Asian Text, Global Context
The CALA 2020 theme, “Asian Text, Global Context”, describes a culmination of 300 years of East-West global communication. Throughout, the symbolisms of Asian ‘text’ have been significantly emphasized, contested, (re)interpreted, and distorted, while employed for both political and Anthropological purpose. Asian text has become a highly representational, and legitimizing device, and its potency cannot be underestimated. Never has it shown more significance than in the current era, where its intensified usage, and its qualities in Asian identities, seek description.
The Asian text pervades 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, are hence vital to representations of Asia, Linguistically, Anthropologically, Socioculturally, Politically, and beyond.
The CALA 2020 thus calls for renewed interpretations of Asian texts, and asks that we seek new perspectives of these complex texts, in their 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 disjuncture in previously Western dominated technologies; perspectives of life and social interaction now increasingly draw from Asia, producing spaces for revised textual semiotics; the intersubjectivities of political, sociocultural, and religious practices motivate dialogue, thus shifting ethnic demarcations, and sociopolitical interventions. Ultimately, Eastern demographics, and their social dynamics, continue to uniquely inform and complexify Asian texts, in both local and in global contexts.


Li Wei
Institute of Education
University College London
Asmah Haji Omar
Faculty of Linguistics
University of Malaya
Susan Needham
Department of Anthropology
California State University
Hans Henrich Hock
Department of Linguistics
University of Illinois
Nathan Hill
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
SOAS University of London

Citations and Publications

All proceedings will be channeled through SCOPUS citation indexing. Here, papers submitted to the GLOCAL CALA 2020 proceedings will be channeled for SCOPUS ranking and citation.
All papers submitted to The GLOCAL CALA 2020 will be considered for review for publication in Top Tier journals and monographs.


Parkcity Everly Hotel
Bintulu, Sarawak


Abstract and poster proposal submission – Second Call
Opens: May 23, 2019
Closes: August 23, 2019
Notification of acceptance
No later than June 10, 2019 (for first call)
No later than September 1, 2019 (for second call)
Early bird registration
Opens: March 10, 2019
Closes: June 14, 2019
Middle bird registration
Opens: June 15, 2019
Closes: September 25, 2019
Presenters will need to have registered for The CALA 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
Closes: February 8, 2020
Day 1: Wednesday February 5, 2020
Day 2: Thursday February 6, 2020
Day 3: Friday February 7, 2020
Day 4: Saturday February 8, 2020 – Full day of optional cultural tour (separate cost)


Proposals should address one or more of the key strands for Asian 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, 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
  • Post-Structuralism and Language
  • Semiotics and Semiology
  • Social Psychology of Language
  • Text, Context, Entextualization


Presentation lengths
Submitters must plan around the following:

  • Colloquia – 1.5 hours with 3-5 contributors (Part A and B is possible, thus 6-10 contributors)
  • General paper sessions – Approx. 20-25 minutes each, which includes 5 minutes for questions/responses
  • Posters – to be displayed at designated times throughout the CALA
Abstract Submission Guidelines
Submissions (proposals for papers, posters, colloquia) via website or email:

  • 18-word maximum presentation title
  • 400-word maximum abstract, including references
  • Colloquia: Upload the abstract for the colloquium, in the submissions box. The abstract must contain both the main description of the colloquium, as well as a summarized description of each individual paper to be presented within the colloquium. This information must include the names and affiliations of each author and presenter, the title of each respective session/presentation, as well as any other information believed relevant.
  • For individual papers submitted for review and acceptance into the general sessions, 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.
Evaluation of Proposals
The Review Committee will evaluate the proposals, with the following criteria:

  • Appropriateness and significance of the topic 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.
  • All abstracts for presentations within the colloquia will not be peer reviewed by the CALA review committee, but are expected to be at a standard commensurate to the parent colloquium abstract, which will be peer reviewed by the CALA review committee. Thus, the acceptance of the colloquium, and hence all presentations and discussions within that colloquium, becomes predicated on the success of the review of the main proposal for that colloquium, submitted by the main organizers of the respective colloquium.
  • All abstracts for general sessions, which are selected and placed by the CALA selection committee, 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
  • All proposals must present or interpret original work otherwise yet unavailable.
  • The language of the CALA 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 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 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.


1.5 hours with 3-5 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.
  • Panel organizers here will be responsible for panel chairs. Time keepers will be provided by the CALA.
General and non-colloquia session papers
  • Paper presentations will be allocated 25 minutes including 5 minutes for questions and answers.
  • Time keepers will be provided by the CALA.
  • Posters will be displayed at designated times throughout the CALA.
  • 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).


Early Bird: USD 140
Regular Bird: USD 170
Late Bird/On-site: USD 200
Early Bird: USD 170
Regular Bird: USD 210
Late Bird/On-site: USD 250
Excursion: USD 60
The conference fee includes a daily buffet lunch, daily morning and afternoon break refreshments, and one buffet dinner with a cultural show. The conference hotel, and most hotels in Diliman, The Philippines, where participants may choose to stay, will include a breakfast buffet with the room rate. The 8th February optional anthropological excursion is priced separately.