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Tuesday, February 14, 2023

WCGS Travel Awards

The Waterloo Centre for German Studies annual travel award applications are open, including the Stork Awards in German Studies, Marga I. Weigel Study Abroad Award and the Cecilia and the Late George Piller Award!

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Book Prize 2022: Call for Nominations

To recognize outstanding research by emerging scholars, the Waterloo Centre for German Studies has instituted an annual book prize. Any scholarly monograph by a first-time author that contributes to our understanding of any aspect of the German-speaking world and was published in English anywhere (or in French by a Canadian-based publisher) in 2022 is eligible.

Nomination Deadline: March 31

Monday, January 9, 2023

"Corsage" at Princess Cinemas

A fictional account of one year in the life of Empress Elisabeth of Austria. On Christmas Eve 1877, Elisabeth, once idolized for her beauty, turns 40 and is officially deemed an old woman; she starts trying to maintain her public image.

Thursday, December 15, 2022

WCGS Book Prize Winner for 2021

The Ambivalence of Gay Liberation: Male Homosexual Politics in 1970s West Germany (Oxford University Press) by Craig Griffiths has been awarded the Waterloo Centre for German Studies Book Prize for first books published in 2021. 

Friday, December 2, 2022

2021 Book Prize Shortlist

The Waterloo Centre for German Studies (WCGS) is pleased to announce the shortlist for its annual Book Prize.   

Established in 2017, the WCGS Book Prize recognizes first-time authors whose scholarly work contributes substantially to our understanding of any aspect of German-speaking society. The prize foregrounds good writing, scholarly relevance, originality, and the ability to reach audiences beyond the academic sphere.  

This year’s shortlist, celebrating books published in 2021, is another reminder of just how active and engaging German studies can be.  

View the 2021 shortlist here.

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Peirene Stevns Translation Prize 2023

Established in 2018 with the generous support of Martha Stevns to provide opportunities for emerging translators, the prize is open to any translator over the age of 18 who has not yet published a full length literary translation. For full entry instructions, prize details and eligibility guidelines click here. Please address any queries to

Monday, November 7, 2022

CSSG 2023 Applications

The Canadian Summer School in Germany (CSSG) application process is now open. Students can access all necessary information on the CSSG website.


You are cordially invited to the second Annual German Studies Canada Graduate Research Colloquium, which is taking place on November 18th on Zoom. The full schedule will be announced soon. Papers (5 in total) will be circulated to registered attendees one week ahead of the colloquium. Attendees are welcome to join at any time during the day. 

To register and receive colloquium materials, follow this link.

Friday, May 13, 2022

German Books Available

A fellow WCGS community member is looking to re-home the following German books:

Der Grosse Brockhaus - A-Z encyclopedia, 12 volumes, 1955
Weltgeschichte (world history), 16 volumes, 1882
Der Grosse Herder, Knowledge about Science and Life, 1953
Please reach out to and we will connect you with the community member.