Job Posting: Asst. Prof. of Germanic Studies, Univ. of British Columbia

The Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies at the University of British Columbia Vancouver campus invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Germanic Studies, effective July 1, 2018, at the rank of Assistant Professor. Adding to departmental strengths, the successful candidate will have demonstrated research potential in German Cultural Studies, Literary Theory, or Media History. The ability to teach film courses and intellectual history is a definite asset.

Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree. Native or near-native fluency in German is required. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct scholarly research leading to publication, engage in graduate and undergraduate student supervision, teach at undergraduate and graduate levels, engage in curriculum and program development, and contribute to service. Candidates must be able to provide evidence of teaching effectiveness.

Applications are to be submitted through the UBC Faculty Careers website: Applicants should be prepared to upload (in the following order, and not exceeding 2 megabytes per attachment): a curriculum vitae, a  sample of published work, and evidence of teaching ability and effectiveness. In addition, applicants must arrange for the submission of three confidential, signed letters of reference to

Inquiries about the position may be addressed to: Professor Geoffrey Winthrop-Young, Search Committee Chair and Department Head, Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies, University of British Columbia (email: For questions about the application process, please contact Diane Smyth, Administrator (email:

Completed applications and letters of reference must be received by November 15, 2017. Review of applications will begin immediately thereafter and continue until the position is filled.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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.

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