German Culture, Digitally

Online German-related activities for this time of social distancing

During these strange and trying times, 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.

We may from time to time update this list. The date of the latest update will be noted here: 3 May 2021.

Events by theme:


Live Events

  • Being German Canadian VIRTUAL LAUNCH (University of Manitoba Press) May 26, 2021: This event will feature a panel discussion with editor Alexander Freund and contributors Karen Brglez, Sara Frankenberger, and Robert Teigrob. Consul General Thomas E. Schultze from the Toronto German Consulate will be opening the event. Being German Canadian explores how multi-generational families and groups have interacted and shaped each other’s integration and adaptation in Canadian society, focusing on the experiences, histories, and memories of German immigrants and their descendants. For more information and to register please visit the event website.

Let us know if there is a live event we should advertise!

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Museums and Galleries

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Podcasts

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Theatre

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Courses/Resources

  • RUN LOLA RUN interactive modules for film education in English and German:
  • Hot Docs presents BEYOND THE WALL: THE ART AND ARCHITECTURE OF BERLIN (Course starts streaming October 1): "Burying its turbulent political and social history in the rubble of the Wall, Berlin has evolved into one of the most important cultural centres of the modern world. Join Natalie Ribkoff, an art historian who has lead sold-out Curious Minds series on topics like Art Nouveau and Chicago Architecture, for a colourful tour of the art and design masterpieces of this great city. From the historic Brandenburg Gate to the swirling spaces designed by current-day titans including Frank Gehry, we’ll experience Berlin’s dramatic architecture through a series of dynamic slide-illustrated lectures. Come face to face with modernist masterpieces and treasures from antiquity. Meet the creative innovators who are securing Germany’s place in contemporary architecture. Experience one of the world’s most vibrant cities as you’ve never seen it before." Details: https://boxoffice.hotdocs.ca/websales/pages/info.aspx?evtinfo=129492~fff311b7-cdad-4e14-9ae4-a9905e1b9cb0&
  • So German!: The staff at So German have curated a list of online resources for learning German in this time of social-distancing http://sogerman.ca/story/learn-german/
  • Laurier Lifelong Learning at Home: A free weekly series with pre-recorded lectures from some well-known Laurier faculty and community experts.
    • Check out the lecture by WCGS Director James Skidmore on May 26 2020: Good Art. Bad Artists: Admiring the Work of Artists We Despise - Is it right to admire works created by artists we despise? In this lecture, James Skidmore explores whether it’s possible to separate art from the artists. Using three case studies from German culture – Leni Riefenstahl (filmmaker), Emil Nolde (painter), and Peter Handke (writer) – Skidmore will discuss the thorny issues surrounding the appreciation and study of creative works by creators whose political or social views we find abhorrent. To find out more about James' lecture and the other lectures in the series visit the Laurier Lifelong Learning at Home website: https://wlu.ca/professional-development/lall/lall-at-home.html
  • Goethe-Institut (Canada) - Webinar series for German teachers: How can we make our virtual teaching even more learner-centric, motivating and activating? This is an important and urgent question for all teachers in the current situation. This webinar series will show you how you can plan, conduct and follow up on exciting lessons with added value even in times of Corona. Dates and registration can be found here: https://www.goethe.de/ins/ca/en/spr/unt/for/gia/web.html?wt_sc=canada_webinars

  • Virtual Research in Germany (DAAD Canada): https://www.research-in-germany.org/en/infoservice/videos/virtual-reality.html

  • Institute for Modern Languages Research at the University of London: List of open access resources for modern languages researchers https://modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/about-us/online-resources/open-access-resources-modern-languages

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Film

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Music

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For Kids

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Miscellaneous

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