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. Apr. 15, 2020German Culture, Digitally

    During these strange and trying times of social isolation, the Waterloo Centre for German Studies will continue to support research into all aspects of the German-speaking world. Further, we remain committed to supporting German-related cultural programming for the university and our wider communities. To this end, we have gathered a listing of different online activities, events, and courses that may be of interest to those curious about German culture and language. Check out our list here.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

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  1. June 17, 2020Google Translate – A Tool for Cheating or a Tool for Learning?
    Google Translate - Webinar

    Google Translate – A Tool for Cheating or a Tool for Learning?(with Daniela Roth)

    Online translation devices such as Google Translate (GT) are an annoyance in the second language classroom. Students often rely heavily on GT in class or when completing homework assignments, rather than, for example, putting in the time required to learn vocabulary. Although many language instructors explicitly ban GT from their courses, students continue using it. The truth is, GT will not go away, and its functionality will only improve.

    Given our new remote teaching reality, now is a good time to shift our attitude towards Google Translate. How can we turn a tool used for cheating into a teachable moment where students make use of online translation services and dictionaries to raise their language awareness, to foster their intercultural competence and learner autonomy, and improve their electronic literacy and critical thinking skills? 

  2. June 18, 2020Simple and Effective Online Teaching – Grad Student Edition
    Teaching Online - Grads

    Simple and Effective Online Teaching – Grad Student Edition (with James Skidmore)

    We’re all online teachers now. And this scares us a bit, because online teaching has a reputation for being technology-heavy and difficult to master. This webinar will help us dial back some of that anxiety. It will introduce some simple strategies, such as discussion forums, course organization, and curation, that can be used to create effective online courses using the tools already available at any Canadian university.

  3. June 22, 2020Spring 2020 Reading Group
    Eugen Ruge In Zeiten des abnehmenden lichts

    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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