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. Jan. 14, 2019WCGS Book Prize 2017 WinnerWCGS Book Prize 2017 Winner Logo

    The winner of the inaugural WCGS Book Prize is Alice Weinreb of Loyola University for her book Modern Hungers: Food and Power in Twentieth-Century Germany, published by Oxford University Press.

  2. Jan. 11, 2019Celebration of Russell Kilbourn's New Book Poster for Russel Kilbourn's new book

    CMTS Celebration of Russell Kilbourn's New Book W.G. Sebald's Postsecular Redemption: Catastrophe With Spectator January 15th, 2019

  3. Dec. 21, 2018Frohe Weihnachten!Holiday message from WCGS

    Frohe Weihnachten from WCGS!

    Please note WCGS will be closed for the holidays starting December 21, 2018 and will reopen on January 7, 2019.

    Wir wünschen Ihnen einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr!
    Happy New Year!

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  1. Feb. 5, 2019Escape from the Nazis: The Dutch-Paris Resistance Lineescape Line Cover

    The first UW History Department's Speaker Series event of 2019 is here! Come hear Dr. Megan Koreman discuss her book "The Escape Line: how the Ordinary Heroes of Dutch-Paris Resisted the Nazi occupation of Western Europe"

  2. Mar. 6, 2019Humans, Animals, and Nazis on Display: The Berlin Zoo in German HistoryCover of through the lion gate

    WCGS welcomes one and all to a talk by UW History professor Dr. Gary Bruce about his new book Through the Lion Gate: A History of the Berlin Zoo.

  3. Apr. 8, 2019Nature of the ExperimentBeakers with plants

    Mary Shelley’s famous invocation of human experimentation gone wrong is 200 years old, but remains as vibrant an analysis of the human implication of scientific insight as it did when it was first published; perhaps more so in an age on the verge of breakthroughs in both AI and bioengineering.  This conference will approach the intersections of intelligence, life, and the human from a unique perspective, through the concept and practice of the “experiment,” both today and in the past. 

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