The CALA 2019






New mobilities, new textual modes, and new technologies have pervaded Asian regions, affecting communication, structuring the lifeworlds (lived environments), and re-authoring altering identities. As such, language has seen mediation to develop new yet evolving forms. While these changes have become significant, reflexive efforts to cultural origins  have also become central to global flows. These efforts have been labeled revivalist, both in widespread languages, and in minority languages. Furthermore, central to work on these languages, are frameworks of Anthropology, without which, our understandings of the political, cultural and linguistic elements would scarcely present themselves epistemically.


The effects of Colonialism in and of Asia, crossing into a 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 of social and cultural performativities. This leads to pursuits of representation. Pervasive throughout the twentieth century, was Western dominance, a hegemony now countered by post structuralist notions of global identity, thus decentering the West, and ‘recentering’ the East. Language and identity thus emerge as constructs central to the understandings of these recenterings, and understood not least through a Linguistic Anthropology. Here, Asian languages and identities have become an increasingly concentrated nexus for new forms of globalization.



Royal Angkor Resort & Spa
Phum Kasekum, NR6, Krong Siem Reap



Abstract and poster proposal submission

Opens: February 15, 2018 at midnight (UTC Time)
Closes: June 15, 2018 at midnight (UTC Time)

Notification of acceptance

No later than June 30, 2018 at midnight (UTC Time)


Early bird registration

Opens: March 1, 2018 at midnight (UTC Time)
Closes: July 7, 2018 at midnight (UTC Time)

Normal bird registration

Opens: July 8, 2018 at midnight (UTC Time)
Closes: October 25, 2018 at midnight (UTC Time)

Presenters will need to have registered for The CALA by no later than October 25, 2018, 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: October 26, 2018 at midnight (UTC Time)
Closes: January 26, 2019 (Conference end)



Day 1: Wednesday January 23, 2019
Day 2: Thursday January 24, 2019
Day 3: Friday January 25, 2019
Day 4: Saturday January 26, 2019 – 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
– Textualization, Contextualization, Entextualization
– 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
– Documenting Language
– Ethnographical Language Work
– Language, Gender, Sexuality
– Language Ideologies
– Narrative and Metanarrative
– Language and Spatiotemporal Frames
– Language Minorities and Majorities
– Language in Real and Virtual Spaces
– Language Contact and Change
– Buddhist studies and discourses
– Islamic Studies and discourses


Presentation lengths

– Colloquia – 1.5 hours with 3-5 contributors
– Papers – 25 minutes, 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.
– 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 authors and presenter, and the title of each respective session/presentation, as well as any other information believed to be 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 CALA Review Committee, with criteria as follows:

– 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 presentations.
– 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 August 25, 2018, to confirm their place at the CALA 2019, 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                  $140
     Regular Bird              $170
     Late Bird/On-site      $200
     Early Bird                  $170
     Regular Bird              $210
     Late Bird/On-site      $250 
The conference fee includes daily buffet lunch, morning and afternoon break refreshments, and one buffet dinner with a cultural show. The conference hotel, and most hotels in Siem Reap where participants may choose to stay, will include a breakfast buffet with the room rate. The 26th January optional anthropological program is priced separately.


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