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.
- Aug. 8, 2022
After several waves of German immigration to Canada, German Canadians form one of the country’s largest ethnic groups today. The research project “German as a heritage language in Canada”, carried out at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, thus aims to measure German-language vitality within the group and analyze the level of language maintenance.
One part of the project is an online survey of any 18+ Canadian residents, who consider themselves to be of German origin (regardless of citizenship, length of residence in Canada and German-language proficiency).
- Aug. 2, 2022
Conference to be held at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto, May 25th–27th, 2023
Convenors: James Retallack (University of Toronto), Simone Lässig and Swen Steinberg (both German Historical Institute, Washington, DC)
- July 21, 2022
The German Embassy in Ottawa has reached out to the Waterloo Centre for German Studies to announce a new initiative they are launching called the Herzberg Network.
This will be a collaborative online community for researchers, academics, research institutions, industry members and innovators in Canada and Germany to facilitate networking opportunities and provide a platform to showcase best practices and share information. The group runs through LinkedIn.