Conference Format

General Papers

  • Paper presentations will be allocated 25 minutes (+ 5 minutes for questions).
  • Time keepers will be provided by The GLOCAL AFALA 2023 if needed.
  • 18-word maximum presentation title
  • 400-word maximum abstract, including references
  • For individual papers submitted for review and acceptance into the general sessions, the first author will be the nominated ‘Corresponding Author’, but can also be a ‘Presenting Author’ when completing the profile.


  • 1.5 hours with 3-5 contributors
  • Abstracts for the colloquium must be uploaded in the submissions box. The abstract must contain both the main description of the colloquium, as well as a summarized description of each individual paper to be presented within the colloquium. This information must include the names and affiliations of each author and presenter, the title of each respective session/presentation, as well as any other information construed as relevant.
  • Each author must also confirm their role: Presenting Author, Non-Presenting Author, Chair, or Discussant.
  • Colloquia provide an opportunity for several presenters within the boundaries of a theme or topic to present together in a supportive environment. Colloquium organizers can tailor time lengths to each presentation, but must allow time to include opening and closing remarks, presentations, and audience interaction.
  • The colloquium chair is responsible for organizing the group and for submitting the colloquium in the Call for Papers platform on behalf of all contributors.
  • All colloquium submissions must be uploaded to the submission site using the Colloquium Submission Form Template provided.
  • Panel organizers here will be responsible for panel chairs. Time keepers will be provided by The GLOCAL AFALA 2023, if needed.

Poster Presentations

  • Posters will be displayed at designated times throughout The GLOCAL AFALA 2023.
  • Posters are for one-on-one discussion of a symposium-related theme or topic.
  • A block of time will be allocated for presenters to discuss their posters.
  • Posters will be displayed in the designated areas (main halls).
  • Presenters will be assigned a space to display their poster(s).
  • Posters should be A0: 841 x 1189 mm width x height (landscape or portrait).
  • A guiding but not necessary template for the poster can be found at the link
  • Submissions should contain a summary of key elements for the presentation.
  • Posters can include relevant visuals or academically descriptive objects, where color is optimal.
  • Posters must be clear, concise, and simple, with large fonts, with the title of the project, and author information (name and affiliation).

Methodology / Analysis Workshops

Several Academic Scholars on Linguistics, Anthropology, Sociolinguistics


Proposal Writing for the Wenner-Gren Foundation: The Engaged Research Grant Program

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research
Danilyn Rutherford, President


Lutz Marten

Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
SOAS University of London

Professor Lutz Marten is professor of linguistics at SOAS University of London. Since 2020, he has sat in the role of editor of the Transactions of the Philological Society. Lutz Marten is interested in human language: how language is structured and used, how languages differ and change over time, and how language is linked to culture, society, history, identity, and other domains of human life, but focusing on descriptive, comparative and theoretical linguistics, empirically grounded.

Pavlos Kavouras

Ethnomusicology and Cultural Anthropology

Pavlos Kavouras is a professor of the Faculty of Music Studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA). His work blends anthropology, sociology, musicology, history, philosophy, and cultural studies. He is the Founder and Director (2007-2022) of the Ethnomusicology and Cultural Anthropology Laboratory, NKUA. He has participated as a principal or collaborating partner in international lecturing, teaching, and ethnographic research, as well as institutional synergies in art and education management. Since 2016, he has been visiting professor at UCLA, at the Department of Ethnomusicology. In 2015, as Onassis Foundation Greek Scholars Fellow, he gave lectures at UCLA, Stanford, Illinois, Michigan, and Harvard. Since 2012, his academic, artistic, and philosophical interests have focused on migration and otherness through a broad geo-cultural perspective, employing music and film as venues for understanding otherness and as vehicles for attaining self-awareness. In 2019, he was appointed by the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs to represent Greece in the Ancient Civilizations Academic Forum in La Paz Bolivia. Since 2020, he has been founding member of the NKUA Center for Excellence dealing with “Inter-religious Dialogue.” He has conducted extensive ethnographic research in Greece, the USA, Southwest India, and Egypt. He has published numerous books and articles in English and in Greek, and is the General Editor of the Ethnomusicology and Anthropology scholarly series for Nissos Publications.

Humphrey Jeremiah Ojwang

University of Nairobi

Professor Humphrey Jeremiah Ojwang (PhD) is a Senior Research Associate in Linguistics and Paleoethnobotany at the Department of Earth Sciences, National Museums of Kenya; and Founder Chair: Ethnoconservation Committee of Nature Kenya (East Africa Natural History Society); Member of Nature Tanzania’s Education for Social Responsibility Africa Initiative (Arusha Tanzania); Member of the Kenya Museum Society, Nairobi, Kenya; Honorary Professor in Ethnbootany at the Traditional Medicine Institute, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Consultant and Visiting Professor of Education, University of Juba, South Sudan; and Former Senior Research Fellow and Thematic Unit Head of Language, Culture, and Society (Linguistic Anthropology) at the Institute of African Studies, University of Nairobi (1999-2022). He continues to supervise PhD candidates at the University of Nairobi on African Women’s Studies Programme. Professor Ojwang also engages with Creative and Performing Artists in Mental Health Awares in the Eastern African Community. HJ.

Conference media

The (SCOPUS / ISI) SOAS GLOCAL AFALA 2023 will be hybrid. Over the coming few months, participants will choose either virtual or physical format to present their papers. All virtual presentations will be recorded as video, and will be displayed at later time either in part or in full on SOAS GLOCAL media. The physical presentations will also be photographed or video or audio recorded, and will also be posted on SOAS GLOCAL media at various compacities over time. All participants should be aware that their appearance at the conference will be documented in the form of multimedia. 

This media will be fully copyrighted by the SOAS GLOCAL, and will not be permitted to be disseminated elsewhere. Furthermore, no SOAS GLOCAL media will have any monetary value, and hence will not be sold nor transferred for any benefit, other than the increased visibility of scholars with merit. 

Anthropology Excursion

To be updated

Cultural Performance

To be updated

Anthropological Exhibitions

Global universities


Various Universities and Associations

Proceedings Publications

ISI / SCOPUS / AHCI / CPCI Indexed Proceedings book

Special Issues

Several special journal issues on highly tiered journals