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Do you have an event you’d like to announce? A call for papers for a conference? Email all details to [email protected].

 

Mar
23
Sat
NSF-REU: Bioarchaeology of Bronze Age Social Systems – Summer 2019
Mar 23 all-day

We are pleased to announce a new National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF REU) opportunity, sponsored by NSF, the University of South Alabama and Quinnipiac University – The Bioarchaeology of Bronze Age Social Systems. 

Students accepted into the 8-week program will learn to conduct hands-on research with archaeological human skeletal remains from Bronze Age Arabia, receive mentorship from guest scientists, and engage in public outreach.  Student travel (up to $450), housing, and field trip fees will be covered by the NSF, in addition to a $500/week stipend. Eight Fellows will be selected from the pool of applicants. According to NSF eligibility requirements, students must be a US citizen or permanent resident, and currently enrolled in an undergraduate program. 

The Bioarchaeology of Bronze Age Social Systems project will focus on two large Bronze Age skeletal collections from the Umm an-Nar period (2700-2000 BCE) of the United Arab Emirates. An analysis of these skeletons presents an opportunity to examine the socioeconomic, political, and environmental circumstances in which populations in southeastern Arabia resisted stratification, adapted to environmental change, and negotiated their own identities.

For more information about the project and field school check out our website (https://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/artsandsci/syansw/anthropology/reu/research.html)

Website and Online Application: http://goo.gl/kgCi1B
Application Deadline: March 23, 2019
Field School Dates: May 22 – July 15, 2019
Field School Location: University of South Alabama, located in Mobile, AL
Contact Information: Dr. Lesley Gregoricka ([email protected]) and Dr. Jaime Ullinger ([email protected])

Mar
30
Sat
Centre for Advanced Study Sofia Fellowships
Mar 30 all-day

Deadline for all calls: March 30, 2019

ADVANCED ACADEMIA: Fellowships for International Scholars
The Centre for Advanced Study Sofia (CAS Sofia) announces a Call for Applications for its 2019/2020 In-Residence Advanced Academia Fellowships for International Scholars in the field of the humanities and the social sciences.

ADVANCED ACADEMIA: Fellowships for Bulgarian Scholars
– 9-month fellowships for Bulgarian scholars at the Centre for Advanced Study Sofia for 2019-2020.

RE-LINK ADVANCED ACADEMIA* Fellowships for Bulgarian Diaspora
– 3-month fellowships for Bulgarian scholars residing abroad.

ADVANCED ACADEMIA: Pforzheimer Senior Fellowship
Advanced Academia programme offers opportunity for Senior Bulgarian scholars to apply for 5-month research fellowships at CAS.

Call for Applications: GERDA HENKEL Fellowship
The five-month in-residence fellowships are granted under the framework of the CAS Advanced Academia programme and support PhD holders from the following countries: Afghanistan, China, and the former Soviet space.

CAS Sofia is an independent Institute with international and multidisciplinary profile. Located in Sofia, Bulgaria, it promotes high-level scholarship in the social sciences and the humanities. In addition to supporting focus-group research, CAS Sofia invites outstanding scholars to pursue their individual research projects during in-residence periods of up to five months.

More details can be found on our web-page: http://cas.bg/en/news-and-events.html?showmonth=1&eventList=2019-03-1

Mar
31
Sun
CFP: 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society
Mar 31 all-day

The 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society  

October 16-19, 2019 • Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor • Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Proposal submission deadline: March 31, 2019

Community-Driven

You can’t stop the people of Baltimore, Maryland, from expressing the enduring traditions that define this City of Neighborhoods, where community-based efforts drive culture, spark change, and sustain place-making. Come to Baltimore and experience what it means to be community driven in a city that illuminates the diverse geographies and peoples of Maryland and the surrounding region—urban, rural, Appalachian, and estuarine.

This meeting will explore what it means for the folklore world to be of, by and for the people—community driven. We invite participants to reveal how communities use the tools of folklore to build partnerships, foster innovation and sustainability, respond to injustice, and create conditions for reconciliation in a time of division and distraction; to explore community-driven curation and preservation in a digitally connected world; and to participate in discussions on building capacity to help folklorists better serve the communities with whom they work. Equally, we invite reflections on folklore as an instrument for constructing and shaping communities themselves, recognizing that this is not always a benevolent process for either insiders or outsiders.

In focusing on what is community driven, we also draw attention to:

  • Partnerships
  • Local responses and resistance
  • Work fostering new connections
  • Grassroots curations of action and sustainability
  • The role of cultural workers in sustaining communities and expressive life
  • The value of (and definitions of) community in times of division
  • Folk and vernacular culture in a digitally connected world
  • Community resilience and solidarity on the front lines of climate change

The Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society will bring hundreds of US and international specialists in folklore and folklife, folk narrative, popular culture, music, material culture, and related fields, to exchange work and ideas and to create and strengthen relationships and networks. Prospective participants may submit proposals for papers, panels, forums, films, and diamond presentations, or propose new presentation formats. Presentations on the theme are encouraged but not required. We especially welcome proposals for creative presentations in any format that are populated robustly by community members telling their own stories in their own words. Contact [email protected] to discuss alternative presentation formats.

You can find more information about the meeting, including the full theme statement, instructions for submitting proposals and more about meeting events at http://www.afsnet.org/page/2019AM.

Proposals may be submitted February 15–March 31, 2019.

 

Apr
1
Mon
1st International Conference on Asia Pacific Ethnology and Anthropology
Apr 1 all-day

The 1st International Conference on Asia Pacific Ethnology and Anthropology (ICAPEA) is being organized by the School of Ethnology and Sociology, Yunnan University, Kunming, China from May 20-24, 2019.

The inaugural theme is “Imagining Futures in the Asia Pacific Region.” Papers in alignment with this theme might include topics on China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the ways it is changing the Asia Pacific region; temporal imagination in Asia Pacific communities; local critiques of and responses to development; political realignments and imagined futures; climate change and its effects on communities; globalization, transnationalism, regionalism and many, many more topics.

Please refer to our official Call for Papers for more details: http://www.msxy.ynu.edu.cn/info/1145/2819.htm

For an alternative link with the same details, try the Wiki: http://www.wikicfp.com/cfp/servlet/event.showcfp…

Deadline for submitting abstracts is April 1. We accept past work or work-in-progress. Hope to see you here!

Apr
10
Wed
Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges 2019 Meeting
Apr 10 – Apr 13 all-day

Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges (SACC) Bi-annual National Conference

April 10-13, 2019

 

Metropolitan State University of Denver
890 Auraria Parkway
Denver, Colorado 80204

 

Please join us for this exciting national conference of the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, Colorado. The conference will be hosted by President-Elect, Evin Rodkey of Muskegon Community College, Michigan ([email protected]).

Our bi-annual SACC-fest offers attendees a great opportunity to learn about SACC, network with new friends and contacts, acquire new skills and teaching tips, and enhance awareness of what is happening in other anthropology departments.

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

Please consider both attending and presenting at this conference. If you have ideas about teaching, a favorite lesson plan or teaching strategy, we want to hear from you! If you would like to discuss current issues facing faculty or departments or have resources that you would like to share, let us know! And, if you have a student project, club or other activities to share, bring your students and let them inspire us!

Paper presentations are tentatively scheduled for 15 minutes. If you would like to organize a discussion, or give a demonstration of a teaching method or assignment we can schedule a longer period. Abstracts should be no longer than 125 words. Call for papers will be announced soon.

 

REGISTRATION

You will be able to register for the conference after January 15, 2019 (est.). All registration will be handled by the AAA on their website http://www.americananthro.org/.


HOTEL

The conference hotel with a block of rooms will be the Springhill Suites by Marriott, 1190 Auraria Parkway, Denver CO. The hotel is very close to the university. https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/densd-springhill-suites-denver-downtown/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIy9qXwu6I3QIV1YTVCh0JGgVvEAAYASAAEgJu5vD_BwE

About SACC: SACC is a network of people who teach anthropology. A section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), SACC was founded in 1978 to encourage dialogue, collaboration and excellence in the teaching of anthropology. Visit us on the web at http://sacc.americananthro.org/.

Apr
30
Tue
School for Advanced Research Advanced Seminar
Apr 30 all-day

School for Advanced Research Advanced Seminar: Women and Development in the Global South. Under a program supported by the Vera R. Campbell Foundation, SAR invites proposals for an Advanced Seminar that focuses on the circumstances of women in the developing world and offers paths to concrete, practical strategies for improving their health, prosperity, and general well-being.  Several of the seminar participants must be women scholars or scholars/practitioners from the developing world since one of the goals of the seminar is to foster professional linkages and the sharing of relevant experiences.  Proposals may address global problems or focus on specific regional questions.  Above all, the participants should be committed to producing practical improvements in the lives of women and workable proposals likely to achieve that end.  Seminars focused on broad policy issues will be judged according to whether practical implementation measures are included in the discussion.

The seminar chair(s) should plan to give a public presentation providing a broad overview of the project.  This presentation will be recorded and made available on SAR’s YouTube channel.

The deadline for applications is April 30, 2019.  For more information and how to apply: https://sarweb.org/seminars/campbell-seminar/

May
1
Wed
2019 African Critical Inquiry Workshop: African Ethnographies
May 1 all-day

2019 African Critical Inquiry Workshop: African Ethnographies

The African Critical Inquiry Programme (ACIP) is pleased to announce that the 2019 ACIP workshop will be African Ethnographies. The project was proposed and will be organized by colleagues at the University of the Western Cape, Jung Ran Annachiara Forte (Lecturer, Department of Anthropology and Sociology) and Sakhumzi Mfecane (Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology and Sociology). Activities will take place in Cape Town, South Africa.

African Ethnographies
While the practice of ethnography has a long history in Africa, insufficient debate has emerged around it recently on the African continent. Far from being specific only to anthropology, ethnography has become a widespread mode of knowing inside and outside academic spaces. We would like to prompt reflection around this concept and practice, which is slippery, changing, dense, polysemic, and composed of a plurality of voices. The African Ethnographies workshop will raise questions about ethnography across disciplines, its contemporary forms – not exclusively written, and its publics. Ethnography enables conceptual work that transcends simple divides between the empirical, the methodological, and the theoretical. The workshop is particularly interested in understanding how ethnography and its conceptual work can allow us to grasp the complexities of contemporary African worlds, their precariousness, and their becomings. We are interested in exploring: (1) the work of theorization that ethnography makes possible; (2) understandings of public ethnography today; and finally (3) ways to re-rethink ethnography from the African continent. The workshop seeks to open a space of dialogue by bringing together emerging scholars across different disciplines and from institutions across Africa. By engaging in discussions around theory, methods, public engagements, and ethnographic sensibilities and modes of expression, we hope to better understand the challenges of doing ethnography in Africa’s contemporary worlds. The workshop will include a performance/ lecture that explores the performative potential of ethnographic work and will result in both an edited book and a film about ethnography based on the workshop and interviews with participants.

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Founded in 2012, the African Critical Inquiry Programme (ACIP) is a partnership between the Centre for Humanities Research at University of the Western Cape in Cape Town and the Laney Graduate School of Emory University in Atlanta. Supported by donations to the Ivan Karp and Corinne Kratz Fund, the ACIP fosters thinking and working across public cultural institutions, across disciplines and fields, and across generations. It seeks to advance inquiry and debate about the roles and practice of public culture, public cultural institutions and public scholarship in shaping identities and society in Africa through an annual ACIP workshop and through the Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards, which support African doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences enrolled at South African universities.

Information about applying to organize the 2020 ACIP workshop and for the 2019 Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards will be available in November 2018. The deadline for both workshop applications and student applications is 1 May 2019.

For further information, see http://www.gs.emory.edu/about/special/acip.html and https://www.facebook.com/ivan.karp.corinne.kratz.fund.

2019 Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Award
May 1 all-day

 

The African Critical Inquiry Programme has named Mary Mbewe as recipient of the 2018 Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Award. Mbewe is a Zambian student pursuing her PhD in the Department of History at the University of the Western Cape. Support from ACIP’s Ivan Karp Award will allow her to do research in London, Lusaka, and Mbala, Zambia for her dissertation project, From Chisungu to the Museum: a Historical Ethnography of the Images, Objects, and Anthropological Texts of the Chisungu Female Initiation Ceremony in the Moto Moto Museum in Zambia, 1931 to 2016.

Founded in 2012, the African Critical Inquiry Programme (ACIP) is a partnership between the Centre for Humanities Research at University of the Western Cape in Cape Town and the Laney Graduate School of Emory University in Atlanta. Supported by donations to the Ivan Karp and Corinne Kratz Fund, the ACIP fosters thinking and working across public cultural institutions, across disciplines and fields, and across generations. It seeks to advance inquiry and debate about the roles and practice of public culture, public cultural institutions, and public scholarship in shaping identities and society in Africa through an annual ACIP Workshop and through the Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards, which support African doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences enrolled at South African universities.

 

About Mary Mbewe’s project

Mbewe’s project examines and reconstructs the histories of the photographs and objects of the chisungu female initiation ceremony of northern Zambia that were collected between 1931 and 1934 by the British anthropologist Audrey Richards and by the French Canadian missionary ethnographer Jean Jacques Corbeil in the 1950s. It tracks these items through the key moments of collection, circulation, archiving, accession, display and consumption, simultaneously seeing these photographs and things as objects, as records, and as containers of histories. This project is therefore a history of a hitherto unexplored instance of interrelated ethnographic research and a study of ethnography and histories of collection on a particular subject. It involves a renewed look at the work of an anthropologist and a missionary at different periods, each culminating in renowned publications, and whose photographs and objects have become iconic representations of the chisungu ceremony at the Moto Moto Museum in Zambia. This research project is conceived not only as a biographic study of these collections and histories, but also as a study of processes of meaning-making in a museum, which had its origins in particular colonial contexts and was formalised as a national museum in the post-colonial period. The research engages with how the photographs and objects have come to be constituted by the histories, museum and archival processes around them. It will contribute to debates around representing African culture, anthropological photographs, ethnographic objects, and museums in Africa, and more generally to museum studies, visual history, material culture studies, and the history of anthropology.

 

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Information about the 2019 Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards for African students enrolled in South African Ph.D. programmes will be available in November 2018. The application deadline is 1 May 2019.

For further information, see http://www.gs.emory.edu/about/special/acip.html and https://www.facebook.com/ivan.karp.corinne.kratz.fund

2019 Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards
May 1 all-day

AFRICAN CRITICAL INQUIRY PROGRAMME

“Who defines the needs of the people and the related epistemologies that serve them?” (Karp & Masolo 2000:10)

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

IVAN KARP DOCTORAL RESEARCH AWARDS FOR AFRICAN STUDENTS ENROLLED IN SOUTH AFRICAN Ph.D. PROGRAMMES

Closing Date: Wednesday 1 May 2019

The African Critical Inquiry Programme is pleased to announce the 2019 Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards to support African doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled at South African universities and conducting dissertation research on relevant topics. Grant amounts vary depending on research plans, with a maximum award of ZAR 40,000.

The African Critical Inquiry Programme (ACIP) seeks to advance inquiry and debate about the roles and practice of public culture, public cultural institutions, and public scholarship in shaping identities and society in Africa. The ACIP is committed to collaboration between scholars and the makers of culture/history, and to fostering inquiry into the politics of knowledge production, the relationships between the colonial/apartheid and the postcolonial/postapartheid, and the importance of critical pluralism as against nationalist discourse. ACIP is a partnership between the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape and the Laney Graduate School of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia (USA).

 

ELIGIBILITY: The Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards are open to African postgraduate students (regardless of citizenship) in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Applicants must be currently registered in a Ph.D. programme in a South African university and be working on topics related to ACIP’s focus. Awards will support doctoral research projects focused on topics such as institutions of public culture, particular aspects of museums and exhibitions, forms and practices of public scholarship, culture and communication, and the theories, histories, and systems of thought that shape and illuminate public culture and public scholarship.

Applicants must submit a dissertation proposal that has been approved by their institution to confirm the award; this must be completed before they begin ACIP- supported on-site research or by December 2019, whichever comes first.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS: Awards are open to proposals working with a range of methodologies in the humanities and humanistic social sciences, including research in archives and collections, fieldwork, interviews, surveys, and quantitative data collection. Applicants are expected to write in clear, intelligible prose for a selection committee that is multi-disciplinary and cross-regional. Proposals should show thorough knowledge of the major concepts, theories, and methods in the applicant’s discipline and in other related fields and include a bibliography relevant to the research. Applicants should specify why an extended period of on-site research is essential to successfully complete the proposed doctoral dissertation. Guidance and advice on how to write a good proposal and budget can be found in the Resources section of the ACIP website (http://www.gs.emory.edu/about/special/acip.html) or here: http://www.ssrc.org/publications/view/the-art-of-writing-proposals/.

 

To apply, eligible applicants should submit the following as a single file attachment with documents in the order listed:

  • completed cover sheet (form below and online at  http://www.gs.emory.edu/about/special/acip.html)
  • abstract of the proposed research project (250 words maximum)
  • research proposal outlining the project’s goals, central questions, significance, and relevance for ACIP’s central concerns.  Proposals should include a clearly formulated, realistic research design and plan of work responsive to the project’s theoretical and methodological concerns. Applicants should provide evidence of appropriate training to undertake the proposed research, including the language fluency necessary for the project. Proposals should be no longer than 5 pages; they should be double spaced, with one inch margins and a font no smaller than 11 point. Applications that do not follow this format will not be considered.
  •  bibliography of up to two additional pages
  • project budget listing and justifying project expenses to be supported by the award
  • your curriculum vitae
  • current transcript
  • two referee letters; one of these must be from your supervisor. Your referees should comment specifically on your proposed project, its quality and significance, and your qualifications for undertaking it. They might also evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your project and how you and your work would benefit from receiving the research award. Referee letters should be submitted directly to the Selection Committee.

Funding is to be used for on-site dissertation research; research cannot be at the applicant’s home institution unless that institution has necessary site-specific research holdings not otherwise available to the applicant. Applicants who have completed significant funded dissertation research by the start of their proposed ACIP research may be ineligible to apply to extend research time. Eligibility will be at the discretion of the ACIP Selection Committee, depending on completed research time and funding. Please note that the Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards support dissertation research only and may not be used for dissertation write-up, tuition, study at other universities, conference

participation, or to reimburse debts or expenses for research already completed. The programme does not accept applications from Ph.D. programmes in Law, Business, Medicine, Nursing, or Journalism, nor does it accept applications from doctoral programmes that do not lead to a Ph.D.

 

SELECTION PROCESS: Applications will be reviewed by the ACIP Selection Committee, an interdisciplinary group of scholars and practitioners drawn from a range of universities and cultural institutions. Selection will be based on the merit and strength of the application. Award amounts will vary according to project needs; the maximum award is ZAR 40,000. Awards will be made only if applications of high quality are received.

Notification of awards will be made by late July.

 

Successful applicants will be required to attend the African Critical Inquiry Workshop in the following year and will have opportunities to consult with scholars associated with the Workshop. They will be expected to attend subsequent ACIP Workshops while completing their dissertations, if possible. After completing their research, applicants must submit a final research report and a financial report.

 

Students who receive an Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Award from the African Critical Inquiry Programme must acknowledge the support in any publications resulting from the research and in their dissertation. When the dissertation is completed, they must deposit a copy with the African Critical Inquiry Programme at the Center for Humanities Research.

 

 

Closing date: Applications and referees’ letters must be received on or before Wednesday 1 May 2019. Incomplete applications and applications that do not conform to format guidelines will not be considered.

 

Please submit materials as a single file attachment with documents in the order listed above. Applications should be sent by email with the heading “ACIP 2019 Research Award Application” to  [email protected]

 

Supported by funding from the Ivan Karp and Corinne Kratz Fund  http://www.gs.emory.edu/about/special/acip.html  https://www.facebook.com/ivan.karp.corinne.kratz.fund

May
9
Thu
The Conference on Asian Linguistic Anthropology 2020
May 9 all-day

The CALA 2020 – The (Annual) Conference on Asian Linguistic Anthropology 2020

Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia, February 5 – 8, 2020

http://cala2020.upm.edu.my

Information

Following the success of the CALA 2019, The Conference on Asian Linguistic Anthropology 2019, in Cambodia, we announce The CALA 2020, February 5-8, 2020, at The University Putra Malaysia, Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia.

 

The CALA seeks to redefine scholarship on Asian Language and Society.

Purpose and Structure

The CALA 2020 invites Linguists, Anthropologists, Linguistic and Cultural Anthropologists, Culturologists, Sociologists, Political Scientists, Ethnologists, and those in related fields pertinent to Asia, to discuss work, and engage in scholarly collaborations, thus forming global networks.

Location

University Putra Malaysia

Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia

Partners

  • Taylor and Francis Global Publishers (Official Publishing Partner)
  • 60 major academic institutions globally
  • Scientific Committee of over 100 academics

Publications

Journal Special Issues, and Monographs, from papers submitted that meet publication requirements. Papers selected will be published with Top-Tier journals. Here, ample assistance will be provided to revise manuscripts.

Dates

Abstract and poster proposal submission – November 17, 2018 – May 9, 2019

Notification of acceptance – No later than May 10 2018 (for those submitted prior to this)

Registration

Early bird – March 10, 2019 – June 14, 2019

Normal bird – June 15, 2019 – September 25, 2019

Presenters must register by September 25, 2019, to guarantee a place in the program. Registration will remain open after this, but conference organizers cannot guarantee placement in the conference.

Late bird – September 26, 2019 – February 8, 2020 (Conference end)

Conference dates

Wednesday February 5, 2020 – Saturday February 8, 2020

Final day comprises optional Anthropological excursion (separate cost)

Abstract submissions

The Call for Abstracts is now open, at http://cala2020.upm.edu.my, which contains all information

Anthropological Excursion

Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia

Theme

Asian Text, Global Context

The CALA 2020, February 5-8, 2020, Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia, will follow on from the success of the CALA 2019, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The CALA 2020 will thus expand on work on Asian Linguistic Anthropology, as well as Asian Language and Society. Here, the global Linguistic Anthropologists will gather to discuss work on Linguistics, Anthropology, and Language and Society, in and of Asia, and beyond.

With an increased focus on the significance of Asian Language and society, the Annual CALA Conference has emerged at an appropriate time, opportuning academics from the West to tap into, and work with, Academia in the East. Scholars in institutions throughout Asia increasingly affiliate with the CALA network, as do those in Western contexts, to explore the vast possibilities of the Conference on Asian Linguistic Anthropology, academically, and socioculturally, where the CALA network has now well contributed and has significantly boosted research, publications, and academic networks, globally.

Themed Asian Text, Global Context, The CALA 2020 will represent over 400 years of East-West global interaction, communication, and transnationalism. Throughout, symbolisms of Asian ‘texts’ have been significantly emphasized, (re)interpreted, contested, and distorted, while employed for cultural and political purpose. Asian texts have become highly representational, authenticating and legitimizing sociopolitical and cultural devices, where their potency should not be undervalued. Never have these texts shown more significance than in the present, as their intensified use, and their qualities in Asian identities long contested, seek this Linguistic Anthropological exploration.

The Asian text has thus regenerated itself as a semiotic, in that, as a verbal, non-verbal, and visual artifact, it encompasses the whole semiotic spectrum of that which is performatively Asian, and that which is distinct from the Non-Asian, yet a text which can interlink the East and the West, through a multitude of textual modes. The continuous recentralizations and recontextualizations of Asian texts, both locally and globally, have hence become vital to representations of Asia, Linguistically, Anthropologically, Socioculturally, Politically, and much more.

The CALA 2020 thus calls for renewed interpretations of Asian texts, and asks that we seek new perspectives of these complex texts, in global contexts. These interpretations increase in significance as; return migration to Asia is now a salient factor in transnational flows; online texts and their textual modes now compete ever more enthusiastically to effect disjunctures in previously Western dominated technologies; ontological conceptions of life and social interaction now increasingly draw from Asian philosophies, sociocultural models, lifeworlds, and Asian urban anthropologies, thus producing interstices for new or revised textual and textualized semiotics; the entangled complexities and intersubjectivities of political, sociocultural, and religious practices and their constraints, motivate engagements in interfaith dialogue, shifting ethnic demarcations, and sociopolitical interventions. Ultimately, the massive sets of Eastern demographics, and their expansive sets of social dynamics, models, and praxes, continue to uniquely inform and (re)complexify productions of Asian texts, in both local and in global contexts.

Strands

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
  • Textualization, Contextualization, Entextualization

Presentation lengths

  • Colloquia – 1.5 hours with 3-5 contributors (Parts A and B are possible, thus 6-10 contributors)
  • General paper sessions – Approx. 20-25 minutes each, including 5 mins for questions/responses
  • Posters – to be displayed at designated times throughout the CALA 2020

Submission Guidelines (via the online submission website, or by email (see below))

General session papers

  • 18-word maximum presentation title
  • 400-word maximum abstract, including references

Colloquia

  • Submission of only the main abstract for colloquium required
  • Abstract must contain the colloquium main description, and a summary of each individual paper within the colloquium

Evaluation of proposals

All abstracts for general sessions will be double blind reviewed.

Main parent abstracts for colloquia will be double blind reviewed. All abstracts for individual presentations within each colloquia will not be peer reviewed, but are expected to be at a standard commensurate to the colloquium parent abstract.

Review criteria are as follows:

  • Appropriateness and significance 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.

For more information, please contact:

Chair

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hazlina Abdul Halim

Head, Dept. of Foreign Languages

Faculty of Modern Languages & Communication

Universiti Putra Malaysia

[email protected]

Head of Communications

Ms. Nhan Huynh

[email protected]

http://cala2020.upm.edu.my