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Intellektuelle – Geist – gespannte Körper Inscriptions of Modernity in Weimar Germany (Art, Science, and Culture)

Poster - Modernity in Weimar

Please consult program Inscriptions of Modernity in Weimar Germany [.pdf]
Social Studies of Medicine
Don Bates Seminar Room 101 (3647, Peel Street)
Tuesdays starting at 5:00p.m.

Film Series

Please check the schedule for the department's German Film Festival. This semester's theme is: "Infelix Austria: Excavating the Austrian Mind Today" - Horror, drama and thrillers. Screenings will be on Wednesdays starting at 17:00, in 688 Sherbrooke, Rm 465.

Woyzeck/ Wozzeck: Ein schöner Mord Tod und Todesdarstellung bei Georg Büchner und Alban Berg

Jürgen Heizmann, of the Université de Montréal presents, as part of his seminar 'Re-writes, Parodies and Adaptations'
Professor Paul Peters (McGill University)
Tuesday, February 19th
5 p.m. 3150, Jean-Brillant (Université de Montréal)
Pavillon Lionel Groulx, 8th floor C-8076


Overheard in Public: Women, Translation and the End of the Early Modern Public Sphere

Professor Piper will be delivering a talk as part of the Making Publics research group

Wednesday, February 13
4 pm in Ferrier 230


Information Session DAAD on Study*/Research opportunities for students/postdocs (including funding opportunities) in Germany

Department of German Studies and McGill's Office of International Research present Dr. Ulrich Grothus, Director of the DAAD New York Office, for North America.
Thursday, Nov 29, 10-11:30 am
M-1 Amphitheatre, Strathcona Anatomy and Dentistry Bldg.,
3640 University
All are welcome

* Please note that the German Academic Week has been scheduled after the DAAD deadlines for 2008-2009 for Graduate Study Scholarships and Grants - potential graduate applicants for 2009-2010 are invited to attend). Other deadlines are still active.

Funding Information Session for German Research Collaboration

Thursday, November 29, 2007 - 4:30 PM to 6 PM | The Office of International Research and the Department of German Studies, McGill University, are pleased to announce an upcoming comprehensive funding information session of special interest to faculty members involved in research with German partners.

In the context of "German Academic Week" organized by the German Consulate-General in Montreal and the Centre canadien d'études allemandes et européennes de l'Université de Montréal (CCEAE), in collaboration with McGill University, Concordia University and UQAM, the Office of International Research and the Department welcome representatives of four German funding agencies:

  • the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation,
  • the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD),
  • the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and
  • the Bavarian Research Alliance (Bayfor).

In addition to these guests, Mr. Richard Dupont, Acting Director, International Collaboration Division of the Ministère du Développement économique, Innovation et Exportation of Québec will brief participants on the "Assistance for international research and innovation initiatives" (Soutien à des initiatives internationales de recherche et d'innovation) funding program for Québec residents. McGill's Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung Fellows, past and present, have also been invited. Vice-Principal Denis Thérien will provide opening remarks.

Thursday, November 29th, from 4:30 - 6 pm, in the Stephen Leacock building Room # 232 located on the mezzanine, overlooking the entrance hall. A cocktail reception will follow.


Rendez-vous avec l'Allemagne - German Festival in Montreal:
October 30 - December 6, 2007

This first Montreal edition of Rendez-vous avec l'Allemagne has been organized by the the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Montreal, the Goethe Institute , the German-Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Quebec Office of the State of Bavaria. To access the program, you may consult their websites or this abridged program: Rendez-vous avec l'Allemagne [.pdf].


Rendez-vous avec l'Allemagne - Academic Week Nov 26-30 [.pdf]

This program of open lectures will conclude on Nov 30 16h00 – 17h30 with a "round table": TABLE RONDE DE CLÔTURE : « Pourquoi s'intéresser à l'Allemagne au Québec? L'Allemagne dans l'imaginaire québécois », and will take place at Université de Montréal, Pavillon J.- A.-Bombardier, halle d'entrée.week of academic activities

In all, the special series of events that make up the Rendez-vous will be taking place October 31 – December 12, 2007. It has been organized by the the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Montreal, the Goethe Institute , the German-Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Quebec Office of the State of Bavaria, with the collaboration of the Montreal universities.


COLLOQUE INTERNATIONAL - Democracy, Law and Intimacy: Toward a Moral History of Postwar Europe au Centre canadien d¹études allemandes et européennes

Thursday, November 22 to Saturday, November 24, 2007
3744 Jean-Brillant, salle Lothar-Baier, 525-6

The workshop ( Democracy Law and Intimacy - Program [.pdf] ) explores how Germans and Europeans freed themselves from the experiences of mass murder and mass death, and how they came to embrace democracy as a way of life. The concept directs our attention to how central conceptions of morality, moral passions, and moral practices were to the search for democracy in the shadow of violence. We are less interested, in short, in revisiting the political effects of the economic miracle or of American military and cultural presence, than in opening up new avenues for studying the unexpected political miracle of (western) Europe¹s democratic moment.

Senses of Print: Interactions of Literary, Visual and Musical Print Cultures - A One-Day Workshop

Date: Friday, November 9, 2007
Time: 10:30-4:30
Place: McGill University, Arts 160


Romancing the Jew: Love, Intimacy and Sex between Germans and Jews

The Department of German Studies presents
Jeffrey M. Peck, Georgetown University/Humboldt University
Tuesday, November 6th, 2007
3:30 p.m.
688 Sherbrooke St. W., room 1279

The department is grateful to the invitation extended to Dr. Peck by the Jewish Public Library. He will be speaking at the Library (located at 1 Cummings Square, 5151 Côte Ste-Catherine) on the topic "Being Jewish in Germany Today" on November 7th at 7:30 p.m. The talk is given in the context of the Jewish Book Month, organized by the library.

Dr. Peck is one of several special guests invited as part of the first edition of Rendez-vous avec l'Allemagne.

Jeffrey M. Peck is the author of the recent book "Being Jewish in the New Germany" (Rutgers, 2006). His book explores the diversity of contemporary Jewish life and the complex struggles within the community and among Germans over history, responsibility, culture, and identity. Dr Peck is a professor in communication, culture, and technology at Georgetown University, a senior fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, and the academic director of the new Leo Baeck Summer University in Berlin. He is the coauthor of "Sojourners: The Return of German Jews and the Question of Identity" and the coeditor of "Culture/Contexture: Explorations in Anthropology and Literary Studies."

Oktoberfest celebration

This year, on October 30, the department enjoyed an Oktoberfest with about 80 people in attendance. The unprecedented success of this event was made possible by the enthusiasm and organizing skills of Katrina Sark.


Once again, the department of German Studies organized its traditional undergraduate German weekend at McGill's stunning Gault Estate. Professor Josef Schmidt, to whom we owe this tradition, called it a Sprachwochenende because students' only mission, should they accept it, is to speak German all weekend! It's all a lot of fun and very informal! We chat, we cook together, we play games, we hike, we pick apples, we carve pumpkins... Of course, you are allowed to be by yourself and actually study and do your homework, if you need to!

  • The Sprachwochenende took place on September 28th, 29th and 30th
  • All undergraduate students, including those from other universities, were invited except beginners
  • The cost per person was $55, including food and bed


Siegfried Returns: Concepts of Salvation in Leni Riefenstahl's Tiefland (1954)

Department of German Studies and Montreal Project for European Cinemas are pleased to present Dr Kai Sicks
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
688 Sherbrooke St. W., room 1025
In preparation for Dr. Sicks' talk, there will also be a screening of Tiefland on Friday, Sep. 14th, at 15:00 in room 1025.

Dr. Kai Sicks works and teaches at the Forschungskolleg "Media and Cultural Communication" at the University of Cologne. His research focuses on narrative theory, aesthetics and the body in modern German culture. His books include Leibhaftige Moderne. Körper in Kunst und Massenmedien 1918-1933 (co-edited with Michael Cowan, 2005) and the forthcoming Stadionromanzen. Der Sportroman der Weimarer Republik.