Winner Named for the WCGS Book Prize 2017

The winner of the inaugural Waterloo Centre for German Studies Book Prize has been announced. Alice Weinreb of Loyola University is the winner for her book Modern Hungers: Food and Power in Twentieth-Century Germany,
published by Oxford University Press.

Prof. Weinreb examines how hunger has been a central motivating force in German politics throughout the 20th century.  By focusing on hunger’s role in German society, Prof. Weinreb demonstrates “the fluid relationship between state power and food provisioning.” If governments control the food supply, they can also control the populaces they govern, and Prof. Weinreb uses Germany as a case study to illustrate this important point.

Jury members singled out Prof. Weinreb’s book for its crisp writing,
its wealth of detail, and the wide variety of sources consulted. The
book is “a page-turner, with fascinating facts running counter to modern stories about the past on every page.” Exploring the topic from
World War I to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, “this book
uncovers the intricacies of the relationship between food and
power, showing food and hunger as instruments of power.” The
jury concluded that this book will likely become one of the standardworks on postwar German history.

The jury was chaired by James M. Skidmore, Director of the
Waterloo Centre of German Studies, who notes that the prize was
established “to raise awareness, within academia and the broader
public, of the engaging and dynamic knowledge being produced bynewer German Studies scholars.” He was joined by jurors Karin
Bauer (McGill University), Ann Marie Rasmussen (University of
Waterloo), Ritchie Robertson (University of Oxford), and Karina
Urbach (Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton).

The WCGS Book Prize is awarded for a first scholarly book. Any
book published in English (or in French with a Quebec-based
publisher) in 2017 was eligible. The prize consists of CAD $2,000 and an invitation to give a keynote address at the annual conference of the Canadian University Teachers of German, held in conjunction with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Prof. Weinreb’s book was selected from a shortlist representing the
excellent work being done in German studies today:

Katherine Stone’s Women and National Socialism in Postwar GermanLiterature: Gender, Memory, and Subjectivity (Boydell and Brewer)

Lisa M. Todd’s Sexual Treason in Germany during the First World
War (Palgrave Macmillan)

Erica Wickerson’s The Architecture of Narrative Time: Thomas Mannand the Problems of Modern Narrative (Oxford University Press)

Jonathon O. Wipplinger’s The Jazz Republic: Music, Race, and
American Culture in Weimar Germany (University of Michigan
Press)

Jenny Wüstenberg’s Civil Society and Memory in PostwarGermany
(Cambridge University Press).

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 WCGS Book Prize(for books published in 2018). For eligibility criteria and details on
how to apply, please go to https://uwaterloo.ca/centre-for-german-studies/research-activities-and-opportunities/wcgs-book-prize.

CfN: CAUTG Prize for the Best PhD Dissertation in German Studies (for the period 2016 to 2018)

The CAUTG PhD Dissertation Prize is normally awarded every other year, with two awards being a possibility in the event that submissions are found to include two outstanding dissertations from fields considered too different to allow fair comparison. The next prize is to be awarded at the Annual Meeting of the Association in May/June 2019 in Vancouver, for dissertations defended between 16 October 2016 and 15 October 2018. Continue reading CfN: CAUTG Prize for the Best PhD Dissertation in German Studies (for the period 2016 to 2018)

CfA: Canadian Year in Freiburg Student Exchange

The Canadian Year in Freiburg student exchange program is now accepting Canadian applications for the program in Germany starting in Fall 2019 (Program runs from Sep. 2019 to July 2020).  Students must have had 2 years of German/A2 level before commencing the program. Higher levels can also be
accommodated. The program offers 5-6 required full semester courses and students take additional courses at the University of Freiburg in subjects of their choice and its “Sprachlehrinstitut” to achieve their full-
year credit load. No program fee is charged. Continue reading CfA: Canadian Year in Freiburg Student Exchange

CfN: Hermann Boeschenstein Medal for Exceptional Contributions to German Studies in Canada

The CAUTG is pleased to invite Nominations for the Hermann Boeschenstein Medal for Exceptional Contributions to German Studies in Canada. The medal is awarded occasionally, and not necessarily every year, at the discretion of a Selection Committee appointed by the CAUTG Executive, traditionally comprised of the Past President as Chair, the current President and Secretary of the CAUTG and two other members (preferably including one previous recipient of the medal). The medal is inscribed “Hermann Boeschenstein (1900-1982): Teacher, Scholar, Humanitarian.” It is awarded to a person at a Canadian university, who has regularly made exceptional contributions, in the humanitarian spirit of Hermann Boeschenstein, to the welfare of our Association and to the advancement of research and teaching in the field of German language, literature, culture, and media in Canada. Nominations to be considered in the current year, should reach the Chair of the Committee, Dr. John L. Plews (john.plews@smu.ca), by February 25, 2019, and should be accompanied by supporting documentation as outlined below. The Selection Committee will consider all nominations and report its decision to the CAUTG Executive. In the event of a successful nomination, the award winner shall be announced and honoured at the annual meeting of the CAUTG, to be held at Congress 2019, in Vancouver, British Columbia, June 1-7, 2019. 

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CfN: Innovate German Award 2019

The Canadian Association for University Teachers of German (CAUTG) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) are pleased to announce the Call for Nominations for the Innovate German Award 2019. We invite nominations and self-nominations for the best course materials in the field of German Studies at Canadian universities and colleges. Continue reading CfN: Innovate German Award 2019

CfP: “‘Good’ Queers and Hated Others: Integration, Expulsion, and Disavowal of Subjects in Contemporary German-language Society and Culture”

Call for Papers for Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences/CAUTG Annual Meeting, June 1 – 7, 2019, in Vancouver, British Columbia for a joint panel between the two associations: Canadian Association of University Teachers of German (CAUTG) and The Coalition of Women in German (WiG): “‘Good’ Queers and Hated Others: Integration, Expulsion, and Disavowal of Subjects in Contemporary German-language Society and Culture.” Continue reading CfP: “‘Good’ Queers and Hated Others: Integration, Expulsion, and Disavowal of Subjects in Contemporary German-language Society and Culture”

Call for Nominations-CAUTG Prize for the Best PhD Dissertation in German Studies (17 Feb 2019)

This is the Call for Nominations for the CAUTG Prize for the Best PhD Dissertation in German Studies (for the period 2016 to 2018). Note the deadline: 17 February 2019. The CAUTG PhD Dissertation Prize is normally awarded every other year, with two awards being a possibility in the event that submissions are found to include two outstanding dissertations from fields considered too different to allow fair comparison. Continue reading Call for Nominations-CAUTG Prize for the Best PhD Dissertation in German Studies (17 Feb 2019)

CfA: 2019 Canadian Summer School in Germany

The application process for the 2019 Canadian Summer School in Germany is now open. You and your students can access all the information you need on the program’s website (www.cssg.ca).  Please announce the CSSG in all of your language and culture classes. You will find posters (in English, French, and Mandarin) below. Please print and circulate to each student. (Posters and brochures have also been mailed to your department / program chair or contact person). Continue reading CfA: 2019 Canadian Summer School in Germany

PAD: Foreign Language Assistant Exchanges to Germany 2019/20

In co-operation with the German Pedagogical Exchange Office (PAD), the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German is accepting applications for positions as English-language assistants in the Federal Republic of Germany. Further information and application forms are available from your university’s Department of German (or Department of Modern Languages) and below. Continue reading PAD: Foreign Language Assistant Exchanges to Germany 2019/20

CFP: Haunting Memories: German-language literature from and about Eastern and Southeastern Europe

We are inviting proposals for a special panel at the 2019 Meeting of the Canadian Association of University of Teachers at the University of British Columbia. Our panel is dedicated to the study of German-language literature from Eastern and Southeastern Europe written in the 20th and 21stcentury. Our interest lies in reflections on the co-existence of cultures in this area, past and present, with a focus on the position of germanophone traditions.  Continue reading CFP: Haunting Memories: German-language literature from and about Eastern and Southeastern Europe