COVID-19 Update: In-Person Congress Cancelled–More Information on CACLALS Conference Coming Soon

Dear CACLALS Members,

The Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences has announced that the in-person Congress at the University of Western Ontario has been cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. You can find their official statement at this link. CACLALS is currently exploring options with the Federation on the feasibility of an e-conference and we will announce our intentions for this year’s event in the coming days via the CACLALS website (, our Twitter page (, and an email to our members and presenters.

Many of you will understandably have questions about refunds for conference and membership fees, and we are committed to responding to your queries. Since conference fees are processed through the Congress membership system, however, we ask that you wait until we receive information from the Federation on how refunds will be processed before seeking them from us. We aim to have more information for you within the next week, at which time we will promptly update our members through the above channels.


The CACLALS Executive

Tenure-Track Appointment in Indigenous Literature and Culture at Saint Mary’s University – Application Review Date: Sept. 4, 2020

Please find more information here: SMU Indigenous Literature and Culture Job Posting.

CONFERENCE: Canadian Ecologies: Thinking about Illness, Wellness, and Wellbeing


The 20th International Baltic Conference on Canadian Studies,

9-10 October, 2020

Vilnius University


Canadian Ecologies: Thinking about Illness, Wellness, and Wellbeing


Since Michel Foucault’s delivery of his lectures on bio-politics, there has emerged in contemporary critical theory a whole spate of reflections on the perils of “neoliberal governing” (Wendy Brown), “virtuoso labour” (Isabel Laurey), “precarity” (Judith Butler), “slow violence” (Rob Nixon), and “cruel optimism” (Lauren Berlant), which call to reexamine the Western narratives of progress and modernity. At the heart of these intellectual accounts is the observation that the neoliberal condition, by substituting economic principles for political agency, exacerbates human vulnerability and social insecurity derived from government practices of precarization and bio-political segmentation. As a result, the social formation is depleted of its ethical ligaments that bind individuals to one another in a shared experience of precariousness and structural inequality. In such a magnified state of anxiety the old idea of “the good life” loses traction, bringing to surface the different ways in which ‘the ordinary becomes a landfill for overwhelming and impending crises of life-building and expectation whose sheer volume so threatens what it has meant to ‘have a life” that adjustment seems like an accomplishment.’ (Berlant, 2011: 3)


Concomitant with the cultural critique of neoliberal subjectivity is a new attentiveness to material contexts and counter-hegemonic knowledges, which call for a conceptual revision of the normative scenarios of life-building underlying the logic of the Anthropocene. The intellectual work of ecocriticism, the new materialism, and posthumanist thought has put us on notice to biospheric connectedness, ‘the ecological space of attunement’ (Morton, 2018: 139), and the solidarity with what is given, on the one hand, and technological penetration, violence of efficiency, and waste culture, on the other.


Given these conceptual premises, the conference invites Canada-related critical perspectives on both human and nonhuman historicities, theories and practices of wellbeing, subversive impulses, utopian dreams, minoritarian contexts, and artistic forms, which test the interpretive possibilities of sustainable existence. Conference participants are welcome to address wide-ranging topics that involve variously framed Canadian views on illness, wellness, and wellbeing. These topics include (but are not limited to):


  • Corporate Canada and its “merry bonds”: narratives of wealth vs. a wealth of narratives
  • Indigenous sovereignty and storytelling: place, body, voice, power
  • Rethinking health: historical traumas and the body politic
  • Ecocriticism and bioethics
  • Ethics of vulnerability: narratives of anxiety, contingency, and precarity
  • Theories of “the good life” and “sustainable life”
  • “Going viral”: medicine, market, imagination
  • Food as pharmakon: taste, nourishment, poison
  • Modes and ethics of recycling and upcycling
  • Composted emotions: biopolitics, affect, and the Anthropocene
  • Waste as/and resources: desire, consumption, affect, effect
  • The ethics and aesthetics of the ordinary: narrating domesticity
  • Biodiversity and the arts: plants, animals, and humans in discourse
  • Ecologies of remembering: orthodoxies and alternatives



LENGTH OF PRESENTATIONS: 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of discussion.

LANGUAGE OF PRESENTATIONS: the working language of the conference is English, but presentations in French are very welcome.

Please send the title of your paper, an abstract (about 100 words), and a brief bio to Rūta Šlapkauskaitė ( no later than 15 September, 2020.


Dear CACLALS members,

Please note that our CFP has been extended to January 25, 2020. We encourage you to submit a proposal if you have not already done so, and look forward to seeing you in June!

CACLALS CFP 2020_Revised

Job Posting at Mount Allison University in African, Caribbean and Island Nations, and/or African Diasporic Literatures

The Department of English Literatures at Mount Allison University is seeking candidates for a tenure-track probationary position at the rank of Lecturer or Assistant Professor (subject to budgetary approval) in the subject area of Literatures of Africa and the African Diaspora.

This subject area can include literatures of continental Africa, the Caribbean and island nations, and of the African diaspora in North America, Europe, and around the world.

This area of expertise should be situated within the larger fields of post-colonial, global, and world literature in English.


Candidates are sought with one or more intersecting areas of secondary expertise (parenthetical lists are examples only, and no single candidate is expected to engage every example):

  • Contemporary literary forms (for example: digital literature, graphic novels, zines, multimedia texts, spoken word, rap/hip-hop)
  • Literary approaches to contemporary popular culture (for example: gaming, film, television, and video, digital cultural platforms, social media studies, popular music, performance art)
  • Interdisciplinary literary studies (for example: literature and science studies, feminist literary analysis, digital humanities, literature and environmental studies)

In their cover letters candidates should describe their specific expertise profile in relation to their research and teaching backgrounds. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain a balance between research and teaching, as Mount Allison University places a high value on both research and teaching and providing research opportunities for undergraduate students.

Mount Allison University is a top-ranked undergraduate university in Canada that prioritizes engaged and creative undergraduate teaching. Candidates are asked to include a Teaching Proposal of up to 1000 words that describes their plan to develop courses and course materials within the Mount Allison Department of English Literatures. Candidates are encouraged to look at the current offerings in the list of Department Courses link, but to also reimagine new courses and approaches to teaching that will support the ongoing decolonization and diversification of our current program. Faculty in the department are expected to teach first- and second-year introductory courses in literature, as well as third- and fourth-year courses on specific subjects in English literature.

Candidates should describe how their teaching will engage multiple levels of university teaching, with details concerning specific themes, texts, and pedagogical methods. Candidates should connect their teaching proposal to one or more of the following teaching approaches or pedagogical theories:

  • Interdisciplinary teaching practice
  • Indigenous/ decolonized/ anti-racist teaching and learning
  • Experiential learning
  • Learning competencies and skill development
  • Creative practice/ research-creation pedagogies

Please do not send Teaching Portfolios or Statements of Teaching Philosophy.

Qualified candidates will have a complete PhD in English Literature or another field directly related to the described position. The Department of English Literatures seeks to reverse the historic under-representation of equity-seeking groups among our faculty. We thus encourage applications from those who would contribute to the diversification of our staff and faculty including, but not limited to, individuals willing to self-identify as being of African heritage or African Descent, including people from the Caribbean and the Americas. Applicants are invited to write a statement that identifies them as a person of African Descent or other racial or cultural minority group, as expressed by their current connection to their community, or their personal or family narrative that describes their past connection to such a community.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and 1000-word Teaching Proposal as one PDF document directly to: Further materials may be requested later in the search process.

Three letters of reference from academic referees should be sent directly from the referee to:

Application materials should be addressed to:

Professor Janine Rogers

Chair of the Search Committee, Literatures of Africa and the African Diaspora

Department of English Literatures

Mount Allison University

Sackville, New Brunswick


Mount Allison acknowledges, honours, and respects that the land named Sackville, NB is part of the unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People who are the historic inhabitants, custodians, and dwellers on the land where our University is built and confirms its commitment to strengthening relationships with all Indigenous people.

Mount Allison is committed to diversity and inclusiveness. We encourage applications from members of racialized communities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual and gender identities. We seek candidates with qualifications and knowledge to contribute specifically to the further diversification of our campus community.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents are given priority. Canadians and permanent residents should indicate their citizenship status in their application.

REMINDER: CACLALS CFP Deadline, January 15

This is just a reminder that the deadline for the CACLALS CFP is January 15, 2020. We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces in London, Ontario. Please submit your proposals by the deadline, and circulate widely in your networks. We accept papers on a wide range of issues, so don’t hesitate to submit a potential paper!

Also, graduate students, please remember to indicate your status to qualify for consideration for the Graduate Student Presentation Prize!

Our CFP is available here: CACLALS CFP 2020.

LTA in Children’s Literature at St. Francis Xavier University

Department of English

Limited Term Appointment for Assistant Professor


The Department of English at St. Francis Xavier University invites applications for a 9 month Limited Term Appointment for a specialist in children’s literature at the rank of Assistant Professor. The term of the appointment is from September 1, 2020 to May 30, 2021. The position is subject to final budgetary approval.


The teaching load will include first-year introductory courses. An ability to teach a class on children’s visual media would be considered an asset. Ph.D. preferred.


Applicants should provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements on teaching interests and philosophy, a sample of writing (6000-8000 words), and the names, addresses (including email), and telephone numbers of three references. Applications should be sent via email to:


Dr. Jason Potts

Chair, Department of English

St. Francis Xavier University

P.O. Box 5000, Antigonish NS B2G 2W5



Review of applications will begin on January 31, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.



Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. StFX respects diversity and welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities and members of a sexual minority group.


Posted: December 16, 2019

Call for Papers for a special issue in The Journal of New Zealand and Pacific Studies

JNZPS CFP – New scholarship

Call and Response-ability: Black Canadian Works of Art and the Politics of Relation (Call for Papers for an Edition Collection)

In Poetics of Relation, Édouard Glissant elaborates the political possibilities of black creative work: it opens up opportunities for connection, relation and exchange that can potentially transform colonial and capitalist modes of rendering humans into nonhumans and land into property. However, while black Canadian works of art —including literature, visual art, music, and film – go out into the world with various aims and intentions, they cannot control their reception.

In thinking about processes of reading, teaching, and responding to black art on Turtle Island in various institutional and non-institutional sites, questions arise about how this potential for relation implicates audience members. In this context, we would like to invite essays for consideration that reflect on either one or both of two large, often overlapping areas, concerning the external and internal relations of black Canadian art. First, how do institutional and public contexts mediate the reception of black Canadian Art? And second, how does black art itself call upon its audiences to act, relate, identify, empathize and become responsible – to history, to relating – and to what effect?

  1. With regard to the first general area of concerns, we welcome contributions that focus on black art and its audiences—both historical and contemporary – including, literature, visual art, music and film, and which consider, for instance:
  • Black art in pedagogy, the classroom, the book club, Canada Reads, literary awards, and other contexts of reception
  • Black art and activism, including #BlackLivesMatter and #IdleNoMore;
  • Black-Indigenous identities, histories, relations, decolonial solidarities, affective bonds and kinship ties;
  • Black love, relationships and futures;
  • Gendered and queer relations;
  • Black art and anticapitalism;
  • Black art and the Anthropocene; land, air, and water protection; other-than-human relations; climate emergency and climate futures


  1. While black Canadian creative works cannot unilaterally control their reception, they often contain nonetheless indications, explicitly or implicitly, of audience(s) and possible responses their creators have in mind. With regard to this second general area of concern, we are interested in essays that explore the signals and strategies within these works that indicate the presence of implied or imagined audiences, and often can also serve as elements that contribute to the shape and functioning of the work. Contributions that include or concentrate on this area of concerns could consider, for instance:
  • What are audiences asked to do by these works?
  • How are readers, viewers, or listeners positioned or addressed, and what roles are implied or sketched out for audiences and their potential responses?
  • Do these works address specific audiences?
  • What specific narrative tropes, forms and strategies does black art develop to communicate with its audience?
  • Do these works seek to negotiate tensions between multiple audiences and across racial lines?
  • Do they thematize reader expectations, or seek to avoid some of the implications of representations of race?
  • Do they emphasize or seek to de-spectacularize race in their artistic process and through the creation of characters and narrators?
  • What questions do these texts raise about address, identification, or empathy?


Contributions in this area could also intervene in the study of formal and rhetorical modes of black Canadian art, and in the process address the absence of race in traditional reader response theory and reception aesthetics.

Please send essays of 6,000 – 9,000 words (including Notes and Works Cited) in Word or RTF, and in MLA format (8th edition), together with a short bio-bibliographical note by August 20, 2020 to Karina Vernon ( and Winfried Siemerling ( We are also interested in contributions written in French and in work that deals with francophone texts in Canada and Quebec.

Faculty Position – University of Saskatchewan

Faculty position – University of Saskatchewan

The College of Arts and Science invites applications from outstanding emerging or established Indigenous scholars for a fulltime, tenure-track position at any rank in any scholarly discipline represented in the College of Arts and Science. Discipline and research areas are open.

Located on the banks of the kisiskāciwani-sīpiy (also known as the South Saskatchewan River), the University of Saskatchewan is part of a millennia-long tradition of people gathering on these banks to teach, to learn, and to build community.  The College of Arts and Science has committed to increase the proportion of Indigenous faculty members to at least 15% by 2027, thus reflecting the current demographics of Saskatchewan.  We also commit to supporting these Indigenous scholars in building community, collaboration, and career success within our College.  This is part of our College’s transformative journey of Indigenization and reconciliation.  We invite interested Indigenous scholars to be part of that journey.  This year, we will fill at least two positions with Indigenous scholars.

Interviews of qualified candidates and recommendations for appointment will be the responsibility of individual departments within the College.  Applicants, therefore, should indicate the department in which they seek appointment. Prospective applicants should choose their disciplinary area of expertise; this position is not presently designated for the Department of Indigenous Studies.  Hiring decisions will be based on the applicants’ academic qualifications, record and strengths, along with their potential and willingness to support the strategic priorities of the relevant department and the department’s ability to support the candidate.

The University of Saskatchewan is committed to employment equity and diversity, and Indigenous engagement is a strategic priority. The University of Saskatchewan relies on section 48 of The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code to give preference in employment to a person of Indigenous ancestry for this position. This position is exclusively aimed at individuals self-identifying as an Indigenous person. Candidates are asked to self-identify in their application and are also encouraged to complete an Employment Equity Survey as part of their application process.  Self-identifying Indigenous scholars are expected to share how their Indigenous heritage and community connections will inform their teaching and research activities.

The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis, and has committed to becoming an “outstanding institution of research, learning, knowledge-keeping, reconciliation, and inclusion with and by Indigenous peoples and communities.”  The University of Saskatchewan is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a city with a diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant arts community and a full range of leisure opportunities. The University has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and scholarly activities and offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to a student population of over 24,000. With over 30,000 Indigenous residents, the city is also a centre of Indigenous cultural, social, artistic, and intellectual activity.  Saskatchewan is the province with second-highest proportion of Indigenous people in Canada and offers many opportunities for scholars to engage with a diversity of Indigenous communities.

The College of Arts and Science is the University’s largest college and home to more than 60 academic programs. We have had a department of Indigenous Studies since 1982 and have strong Indigenous programs and high-achieving Indigenous scholars in many of our departments.  We are also home to more than 10,000 students, with over 1500 Indigenous students.


Applications will be accepted from those who self-identify as Indigenous and have a terminal degree in their discipline (or are in the last year of a program leading to such a degree).  We are seeking Indigenous candidates who have demonstrated an ability or potential to engage in research, scholarly or artistic work, to be effective classroom teachers and graduate student mentors, and can contribute to our mission of Indigenization and reconciliation directly (for example, through your research, teaching, role modelling, community engagement and/or leadership).

Salary and Benefits

Salary bands for this position for the 2019-2020 academic year are as follows:

Assistant Professor: $94,459 to $113,509; Associate Professor: $113,509 to $132,559; and Professor: $132,559 to $154,784.

This position includes a comprehensive benefits package which includes a dental, health and extended vision care plan, pension plan, life insurance (compulsory and voluntary), academic long term disability, sick leave, travel insurance, death benefits, an employee assistance program, a professional expense allowance, and a flexible health and wellness spending program.


Applications must include:

  • a cover letter indicating the preferred department of appointment and summarizing the salient aspects of the application;
  • a statement of self-identification, as described above;
  • a detailed curriculum vitae;
  • a statement outlining a proposed program of research, scholarly and/or artistic work;
  • a statement of teaching interests and philosophy and evidence of teaching success (this may include evaluations of courses taught and observations regarding those evaluations);
  • three confidential letters of reference (sent directly from referees)

Interested candidates must submit their applications via email to:

Dr. Valerie J. Korinek, Vice-Dean Faculty Relations, College of Arts & Science

9 Campus Drive

University of Saskatchewan

Saskatoon, SK  S7N 5A5

Telephone: (306) 966-5990


Due to federal immigration requirements, we also ask candidates to indicate whether they are Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or are otherwise already authorized to work at this position for the duration of the appointment, with an explanation if this last category is indicated.

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2019; however, applications will be accepted and evaluated until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2020.

The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. The university must, however, comply with federal immigration requirements.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.