GermanStudies.ca- Newsletter December 2010/ January 2011

A Happy New Year from GermanStudies.ca

GermanStudies.ca wishes you an enjoyable and productive New Year! For the last three years funding from the DAAD and the University of Victoria has allowed GermanStudies.ca to facilitate the exchange and collaboration among scholars from across Canada. In 2011 we would like to encourage our experts to take advantage of our revamped expert database and its host of information and mailing services. In addition, we have formed research clusters around key themes in German and European Studies and hope that this context will provide you with a productive context to network with experts from other parts of Canada. Furthermore, new funding opportunities will be explored this year to make the GermanStudies.ca project sustainable into the future.

German-Canadian Trade Relations and Analysis of the Canadian Economy- Summary of a Lecture held at the University of Victoria by Hans-Guenter Bergen, President of the Victoria German Business Network 

In the world-wide financial crisis and economic slowdown triggered by the so-called Subprime Crisis in the USA, 2 countries were economically relatively stable and weathered this crisis better than others - Germany and Canada. Germany is not only today's fifth largest economy, for decades it has been one of the leading export nations. Even in 2009, when its foreign trades decreased by almost 17%, Germany showed a surplus of €134 billion. For 2010 and the succeeding years, an increase in foreign trade is expected, thus creating a higher export surplus.

For many years Canada, rated today's tenth largest economy, made a steady export surplus; almost US$ 46 billion in international trade in 2008. In 2009, because of an above-average export loss of 30 %, Canada for the first time showed an export deficit of US$ 4.9 billion which will continue. The deficit of the preceding year (2009) will continue in 2010 and Canada can expect a foreign trade surplus not before 2011.

 

Only 1% of Germany's international trade (2009) concerns Canada; at the same time Canada generates 2.9 % of its trade in the German market. Germany mainly supplies vehicles, machinery and chemical products to Canada and in return Canada mainly delivers raw materials and machine parts. Considering that the economic relations between Canada and Germany have been stable for many years, this volume of trade is far below the possibilities and should be greater. A desirable increase and improvement in this bilateral trade might be reached by a successful signing of contracts in ongoing negotiations between Canada and the EU. The abundance and high export volume of natural resources (iron ore, nickel, and others) and fossil energy sources (crude oil, coal, gas) is, besides tourism, Canada's economic strength. But at the same time the dependency on this primary sector also means economic weakness. In addition to the export of natural resources and the lack of domestic processing, there is no aggregate added value. This has a negative impact on the constant deficient budgetary position.

Another major risk for the Canadian economy is the extreme export-dependency (75 % in 2009) on the US market. Because of permanent influence by the US government on bilateral trade relations (e.g. "buy American"), and often biased interpretation of trade agreements, there will be an increasing economic risk for the Canadian economy. To reach sustainable economic stability in Canada, expansion of international trade relations with many countries, including the EU - currently Canada's second largest trading partner - is highly recommended. Unfortunately, in the past, Canadian talks with the EU were fairly slow, because Canada could/would not maintain certain European standards.

As far back as 2007 during the Canada-EU summit meeting, an economic study was ordered. The following year the positive result of this joint study led to open formal negotiations about economic cooperation in 2009. According to the study, liberalizing trade in goods and services could bring a potential 20% boost to bilateral trade and GDP gains of up to $12 billion (or €8.2 billion) for Canada by 2014. Already 5 rounds of negotiations have taken place and the aim is to conclude the negotiations within 2 to 2½ years. Further talks are scheduled for January 2011 (Brussels) and April 2011 (Ottawa).

In contrast to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which is a clean tariff agreement, an EU-Canada trade agreement would require considerably more commitment on the part of Canada. Also, the different standards required in the EU would have to be accepted. It is, therefore, crucial for Canada to get particular support from its relatively autonomous provinces, especially Quebec. To increase the Canadian GDP it is also necessary to invest more capital into environmental protection and to start more processing of raw materials. In the environmental sector, in energy efficiency, and recycling, there is a lot of work to be done by Canada compared to countries of the EU, particularly Germany. In turn this investment will create many new job opportunities. Power generation from renewable energy sources, such as wind and sun, is highly capable of improvement. So is further thermal processing of garbage and biomass. Apart from neighbourly dependencies there are sufficient opportunities for a further positive economic development. Canada just has to use these opportunities.

News CAUTG Canadian Association of University Teachers of German, Florentine Strzelczyk, President 

The CAUTG is busy planning the upcoming annual meeting in Fredericton in May 2011. One of the planned foci will be the links between university and school curricula and program chair, Cheryl Dueck, is working on both funding and organisation of this special panel. The search for a new editor of Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies is under way and the CAUTG hopes to announce the new editor at the upcoming meeting. The CAUTG wishes everyone a happy and healthy New year and all the best for 2011.

Go Award Winner 2010 : Thomas Lornsen, University of New Brunswick

The Canadian Association of University Techers of German (CAUTG)  and GermanStudies.ca  is happy to announce the recipient of the second annual GERMAN ONLINE (GO) award, a prize financed by the DAAD and administered by the CAUTG and GermanStudies.ca, to recognize the best online course in the field of German Studies in Canada.

This year's winner is Thomas Lornsen from the University of New Brunswick whose online course site on Decadence, Nazis and the War: German Literature from 1900 to 1945, received first prize. Congratulations to Thomas!

In the Fall term of 2010 Thomas Lornsen taught the third-year course Decadence, Nazis and the War: German Literature from 1900 to 1945 at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton. As a Learning Management System (LMS) he used Moodle (version 1.9.8), which he installed on a separate server. This allowed to customize virtually every aspect of the LMS, from FTP-access to modifying the source code. Each lecture had its own title and a separate section on the website (for Moodlers: I used the "Collapsed Topics"-format). In each block Dr. Lornsen posted links to primary texts and relevant secondary literature in the form of PDF-files or URLs to Google Books, Jstor and other online services. He also embedded images and videos from YouTube and Google Video. In order to encourage students to share their thoughts with the class Dr. Lornsen embedded interactive pin walls using Lino (http://en.linoit.com), which allowed the anonymous posting of stickies. Anonymous course feedback was facilitated via embedded Google Forms (http://docs.google.com). On two occasions the results of in-class group work were scanned and the images made available on the course website using the free "lightboxgallery"-plugin. When a class had to be canceled, Dr. Lornsen recorded and posted the lecture as a podcast on the website. Since the files were rather large they were  uploaded the MP3s to my Dropbox account (www.dropbox.com) and linked to them on the course website. Moodle's media filter automatically replaced these links with embedded audio players, so students could listen to the lectures on the website. Throughout the course the students had to complete ten quizzes, which were posted, submitted and graded on the course website. Frequently these quizzes would contain images or embedded video clips from YouTube and Google Video.

For more information please contact Thomas directly This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Winter News from the DAAD Information Centre Toronto 

DAAD Information Centre Toronto: Who are we and what do we do? For those of you who aren't familiar with the DAAD Information Centre Toronto, we thought we'd give you some background as to who we are and what we do here. Our office is dedicated to serving the needs of students and faculty in Canada. It promotes study and research in Germany, advises local students on funding opportunities, and builds ties between German and Canadian universities. Germany is an exciting travel and research destination! With centuries of colourful history, a diverse and multicultural student population, and some of the most well-known and acclaimed academic institutions in the world, Germany is sure to offer an academic programme that suits your personal and professional needs. Should you have any questions or concerns about study and research opportunities in Germany, please feel free to contact a member of our office. Below, please find our contact details: DAAD Information Centre Toronto, c/o Munk Centre for International Studies, North Side, Room 207, University of Toronto, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto ON, M5S3K7, Tel: +1 416 946-8116, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , www.daad.org

Internationalise your degree! International MA Programme, Erasmus Mundus Master, Journalism, Media and Globalisation, One Master - Two European countries

The MA programme explores the practice and performance of journalism and the media in the context of a new environment brought about by globalisation, modernisation, commercialisation and professional developments. The programme seeks to shape alumni who will shape the future of global journalism. This scheme offers a unique educational experience: Student study in two Northern European countries, become part of a group from around the world, get a degree from two universities, specialize in one of four distinct areas: Business and Finance, War and Conflict, Communicating Europe; Comparative and Transcultural Approaches to Journalism, discuss global issues and understand global challenges in a truly global environment.

An additional option is a study abroad period in Australia, Chile or the US. Application process for the 2011 programme is now open - Deadline:  March 1, 2011

The application form and a more detailed description of the programme including grants and funding can be found on the website: www.mundusjournalism.com. Inquiries welcome - please contact Bettina Andersen: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Research Internship in Science and Engineering (RISE)

RISE is a summer internship program (2-3 months) for Canadian undergraduate students in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. The students work with research groups at universities on exciting projects and have a PhD student as a mentor. The program "RISE Professional" addresses graduate students who will be placed in a well-known research institution in Germany, also for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer. All scholarship holders receive stipends from the DAAD to help cover living expenses, while partner universities and research institutes provide housing assistance. Application Deadlines: The online database for both programs (RISE and RISE professional) will be opened on 6 December 2010, and will close on 31 January 2011. Apply now! For more information, please go to www.daad.de/rise

RISE Alumni Promotional Activity Contest Have you participated in DAAD's RISE internship program? RISE alumni are invited to participate in contest to promote RISE professional 2011.

Contest participants are required to organize and implement an event or activity promoting RISE professional 2011 to students, faculty, and/or administrators at your home college or university. Winners will be presented with great prizes, among them a round-ticket to Germany to participate in next year's RISE pro scholarship holder meeting in Bonn! Accommodations, meals, and activities in Bonn will also be covered. Who: All RISE pro 2010 and 2009 alumni are invited to participate in the contest. The alumni organizing the most creative event or activity, as determined by the RISE pro team in Bonn, will be chosen to attend the 2011 Bonn meeting. How to Enter: Send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it informing us of your interest in participating. We will provide you with up-to-date program information regarding RISE pro 2011. Please include all requests for informational materials at this time. By 1 February 2011, submit a report including pictures and a letter from a professor or university administrator confirming that the event took place. Please note that all promotional events and activities must be completed by 25 January 2011. When: Promote RISE pro on your campus by 25 January 2011. Submit your activity report to RISE pro by 1 February 2011. For further information on how to participate, send an e-mail to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Not a RISE alumni? Go to www.daad.de/rise-programs/en/index.html to find out how you can become one. 

Participate in a 10-Day Study Tour "Cultural Identity in Contemporary Germany -Hamburg between Global Modernity and Local Patrimony"

DATE: May 2-13, 2011 Organized by: Le Centre canadien d'études allemandes et européennes at Université de Montréal and The Canadian Centre for German and European Studies at York University. Supported by: DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). Graduate students from across Canada are invited to apply to participate in an interdisciplinary ten-day study tour to Hamburg and the surrounding region providing unique first-hand insights into present-day Germany. Successful applicants will be awarded a DAAD travel grant which largely subsidizes their transatlantic travel, have their accommodation provided during the tour and be given the opportunity to complete an internship in the region related to the themes of the study tour or tie the trip to their own research interests. Our study tour will explore the political, economic, structural and cultural changes facing the Hamburg region by meeting with leading individuals, institutions and organizations over the course of the ten day trip and is organized around these four themes: 1.       Political Agendas between modernization and conservatism 2.       Germany, Europe and the World 3.       Industry, Infrastructure and Environmental Challenges 4.       Culture and History in a Commercial Centre. Applicants: The Study Tour is open to all students currently enrolled in a graduate program at a Canadian university. If you do not have a legal status in Canada as citizen or permanent resident please contact us before you apply. Students with a strong background in German may be favoured. However, would-be applicants with little or no language ability, but a keen interest in the tour themes, are also encouraged to apply. Interested participants may also extend their stay in Germany by opting to complete an internship with a German institution or company after the Study Tour. Funds are available to help defray much of the cost associated with completion of an internship. Study tourists contribute a $500.00 participation fee to help cover the costs of their travel and accommodation during their ten days in Germany. Meals will be participants' responsibility. Although some restrictions to booking flights may apply, students should note that they are free to travel to Europe before the tour begins or remain there after it concludes in order to meet their own research, work, or other needs. Successful applicants will be provided an extensive introductory reader and are obliged to prepare for the Study Tour by participating in an online-seminar about four weeks ahead of departure. Moreover, they will be expected to make a substantive contribution to the success of the tour both by serving as a discussion facilitator during one of the tour's half-day modules and by contributing to some kind of joint publication upon the tour's completion. (The form of such a contribution is open and potential participants are encouraged to contemplate what form this might take (text, photos, film, etc.). Please indicate in your application if you're seeking course credit for participating in the Study Tour. While this has been possible in the past, it is each student's responsibility to clarify the requirements with his/her home institution well in advance of the tour. A complete application includes:    Letter of Interest outlining why you wish to participate and how the tour would complement your graduate program (2 pages max.)     Transcripts from Post-Secondary Study (print-outs or copies acceptable)      Documentation demonstrating German-language facility (e.g. high school or university transcripts, DaF test results, etc.)    In the event that you are interested in an internship (at least four weeks of duration) following the study tour, please indicate your specific field of interest in your application. Applications should be submitted electronically before February 15th, 2011 to the coordinator of the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies at York University, Mr. John Paul Kleiner: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Questions about the content of the tour can be addressed to the organizers: Dr. Matt Bera: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  and Prof. Ulrich Ufer: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

EU Study Tour & Internship Program 2011

 The application period is now open for the 2011 EU Study Tour & Internship Program - a great chance to experience the EU in action! The tour will take place from May 9-27, 2011 at a cost of $2,800. Participants will visit a wide range of European institutes (in Brussels, Antwerp, Bruges, Hachenburg, Frankfurt, Strasbourg, Luxembourg) and attend interesting seminars and have exciting face to face conversation with the presenters. Following the tour, selected students will be eligible to participate in a two to six months internship in a European institution. The internships are unpaid, but grants may be available. If you are interested, please read more information about the Study Tour and how to apply on: www.capilanou.ca/europa Study Tour application deadline: March 1, 2011. Internship application deadline: February 28, 2011 The EU Study Tour & Internship Program is a joint initiative of the Network for European Studies (Canada), involving a consortium of Canadian universities such as Carleton, Dalhousie, Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, University of Montreal, University of Victoria and York University.

News from the Chair in German-Canadian Studies, Alexander Freund, University of Winnipeg

This is an update regarding German-Canadian Studies News. As many of you know, the last _German-Canadian Studies Newsletter_ that you received in your mail was the final issue. From now on, all GCS news will be available only online, but in a much expanded form, including our website, a new Facebook presence, a new blog, and a new news link to global migration news. Here are the details:

HOMEPAGE: http://germancanadian.uwinnipeg.ca : Learn about the Chair in German-Canadian Studies, download applications for the $25,000.00 Fellowship program, access resources such as bibliographies, an index of German-Canadian churches, etc.

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/pages/German-Canadian-Studies/170460396326837 : Follow us on Facebook to learn about German-Canadian family talk about the Nazi period, the German-Canadian Congress's controversial view of the Canadian Human Rights Museum, and German academics and bakers in Montreal and Winnipeg.

BLOG: http://blog.uwinnipeg.ca/GermanCanadianStudies (or click on the link on our homepage) : Visit our new GCS Blog. The blog will be a new forum for you to share news about your research, new publications, new projects, upcoming events, queries, etc.

MIGRATION NEWS: http://www.delicious.com/agmf369  (or click on the link "Follow Global Migration News" on our homepage): This Delicio site allows you to follow Alexander Freund's personal Delicio bookmark account: links to news items about worldwide migration. 

If you wish to stay connected to GCS, please click the "Like" button on our Facebook page. Best wishes for 2011!

The Stiftung Deutsch-Amerikanische Wissenschaftsbeziehungen - Call for Proposals 2011

The Stiftung Deutsch-Amerikanische Wissenschaftsbeziehungen (SDAW/Foundation German-American Academic Relations) is prepared to fund research groups composed of German and North American scholars, and, where appropriate, other European scholars, who propose to explore topics of particular relevance to the transatlantic relationship. Research projects may focus on international or domestic topics; comparisons with cases outside the US-European context are welcome, as are proposals that seek to open up new methodological approaches. The participation of younger scholars is particularly encouraged. Research results should be published (also electronically). Though any topic will be welcome that is of relevance to transatlantic relations, we wish to suggest a number of exemplary topics that in our view would merit special attention:  U.S. and European Perspectives on the Reform of Global Institutions, Transatlantic Regulatory Harmonization, Sustainable Economic Policies, The Legitimacy of Military Peace Making Operations, State and Market in a New Financial Order, The Common Challenges and Dilemmas of Transatlantic Society: American and European, Approaches to Health Care, Energy and/or the Environment, The Rise of India and China: A New Challenge for the Transatlantic Relationship?  Integration of Immigrant Communities: American and German Experiences,  Transitions to Post-Industrial Society in Europe and the United States and  The Management of Global Financial Imbalances.

Study groups can be funded over a period of 1-2 years, but funding requests should not exceed 20.000,- Euro (26.000,- U.S. Dollars). The funding by the Foundation may be renewed depending on the evaluation of the project report. Proposers are encouraged to seek additional funds or stipends from other sources. Support from other foundations or stipends should be specified in the proposal. Proposers should be scholars from Germany, North America or another European country, holding a Ph.D. and working at a university or a research institution. Six copies of the proposal should be submitted, including: a standardized title page (see following page),  a detailed description of the project (5-6 pages, including a discussion of the projected results), details on the academic qualifications of the proposer(s), a list of potential study group members, an action plan (incl. timetable),  a budget (always at the end of the proposal). The closing date for the receipt of proposals is March 31st, 2011. News adopted from www.sdaw.net.

Canadian Centre for German and European Studies(CCGES) : Events in January

As the second event in its Automobility series, CCGES will be hosting a panel discussion under the title "The Changing Political Economy of the Global Automobile Industry" on Monday, January 24th from 4:30-6:30 pm on the 7th floor of the York Research Tower. The panel will be moderated by Prof. Bernie Wolf, a CCGES faculty affiliate from the Schulich School of Business, and feature contributions from Greg Chin (York, Political Science), Scott E. Paradise (VP Marketing and Business Development, Magna International) and Jim Stanford (Economist, Canadian Autoworkers Union). Together the panel will explore recent developments in the global automobile sector including the reemergence of GM in North America, the rise of China as a market of critical importance to the long term health of the industry and positioning of European automakers in an ever evolving global marketplace. More information on this event can be found at www.ccges.yorku.ca

On Tuesday, January 25th, CCGES is pleased to present a book launch for Centre affiliate Susan Ingram's new publication Berliner Chic (Palgrave, February 2011). Described as a locational history of Berlin fashion, Prof. Ingram collaborated on this work with Katrina Sark (CCGES Graduate Diploma recipient, 2006) to explore the emergence of Berlin as a fashion capital against a backdrop of politics, ideology and war. The launch will take place in room 742 of the York Research Tower from 12:30 to 2:00 pm and all are welcome. For more information on this event, please visit www.ccges.yorku.ca