CfP: From Far and Wide: German Studies in Canada

Following the CAUTG annual meeting at Ryerson University, we are producing a conference volume representing our academic and strategic discussions regarding the past, present and future of German Studies, or “Germanistik.” We are requesting contributions exploring the historical and ongoing institutional and political challenges or featuring developments in transcultural and intermedial approaches.

“Translocality” is key for the Canadian context. From a European perspective, we are deemed “Auslandsgermanistik”, from a domestic perspective, we are scholars operating within foreign language and literature departments, which include linguistic, literary and cultural studies. In light of the two official national languages, English and French, and multicultural and multilingual setting including First Nations, intercultural approaches are prefigured in Canadian German Studies.

We are inviting two kinds of contributions:

1) Forum contributions (2-3 pages), based on, yet not limited to:

·       contributions to our roundtable discussions
·       the future of German Studies / Germanistik in Canada
·       the role of the CAUTG, especially with regard to website & outreach activities

2) Academic contributions (10-12 pages), based on, yet not limited to:

·       CAUTG 2017 conference presentations
·       external papers reflecting the larger conference theme
·       contributions in linguistic, literary and cultural studies

This special issue of the “Jahrbuch für Internationale Germanistik” will be edited by Nikola von Merveldt (Université de Montréal) and Andrea Speltz (University of Waterloo) in collaboration with Gaby Pailer (UBC Vancouver). Contributions may be in English, German, or French.

Please send a title and abstract (300 words) of your proposed contribution to Andrea Speltz and Nikola von Merveldt at by June 30, 2017; the final contributions will be due 1 November, 2017.

Call for Papers

CfP: Memory and Momentum Graduate Student Conference

Changing borders, immigration, political change and unrest, war, death, birth and rebirth have changed the composition of Central and Eastern Europe, causing massive, fundamental cultural shifts which have continually drawn global attention. How are the histories and stories of these multifarious transformations told and retold, and what do these differing interpretations mean for the region as a whole? Continue reading CfP: Memory and Momentum Graduate Student Conference

CfP: 5th Undergraduate Colloquium in German Studies at the U of Toronto

-Call for Papers-

5th Undergraduate Colloquium in German Studies
University of Toronto
24 September 2016

Are you an undergraduate student of German Studies?
Have you recently written or are you currently working on a paper on the German language, German-speaking literature, culture, or film, or teaching German as a foreign language?
Have you ever thought of sharing your thoughts on topics in German Studies with other students and scholars outside of the classroom?

Your paper could be interesting to other students & professionals in German Studies! In 2016, there will again be an opportunity for undergraduate students to present their work: the Undergraduate Colloquium in German Studies to be held at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario.

Undergraduate students are invited to submit proposals for papers to be presented at the Undergraduate Colloquium in German Studies. Papers on any aspect of German Studies (language, literature, culture, film, and language education) are welcome. Please submit an electronic copy of your proposal (in English or German, max. 300 words, double-spaced, including works cited) to The subject line of the e-mail must read Undergraduate Colloquium in German Studies proposal (or UCGS proposal). The text body of the message should contain your name, affiliation, and paper title. The proposal should be an attached file (word or pdf), and it must not
include your name and/or affiliation.

Deadline for proposals: April 30th, 2016

Program Committee
Ulrike Kugler, Goethe-Institut Toronto
Christine Lehleiter, University of Toronto
Paul Malone, University of Waterloo
Barbara Schmenk, University of Waterloo

There aren’t too many opportunities for undergraduate students to present their papers in public. This is a great chance to gain experience & to boost your CV. Don’t miss it!