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!”

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!

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

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.

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.

Graduate Student Presentation Prize Winner – 2015

Winner

Robert Pasquini (McMaster): “Exhausting Victorian Bio-Capital: Threatened Biota and the Working-Class Economics of Extinction”

Runners-up

Brandi Estey-Burtt (Dalhousie): “The Ethics of Thievery and Mapping in Peter Carey’s Jack Maggs

Jordan Gabriel Sheridan (McMaster): “Mice and Men, Genes and Germs”: the Entanglements of Race, Species, and Biocapital in Zadie Smith’s White Teeth


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

Graduate Student Presentation Prize Winner – 2014

Winner

Stephanie Oliver (Western): “The Politics of Scattering Seeds: Cultivation and Diasporic Settlement”

Runners-up

Andy Verboom (Western): “Comparative Genocidal Theory: Macaulay’s Minute and the Davin Report”

Tania Aguila-Way (Ottawa): “‘as pollution erodes these lines/ no sense in food or rhyme’: Nature/Culture Binarism and ‘Seed Freedom’ Activism in Rita Wong’s
Forage and Annabel Soutar’s Seeds


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

Graduate Student Presentation Prize Winner – 2013

Winner

L. Camille Van Der Marel (Alberta): “Marginal Returns: Debts, Indebtedness, and the Caribbean-Canadian Diaspora”

Runners-up

Gregory Fenton (Guelph): “Resisting Neoliberal Citizenship from the Humanities”

Rebecca Campbell (Western) “Insurgency and Commemoration at Batoche”


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

Graduate Student Presentation Prize Winner – 2012

Winner

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.

Graduate Student Presentation Prize Winner – 2011

Winner

Jesse Arseneault (McMaster): “Animal Movements and Postcolonial Geographies”

Runners-up

Jessie Forsyth (McMaster) “Just a Speculation: Epistemological Economies in Equiano’s Interesting Narrative

Amanda Perry (British Columbia) “Sounding Out Cross-Cultural Relations in Edward Kamau Brathwaite’s Rights of Passage


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

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