The GLOCAL CALA 2021 Call for Papers


Symbolism and New Society

The GLOCAL CALA 2021 theme “Symbolism and New 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 nee 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 2021 thus calls for renewed awareness and interpretations of Asian symbolisms in this new era, and asks that we seek new perspectives of these Asiancomplex 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.


Jack Sidnell

Department of Anthropology
University of Toronto, Canada

Jack Sidnell has conducted field research in the Caribbean, Vietnam, India and North America. The structures of social interaction have been the object of long term study. Other research has focused on the anthropology of knowledge and the ontology of action. His current research examines interlocutor reference (i.e. reference to speaker and hearer) in Vietnamese across a range of contexts including those involving the socialization of young children and those involving forms of public address (e.g. television and radio). This research poses a set of broad theoretical questions concerning the linguistic mediation of social relations and the consequences of linguistic diversity for social life.

Mary Bucholtz

Department of Linguistics
University of California, U.S.A.

The research of Mary Bucholtz lies in trying to understand how linguistic forms take on sociocultural meanings through their association with particular kinds of speakers, settings, and activities, and how these associations can be reinforced or altered in specific contexts. Through ethnographic and interactional methods, we can examine speakers’ own perspectives on this phenomenon: What identities matter in a local context? What ideologies about language and social categories influence speakers’ choices? How do speakers jointly and publicly engage in cognitive processes (thinking, feeling, perceiving) through embodied language use as part of social and cultural activities? To answer these questions, rather than examine a single linguistic feature or level, I prefer to investigate how multiple elements of language—from phonology to syntax to the lexicon—work together in embodied interaction, as well as how elements of language are represented ideologically through metalinguistic means. This sociocultural approach reveals the real-world consequences of language as a resource for social power and identity as well as for participating fully as a member of a culture.

Citations and Publications


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All papers submitted to The GLOCAL CALA 2021 will be considered for review for publication in Top Tier journals and monographs.


University of The Philippines Diliman
The Philippines



Abstract and poster proposal submission

Opens: June 1, 2020
Closes: January 1, 2021

Notification of acceptance

No later than January 20, 2021


Early bird registration

Opens: January 10, 2021
Closes: March 14, 2021

Normal bird registration

Opens: March 15, 2021
Closes: July 15, 2021

Presenters will need to have registered for The GLOCAL CALA by no later than June 25  2021,  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: July 16, 2021
Closes: September 4, 2021


Day 1: Wednesday September 1, 2021
Day 2: Thursday September 2, 2021
Day 3: Friday September 3, 2021
Day 4: Saturday September 4, 2021 – Full day of optional cultural tour (separate cost)


Abstract and poster proposals should address one or more of 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, 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

Submission of proposals for papers, posters, and colloquia should be completed via the online submission website, or by 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

Proposals for individual papers, posters, and colloquia will be evaluated by the GLOCAL CALA Review Committee, with criteria as follows:

  • Appropriateness and significance of the topic to GLOCAL 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 GLOCAL CALA review committee, but are expected to be at a standard commensurate to the parent colloquium abstract, which will be peer reviewed by the GLOCAL 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 GLOCAL 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 presentations.
  • All proposals must present or interpret original work otherwise yet unavailable.
  • The language of the GLOCAL 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 GLOCAL CALA Committee will assign all relevant schedules to accepted individuals and groups.
  • Presenters must register and pay prior to June 25, 2021, to confirm their place at the GLOCAL CALA 2021, and hence for their presentations to be confirmed in the program.
  • Presenters are required to organize their own travel and accommodation arrangements. The GLOCAL 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 GLOCAL 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 GLOCAL 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 GLOCAL 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 4th September optional anthropological excursion is priced separately.
Submit your abstract here