Monday, December 11, 2017 — 9:45 AM to 7:00 PM EST

The program for the 13th annual Germanic & Slavic Studies Conference has been announced!

Conference Program

Part I: Who Are You to Talk to Me Like That?

Chair: Alexander Sullivan

9:45-11:00

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 — 6:00 PM EST
An outline of Porcellino, the Faculty of Arts' mascot.

This is the first annual (can it be annual if it's the first?) Golden Boar Awards. Far from boring, these short films were produced by students in German 101 and 102 and will be showcased this evening.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 — 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST
Cover art for original Winnetou publication, from 1893.

We're going back to the Wild West, German style, with Karl May's Winnetou I (1893) and the Brubacher House.

Saturday, November 25, 2017 — 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST
Portrait of German author Novalis

Novalis drafted The Novices at Sais between 1798 and 1799, with plans to reconceive it as a “truly symbolic novel of nature” in 1800, but left the work incomplete on his death.

Monday, November 13, 2017 — 7:00 PM EST
Black-and-white headshot of author Siegfried Krakauer smoking his pipe.

Join us at Open Sesame, downtown Kitchener's distinctive gift shop/gallery/book store, for a reading by Carl Skoggard, translator of the novel Georg by Siegfried Kracauer.

Friday, October 13, 2017 — 1:00 PM EDT

Die ersten Monate des Fremdsprachenunterrichts zu gestalten, stellt für Lehrende eine große Herausforderung dar. Mit dem Begriff des „Sprachnotstandsgebiets A“ hat Rösler (2013) all die Schwierigkeiten treffend charakterisiert, die sich gerade mit dieser Phase des Lernprozesses verbinden.

Friday, September 29, 2017 — 7:00 PM EDT
Photo of Austrian pianist Ann Magdalena Kokits in a black dress, sitting on the floor.

Anna Magdalena Kokits - Coast to Coast Tour

Anna Magdalena Kokits - Coast to Coast Tour

Friday, September 29, 2017 — 2:00 PM EDT

In 1548 Burkard Waldis published his version of an Aesopian Fable collection. The title promises Aesopian fables “completely renewed” with a hundred “new fables” never published before. What the ‘new’ entails is never established by the author, but an analysis of the text shows that it challenges our modern understanding of the fable. Waldis presents tales that follow a typical fable format: short little stories with animals followed by a short sentence with a moral lesson.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 (all day) to Friday, October 6, 2017 (all day)

Women have far too often been forgotten, overlooked, and marginalised in Austria’s official historiography—a fact that lends all the more importance to this exhibition’s attempt to survey the past 200 years in light of the biographies of important Austrian women. Austrian women whose talents, willpower, and determined courage have helped shape and enrich their country.

Thursday, September 14, 2017 — 3:00 PM EDT

A lecture by Marcus Funck.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 — 7:00 PM EDT
A row of books in the Dana Porter Library

Choose Your Own German Book!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 — 7:00 PM EDT
German Language Film Festival; flags from Switzerland, Germany, and Austria

The German Language Film Festival takes place in May and is a collection of three movies, one each from Austria, Switzerland, and Germany.


May 17 - Austria: “Stefan Zweig - A Farewell to Europe” (Vor der Morgenröte)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 — 7:00 PM EDT
German Language Film Festival; flags from Switzerland, Germany, and Austria

The German Language Film Festival takes place in May and is a collection of three movies, one each from Austria, Switzerland, and Germany.


May 17 - Austria: “Stefan Zweig - A Farewell to Europe” (Vor der Morgenröte)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 — 7:00 PM EDT
German Language Film Festival; flags from Switzerland, Germany, and Austria

The German Language Film Festival takes place in May and is a collection of three movies, one each from Austria, Switzerland, and Germany.


May 17 - Austria: “Stefan Zweig - A Farewell to Europe” (Vor der Morgenröte)

Monday, May 15, 2017 — 2:00 PM to Wednesday, May 17, 2017 — 3:00 PM CEST

Conversation Analysis Research Workshop 

“Formulations” in spoken interaction propose an understanding of some state of affairs — of what another person has been telling or doing. This workshop examines a broad range of such sequences in which an understanding is formulated in conversation and then accepted or rejected. Such sequences allow us to trace how shared meaning and understanding is constructed in everyday interaction. 

Friday, May 5, 2017 — 4:00 PM EDT
Head shot of guest speaker, Nina Vyatkina of the University of Kansas

ALERT: DUE TO FLIGHT CANCELLATION, THIS TALK HAS BEEN CANCELLED. IF YOU WERE HOPING TO COME, YOU CAN READ UP ON NINA VYATKINA'S RESEARCH ONLINE. WE KNOW; IT'S NOT THE SAME THING.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 — 6:30 PM EDT
German cover art for Daniel Kehlmann's book, "Measuring the World"

The Waterloo Centre for German Studies is once again offering a reading group. This term, we'll be reading Daniel Kehlmann's Die Vermessung der Welt/Measuring the World.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 — 1:00 PM EDT

Von ca. 1885 bis 1914 standen Gebiete in Afrika und dem pazifischen Raum unter deutscher Kolonialherrschaft. Der Vortrag gibt einen Überblick über die deutsche koloniale Sprachenpolitik und die Verbreitung und Rolle der deutschen Sprache im pazifischen Raum, u.a. in Schule und Verwaltung. Aus linguistischer Perspektive werden unterschiedliche Auswirkungen des daraus resultierenden Sprachkontakts dargestellt, wie z.B. lexikalische Sprachkontaktphänomene (Lehnwörter) und die Entstehung einer deutschbasierten Pidgin- und Kreolsprache.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 — 7:00 PM EDT
Drawing of Martin Luther by Lucas Cranach the Elder
Friday, March 31, 2017 — 9:30 AM EDT
Michael Ott, University of Heidelberg, gives a lecture

This talk grows out of the University of Heidelberg Collaborative Research Centre 933 (CRC 933), in which faculty-led research groups from different disciplines examine script-bearing artefacts such as pillars, steles, portals, tombstones, potsherds, amulets, scrolls, papyri, and pa

Monday, March 13, 2017 — 5:00 PM EDT
Headshot of Sabine Appel, an author who specializes in historical biographies.

CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS

Monday, February 6, 2017 — 7:00 PM EST
Grimm 2017 Lecturer Timothy Snyder gives a lecture earlier this year.

Timothy Snyder, author of the widely successful book Black Earth, believes we have misunderstood the Holocaust and the essential lessons it should have taught us. If the Holocaust was indeed, as Snyder’s carefully constructed argument will demonstrate, a result of ecological panic and state destruction, then our misunderstanding of it has endangered our own future. The world of the early twenty-first century resembles the world of the early twentieth more than we realize—and some of our own sensibilities are closer to those of Europeans of the 1930s than we might like to think.

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