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. Nov. 5, 2019PAD Program now accepting applications

    Foreign Language Assistant Exchanges to Germany 2020-2021

                In co-operation with the German Pedagogical Exchange Office (PAD), the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German is accepting applications for positions as English-language assistants in the Federal Republic of Germany. Information and application forms are available from your university’s Department of German (or Department of Modern Languages).

  2. Oct. 29, 2019CfP: 15TH GERMANIC & SLAVIC STUDIES CONFERENCE UW
    CfP 15th Germanica and Slavic Studies ConferenceUW

  3. Oct. 28, 2019CfP: Decentering German Cinema

    CfP: Decentering German Cinema (November 13-14, 2020)

    Keynote address by Dr. Sabine Hake (The University of Texas at Austin)

    1n 1996, Marc Silberman asked, “What is German in the German cinema?” In challenging the easy definition of national cinemas based on linguistic or geo-political borders, he illustrated the difficulty of pinpointing exactly what is “German” cinema, especially when taking into account the often multi- and transnational aspects of its history. His conclusion that “the form of the question tends to determine the way it is answered” suggested that the way German cinema was understood largely owed to the limitations scholars put on it in the framing of their own scholarship. The categories of German cinema, then, are self-defined and, thus, self-limiting. Similarly, both Anton Kaes and Sabine Hake have wrestled with how to define German cinema, both issuing calls to action to develop case studies (Sabine Hake) and “new cinema history” (Anton Kaes) to explore new ways of approaching and defining the what and who that comprise German cinema.  

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  1. Nov. 20, 2019In the Children's Best Interests: Unaccompanied Refugee Children in Germany, 1945-1952
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    WCGS invites one and all to a talk by Lynne Taylor, University of Waterloo professor of History. Dr. Taylor will discuss her latest book, In the Children's Best Interests: Unaccompanied Refugee Children in Germany, 1945-1952.

  2. Nov. 21, 2019Celebrate International Education Week - Alexandre Trudeau
    Alexandre Trudeau

    Celebrate International Education Week - Alexandre Trudeau

    November 18-22 is International Education Week at the University of Waterloo, the high point of which will be a visit to campus by renowned filmmaker and storyteller Alexandre Trudeau. The Waterloo Centre for German Studies is happy to be a leading sponsor of this event. Mr. Trudeau will be giving a keynote address to high school and university students (as well as anyone else who wishes to attend) about how his ability to speak multiple languages has enriched his life, both personally and professionally, and why he believes all students should have diverse opportunities for language learning and study abroad. The keynote will be followed by a panel discussion featuring industry professionals, alumni and more, all part of the Goethe-Institut’s Career Booster – Global Experience Day.

  3. Nov. 21, 2019Fall 2019 Reading Group

    This fall, we’ll be reading


    Benedict Wells: Vom Ende der Einsamkeit / The End of Loneliness, trans. Charlotte Collins
     

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