increased interaction between those highly versed with these cultures and languages and those outside, both of whom have specific expertises, can an increasingly effective Linguistic Anthropology be undertaken.
- Interactional spaces for those enculturated through the societies and linguistics of respective Global regions, and those who attempt ethnographies in and on these regions, must be opened.
- Significantly, a large population within academic society in institutions in respective Global region requires guidance in the study of Linguistic Anthropology. Here, access to experts has been impeded. Similarly, experts in the field frequently have limited access to these populations.
- Interactions and collaborations between experts in respective global localities and linguistic and cultural communities of interest Globally who can provide immense ethnographic resource, can be highly fruitful. Similarly, researchers and theorists in respective regions Globally intending to develop work on Linguistic Anthropology elsewhere can benefit well through these collaborations with those knowledgeable in the field.
- Organizations and bodies such as the American Anthropological Association, the Society for Linguistic Anthropology, the Journal for Linguistic Anthropology, the Annual Review of Anthropology, and the Journal of Anthropological Theory, have opened up very significant academic and sociolinguistic spaces, by creating, extending, and sustaining, the scholarship of Linguistic Anthropology. These organizations can increasingly contribute to a larger global outreach, through their shared knowledge, while also receiving much input from a larger global network. Through The GLOCAL, higher institutions and their affiliates, and organizations in general, Globally, can develop programs and scholarship in Linguistic Anthropology, and can effectively access and contribute to the networks that these above bodies have solidified. The GLOCAL aims to bridge these major bodies in Linguistic Anthropology with the world.
- 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.