Job Ad: Head of the Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies at UBC

The Faculty of Arts at The University of British Columbia (UBC) – Vancouver campus invites applications for the position of the Head of the Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies (CENES), with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2020. The administrative appointment as Head is typically for an initial five-year term, with the possibility of reappointment for a second term. We expect that the successful candidate will be appointable at a senior professorial rank. CENES offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs, including MA and PhD in German Studies, BA in German and Modern European Studies, and Minors in German, Russian and Scandinavian Studies.

We seek applicants who have a PhD degree, a distinguished record of research publications and scholarly activity commensurate with appointment at the rank of Professor (or Associate Professor at a senior level may be considered). The area of specialization in the field of German Studies is open, but a proven interest in Scandinavian or Nordic Studies will be an asset.

The successful candidate will have an excellent record of high quality undergraduate and graduate teaching, and graduate supervision, and have attained wide recognition, nationally and internationally, in the field(s) of their scholarly interest. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate vision and creativity and to foster a collaborative, respectful, and inclusive environment for students, staff, faculty, and community partners. Demonstrated administrative skills and experience are a requirement, and prior involvement in leadership will be considered an asset.

How to apply: Apply online by August 26, 2019 at: Applicants must be prepared to upload a single bookmarked PDF file containing the following items, in the order listed: a letter of application; a curriculum vitae; and statements (no longer than 1 page each) summarizing their (a) research program, (b) teaching philosophy/practice, (c) experience in and approach to administrative and leadership roles, (d) vision for a language and literature department in a research-intensive University, and (e) experience working with a diverse student body and contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion. Applicants are also asked to provide the names and contact information for at least four referees who may be approached at a later date to provide confidential and objective assessment of the applicant’s suitability for the CENES headship position and a professorial appointment.

Enquiries may be directed to Associate Dean Gillian Creese, via email to with “CENES Head search” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin in August 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. At a later stage of the search process, longlisted applicants will be asked to provide evidence of teaching effectiveness. The position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

UBC-Vancouver’s Point Grey Campus is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Musqueam people, with whom UBC shares a framework Memorandum of Affiliation. For information relating to Aboriginal initiatives that are available at UBC, visit the UBC Vancouver Aboriginal portal at:

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 of Canada will be given priority.

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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

Job Ad: Three-year limited term position at the University of Calgary

The School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures invites applications for a three-year limited term position in German at the rank of Instructor. The anticipated start date is August 1, 2019. The area of specialization is the teaching of German language.

The successful candidate will teach seven undergraduate courses per year primarily in German language, but also in core courses in Linguistics, Literature, Culture, or Film, depending on the candidate’s strengths. As part of the position’s responsibilities, the Instructor will be expected to coordinate multi-section language courses and to organize extra-curricular events on campus and within the broader community with the goal of sustaining a vibrant German program. Service to the School, Faculty and University is also expected. 

The successful candidate must have advanced at least to ABD status in a PhD program in German Studies or a closely related field. Completion of the PhD is preferred. Demonstrated evidence of excellence in teaching at the post-secondary level as well as native or near-native competence in German and English are required. Teaching excellence can be demonstrated by presenting a record of relevant teaching experience and effectiveness at the post-secondary level, evidence of pedagogical innovation, experience in developing undergraduate curricula, and advising students. Experience in teaching at a North American university is preferred. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate closely with colleagues in other School programs at the University of Calgary’s Language Research Centre (

The Division of Arabic Language and Muslim Cultures, German Studies, and Russian Studies is a research-intensive division in the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures with high standards in teaching, research, and community engagement. We value interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to research and training, and we strongly encourage collaboration. For more information about the School, please visit

Please submit applications online via the “Apply Now” link, and be aware that the application process allows for only four attachments. Your four application attachments should be organized to contain the following (which may require you to merge documents, such as publications):  

  • Letter of interest 
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • A statement of research interests 
  • Evidence of teaching experience and effectiveness 

    Applicants also should arrange to have three confidential letters of reference submitted directly to the selection committee at: 
    Dr. Mark Conliffe
    Director, School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures
    Faculty of Arts, University of Calgary 

    Questions regarding this opportunity should be forwarded by email to  All applications must be received by June 13, 2019, 2019 at which time the Academic Selection Committee will begin reviewing applications to select applicants to invite for on-site interviews.

    Review of applications will begin on June 13, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

    The School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures, respects, appreciates and encourages diversity, and we encourage diverse applicants to apply for this position. A number of resources are available on campus to support diversity and inclusion on campus, including two daycares, the Q Centre, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Protected Disclosure, the Native Centre, and the Women’s Resource Centre. For more information, please visit

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.


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

Job Ad: Limited Term Appointment: Instructor, German Department

The Dalhousie University German Department seeks applications for a one-year 100% full-time limited term appointment (July 1 – June 30) at the Instructor level in German language and culture, effective July 1, 2019. The position is subject to budgetary approval. The Instructor will teach introductory and intermediate language and translation courses. The workload is equivalent to five full-credit (ten half-credit) classes during the one-year period, including one full-credit in the 2020 summer term.

Applicants preferably should have a Ph.D. in German or comparative linguistics/language pedagogy. Applicants with an MA degree will be considered on an individual basis as well. Native or native-equivalent command of German and English, as well as expertise in teaching the German language at the undergraduate level, are required. The successful candidate will possess strong organizational and administrative skills. Candidates should provide up-to-date curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests and philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and the Self-Identification Questionnaire, which is available at These should be submitted both in hard copy and electronically to the Search Committee at the following address:
Brigid Garvey
German Language Instructor Search German Department, Dalhousie University
McCain Arts and Social Sciences Bldg.
6135 University Avenue, Room 3025
PO Box 15000 Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3H 4R2, Canada

For further information, please contact Ms. Tamara Cantrill, Administrative Secretary 902-494-1190

The deadline for applications is Thursday, April 25, 2019. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community.