The Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies 

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 multicultural tradition. 

The current headquarters of CACLALS is in the Department of English at the University of Toronto. 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

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