Welcome to the website of the Canadian Association for Postcolonial Studies (CAPS), formerly known as the Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (CACLALS). CAPS 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, CAPS 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.

CAPS is an affiliate of the international Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (ACLALS). Members of CAPS automatically acquire membership in the international body.

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Recent News

  • CAPS Statement on Gaza, McGill Strike, and Congress 2024 -
    Students for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) McGill have urged a boycott of Congress at McGill this year. CAPS is working diligently on the possibility of holding its conference offsite, as well as expanded options for virtual participation. Part of our

CFPs & Conferences

Looking for a listing of CAPS Conferences, ACLALS or Affiliates conferences? You’ll also find our Graduate Student Conference Presentation Prize here. READ MORE →


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 →