Second Call for Papers


Symbolism and New Society

The GLOCAL CALA 2022 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 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.


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.


Second Abstract and poster proposal submission

Opens: October 23, 2021
Closes: January 23, 2022

Notification of acceptance

No later than February 3, 2022


Regular bird registration

Opens: March 15, 2022
Closes: July 15, 2022

Presenters will need to have registered for The GLOCAL CALA by no later than August 25 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.

Late bird registration

Opens: July 16, 2022
Closes: November 5, 2022


Day 1: Wednesday November 2, 2022
Day 2: Thursday November 3, 2022
Day 3: Friday November 4, 2022
Day 4: Saturday November 5, 2022 – 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




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


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 5th November optional anthropological excursion is priced separately.