Canadian Association of University Teachers of German

Association #23
Canadian Association of University Teachers of German (CAUTG)
Conference dates: 
Saturday, May 30, 2020 to Monday, June 1, 2020
To attend this conference, register for Congress and add CAUTG #23 in Section 3 of the registration form.
Registration is required for all conference attendees, including speakers, presenters, panelists, organizers and those chairing or attending a session.
The 2020 CAUTG Annual Meeting (May 30- June 1) assembles presentations and special events on any topic or period in German Studies (German-language literature, cinema, cultural studies, German language, and language pedagogy), as well as from related field such as history, art history, philosophy, political studies, and musicology. The 2020 CAUTG meeting has a particular emphasis on questions of (post)colonialism and racism in German Studies, the relation of German and Indigenous Studies, and genocide studies. It will explore the role German Studies, its research, teaching, and institutions, can play in the rethinking of the academy beyond its colonial, exclusionary, and racist legacies with a view toward transformative change and social justice. Two special events challenge traditional forms of thinking about German heritage, memory, and identities. Renowned German theater and European cultural studies scholar Katrin Sieg, currently the Graf Goltz Professor and Director of the BMW Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University in the U.S., will present a keynote lecture entitled “Confronting Colonialism in European Museums: Anti-Black Racism and Indigenous Revival.“ She will analyze how European and German national museums as well as smaller regional history and art exhibitions link historical racism to the imperial present and how they meet a needed transformation of institutional practices and relations. The lecture will ask what civic values and political commitments are affirmed or foreclosed by museum representations of colonialism’s past and present. A second plenary event, sponsored by the Goethe Institut Toronto, and coordinated by the CAUTG taskforce on Social Justice will address mixed race studies and issues of international migration. Other special events include the Waterloo Centre for German Studies Canadian Book Prize lecture, a hands-on workshop for graduate students in the profession, an event sponsored by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) in which the Innovate German Award will be given out, several interdisciplinary special panels, and an association banquet (evening of June 1) during which the CAUTG M.A. thesis award and the Best Graduate Student Paper Award will be awarded. Most conference contributions are in English, but presentations are welcomed in German and French as well (the deadline for paper and session submission is Nov. 30, 2019)
German Studies, German film, German race studies, Post(colonial) German studies, German language pedagogy
Call-for-papers deadline: 
November 30, 2019
President's Reception: 
May 31, 2020
Program Chairs: 

Stephan Jaeger, University of Manitoba, Belinda Kleinhans, Texas Tech University

Local Arrangement Coordinators: 

Angela Borchert, Western University


For more information, contact the association directly. Please note that conference registration fees are separate from the association's membership fees.