Main theme: Revitalization and Representation


New mobilities, new textual modes, and new technologies, have pervaded Asian regions, affecting communication, structuring lifeworlds, and re-authoring identities. As such, language has evolved through ever-changing mediations. While these changes and mediations gain significance, a reflexive focus on cultural origins also emerges as central to global flows, as new human generations increasingly desire to revitalize cultural heritage and its linguistic counterpart. These renewed ‘revitalist’ foci have arisen in both widespread and minority languages. Central to work on these languages, then, are the frameworks of Anthropology, without which, our understandings of the political, cultural, linguistic, and other elements would obscure themselves.


The effects of Colonialism in and of Asia, crossing into the current era of Post Colonialism, and finding junctures with the intensified global flows of the now, encourage the production of ideas and ideologies of representation of self and other, as well as ideologies embedded in social and cultural performativities. Pervasive throughout the twentieth century was Western dominance, a hegemony now countered by post-structuralist notions of global identity, decentering the West, and ‘recentering’ the East. Language and identity emerge as constructs central to the understandings of these re-centerings, and understood not least through a Linguistic Anthropology. Here, Asian languages and identities have become an increasingly concentrated nexus for new representations of global knowledge, globalization, and global identities.


Abstract and poster proposals should address one or more of the key strands related to Asian countries and regions.

    • Anthropological linguistics
    • Applied sociolinguistics
    • Cognitive Anthropology and language
    • Critical Linguistic Anthropology
    • Post-structuralism and language
    • Semiotics and semiology
    • Language documentation
    • General sociolinguistics
    • Language socialization
    • Social psychology of language
    • Language revitalization
    • Ethnography of communication
    • Language, community, ethnicity
      • Language, dialect, sociolect, genre
      • Nonverbal semiotics
      • Multifunctionality
      • Language and embodiment
      • Ethnographical language work
      • Language, gender, sexuality
      • Language ideologies
      • Narrative and metanarrative
      • Language and spatial and temporal frames
      • Language minorities and majorities
      • Language in real and virtual spaces
      • Language contact and change
      • Poetics