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Welcome to the website of the Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (CACLALS). Founded in 1973, the Association brings together critics, scholars, teachers, students, and writers who share an interest in Commonwealth and postcolonial literatures and oratures as well as the versions of the English language they employ. Through its affiliation with ACLALS and its framings of the critical act, the Association provides members with an international context for studying Canadian literature, fostering a deeper understanding of Canada's multicultural tradition and of cultures in other parts of the world.
CACLALS' electronic newsjournal, Chimo, is published twice a year. Chimo
CAUT learned on 12 June 2013 that Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is planning to turn over exclusive rights to millions of its holdings of publically-owned books and artefacts to a private consortium, Canadiana.org, to make available digitally for the next ten years. During that time, access to these LAC holdings will require payment to the private consortium. Please visit the Canada’s Past Matters web site www.CanadasPastMatters.ca for more details and answer CAUT's call on all Canadians to contact the Heritage Minister, James Moore firstname.lastname@example.org, and the Opposition Heritage Critics, NDP Pierre Nantel email@example.com and Liberal MP Scott Simms firstname.lastname@example.org, and NDP Associate Heritage Critic Andrew Cash email@example.com, to demand that the planned privatization deal between LAC and Canadiana.org be cancelled.
To find out more about other dimensions of the Save LAC campaign see: http://www.savelac.ca /
For more information contact Rosa Barker: firstname.lastname@example.org (613)726-5166
CACLALS warmly congratulates L. Camille Van Der Marel, PhD candidate at the University of Alberta, for being selected by judges Drs. Laura Moss, Philip Mingay, and Jill Didur as the winner of the 2013 CACLALS Graduate Student Presentation Prize for “Marginal Returns: Debts, Indebtedness, and the Caribbean-Canadian Diaspora.”
For a description, criteria for judging, and other information about the prize, see Graduate Student Conference Presentation Prize
CACLALS also warmly congratulations Dr. Keavy Martin, who was named 2013 Gabrielle Roy Prize Winner (English section) for her book Stories in a New Skin: Approaches to Inuit Literature (U Manitoba P).
CACLALS gratefully acknowledges the support of the Commonwealth Foundation for helping to fund our core administrative and conference activity costs, and to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for helping to fund travel costs of graduate students, un(der)employed, and, where possible, retired members of the Association, to our annual conference.