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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.

Cracking the code of cyberbullying

Woman leaning on table and talking

Laptops, cell-phones, and even watches. Nowadays just about anything can keep you connected to some form of social media. Unfortunately, along with the rise in online connectivity, the prevalence of cyberbullying has grown to become a reality for many youths across the globe. Dr. Konstanze Marx is a researcher at the Institute for German Language and the University of Mannheim who specializes in online communication. On Wednesday April 4th, 2018 she presented on her research in the area of cyberbullying to an audience of about 35 students and faculty members from a variety of departments at the University of Waterloo. Her presentation titled “Cyberbullying – A linguistic perspective”, hosted by the Waterloo Centre for German Studies, explored both the form and function of this online aggression.

Golden Boar Awards Winter 2018

Presentation slide for Golden Boar Awards

One thing is for certain: The probably most glamorous night of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies took place on April 4th and was one for the books – the Golden Boar Awards.

Exorcising the ghost of monolingualism: an evening with Dr. Piccardo

The recently released Companion Volume to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (CEFR) was the focus of a fascinating presentation by Dr. Enrica Piccardo on March 15, 2018.

GSS prof awarded, featured on UW Arts page

Thanks to the UW Faculty of Arts for highlighting the recent award given GSS faculty member (cross-appointed with English) Prof. Alice Kuzniar.

First Waterloo/Mannheim cotutelle PhD graduates: Dr. Daniela Roth

GSS Prof. Michael Boehringer and Dr. Daniela Roth at convocation

At our most recent convocation, UWaterloo and GSS were proud to see our first cotutelle PhD graduate with a doctorate from Waterloo and from our partner university in Mannheim, Germany. Hearty congratulations to Dr. Daniela Roth, seen here with her Waterloo supervisor, Prof. Michael Boehringer.

The first cotutelle PhD defence for GSS

Today our dual PhD supervision arrangement with the University of Mannheim in Germany, known as a cotutelle arrangement, resulted in its first successful defence.

The German Language in the Colonial Context

From 1885 until 1919, the German empire possessed several colonies in Africa and the Pacific. Doris Stolberg, a researcher at the Institute of German Language in Mannheim and currently working at the University of Waterloo, studies language products that emerged from the colonial influences in the Pacific. On Thursday, April 20, 2017 Stolberg presented her research to the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies.

Did Martin Luther Invent High German?

500 years ago, Martin Luther published his 95 theses on indulgences that eventually became a crucial starting point for the Protestant Reformation. With this anniversary in mind, the Waterloo Centre for German Studies (WCGS)  is hosting a series of talks about Luther this year. On Wednesday, April 5, 2017 WCGS director Mathias Schulze gave a public lecture at the Kitchener Public Library, dealing with Luther from a linguistic perspective: Did the famous reformer really invent High German as many people tend to say?

Narrated Inscriptions in Medieval Literature - Materiality as a Quality of Communication

Texts don’t only exist on paper and smartphones: Script can also be found on other artefacts like ancient vases or as graffiti on walls. Dr. Michael Ott from the University of Heidelberg (Germany) and his colleagues study the representation of such texts in literary fiction. Currently a guest of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of Waterloo, Ott presented his research to the department and the program in Medieval Studies on Friday, March 31, 2017.

March Break Open House: Cultural Identities and Language

Guten Tag, danke, bitte – everyone who attended the first sample lecture at this year's March Break Open House event now knows what these basic German words mean. Along with Prof. David Rozotto from Spanish and Latin American Studies, Prof. Emma Betz of Gerrmanic and Slavic Studies outlined why it is a good idea to learn other languages. University of Waterloo definitely offers many opportunities: all in all, 16 languages, including sign language, can be studied at the institution. Besides German language, Germanic and Slavic Studies also offers courses in Russian, Dutch and Croatian.