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. 23, 2020Grimm 2020 - Lecture recording available

    The WCGS Grimm Lecture 2020 “Thinking Itself Is Dangerous: Reading Hannah Arendt Now” by Professor Samantha Rose Hill was scheduled to be held on 19 March 2020. Due to a state of emergency in Ontario to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, the public lecture had to be cancelled in order to protect the health of the community.

  2. Mar. 16, 2020Grimm 2020 - Livestream information

    WCGS Grimm Lecture 2020 “Thinking Itself Is Dangerous: Reading Hannah Arendt Now” by Professor Samantha Rose Hill will now be presented via livestream.

    Here are the details:

    When: Thursday, 19 March 2020 7pm EDT (i.e. Toronto time)

    To watch via Facebook, go to: https://www.facebook.com/WaterlooCentreForGermanStudies/

    To watch via YouTube, go tohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqVmqIBx5A0

  3. Mar. 13, 2020Grimm Lecture cancelled

    In response to concerns about the coronavirus, the University of Waterloo is cancelling all non-essential events, and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is cancelling all bookings of its facilities. The Grimm Lecture was scheduled to be held in the CIGI Auditorium on Thursday, 19 March 2020, and must now be cancelled.

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  1. May 11, 2020Spring 2020 Reading Group

    This spring, we'll be reading

    Eugen Ruge: In Times of Fading Light, Faber & Faber (German title: In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts, 2011). English translation: Anthea Bell.

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