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Welcome to the website of the Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (CACLALS). CACLALS is the first and most established association in Canada devoted to specialized research and creative production in the field of postcolonial studies.

Founded in 1973, the Association was created in response to what was, at this time, identified as the burgeoning field of Commonwealth literature. Today, CACLALS brings together critics, scholars, teachers, students, and creative practitioners who share an interest in postcolonial and global literatures and oratures, as well as the versions of English they employ. Through its affiliation with ACLALS, the Association provides members with an international context for studying Canadian, postcolonial and global literatures and cultures within and beyond the framework of the Canadian academy.

CACLALS is an affiliate of the international Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (ACLALS). Members of CACLALS automatically acquire membership in the international body.

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Recent News

  • Call for Papers -
    Special issue of Studies in Canadian Literature Neoliberal Environments

    Edited by Tania Aguila-Way, Kit Dobson, and Nicole Shukin

    In his 2011 book Anne of Tim Hortons: Globalization and the Reshaping of Atlantic-Canadian Literature, the late Herb Wyile pushed back against neoliberal ideologies through readings of literary texts that, in his view, countered “the mobility, deracination, and sense of placelessness that characterize our highly technological, globalized consumer society.” Following Wyile’s cue, this special issue asks: how do literary and cultural texts counter or conform to neoliberalism? How do they respond to environmental challenges in an age shaped by global capital? Neoliberalism is here understood in the broadest sense, offered by Wendy Brown, as a “governing rationality in which everything is ‘economized’,” remaking human as well as nonhuman social and material lives into various species of capital (Undoing the Demos).

CFPs & Conferences

Looking for a listing of CACLALS Conferences, ACLALS or Affiliates conferences? You’ll also find our Graduate Student Conference Presentation Prize here. READ MORE →

Membership

Membership is open to any academic, professional, or interested person engaged in the research, teaching, or study of postcolonial literatures and global literatures and oratures. READ MORE →