Congress 2019: Statement in support of Shelby McPhee

Dear German Studies colleagues and friends:

The Executive of the Canadian Association of Teachers of German wishes to express its solidarity with Shelby McPhee, a member of the Black Canadian Studies Association (BCSA). We were shocked to hear about his treatment during an incident at the recent Congress of the Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences at UBC. We fully support the open letter of the BCSA and call on the Federation (and indeed on any and all of us) to ensure that our spaces of academic interaction are free from harassment and racism.

On behalf of the CAUTG Executive,

Barbara Schmenk
President of the CAUTG

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In Memoriam: Douglas Alick Joyce & John Oebele Buffinga

It is with great sadness that we write to inform you that the CAUTG lost two of its members in the past year, Douglas Alick Joyce and John Oebele Buffinga.

Please follow the links to the obituaries of Douglas Alick Joyce and John Oebele Buffinga.

In Memoriam: Douglas Alick Joyce (1922-2018)

In Memoriam: John Oebele Buffinga (1954-2019)–Jan-John-Buffinga?obId=4432801#/obituaryInfo

Congress: Early Bird Rate Deadline March 31

Just a final reminder of  the early bird rate deadline for Congress which is “prior to March 31”, i.e., on Saturday/before Sunday. After that there is a considerable hike in the Congress portion of the fees. To register for Congress and the CAUTG conference, please go to;

Note that you need to register for the Congress and the association meeting if you want to participate in the CAUTG meeting. The registration also allows you to register for the banquet in the evening of June 3 and donate to help us sponsoring graduate student (see last page of the program draft for further details).

Also note that the best accommodation options will go quickly, for further details on on-campus and off-campus accommodation see

Congress: Support for Graduate Students for CAUTG Banquet Attendance

The CAUTG conference organizers are providing some additional details about graduate students’ attendance at the banquet in Vancouver. If you are able, you may contribute to our campaign to make sure students can attend the event. See below, and let us know if you need further information.

  1. The CAUTG will pay (by reimbursement) for any graduate student who wishes to attend the banquet and isn’t already sponsored by a faculty member or department.
  2. Departments wishing to sponsor particular students can do so by sending the conference organizers and the Treasurer a list of the students they will be reimbursing for banquet tickets.
  3. Faculty wishing to sponsor particular students: similarly, tell us whom you are sponsoring and how you’re doing it (i.e., reimbursing the student or purchasing a second banquet ticket yourself through the Congress registration).
  4. Any individuals who wish to contribute to our “Buy a Student Supper” campaign: The easiest way to do so is through the Congress registration portal ( You can add another banquet ticket to your registration even if you have already completed your registration!

Conference Chairs: Stephan Jaeger ( and Belinda Kleinhans (

CAUTG Treasurer: James Skidmore (

Please let us know if you have any questions!

Kyle Frackman

Local Coordinator for CAUTG 2019

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

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

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 (, 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. 

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