Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies

Association #12
Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (CACLALS)
Conference dates: 
Saturday, May 30, 2020 to Monday, June 1, 2020
To attend this conference, register for Congress and add CACLALS #12 in Section 3 of the registration form.
Registration is required for all conference attendees, including speakers, presenters, panelists, organizers and those chairing or attending a session.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Anthony Stewart (Bucknell University); George Elliott Clarke (University of Toronto) CACLALS Theme: Ecologies of Alliance in a Divided Age We are living in turbulent times. In the face of climate change and potential ecological collapse, mass migration, economic precarity, the spread of misinformation, and the rise of neo-nationalisms, there has been a visible surge in hate crimes, racism, anti-blackness, and hostility to migrants and ethnic minorities. Our age thus feels existentially fraught and more divided than ever. While some of the challenges we face are new, others have emerged directly out of settler and extractive colonialism, slavery, displacement, environmental devastation, and gendered violence, to name just a few. In response to Congress 2020’s theme, “Bridging Divides: Confronting Colonialism and Anti-Black Racism,” this year’s CACLALS conference ruminates on the kinds of alliances that animate post- and de-colonial thought, as well as antiracist praxis. Postcolonial studies, building from its foundations in anticolonial thought and resistance, has long sought to make racism legible and to challenge its hegemony. Moreover, given the immediacy of anthropogenic climate change and its implication, and obfuscation, in the divisions of our age, the question of “alliance” arguably propels us outside humanistic understandings of political community; it recalls anticolonial activism’s long relationship with environmental struggle, from the Ogoni Nine and Ken Saro-Wiwa’s environmental movements against the Royal Dutch Shell Company, to Waangari Maathai’s Green Belt Movement, to Idle No More’s ongoing insistence on the relationship between settler colonialism and ecological demise, to anticapitalist and environmentalist protests and their suppression in India, to the recent surge in ecocritical thought in postcolonial, cultural, and globalization studies. Our CFP inquires into the multiple valences of alliance and division that mark our urgent times. CACLALS welcomes conference paper or panel proposals that address any aspect of the CFP’s central questions or issues.
We also welcome proposals otherwise related to the Association’s broader mandate to examine postcolonial, decolonizing, and global literatures. The following are suggestions in this vein: ● International and/or intersectional solidarities ● Anti-colonial practices ● Migration and mobility justice ● Ecological diversity, eco-alliance, and forms of environmental activism ● Environment and gender ● Environment and race; environmental racism; ecologies of anti-blackness; black life in the Anthropocene ● Ecocriticisms of colour ● Indigenous ecocriticism ● Geontology and colonial geographies ● Queer ecology ● The Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Plantationocene, and Cthlulucene ● Literary activism and climate fiction ● Green postcolonialism ● Interspecies networks and connectivities ● Interactions between biological, chemical, and geological ● Water and the littoral ● The black Atlantic/the black Pacific ● The non/human, inhuman, and posthuman in (de)colonial studies; dehumanizing critique ● Racialized surveillance, “dark sousveillance,” and activism against racialized policing ● The fraught politics of alliance and allyship
Call-for-papers deadline: 
January 15, 2020
President's Reception: 
May 31, 2020
Program Chairs: 
Asma Sayed, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Local Arrangement Coordinators: 
Jason Sandhar, Western University

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