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Activities of the Chair

Learn about courses the chair teaches in Canadian and World History

Social Media:

The Chair in German-Canadian Studies disseminates information about its program and German-Canadian research more broadly through its Facebook site [discontinued], Twitter page and German-Canadian Studies Blog.

Social media sites replaced the German-Canadian Studies Newsletter, which ceased publication in 2010. Visit the archive of electronic copies of the newsletter.

Fellowship Program:

Numerous scholarships, grants, and prizes for university and community research are offered by the Chair in German-Canadian Studies, made possible through the generous support of the Spletzer Family Foundation, Inc. Research is supported for a wide range of topics and various fields of study that are related to German-Canadian historiography and culture. Past community researchers have included film makers, K-12 school groups, and private researchers.


The Chair has been involved in organizing and participating in conferences related to ethnic and German-Canadian studies.  The Chair organized two international conference-workshops:

"Borderlands and Transnationalism: New Perspectives on Immigration in Canada and the United States” 

An international workshop at Glendon College, York University, Toronto, Ontario from 19 to 20 October 2012, supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. 

Assimilation, Integration, Acculturation? The German-Canadian Case

An international workshop at the Inn at the Forks in Winnipeg, Manitoba from August 26 to 29, 2004. Supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Published as Alexander Freund, ed.,Beyond the Nation? Immigrants' Local Lives in Transnational Cultures (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012).

German-Canadian Identity: Methods and Results

An international workshop at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, from October 4 through 6, 1996. Sponsored by the German-Canadian Studies Foundation Inc. and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), New York Office. Published as Angelika E. Sauer and Matthias Zimmer, eds. _A Chorus of Different Voices: German-Canadian Identities_ (New York: Lang, 1998).

Public Lecture Series:

The Chair invites speakers from a variety of fields and professions to talk about or present topics related to German-Canadian Studies. 


The Chair gives presentations at conferences and other events across the country and internationally. 

Canada Council Diefenbaker Award:

The Chair in German-Canadian Studies, in partnership with the History Department and the Oral History Centre, has twice hosted a Diefenbaker Fellow. 

2012: Dr. Alexander von Plato

2004: Dr. Christiane Harzig