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

  • CACLALS launches new website -
    Welcome to the new CACLALS website! We are delighted to announce the launch of this new website as well as our newly improved membership system. Please note that the new membership system now allows you to register for one, two or three years of membership. We invite you to take a moment to browse our website, including our newly constituted executive committee page, and to consider renewing your membership, or joining this collaborative and dynamic community of scholars, students and artists. Please note that CACLALS welcomes students and scholars from Canada and abroad who are interested in postcolonial studies, global Anglophone literatures, and Canada’s rich multicultural tradition.

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 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 →