Symbol and Society
The GLOCAL CALA 2022 theme “Symbol and Society” describes the need for symbolic representation in a rapidly changing Asia. As has been the case throughout a larger global society, Asian societies have sought increasingly rapid change, seeking none less than online spaces to contextualize and to legitimize the effects of this rapid change. Here, recent events have patently mediated the shift to online interaction, a shift which has thus intensified the development, and possibly, the invention, of a range of new symbolisms and symbolic clusters that now have a limited use in offline spaces.
Throughout the past decade, and more particularly over the past one year, global changes have elicited these new symbolisms of communication, symbolisms which have quickly been exposed to contestation and (re)interpretation, owing to the need to deploy online technologies on such a large scale, and which are now presenting themselves as highly beneficial to anthropological study. Asian language symbolisms have always exposed their potency as representational of their communities and as legitimizing of the worth of these communities in a global society, but never have they shown more significance than in the current era, where their intensified usage online, and their qualities for legitimizing Asian identities, seek investigation
The Asian symbolism pervades the whole semiotic spectrum of that which is performatively Asian, and which is distinct from the Non-Asian, yet a symbolism which can interlink the colonized with the decolonized, through a multitude of human ideologies. This again becomes more the case now as the boundaries of Asian symbolisms have become blurred through online textual modes, Linguistically and Anthropologically, and beyond.
The GLOCAL CALA 2022 thus calls for renewed awareness and interpretations of Asian symbolisms in this new era, and asks that we seek new perspectives of these Asian complex symbolisms, in their global contexts. These interpretations increase in significance as the use of online virtual world texts and textual modes have now assumed an authoritative stance over the real world, possibly creating new realities and new real worlds that subvert our ideologies of those old real worlds. This shift to symbolisms required to reconceptualize new virtual and old real worlds in this current era, will surely motivate dialogue.
Department of Anthropology
University of Toronto, Canada
Citations and Publications
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All papers submitted to The GLOCAL CALA 2022 will be considered for review for publication in Top Tier journals and monographs.
Post call for papers
Opens: October 20, 2022
Closes: November 20, 2022
Notification of acceptance
No later than November 21, 2022
Early bird registration
Opens: September 15, 2021
Closes: March 14, 2022
Middle bird registration
Opens: March 15, 2022
Closes: July 15, 2022
Late bird registration
Opens: July 16, 2022
Closes: November 21, 2022 (Conference end)
Presenters will need to have registered for the SOAS GLOCAL CALA by no later than November 21, 2022, 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.
Day 1: Wednesday November 23, 2022
Day 2: Thursday November 24, 2022
Day 3: Friday November 25, 2022
Conference Proceedings Book
By April 2022
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
- Narrative and Metanarrative
- Nonverbal Semiotics
- Post-Structuralism and Language
- Semiotics and Semiology
- Social Psychology of Language
- Text, Context, Entextualization
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 March 23, 2022, to confirm their place at the CALA 2022, 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 100
Late Bird/On-site: USD 200
Early Bird: USD 210
Late Bird/On-site: USD 250