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GSSviews: commentary and reviews from the department

Our blog won't tell you what we ate for breakfast, it won't give voice to outrageous rants, it won't contain any humblebrags. It will just keep you informed about our department, provide reviews of lectures, and give you something to read that might be of interest.

Reading: Almost Everything Very Fast

On Tuesday, November 1, 2016, the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies and the Waterloo Centre for German Studies hosted a reading by Christopher Kloeble at the Kitchener Public Library. Christopher, a guest of the Goethe Institute, read selections from his novel Almost Everything Very Fast, the recently released English translation of his 2012 novel Meistens alles sehr schnell,

Democracy in Disappearing Ink: The Politics of Exclusion in Germany before Hitler

On Tuesday, October 25, the 7th annual Jacob-and-Wilhelm-Grimm Lecture welcomed James Retallack as guest speaker. The Grimm Lecture 2016 had the topic Democracy in Disappearing Ink: The Politics of Exclusion in Germany before Hitler.

The Linguistics of Psychotherapy

While doctors utilize the healing powers of medicines, psychotherapists employ the healing power of words, making them a prime target for conversational analysis. In his October 21st lecture The Linguistics of Psychotherapy, Dr. Thomas Spranz-Fogasy outlined how Linguistics help to understand therapist-patient interactions. In many ways, he argued, these interactions are much like normal conversations but with a few key differences: the therapist has a professional stock of knowledge, contributes few of their own experiences, and, of course, sends a bill at the end.

Von Berlin to Kitchener: Connotation and Cultures, A Discussion Panel

On Thursday, September 15th 2016 the Waterloo Centre of German Studies hosted a discussion panel in the Kitchener Public Library. The panelists were rych mills, Mathias Schulze and Geoffrey Hayes. The event was organized by Lori Straus and the moderator was none other than the former Mayor of the City of Kitchener – Carl Zehr.

Reading: God's Busted Knee by Marc Degens

German author Marc Degens visited the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies on Tuesday 23 February 2016 to read from his work. Degens, who studied German Literature and Sociology at the University of Bochum, works as an independent writer, journalist and publisher. His writings include four novels, short stories, essays, poems and feature articles. In his column “Unsere Popmoderne”, he discussed fictitious novels.

Reading: Contrapunctus by Michael Götting

On Tuesday, January 26, 2016 the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies and the Waterloo Centre for German Studies welcomed Michael Götting who spoke about his 2015 novel Contrapunctus. The German author, journalist, and curator received his MA in North American Studies and German Studies from the Freie Universität Berlin.

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How can German and Canadian innovation be combined? How to mix German engineering expertise with the multitude of Canadian inventions in a clever way?

Julya Rabinowhich's Transnational Poetics

On the 30th of October 2015 the students of  Professor Michael Boehringer’s course “Transnationalism in Literature and Film” welcomed guest speaker Professor Christina Guenther from Bowling Green State University, Ohio.

similia similibus curentur – Quackery, medicine and the genius of self-poisoning

It is probably not an overstatement to say that at least some of the people attending this year’s Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Lecture, given by Professor Alice Kuzniar on 25 September 2015, expected an answer to a question that has surrounded homeopathy since its beginnings: is the notion of “like can cure like," established by Samuel Hahnemann in 1796, actually a great step, a scientific achievement, towards an equilibrium of

Derek Andrews successfully defends his MA thesis

Derek Andrews, a member of the 2013 cohort of the Intercultural German Studies program, successfully defended his thesis in September 2015. In his thesis he dealt with the representation of assisted dying in Max Frisch’s 1933/34 novel Jürg Reinhart and Lukas Bärfuss’ 2005 play Alices Reise in die Schweiz (Alice’s Trip to Switzerland).