Welcome to the Waterloo Centre for German Studies

The Waterloo Centre for German Studies is a research institute at the University of Waterloo. Funded by private donations, the WCGS supports research into all aspects of the German-speaking world, and is committed to publicly-oriented scholarship. We facilitate the communication of German studies research, distribute awards to students wishing to study in Germany, and organize cultural programming for the university and wider communities.


  1. Mar. 25, 202125th International Bremen Film Conference, May 5-8, 2021

    Mind/Screen: Mental Illness and Film

    For its anniversary, the film symposium commits itself to a long-time companion of the cinema: Mental illness has been accompanying cinema since its origins contributing to its topics and forms, widening its possibilities of expression and theory.

  2. Mar. 4, 2021Diversity and Inclusion Grants
    The Waterloo Centre for German Studies is pleased to announce grants to support initiatives aimed at diversifying German studies and making it more inclusive.
  3. Mar. 4, 2021CfP: Southern Ontario Universities on New Perspectives in Language Education on June 11-12. Theme: Challenges, Changes, and Chances: The Future of Languages and Literacies Education
    Image of logos from the University of Toronto, Western University, York University and University of Waterloo

    Two-day Symposium on New Perspectives in Language Education

    Call for Proposals
    The Centre for Educational Research in Languages and Literacies (CERLL) of OISE-University of Toronto is pleased to announce the second Symposium of Southern Ontario Universities on New Perspectives in Language Education. This symposium is a joint collaboration with:

    • The Department of Language Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga;
    • The Faculty of Education at Western University;
    • The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics and the Faculty of Education at York University;
    • The Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies of the University of Waterloo;

    This symposium will be held virtually on June 11-12, 2021 and will feature the latest research and findings in Languages and Literacies education.
    Theme of the 2021 Symposium: Challenges, Changes, and Chances: The Future of Languages and Literacies Education.

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  1. May 11, 2021Collaborative Works-in-Progress: Rediscovering Alexander Moritz Frey

    Paola Mayer + Rüdiger Müller

    Our talk will focus on our forthcoming edition of Frey's short fiction and on our plan for an article on his tale, "Der Mensch." We will address such questions as: Who was Alexander Moritz Frey? What did his oeuvre look like? How does one create an anthology that will put him back on the literary map? What does a Robinsonade written in 1940 by an exile author look like?

  2. June 1, 2021WCGS Reading Group: Töchter / Daughters by Lucy Fricke, translation by Sinéad Crowe
    Cover of Toechter by Lucy Fricke

    The WCGS German Reading Group has selected Töchter / Daughters by Lucy Fricke, translation by Sinéad Crowe as its next read.

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