CACLALS 2018 International Keynote (jointly hosted with ACCUTE): Jahan Ramazani

We are excited to announce that our 2018 International Keynote will be Professor Jahan Ramazani!

Jahan Ramazani is University Professor and Edgar F. Shannon Professor of English at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since receiving his PhD at Yale in 1988. He is writing a book on poetry in a global age. His five previous books are Poetry and Its Others: News, Prayer, Song, and the Dialogue of Genres (2013); A Transnational Poetics (2009), winner of the 2011 Harry Levin Prize of the American Comparative Literature Association, awarded for the best book in comparative literary history published in the years 2008 to 2010; The Hybrid Muse: Postcolonial Poetry in English (2001); Poetry of Mourning: The Modern Elegy from Hardy to Heaney (1994), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Yeats and the Poetry of Death: Elegy, Self-Elegy, and the Sublime (1990). He is editor of The Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Poetry (2017); a co-editor of the most recent editions of The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry (2003) and The Norton Anthology of English Literature (2006, 2012, 2018); and an associate editor of The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (2012). He is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEH Fellowship, a Rhodes Scholarship, the William Riley Parker Prize of the MLA, and the Thomas Jefferson Award, the University of Virginia’s highest honor. In 2016, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His talk, which will be on Saturday May 26th 2018, 3:30pm-5:00pm (location TBA), is tentatively titled: “Gathering Linguistic Diversities: The Poem, the World, and Translation.”

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CACLALS 2018 Plenary (jointly hosted with ACCUTE): Zarqa Nawaz

We are thrilled to announce that our 2018 Plenary will be Zarqa Nawaz!

Zarqa Nawaz has a B.Sc from the University of Toronto and after being rejected from medical school she went on to create several short comedy films that focused on Muslim issues in Canada. When the National Film Board of Canada approached her to do something more serious, she was ready for it. Her 2005 ground-breaking documentary Me and the Mosque explored Muslim women’s battle with patriarchy in the mosque. Her comedy hit, Little Mosque on the Prairie, ran on CBC Television between 2007 and 2012. Most recently she has written a bestselling comedic memoir, Laughing All the Way to the Mosque, in which she explores what it was like to grow up as a Canadian of Muslim faith. Her talk is tentatively titled: “How to write a sitcom about Muslims – very carefully!”
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2018 CACLALS CFP

This year’s CACLALS Call For Papers, “Gathering Diversities through Contestation and Coalition,” for Congress 2018 (University of Regina, Saskatchewan) has just been posted. The deadline to submit proposals is January 15, 2018. For more information, click on the embedded text above and/or visit our ‘CFPs & Conferences’ page. We look forward to reading your submissions!

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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.

Please also consider submitting member news, including new or upcoming publications, as well as announcements of relevance to the CACLALS community.

Website submissions should be sent to info@caclals.ca.

Membership queries should be sent to treasurer@caclals.ca.

Best wishes for a successful and productive year ahead!

Mariam Pirbhai (CACLALS President)
Associate Professor
Department of English & Film Studies
Wilfrid Laurier University
info@caclals.ca

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Graduate Student Presentation Prize Winner – 2017

Amanda Perry (New York University) Wins CACLALS 2017 Graduate Student Presentation Prize!

CACLALS warmly congratulates Amanda Perry, PhD candidate at New York University, for being selected by judges Drs. Susie O-Brien, Mariam Pirbhai and Pamela McCallum as the winner of the 2017 CACLALS Graduate Student Presentation Prize, for her paper “Revolution and Repetition: C.L.R. James, the Henry Rebellion, and the Promise of Cuba.”


Finalists Jason Sunder and Brian Lefresne are also commended for their impressive and engaging presentations on Caribbean and South Asian literatures, respectively. Studies in Canadian Literature provided certificates and subscriptions to the finalists, along with consideration of revised papers for publication. In addition, all three finalists were given a one-year complimentary membership to CACLALS.

For a description, criteria for judging, and other information about the prize, see Graduate Student Conference Presentation Prize.

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Graduate Student Presentation Prize Winner – 2016

Jason Sunder Wins CACLALS 2016 Graduate Student Presentation Prize

CACLALS warmly congratulates Jason Sunder, PhD candidate at Western, for being selected by judges Drs. Herb Wyile, John Ball, and Pamela McCallum as the winner of the 2016 CACLALS Graduate Student Presentation Prize for “Narratology and Human-Animal Conflict in Tania James’ The Tusk That Did the Damage.” Finalists Chigbo Arthur Anyaduba and Christina Turner are also commended for their impressive and engaging presentations. Studies in Canadian Literature provided certificates and subscriptions to the finalists, along with consideration of revised papers for publication.

For a description, criteria for judging, and other information about the prize, see Graduate Student Conference Presentation Prize.

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Graduate Student Presentation Prize Winner – 2012

Jennifer Hardwick (Queen’s) ”’A Space of Not Knowing’: Settler Ignorance and the Study of Indigenous Literatures”

Runners-Up

Tania Aguila-Way (Ottawa) “Uncertain Landscapes: Trauma, Risk and Scientific Knowledge in Madeleine Thien’s Fiction”

Kasim Husain (McMaster) “At What Price Home? Queer Liberalism and the Gentrification of London in Hanif Kureishi’s My Beautiful Laundrette

L. Camille van der Marel (Alberta), “Why Did the Postcolonial Scholar Cross the Road? The Transnational Turn in Canadian Literary Studies”

For a description, criteria for judging, and other information about the prize, see Graduate Student Conference Presentation Prize.

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