CAUTG Prize for Best Canadian MA Thesis in German Studies

The CAUTG Masters Prize is usually awarded every other year (up to two awards). The next prize is to be awarded at the Annual Meeting of the Association in May 2018 in Regina, Saskatchewan, for master theses defended between Oct. 16, 2015 and Oct. 15, 2017.

Field of Research: MA theses from all fields that have been defended at a German department or program in Canada (Cultural Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Second Language Acquisition) or those written in any area of German Studies, including those written as part of the completion of a degree in, for example, Comparative Literature or Philosophy or History, etc. Dissertations written in English, French, or German are eligible to be nominated. Theses written in English, French, or German are eligible to be nominated.

Nomination Criteria: The MA thesis should demonstrate original and strong scholarship. Its defense must fall in the time period specified above.

Nomination Process: Self-application for the award is not possible. Candidates must be nominated by the Department / Program whose decision will be communicated by the Graduate chair/coordinators (or department head/chair or her/his designate) to the chair of the committee by March 1st, 2018. A major research paper of no fewer than 13,000 words (excluding bibliography) forming a constitutive part of the requirements for the MA may be accepted as equivalent of an MA thesis. Each department/program can nominate one candidate for every 10 students completing their degree in the specified time period.

Procedure: The committee requests theses to be submitted electronically (as pdf-, word- or rtf-files) to Nikola von Merveldt at . In unusual circumstances, the committee also accepts the submission of one paper copy, but electronic copies are clearly preferred. A letter of nomination from the graduate or department chair explaining the merits of the thesis and the reasons for nomination (including, for example, the examining committee’s or external reviewer’s remarks) must accompany the submitted thesis.

Prize: The award winners will receive an official CAUTG certificate and a cash award of $500. Further, the award winner is eligible for the defraying of travel costs to the annual CAUTG meeting at which the award is granted (even if she/he does not present a paper at that meeting).

Selection Committee: The selection committee consists of its chair and two other members who are currently active faculty members in German programs at Canadian universities. They will be appointed after the submission deadline in consultation between the chair of the committee and the president of the CAUTG.

Objectivity: The committee will ensure that the procedure will be as objective as a competitive award selection can be. The decision of the committee will be wholly based on the quality of the written thesis; neither the ‘name’ of the degree granting institution nor of the thesis advisor will play a role in the selection process.

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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

Learn more and apply online at

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.