ANN: Program of the annual CAUTG/APAUC conference (Canadian Association of University Teachers of German); May 30-June 2, 2021, online conference

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Announcement of the program of the Annual CAUTG/APAUC Conference (Canadian Association of University Teachers of German)


May 30-June 2, 2021, online conference (events each day 9:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. MDT (Mountain Daylight Time = UTC -6)


Colleagues and graduate students from German Studies across the world are invited to participate in the 2021 Annual Conference of the CAUTG/APAUC – Canadian German Studies – (as part of the Virtual Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences in cooperation with the University of Alberta)!


The conference features papers and events from German-language literature, cinema, cultural studies, German language and language pedagogy, as well as related fields. This year’s conference program particularly focuses on Northern and Indigenous Relations, Confronting Colonialism and anti-Black Racism, and themes of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization.


For the full conference program & further details, please see and (

Keynote Speakers (please see conference program for full details):

-Susan McHugh (University of New England in Maine): Reframing Genocide across Species Lines: Learning from Intersectional Approaches in Animal Studies

-Lana Whiskeyjack (University of Alberta): Decolonizing Begins With Spirit


Session Topics include: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Decolonization in German Studies Canada; Black German Studies; German Drama & Colonialism / Racism; Colonial Framings & Critiques; Deconstructing Western-Centrism and Colonialism; The Depiction of the Indigenous in German Literature; Teaching and Learning about Intersectionality;  Methodologies of Embodiment I & II: Queering Film Historiography / Intersectional Approaches to Gendered & Racialized Precarity; Dealing with Holocaust Legacy; Surveillance between Privacy and Society; Challenges and Opportunities of Literary Engagement Today; Crises in the Weimar Republic; Drama and Social Values in the 18th and 19th century; Kinder- und Jugendliteratur; Curriculum Innovations I & II (please see conference program for full details).


To participate in the Conference & and all other open Congress events, all attendants need to register for Congress and the CAUTG meeting @ Registration also allows to attend all open events of Congress including the Big Thinking Lectures.

The conference platform features a welcoming booth/greeting table (open 24/7) for questions, our live lounge (open 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) for continuing discussion and mingling, and our Poster Hall (open 24/7) for asynchronous poster presentations by graduate students, newest research & pedagogy in Canadian German Studies, information on the host institution, city, and region, and more! Complimentary audio and video chat functions (one-on-one) will also remain available in all these online spaces asynchronously 24/7 throughout the conference dates.


The CAUTG / APAUC is proud to announce that both graduate students and underemployed scholars are eligible to receive a Conference Registration Subsidy Award covering the full registration fee (at the early bird rate) generously provided by the journal “Seminar.” If you have any questions on this, contact James Skidmore ( For non-paper presenters to receive the full subsidy award we ask you to volunteer two hours at the conference welcoming table. This will allow you to participate in Congress and the CAUTG/APAUC conference for free. Reimbursements will be issued soon after the conference has ended.


If you are a graduate student who self-identifies as black or Indigenous, simply use the following link for a complimentary pass to Congress and our Association meeting which is (saving you the reimbursement procedures).


Land acknowledgement: The University of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory and Homeland of the Métis, a traditional gathering place for diverse Indigenous peoples including the Cree, Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/ Saulteaux/Anishinaabe, Inuit, and many others whose histories, languages, and cultures continue to influence our vibrant community.


Program Coordinators:
Belinda Kleinhans ( & Stephan Jaeger (;

Local Coordinator: Simone Pfleger (

(Belinda Kleinhans & Stephan Jaeger, Co-program chairs CAUTG/APAUC 2021)