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"GO (German Online) Award" 2010 - Call for Nominations

The Canadian Association for University Teachers of German (CAUTG) and the DAAD-funded project invite nominations for the second round of the "German Online (GO)" award for the best online course materials in the field of German and Germany-related Studies at Canadian Colleges and Universities. This award honours the enormous effort scholars and teachers invest in developing online materials and it is also an expression of appreciation for sharing the results.


New Holocaust Field School Study Project at the University of Victoria

The Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of Victoria will be offering a new program in Central Europe beginning in May 2011 called the I-Witness Holocaust Field School Project. This field school is designed to explore ways in which the Holocaust has become “memorialized” in Central Europe by focusing on memorial sites, museums, and monuments of the Holocaust and acquiring a deeper understanding of antisemitism, racism, religious intolerance, homophobia and the stigmatization of the mentally and physically disabled communities. The program will run from May 2-28, with the first week of classes taking place at UVic and the following three weeks in Europe. Participants will travel to Berlin (Germany), Cracow, (Poland), and Vienna (Austria).


Heather McRae (York) comments on Twenty Years of German Unification: "Changing German Gender Regime"

Unification and the Changing German Gender Regime - Heather McRae, York University

There have been profound political, legal, economic and social changes in post-unification Germany during the past 20 years. Merging two distinct systems has necessitated changes to both and, while the most profound changes have certainly been in the former East Germany, there have been changes, especially in social and gender norms, in the West as well. Prior to unification, West Germany was generally identified as a "strong male breadwinner" regime (Ostner and Lewis 1995) characterised by a clear division of roles for men and women and reflected both in policy and practice. Many West German women found their personal identity in their roles as mothers and homemakers. This was reinforced by policies which included a long, low paid parental leave, a poorly developed child care system for children under three, and an education system in which the school day ended shortly after noon. As a result, women's labour market participation has typically been low. In contrast, East German women were encouraged to be both mothers and active members of the labour market. Policies in East Germany aimed to facilitate both employment and motherhood.