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January 1, 2021

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University of The Philippines Diliman, The Philippines


The GLOCAL Conference on Asian Linguistic Anthropology 2021, The fourth GLOCAL CALA (4), at the University of The Philippines Diliman, Diliman, The Philippines, symbolizes a significant leap forward for Asian Linguistic Anthropology, and hence, for Linguistic Anthropology in general, from the previous highly successful GLOCAL CALA 2018, GLOCAL CALA 2019 and GLOCAL CALA 2020, to further problematize current perspectives and praxis in the field of Asian Languages, Linguistics, and 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 new symbolisms and symbolic clusters that now have limited use in offline spaces.

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 Asian complex symbolisms, in their global contexts. These interpretations increase in significance as the use of online virtual texts and textual modes now assume an authoritative stance over the real world, creating new realities and new real worlds that subvert ideologies of those old real worlds. This shift to symbolisms required to make sense of new virtual and old real worlds in this current era, will surely motivate dialogue.

We thus welcome you to The GLOCAL CALA 2021, the Fourth Annual Conference on Asian Linguistic Anthropology, and to the GLOCAL CALA in general.

Important Dates:

Conference dates: September 1-4, 2021
Conference venue: University of The Philippines Diliman

Abstract and poster proposal submission:
Opens: June 1, 2020
Closes: January 1, 2021

Notification of acceptance:
No later than January 20, 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.


- Jack Sidnell
Department of Anthropology
University of Toronto, Canada

- Mary Bucholtz
Department of Linguistics
University of California, U.S.A.


- 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

- 1.5 hours with 3-5 contributors
General and non-colloquia session papers
- Paper presentations will be allocated 25 minutes including 5 minutes for questions and answers.
- Posters will be displayed at designated times throughout The GLOCAL CALA.

Fees for Students/Affiliates
Early Bird: USD 140
Regular Bird: USD 170
Late Bird/On-site: USD 200

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

Excursion: USD 60

The conference fee includes daily buffet lunch, morning and afternoon break refreshments, and one buffet dinner with a cultural show. Most hotels in Diliman, Quezon city, Manila, and surrounding areas, where participants may choose to stay, will include a breakfast buffet with the room rate. The September 4, 2021 optional Anthropological Excursion program is priced separately.

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