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. Feb. 11, 2019WCGS Student Travel Grants and Piller Graduate Awards

    The Waterloo Centre for German Studies is now accepting applications for the Stork Awards in German Studies, Marga I. Weigel German Study Abroad Award, and Piller Graduate Award.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

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  1. 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.

  2. Apr. 8, 2019The Nature of ExperimentBeakers with plants

    THE NATURE OF EXPERIMENT: INTELLIGENCE, LIFE, AND THE HUMAN

    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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