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)

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

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)

Waterloo Center for German Studies Book Prize

The Waterloo Centre for German Studies promotes research into any and all aspects of the German-speaking world. As part of this mandate, the WCGS encourages the communication of research findings to both academics and the broader public. The Waterloo Centre for German Studies Book Prize has been established to recognize first-time authors whose scholarly work provides a substantial contribution to our understanding of any aspect of German-speaking society.

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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 n.von.merveldt@umontreal.ca . 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.