4th International Conference on Documentary Linguistics – Asian Perspectives (DLAP4)
Minorities of Asia: Centring Linguistic, Musical and Performative Practices of Marginalised Peoples
** CONFERENCE POSTPONED **
With great regret, the organising committee have made the difficult decision to postpone DLAP4. This is due to the ongoing and developing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and concerns for personal and community health and safety. We hope to be able to reschedule the conference around Dec 2020/ Jan 2021. More information, new dates, and other organisational details will follow as soon as possible. Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused, and many thanks for your understanding. Stay well.
Continuing the tradition of the Documentary Linguistics – Asian Perspectives (DLAP) gatherings, previously hosted at the University of Hong Kong (2016, 2017) and Mahidol University (2018), the 4th International Conference on Documentary Linguistics – Asian Perspectives (DLAP4) will be hosted at the University of Sydney with the theme Minorities of Asia: Centring Linguistic, Musical and Performative Practices of Marginalised Peoples.
When we think of “Asia”, we often think of majority peoples, such as speakers of national/official languages like Mandarin, Hindi/ Urdu, Nepali, Malay, Indonesian, Tagalog, Thai, Khmer, and Vietnamese. But Asia is home to many hundreds of distinct languages and cultures. While these minority groups are typically relegated to the margins in discourse about Asia, in this conference we aim to situate the minorities of Asia at the centre of our efforts to understand human life in this diverse and dynamic part of the world.
Minorities of Asia aims to address the complex factors in relationships between the centre and the periphery, and to explore the issues and challenges involved in the centring of research on, with, and by the marginalised communities, as well as their practices themselves. We also explore the impact on and implications for individuals and institutions, in policies and practices, for the present and the future.
DLAP4 invites presentations on the documentation and/or description of minority, contact, and endangered languages and cultures of the East, South, and Southeast Asian region, theoretical and empirical advances in documentation and description, and issues in applied documentation, including language support, revitalisation, pedagogy, lexicography, app development, etc. Presentations addressing issues aligned with the conference theme of minority communities of Asia and their linguistic, musical, and/or performative practices are especially welcome. Graduate students and early career documentarists are particularly invited to share their work.
Fees and grants
Continuing the practice of DLAP, so as to make attendance more affordable for delegates, no conference fees will be charged.
A number of travel grants will be made available to researchers (especially early career) with financial challenges. Details will be announced soon.
Abstracts, of a maximum of 300 words, should be submitted by 15 Jan 2020, via EasyChair.
DLAP4 Organising Committee
Umberto Ansaldo, School of Literature, Art, and Media, The University of Sydney
Lisa Lim, School of Literature, Art, and Media, The University of Sydney
Peter Austin, SOAS University of London
Toshihide Nakayama, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
Sumittra Suraratdecha, Mahidol University