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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

  • Graduate Student Presentation Prize – 2021 -
    Tyler Ball (York University) wins the 2021 CACLALS Graduate Student Presentation Prize for his paper “Insurgent Sea: Political Ecologies of the Indian Ocean.” Congratulations to Tyler Ball, PhD candidate at York University and SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier scholar. Tyler was selected by

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

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 →