The Queen’s Two Bodies: a UBC Global Seminar in Weimar, Germany ­ Summer 2018

The Queen’s Two Bodies: a UBC Global Seminar in Weimar, Germany – Summer 2018: UBC’s Dr. Gaby Pailer, along with colleagues from the Università degli Studi di Bergamo and the Freie Universität Berlin, in collaboration with Klassik-Stiftung Weimar, invite you to join The Queen’s Two Bodies: German 515, a UBC Global Seminar offered in Weimar, Germany in Summer 2018. Application deadline: January 25, 2018.


“Wie froh bin ich, daß ich weg bin …” / “So glad to be away …”
(Goethe’s Young Werther)

Program Details

The Queen’s Two Bodies: Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I from Schiller to Jelinek

This Seminar takes its departure from E. Kantorowicz’s thesis of the “King’s Two Bodies” (1957), which recent research has questioned with regard to queens.  In Schiller’s famous historical drama Maria Stuart (1801) the two bodies are distributed onto two queens, Mary Stuart (“body natural”) and Elizabeth I (“body politic”).  Is this always the case in literary and cinematic renderings of the Mary Stuart / Elizabeth I complex?  Seminar participants will have the unique opportunity to explore this research question by dealing with dramatic, narrative, and cinematic renderings by authors such as Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, Stefan Zweig or Elfriede Jelinek. The seminar will take place in the “Festsaal” of the historic Goethe National Museum, from June 17-22, 2018.

This seminar is funded by “Klassik-Stiftung Weimar” and open to graduate students enrolled in the Faculty of Arts at UBC.

Graduate students from other Canadian institutions may be eligible under the Western Dean’s Agreement.

Advanced reading knowledge of German is required.

Find out more

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Or contact Dr. Gaby Pailer, Professor of German Literature:




MA Degree: Two Universities, One Degree, Multiple Opportunities

The Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of Waterloo seeks excellent students to join the unique Joint MA program in Intercultural German Studies. The program is fully funded and includes one year of study at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and one year at the University of Mannheim, Germany. Students obtain a combined joint degree from the two universities.


Students receive scholarships and teaching/research assistantships covering tuition, travel, and living expenses at Waterloo and in Mannheim. Typical assistantship duties involve classroom and online teaching as well providing research support to faculty members. Students may also apply for additional scholarships.

Program of study

The MA in Intercultural German Studies includes coursework in the areas of German literature and culture, media, Applied Linguistics and teaching German as a Foreign Language. Workshops and milestones acquaint students with skills that can be put to use both inside and outside the academic setting. Students also have the opportunity to complete the Certificate in University Language Teaching at the University of Waterloo.

More information on the program and admission requirements:


The departments

Germanic and Slavic Studies at Waterloo is a vibrant department whose faculty specialize in the areas of German Literary Studies, Culture, and Media, Applied Linguistics, and Language Education. For more information on our faculty, please see Waterloo Region is a fast-growing, progressive region rich in cultural heritage.

At the University of Mannheim, students can take classes at the Institut für Deutsche Philologie and in a variety of other Humanities and Social Sciences Departments, and use the resources of the Institut für Deutsche Sprache (IDS). For more information see and Mannheim is a multicultural city with diverse entertainment and cultural offerings.

Application Deadline for Fall 2018: February 1, 2018

Undergraduates with a degree in German and/or other fields in the Humanities and Social Sciences and some competence in German are encouraged to contact Dr. Barbara Schmenk ( to explore their options for applying.