New Executive Members

Congratulations to our newest executive members:

  • Québec Representative: Jesse Arseneault (Concordia);
  • BC & Northern Territories Representative: Asma Sayed (Kwantlen Polytechnic);
  • Graduate Student Representative: Shalika Sivathasan (York);

Welcome to the team! We look forward to working with you.

Graduate Student Presentation Prize Winner – 2018

Brandi Estey-Burtt (Dalhousie University) wins the 2018 CACLALS Graduate Student Presentation Prize for her paper “Dancing across the Divide: J.M. Coetzee’s Postsecular Embodiment.”

Congratulations to Brandi Estey-Burtt, PhD candidate at Dalhousie University, for being selected by judges Drs. Diana Brydon, Henghameh Saroukhani and Terri Tomsky as the winner of the 2018 CACLALS Graduate Student Presentation Prize.

Grad Prize Panel Finalists (left to right): Brandi Estey-Burtt, Sara Rozenberg, and L. Camille van der Marel.

“This was truly a stellar panel, comprising three theoretically sophisticated, ambitious, and clearly focused papers, each of which advances the terms of engagement of the postcolonial, with its various challenging politics and with the evolving demands of the aesthetic. The judging committee spent our first half hour praising each presentation. In the end, we concluded that Brandi Estey-Burtt’s paper should win the prize this year. We commend this paper for its clarity in dealing with controversial issues in a rhetorically powerful and well-articulated argument that explained not only the texts under discussion but also why the issues the paper raises matter.

We thank all the participants for their inspiring presentations and groundbreaking scholarship. You remind us all why the postcolonial field matters. We can’t wait to see your papers published.”
(Dr. Diana Brydon)

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


CACLALS on Twitter (Congress 2018)

As we are gearing up for Congress 2018, we wanted to make sure that you have all the key hashtags for your Twitter needs. We’ve recently set up a Twitter page (@caclals_ca), so please do follow us and spread the word. Each year we will have a distinctive CACLALS hashtag to track related events and to ensure that we stay connected throughout the conference. For this year’s Congress, please feel free to use our hashtag #caclals18 for related posts and affiliated events. Below is a list of Twitter hashtags that may be of use as you network and tweet through Congress/CACLALS 2018:

#caclals18 (see above for description)
#congressh (note from Congress: “The Federation has created a unique Twitter hashtag specific to the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences — one that does not change from year to year, is bilingual and has now been in use for five years. In English, the SSH at the end of the hashtag represents the acronym for ‘social sciences and humanities’, and in French, the SH stands for ‘sciences humaines’. Last year at Congress 2017, we tracked over 13,095 tweets using the #congressh hashtag. Use the #congressh hashtag across all platforms.”)
#SeeYouInRegina (note from Congress: “In preparation for Congress 2018 we encourage you to also use the hashtag #SeeYouInRegina in relevant tweets to help generate excitement and conversation around Congress at the University of Regina.”)

CACLALS Executive: Call for Nominations

This is a call for nominations for several CACLALS Executive Committee positions, each of which consists of a 2-year term:

  1. BC regional rep (full-time faculty from universities in British Columbia)
  2. Quebec regional rep (full-time faculty from universities in Quebec)
  3. College rep (faculty from a college or Cégep across Canada)
  4. Graduate Student rep (MA or PhD; ideally, students should not be in their last term of a program unless they are anticipating full-time registration in another graduate or post-doctoral program in the Fall)

We welcome nominations and self-nominations to be submitted to CACLALS President by Friday, May 18th.

Please refer to our constitution for descriptions of our executive positions. Nominees should also ensure their membership dues are up-to-date. Members who have not previously served on the CACLALS Executive are encouraged to consider these positions.

The final nomination slate, including additional nominations from the floor, will be part of the official elections process to be held at our AGM on May 28th, at Congress 2018.

CACLALS 2018: Conversation and Reading with Rita Bouvier

We are delighted to announce that Rita Bouvier will be reading from her work at this year’s CACLALS! Rita is the author of three collections of poetry. nakomowin’sa for the seasons (Thistledown Press, 2015) was the 2016 Sask Book Awards winner of the Rasmussen, Rasmussen & Charowsky Aboriginal Peoples’ Writing Award. In 2005, Gabriel Dumont Institute Publishing transformed the title poem “papîyâhtak”, of her 2004 publication, into a children’s picture book—Better That Way. Her poetry has appeared in literary anthologies, musicals and television productions, and been translated into Spanish, German and Michif. The reading and luncheon (co-sponsored by Ariel), will take place on Monday May 28th, 12:00pm-1:30pm (location TBA).

“Like the seasons by which it is inspired, Rita Bouvier’s collection of poetry takes us on a cyclical journey, moving through landscapes of speech and silence. Language creates, but its force is intense: it loves, but it can wound most intimately. In this age of apology, where “sorry” is often inadequate, we are called to listen as the poet asks, ‘How do we hold silence / in lines of poetry?’ While silence bears the weight of history, it offers refuge as well: in nakomowin’sa for the seasons, Bouvier responds to the trauma of silencing with the healing whispers of generations and the gentle cacophony of the land.”

— Nancy Van Styvendale, Assistant Professor (English) at the University of Saskatchewan

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.”

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!”


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!

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

Membership queries should be sent to

Best wishes for a successful and productive year ahead!

Mariam Pirbhai (CACLALS President)
Associate Professor
Department of English & Film Studies
Wilfrid Laurier University

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.