Information related to the upcoming CACLALS 2016 conference at Congress (University of Calgary) is now available through the link “CFPs and Conferences.”


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.


Since we are not yet on track with our publication of CHIMO, we are continuing to publish news of members, Calls for Papers, and book reviews on this website.

*NEW* Draft program for CACLALS 2016 is now online.


The CFP for CACLALS at Congress 2016 is online. Deadline for proposals is December 31, 2015.


The CFP for ACLALS 2016 is online. Deadline for proposals is now December 10, 2015.


Please see the “CFP and Conferences” page for other meetings that may be of interest to you.

Attached are the most recent book reviews:

Jennifer Bowering Delisle, The Newfoundland Diaspora: Mapping the Literature of Out-Migration. Waterloo, ON: Wilfred Laurier UP, 2013. Reviewed by Libe García Zarranz

Kamboureli, Smaro, and Robert Zacharias, eds., Shifting the Ground of Canadian Literary Studies. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2012. Reviewed by Naava Smolash



===== Robert Pasquini Wins CACLALS 2015 Graduate Student Presentation Prize===== CACLALS warmly congratulates Robert Pasquini, PhD candidate at McMaster, for being selected by judges Drs. Cynthia Sugars, John Ball, and Dorothy Lane as the winner of the 2015 CACLALS Graduate Student Presentation Prize for “Exhausting Victorian Bio-Capital: Threatened Biota and the Working-Class Economics of Extinction.” Finalists Jordan Gabriel Sheridan (McMaster) and Brandi Estey-Burtt (Dalhousie) are also commended for their excellent and thought-provoking papers. As prize, Robert received a gift card from McGill-Queen's University Press. In addition, Studies in Canadian Literature provided certificates and subscriptions to the finalists, along with consideration of revised papers for publication. The award announcement was made at a celebration honouring SCL.

For a description, criteria for judging, and other information about the prize, see Graduate Student Conference Presentation Prize


CACLALS gratefully acknowledges the support of 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.