The Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (CACLALS), founded in 1973, is the first and most distinguished association in Canada devoted to specialized research and creative production in the field of postcolonial studies. The Association is the Canadian branch of ACLALS, an international network of postcolonial studies associations, providing scholars both a national and global forum for studying Canadian, postcolonial and global literatures and oral cultures. In fact, CACLALS members become part of a dynamic community of internationally recognized scholars, creative practitioners and graduate students engaged in cutting edge research and debates central to postcolonial studies.
The 2018 CACLALS conference theme is ""Gathering Diversities through Contestation and Coalition,"" which will explore the broader Congress theme of ""gathering diversities,"" not only ""in the spirit of building community"" but also in the acknowledgement that community-building is often achieved through forms of contestation and coalition, or migration and resettlement.
Papers will consider ""gathering"" and ""diversity"" as interrelated concepts, where ""gathering"" might be read in terms of various platforms for protest, contestation, resistance or reconciliation; or as an aspect of (re-)settlement, particularly in light of the uncertain and temporary gathering spaces (e.g., refugee camps, holding centres, detention facilities, etc.) that have come to be a defining feature of 21st century movement and migration. Papers might also problematize the extent to which diversity itself continues to be a site of contestation or consolidation in arenas of racial and ideological conflict. Conversely, papers might offer new ways of thinking about diversity as it extends to include the non-human, the planetary, or other frontiers that help expand our understanding of such phenomena, either as they are informed by contemporary challenges, or linked to a historical continuum of past injustices and hegemonies.
Postcolonial, global, and Canadian literatures and cultures; Diversity, Migration and Re-settlement in the 21st century; Community- and Coalition-building, past, present and future; Diversity as a site of contestation and consolidation; Resistance and Reconciliation
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Mariam Pirbhai, Wilfrid Laurier University
Dorothy Lane, Luther College, University of Regina