The Canadian Applied Literature Association (CALA) is an academic association committed to exploring the critical, activist, pedagogical, and therapeutic applications of literature and story.
CALA is open to scholars and practitioners from any discipline, including but not limited to literature, Indigenous studies, social work, psychology, and education. Members of CALA meet at an annual conference to share their practical and theoretical work on applied literature.
CALA officially came into being as an association in 2011. Prior to that it existed through the Association of Bibliotherapy and Applied Literature (ABAL), founded in 1990.
2014 — Borders Without Boundaries?: Mobilizations, Impasses, Traversals
2012 — Literature, Social Justice, and Change, Wilfrid Laurier University
2011 — Troubling Subjects: Teaching Risky Texts, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
2010 — Connected Understanding: Stories, Lives and Texts, Concordia University, Montreal
2009 — Literature and the Ecology of Mind and Nature, Carleton University, Ottawa
2008 — Crossing Boundaries, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Taking Back Our Spirits: Indigenous Literature, Public Policy, and Healing, Jo-Ann Episkenew, author
Troubling Tricksters: Revisioning Critical Conversations, Deanna Reder and Linda M. Morra, editors
Hoi Cheu: http://www.cranhr.ca/cheu.html
JoAnn Episkenew: http://www.firstnationsuniversity.ca/default.aspx?page=205
Joe Gold: www.storyspecies.com