Research Symposium & Graduate Seminar at UBC Vancouver

This Research Symposium / Graduate Seminar (GERM 532)Warfare – Migration – Witch-hunt: Queer Life Writings in/of Early Modern Europe is organized by Gaby Pailer (UBC-CENES), in collaboration with Daniela Fuhrmann (University of Zurich, Switzerland). It is a mixed-mode event, August 26-30, 2019, Languages: English and German. Advanced German reading knowledge is required.

Call for Contributions

This mixed-mode event is dedicated to queer life in early modern Europe focusing on the Thirty-Years-War and its aftermath, both in 17th century and in 21st century German narrative prose. From the Baroque period we’ll discuss Grimmelshausen’s picaresque novels Der abenteuerliche Simplizissimus(Adventurous Simplicissimus) and Landstörtzerin Courasche (Runagate Courasche), comparing these fictional auto/biographies with real life accounts by early modern women, such as Leben Frauen Johannä Eleonoren Petersen … von ihr selbst mit eigener Hand aufgesetzt (Life of Lady Johanna Eleonora Petersen … written in her own hand). Secondly, we’ll investigate two new forms of hybrid between picaresque and historical novel dealing with runnagates, crossdressers, and rogues and queer life in the 17th and 18th centuries: Daniel Kehlmann’s Tyll (2017) and Angela Steidele’s Rosenstengel(2015).

The event will be a four-day Research Symposium (10:00-15:00), with the option for students to take this as a 3-credit course. UBC graduate students as well as those from other institutions (under the Western Deans Agreement or via Study Mobility Agreements) are eligible to apply.

Confirmed participants are expected to present a paper pertaining to the scope of primary sources listed below. Please send a brief abstract of your planned contribution (approximately 300 words), outlining your tenative focus of investigation, to Gaby Pailer, Professor of German Literature, (pailer@mail.ubc.caby June 15, 2019.

Primary Sources

Grimmelshausen, Hans Jacob Christoffel, Simplizissimus and Courasche (multiple editions, English and German).

Petersen, Eleonora, The Life of Lady Johanna Eleonora Petersen, Written by Herself. Ed. Barbara Becker-Cantarino, Chicago, London 2005. (Leben Frauen Johannä Eleonoren Petersen… von ihr selbst mit eigener Hand aufgesetzt… (ed. by her husband) 2nd ed. 1719).

Kehlmann, Daniel, Tyll. Roman. Reinbek, 3rd ed. 2017.

Angela Steidele, Rosenstengel. Ein Manuskript aus dem Umfeld Ludwigs II. Berlin 2015.


CfA: UNB Berlin Travel Study program

Interested to travel and study in Berlin during summer term (May 4-24, 2019)?

The department of Culture and Media Studies of the University of New Brunswick invites you to participate in our Travel Study program in Berlin. Students will spend 3 weeks in one of the world’s most interesting cities, learning about Berlin’s historical legacy and its cultural, political and economic significance all while exploring exciting neighborhoods and communities, fascinating museums and world-class galleries.

Three courses are offered. Please check with your department to see if courses will count as Transfer credits.

The CCS is a Comparative Cultural Studies course with a German Studies focus.

•       CCS 3025 Berlin Now, Building the Modern City 
•       HIST 3053 Berlin, From Empire to Republic
•       ECON 2203 Introduction to Economic
Governance/ECON 3705 Canada and the New Global

For further information please see the UNB Travel Study website and PDF here!

Contact: Dr. Anette Guse, Assoc. Prof. Department of Culture and Media Studies, University of New Brunswick

CfA: German Studies Travel Grants for Students

The Waterloo Centre for German Studies offers travel grants (usually ranging between $500 and $750) to full-time graduate and undergraduate students who will be participating in a recognized institutional, Canadian-organized German language or cultural studies program abroad. (The program can be in Austria, Germany, or German-speaking Switzerland.) The travel grants are available to students in all disciplines. Deadline for applications is March 1. Requirements: The study abroad program must occur between May 1, 2019 and April 30, 2020.

To apply, students must submit a one-page letter of intent and, where possible, confirmation of their participation in the study abroad program. (The confirmation can be submitted later if the student hasn’t received it by the application deadline.)

Full details on the travel grants and application procedure can be found on our website.

Did you know that WCGS gave out over 20 travel grants in 2018? The awards ranged in value from $500 – $750.

 Quotes from 2018 recipients:
“I left Berlin with a more open mind and a great eagerness to go back to Germany and discover the other wonderful parts of this beautiful and fascinating country.” Pierre-Olivier Major-Chayer – participated in the Berlin Summer School 2018, a joint program from UQUAM and UQTR, and is a Communication and Public Relations student at UQUAM

The CSSG program allowed me to learn more about both the German and Canadian cultures. I mention Canadian as well because I am an international student from the Kingdom of Bahrain with very few Canadian friends. Now, thanks to the CSSG program I have two very lovely Canadian friends.”Amir Taheri – participated in the CSSG program and is a Psychology student at the University of British Columbia. 

“As a result of this experience, I’ve felt my German has greatly improved and I found a new love for Germany as a country. … As a computer science student, this really opened up my eyes to career possibilities or grad studies in Germany. It also helped me understand some of the importance in studying the humanities.” Stephanie Ginovker – participated in the Waterloo Summer Language School in Bamberg and is a Computer Science student at the University of Waterloo.

Read more of past award recipients’ experiences here. For more information, contact Misty Matthews-Roper, the administrative assistant for the Waterloo Centre for German Studies.

Job Posting: 2-year Asst. Prof without Review at UBC

The Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies (CENES) at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) invites applications for an Assistant Professor Without Review in German language and literature. The specialization is open, but the successful candidate must have native or near-native command of German and be able to teach German at all levels as well as graduate and undergraduate literature and culture courses. The 2-year appointment is expected to commence July 1, 2019, subject to final budgetary approval.

The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D., provide evidence of teaching effectiveness, and have demonstrated accomplishments in scholarship, as well as an enthusiasm for teaching in a department with the unique combination of fields present in CENES. They will be expected to maintain an active program of research, graduate and undergraduate teaching (12 credits = four 3- credit courses), and participate fully in graduate supervision, departmental service and events. Information about the programs, faculty research interests, and general activities of CENES can be found at .

Applications are due by 20 February 2019 to with the applicant’s name in the subject line. Applicants should provide the following documents: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a sample scholarly paper (maximum 15 pages), evidence of teaching ability and effectiveness, and a one-page statement about your experience working with a diverse student body and your contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion. Shortlisted applicants may be asked for a teaching dossier.

In addition, applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation sent directly or via dossier service by their referees, by the above deadline, to with the applicant’s name in the subject line.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Informal enquiries may be made to the Head of the Department, Prof. Geoffrey Winthrop-Young, at

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CfA: Fellowships for Graduate Study in Germanic Literature, Culture, and Theory at the University of Toronto (31 Jan 2019)

The Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures at the University of Toronto is currently soliciting applications to our Graduate Program in Germanic Literature, Culture, and Theory. Research areas pursued by our faculty span the medieval era to the 21st-century, with several professors cross-appointed to such units as the Cinema Studies Institute, the Centre for Comparative Literature, the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies, the Centre for Medieval Studies, and the Philosophy Department. It is also possible Continue reading CfA: Fellowships for Graduate Study in Germanic Literature, Culture, and Theory at the University of Toronto (31 Jan 2019)

Holocaust Studies MA Stream at UVic

We are pleased to announce that the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of Victoria is now accepting applications to our interdisciplinary MA stream in Holocaust Studies.

Interlinking scholarship with community-based field research—in effect drawing on the strengths of both academic research and experiential learning—our graduate stream provides individual learners with key competencies designed to prepare them for a career in education, public history, museum and/or archival work, human rights education, journalism, public advocacy, and law. Our program also provides students with a solid interdisciplinary foundation for further PhD studies in Holocaust Studies, Genocide Studies, or Human Rights and Equity Studies. Continue reading Holocaust Studies MA Stream at UVic

Two Universities, One Degree, Multiple Opportunities: MA in Intercultural German Studies @ Waterloo

The Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies 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. Continue reading Two Universities, One Degree, Multiple Opportunities: MA in Intercultural German Studies @ Waterloo

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