The Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and
Language Studies (CACLALS), founded in 1973, is the only association in Canada that
concentrates on the burgeoning field of Commonwealth or postcolonial
literatures. CACLALS brings together critics, scholars, teachers, students,
and writers who share a common interest in the Commonwealth and
postcolonial literatures and the versions of the English language they
employ. And it provides members with an international context for studying
Canadian literature, introducing a deeper understanding of other cultures
and of Canada's
The current headquarters of CACLALS is in the Department of English at the
association organizes each year a three-day conference at the Congress of
the Social Sciences and Humanities (formerly the Learned Societies).
Members, including graduate students, share their research in sessions that
feature papers, panel discussions, readings, and workshops. It regularly
sponsors joint sessions with other societies such as ACCUTE and ACQL in
areas of common interest.
caclals-l is an online discussion list, created in 1998, for use by
members and others interested in conversing via email about Commonwealth
and postcolonial literatures in English, as well as about upcoming
conferences and activities in the field and about the business of CACLALS
itself. To subscribe, please visit the list website and log
in using your current email address.
NativeLit-L is a new online discussion list, created in 2000, open to
CACLALS members and others interested in conversing via email about Native
literature in Canada.
To subscribe, send an email message addressed to NativeLit-L-SERVER@unb.ca;
leave the Subject line blank; and in the Message Text write the four words
Subscribe NativeLit-L Firstname Lastname. (You substitute your own names,
of course.) You will then receive guidelines, which you should save for
future reference, about this list and its operation.
CACLALS organizes triennially a major international conference at the
current headquarters of the association. These conferences attract writers
and academics from all over the world.
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. ACLALS currently has its
headquarters in Canada.