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After Fukushima: Domestic political debate and electoral politics in Germany unique in the European-global context

This spring and early summer the domestic political debate and electoral politics in Germany have been dominated by one issue: the future of nuclear energy after the disaster of Fukushima. The first two contributions of  latest GermanStudies.ca newsletter discuss the dramatic turn in the German government's nuclear policy and the degree to which Germany decision to phase out nuclear power by 2022 is unique in the European-global context. Read the article of Willem Maas and Edelgard Mahant ( York University) in GermanStudies.ca - March/July 2011 Newsletter .

CAUTG meeting provides leadership for 'Restructuring German Studies' and recognizes exceptional work of German Studies scholars in Canada

During this year's CAUTG annual meeting at the end of May 2011 in Fredericton, New Brunswick, the Canadian Association of University Teachers for German (CAUTG) joined forces with the CATG, the Canadian Association of Teachers of German. Strategies were discussed how to facilitate more and better communication among all teachers of German about educational goals, including linguistic and cultural proficiency as well as student engagement, assessment and placement.  This initiative is based on the need for a more profound exchange among scholars and teachers in Canada.

In addition, recent developments in the academic landscape of German Studies in Canada have led to considerable discussion and a re-evaluation of the mandate and administrative structures of the CAUTG.  In a special roundtable discussion on 'Relocating and Restructuring German Studies' five department heads shared their insights into the future of the discipline chaired by the president of the CAUTG, Dr. Florentine Strzelczyk.

During this annual meeting, four prestigious prizes were awarded: Mareike Mueller (Waterloo), and Pete Schweppe (McGill) split the prize for best graduate paper delivered at the conference for their respective contributions in the areas of applied linguistics and literature. he GO Award for best online course went to Thomas Lornsen (UNB) for his course entitled "Decadence, Nazis and the War: German Literature from 1900 to 1945." The prize for best PhD dissertation defended in the past two years was awarded to Nathalie Lachance (McGill). This year also saw the award of the Boeschenstein Medal, the highest honour that the CAUTG can bestow on members of the association who have made exceptional contributions to our profession. The Boeschenstein medal was awarded to Raleigh Whitinger (Alberta), the outgoing editor in chief of Seminar, our association's scholarly journal. It is due to his editorship that Seminar has become a journal of highest academic standing featuring international scholarship in German.

Next year's annual meeting of the CAUTG will take place at Wilfred Laurier University and the University of Waterloo, during the first week of Congress.

Germany and Canada celebrate the 4oth anniversary of an agreement on scientific and technical cooperation

The German Embassy Ottawa announces the celebration of the 40th anniversary of a bilateral agreement on scientific and technical cooperation between Germany and Canada. A commemoration will take place on May 17. Invited dignitaries are Canadian government representatives and the German Federal Minister of Education and Research Prof. Dr. Annette Schavan, representatives of various institutions in the field of research and higher education, delegates from Canadian provinces and German federal states, as well as representatives from leading R&D firms.  This event marks a beginning of a series of events and expositions. For more information, brochure or the link to a special website please vsit.