Symbol and Society
Simbolo at Bagong Lipunan

The GLOCAL CALA 2022/2023 theme Symbol and Society describes the need for renewed 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 nothing 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 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 two years, global changes have elicited these new symbolisms of communication, and have rapidly been exposed to contestation and (re)interpretation, owing to the need to deploy online technologies on such a large scale. These symbolisms are now proving beneficial to Anthropological enquiry.

Asian language symbolisms have often exposed their potency as representational of their communities and as legitimizing of these communities in global society, but never have they shown more significance than in the current era, where their intensified use online, and their qualities for legitimizing Asian identities, seek investigation.

Asian symbolisms pervade the semiotic spectrum of that which is performatively Asian, and which is distinct from the non-Asian, yet symbolisms which can interlink the colonized with the decolonized, through a plurality of human ideologies. This again becomes more the case in the present era as the boundaries of Asian symbolisms have become blurred through the use of online textual modes, Linguistically, Anthropologically, and beyond.

The SOAS GLOCAL CALA 2022/2023 thus calls for renewed awareness and interpretations of Asian symbolisms in the current 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 ideologies of the old. This shift to the use of symbolisms with which to reconceptualize new virtual and old real worlds in this current era, will surely motivate Anthropological dialogue during both the online and offline conferences, the GLOCAL CALA 2022/2023 publications, and beyond.


Ben Rampton

Department of Linguistics
King’s College London

Asmah Haji Omar

Department of Linguistics
University of Malaya

Citations and Publications


All published proceedings will be SCOPUS and ISI (Web of Science) indexed. Here, papers submitted to the SOAS GLOCAL CALA 2022/2023 for publication into the proceedings book will be channeled for SCOPUS and ISI ranking and citation.


All papers submitted to the GLOCAL CALA 2022/2023 will be considered for review for publication in high Impact journals and monographs, in addition to the conference proceedings book.


Online Virtual Component

December 19-21, 2022

All login information and other online guidelines will be given to participants several days well in advance of the conference. The online portal will allow for ease of access to all talks, workshops and resources, and will also include virtual displays and exhibitions, as well as talks and workshops. The virtual online component of the conference is not stand alone, but rather, constitutes one of two parts of the full conference. Participants will be expected to present (at least) two papers, that is, one at the online component, and one at the offline in-person component in May. Both papers are required in order to achieve consideration for publication in the SOAS GLOCAL proceedings for the CALA 2022/2023.


Post call for papers

Opens: October 20, 2022
Closes: December 17, 2022

Notification of acceptance

No later than December 18, 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: December 21, 2022 (Conference end)

Presenters will need to have registered for the SOAS GLOCAL CALA by no later than December 18, 2022, to guarantee a place in the program. Registration will remain open after this date, but the conference organizers cannot guarantee placement in the conference.

Conference Dates
Day 1: Monday, December 19, 2022
Day 2: Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Day 3: Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Proceedings Book

      By April 2023


Abstract and poster proposals should address one or more of the key strands related to Asian countries and regions:
– Analysis in Linguistic Anthropology
– Anthropological Linguistics
– Anthro Ling Vs. Ling Anthro
– Applied Sociolinguistics
– Buddhist Studies and Discourses
– Christianity Studies and Discourses
– Communication Anthropology 
– Cognitive Anthropology and Language
– Critical Linguistic Anthropology
– Discourse Analysis
– Ethnographical Language Work
– Ethnography of Communication
– Folklore and Language
– General Sociolinguistics
– Interdisciplinarity in Linguistic Anthropology
– Interfaith Discourse
– Islamic Studies and Discourses
– Language and Spatiotemporal Frames
– Language, Community, Ethnicity
– Language Contact and Change
– Language, Dialect, Sociolect, Genre
– Language Documentation
– Language Endangerment
– Language, Gender, Sexuality
– Language Ideologies
– Language in Real and Virtual Spaces
– Language Materialism
– Language Minorities and Majorities
– Language Revitalization
– Language Socialization
– Methodology in Cultural Anthropology
– Methodology in Linguistic Anthropology
– Multifunctionality
– Narrative and Metanarrative
– Nonverbal Semiotics
– Oral Tradition
– Pragmatics and Performativity
– Poetics
– Political Discourse Anthropology
– Post-Structuralism and Language
– Semiotics and Semiology
– Social Psychology of Language
– Text, Context, Entextualization
– The Anthropology of Education
– Time and Space


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 GLOCAL CALA 2022.

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 SOAS GLOCAL CALA Review Committee, with criteria as follows:
  • Appropriateness and significance of the topic to SOAS GLOCAL CALA 2022 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 SOAS GLOCAL CALA 2022 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 SOAS GLOCAL CALA 2022 selection committee, will be double blind reviewed.

Conditions of Submissions

  • A participant may be first author/presenter in any number of presentations, be it individual papers, posters, or papers within colloquia.
  • In addition, a participant may act as chair, discussant, or co-author in any number of presentations.
  • Alternatively, participants may act as first author/presenter in any number of presentations, and chair, discussant, or co-author in any number of presentations.
  • All proposals must present or interpret original work otherwise yet unavailable.
  • The language of the SOAS GLOCAL CALA 2022 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 SOAS GLOCAL CALA 2022 Committee will assign all relevant schedules to accepted individuals and groups.
  • Presenters must register and pay prior to the conference, to confirm their place at the GLOCAL CALA 2022, and hence for their presentations to be confirmed in the program.



  • 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 SOAS GLOCAL CALA 2022.

General and Non-colloquia Session Papers

  • Paper presentations will be allocated 25 minutes including 5 minutes for questions and answers.
  • Timekeepers will be provided by the SOAS GLOCAL CALA 2022.


  • Posters will be displayed at designated times throughout the SOAS GLOCAL CALA 2022.
  • 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 online throughout the conference.
  • Presenters will each be given both a landing page and a full personal page for their poster(s).
  • Posters should be in electronic format, and should be read as clearly as would be a poster of size A0: 841 x 1189 mm width x height/ 33.1 x 46.8 inches width x height. However, these posters will be reduced to A4 size, where viewers will click and expand so as to read all text. Here, the posters must be in ultra-high-quality PDF format.
  • 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).
  • A guiding but not necessary template for posters can be found at this link.


Normal Registration

Early Bird: USD 170
Regular Bird:
 USD 210
Late Bird/On-site: USD 250

Stud./Affil. Registration

Early Bird: USD 140
Regular Bird:
 USD 170
Late Bird/On-site: USD 200


Flat fee: USD 60

The conference fee includes participation in the online virtual component in December 2022, and in the offline physical component in 2023. In 2023, this will cover a daily buffet lunch, morning and afternoon break refreshments, and one buffet dinner with a cultural performance, as well as all presentation opportunities, and all workshops, talks and performances.