Call For Abstracts: The Global Council on Anthropological Linguistics (GLOCAL) Conference on African Linguistic Anthropology  (AFALA),  University of Nairobi, Kenya, 19-22 October 2022. Deadline:  8 July 2022.

The GLOCAL AFALA 2022 theme, “Linguistic Landscapes, Cultural Climates,” “Mazingira Ya Lugha, Hali Ya Hewa Ya Kitamaduni,” well symbolizes the complexity of the complex set of inter-subjective identities throughout African urban and suburban centres. These increasingly complex climates become a highly fertile ground for Linguistic Anthropological scholarly attention, while scholars can draw from a range of peripheral yet pertinent fields to inform work on these geographical and cultural localities.

The GLOCAL AFALA 2022 thus invites work which addresses the complexity of African Linguistic Landscapes and their Cultural Climates. Papers and posters should acknowledge and describe processes of Linguistic complexity at these cultural centres, that is, of African regions, and by those working in African regions.

CFP CALA 2022 (Philippines)

ConferencesCall for papers: GLOCAL CALA (Conference on Asian Linguistic Anthropology) 2022, University of The Philippines Diliman, Diliman, The Philippines, 2-5 November 2022. Deadline: 15 July 2022.

The SOAS GLOCAL CALA 2022 theme “Symbolism and 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 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 symbolisms of communication, symbolisms which have quickly been exposed to contestation and (re)interpretation, owing to the need 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.

CFP Un:real Spaces of Interaction (Germany)

ConferencesCall for abstracts: Graduate Conference 2022: un:real Spaces of Interaction: Forms of Social Order in the Spectrum of Media-specific Interaction, 4-5 November, 2022, Brandenburg Centre for Media Studies, Potsdam, Germany. Deadline: 30 June 2022.

The graduate student conference “un:real Spaces of Interaction. Forms of Social Order in the Spectrum of Media-specific Interaction” focuses on media-specific interaction spaces and the construction of social orders and realities. Therefore, the overarching question of the conference is concerned with the emergence, change, and shaping of interaction spaces in the spectrum between human-human and human-machine, in which actors communicate with each other through or with technologies.

Recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has given new importance to understanding and thinking about interaction spaces, online and offline. Following Erving Goffman’s notion of interaction and related key aspects of interactions, we consider how media-specific interactions are understood and analysed within media studies and media linguistic perspectives. Possible approaches include interface studies and affect theory as well as sociolinguistic studies of human-machine interaction and multimodal interaction analysis. Despite the different theoretical and methodological approaches, it becomes clear that interaction in, with, or through media makes sociocultural transformations visible. They unfold in the form of new social realities “such as virtual space[s], public spheres, or popular culture, which are hardly conceivable without media-based mediation” (Marx/Schmidt 2019, 12). These spaces of interaction move at the intersections of analogue and digital, online and offline, human and machine, real and unreal.

The conference is intended to provide a space in which Master’s students of higher semesters (from 3rd semester) and doctoral candidates from the fields of media linguistics and media studies, but also other associated humanities with relevance to media studies such as sociology, political science, aesthetics and art history, film studies, cultural studies, journalism, philosophy, science and technology studies, or cognitive science can present their research work.

NOTE: While this call does not specifically request work relating to intercultural dialogue, the topic seems particularly appropriate for it.

CFP ECREA: Transnational Businesses, Transcultural Communications (Denmark, China & Hybrid)

ConferencesCall for abstracts: ECREA Pre-conference: The Trajectory of Emerging Media & Technology Companies: Transnational Businesses, Transcultural Communications, 19 October 2022, Aarhus University & Beijing Foreign Studies University & Hybrid format, in English. Deadline: 15 June 2022.

ECREA Pre-conference, organized by both the Communication History section & the International and Intercultural communication section, The Trajectory of Emerging Media & Technology Companies: Transnational Businesses, Transcultural Communications. This is a hybrid event with venues at Aarhus University & Beijing Foreign Studies University, as well as the possibility to join online from anywhere else. It is meant to be as inclusive as possible.

This conference welcomes research papers that try to understand the rise of emerging media-technology power from interdisciplinary perspectives, with a special focus on the trans-nationalization process of these media and technology firms and the transcultural communication challenges they have been facing in their business development, expansion, concentration, implementation, legitimization, and related (organizational, institutional, and societal) discourses.

A selection of papers accepted to the pre-conference will be published in a Special Issue of Journal of Transcultural Communication (De Gruyter) in Spring 2023.


ConferencesCall for papers: The Global Council on Anthropological Linguistics (GLOCAL) Conference on Europe and Mediterranean Linguistic Anthropology (COMELA) 2022, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, 19-23 July 2022. Deadline:  20 June 2022.

The (SCOPUS/ISI) GLOCAL COMELA 2022 theme, ‘Bounded Languages … Unbounded,’ encapsulates the ongoing struggle throughout Mediterranean and European regions. As tensions between demarcation and legitimization of languages, language ideologies, and language identities, enter a new era, flexible citizenship now operates well within, and not only across, language communities, to unbind languages, and to create new boundaries, unlike those ever seen throughout history.

The (SCOPUS/ISI) GLOCAL COMELA 2022 invites work which addresses the shifting boundedness of Language Communities of The Mediterranean and Europe. Papers and posters should acknowledge and describe processes of language shape, change, and ideology, pertinent to social, cultural, and political histories and futures, of Mediterranean and European regions.

Presenters must register before July 13, 2022 to guarantee a place in the program.


CFP Media Research on South Asia & Diaspora Worldwide 2022 (USA)

ConferencesCall for submissions: Focusing on the Future Together: Media Research on South Asia and Its Diaspora Worldwide, South Asia Communication Association session at AEJMC, Aug 3-6, 2022, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Deadline: 14 June 2022.

Organizers invite you to present your research at one of the South Asia​ Communication Association (SACA)’s refereed-r​esearch session at the 105th annual conference of the ​Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), in Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, Detroit, Michigan, from Aug. 3 (Wed.) to Aug. 6 (Sat.) #AEJMC22.

SACA will host two interactive paper sessions this year. A committee of renowned scholars will review submissions. Since SACA is an institutional initiative of AEJMC, this session will be featured in the official program of the AEJMC annual conference.

SACA represents a joint effort of media and communication scholars and practitioners in South Asia and the South Asian diaspora worldwide.

CFP Researching Digital Interculturality Co-operatively (Germany & Hybrid)

ConferencesCall for papers: Lifewide Learning: Transformations and New Connections in Postdigital Societies, Researching Digital Interculturality Co-0peratively (ReDICo), University of Jena, Germany and Hybrid, 29 June-1 July, 2022. NOTE: Deadline for presentation has passed, but program is available on their website, if you wish to attend.

Digitalization has rapidly transformed the planet. Technological d developments continuously open up a myriad of new possibilities in daily human experience. Indeed, the Internet has penetrated material reality to such an extent that it is now, often, impossible in many contexts to disentangle the material from the virtual. In this “postdigital” (Cramer2014; Knox2019) scenario, the digital and the material intertwine and the intersubjectivity of lifeworlds develop, thus, relatively freely in a hybrid space. The encounter with ‘newness’ becomes indeed potentially accessible at the touch of a button 24/7, and learning becomes a lifewide experience, covering a myriad of new digital and potentially global contexts, beyond the local. New connections with other people and their artifacts are continuously occurring. These new connections foster learning processes which lead to personal and cultural transformations; the ground upon which new connections develop.

In this conference organizers aim to share theoretical models; results of empirical research developed in a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields; as well as best practices which allow us to understand how lifewide learning unfolds in postdigital societies, and indeed what its implications may be. Contributions may be in English or German.

CFP Academy of Professional Dialogue (UK but Online)


Call for papers: 5th Academy of Professional Dialogue conference: Dialogue as Story, 1-3 November, 2022, UK but Online. Deadline: none listed.

The Academy of Professional Dialogue (AofPD) will be holding its fifth Annual Conference online from Tuesday 1st November to Thursday 3rd November. This year’s theme will be ‘Dialogue as Story’. The idea behind this is that when people come into any Dialogue, they bring their own story. This is closely connected with the idea of ‘identity’. The stories we have about ourselves form our identities.

This also applies to groups of people. Groups frequently come together around their shared stories, and over time they may also create new stories together. Different people and groups also often have different stories about the same thing – for example, in organisations, people at different levels and in different parts of an organisation will probably have different stories about the organisation they are all part of. All these different stories lead to fragmentation between different people and different groups. Dialogue provides a means of sharing and understanding the different stories, reducing this fragmentation, and ultimately helping to change everyone’s story going forward. It’s probably worth saying that this isn’t the same as ‘Storytelling’. In fact, ‘Storytelling’ itself is more about monologue. Instead, Dialogue is key to exploring, revealing and understanding different stories.

CFP International Symposium on Bilingualism (Australia & Hybrid)


Call for papers: 14th International Symposium on Bilingualism: Diversity Now, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, 26-30 June 2023. Deadline: 1 September 2022.

The conference theme of ISB14 is Diversity Now:
The United Nations General Assembly has declared the period between 2022 and 2032 as the International Decade of Indigenous Languages to draw attention to the critical status of many Indigenous languages across the world and encourage action for their preservation, revitalisation, and promotion. As we move into this decade, ISB14 encourages work especially involving lesser studied bilingual communities and interdisciplinary work to tackle bilingualism across the life-span, cultures and societies. In service to the International Decade of Indigenous Languages, IBS14 will focus on collaborative work with Australian Indigenous communities on various Indigenous languages and issues.

Proposals for symposia are invited. Symposia are 120-minute blocks that allow for extended, interactive discussion on a specific topic, focusing on a cluster of independent yet related papers. Each symposium consists of four slots, and should consist either of four presentations, or of three presentations and a discussion. Proposals must include a general abstract describing the symposium as a whole (max. 1 page), as well as abstracts for all individual presentations (each no longer than 1 page, plus up to 1 extra page for figures and references). Sufficient detail should be provided to allow peer reviewers to judge the merit of the proposal. The person submitting the symposium proposal is responsible for securing the permission and co-operation of all participants before the proposal is submitted.

CFP Taos Institute: Co-Constructing the Future (Puerto Rico)


Call for papers: Co-Constructing the Future: Relational Resources for a Flourishing World, Taos Institute, Puerto Rico, November 9-12, 2022. Deadline: TBA.

From the local to the global, the challenges of relating are everywhere with us – increasingly complex and potentially volatile. Social constructionist ideas and practices have offered new insights and inspired wide ranging practices addressing these challenges. Come share, explore, and co-create with practitioners, scholars and students from around the world as we generate conversations and actions for community collaborations through local and global resources.

Details to come soon. For now, Save the Date and plan to join in this exciting gathering.

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