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.

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.

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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