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. Sep. 1, 2022Erasmus+ Teaching/Training Mobility experience at the University of Graz, Austria
    Waterloo International is issuing a call for faculty and staff members who interested in applying to participate in an Erasmus+ Teaching/Training Mobility experience at the University of Graz, Austria. This opportunity involves one 5-day experience for a staff or faculty member to be taken before July 31, 2023 for the purposes of exchange and shared professional development/teaching.
  2. Aug. 8, 2022Research Project 'German as a heritage language in Canada' needs participants for an online survey

    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).

  3. Aug. 2, 2022CfP: Work, Class, and Social Democracy in the Global Age of August Bebel (1840-1913)

    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)

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  1. Sep. 26, 2022Bodo Hell & Peter Gruber: Nature Writers
    Bodo Hell and Peter Gruber Nature Writers: Two men carrying a log up a hill in black and white

    Bodo Hell and Peter Gruber: Nature Writers

    Description: Bodo Hell and Peter Gruber are poets, writers – and shepherds. These two long-time members of the Austrian literary scene spend their summers tending sheep and cattle in the Austrian Alps, an experience with the land and landscapes that informs their modern and contemporary prose and poetry. Each has multiple publications to his name.

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