Call for Papers: Special Issue of Asiatic, June 2021


Special Issue Theme:  Digital Trends in Language and Literature: Asia and the 21st century


Special Issue Editors

Bruno Di Biase, Western Sydney University

Rabiah Tul Adawiyah Mohamed Salleh, International Islamic University Malaysia


Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature is highly regarded and indexed by, among others, Scopus, Thomson Reuters and MLA databases. It is also listed in the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. Since it is an open-access journal, it has greater visibility and a large global readership and is widely cited. The journal invites submissions for a special issue on Digital Trends in Language and Literature, focusing on the Asian context in the 21st century, scheduled to be published in June 2021 (Vol. 15 No. 1).

            The increasing availability and accessibility of the Internet in the 21st century in Asia have transformed the landscape of language use in innovative ways. New forms of interactions and activities are produced online daily, leading to new affordances. Research in language has always been based on relatively stable concepts. However, with the advent of Web 2.0, basic concepts such as text have to be re-defined as people’s lives go online (Barton & Lee, 2013). In literary studies, the digital has given rise to many exciting developments in the region, such as Asian science fiction and Instapoetry.

Despite these developments, many issues have remained unexplored. Therefore, to respond to the evolution of language and literature in the digital age, Asiatic invites article submissions on possible topics and areas of focus, which may include, but are not restricted to:

  1. Asian languages in globalised contexts
  2. Asian sci-fi/fantasy/steampunk works
  3. Corpus linguistic/multimodal stylistics/experimental approaches to digital texts
  4. Digital literacy/literacy studies
  5. Digital natives/digital immigrants in language and literature
  6. Digital sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, and word coinage on social media platforms and literature
  7. Digital world-building in literature
  8. Identity and diversity in linguistic and literary varieties
  9. Language acquisition in the digital age (not limited to English)
  10. Digital approaches and methods in the study of literature/literary research.


 Asiatic invites engaging and well-argued essays that cover some of the above-mentioned issues or any other important facets and dimensions of the digitalisation in the Asian context.  

Abstracts of no more than 250 words along with six keywords and the author’s brief biography (85 words) are due by 20 October 2020.

Notification of selection will be emailed by 31 October 2020.

The deadline for submissions of full papers (5000-7000 words) and creative pieces (max 3000 words) is 31 December 2020.

For submissions and related correspondences, please contact the special issue editors at and


All submissions must be in English following British spelling and formatted according to the

MLA style. For research article template and other details on style and format, please visit the

journal webpage: