Centre for Canadian Studies

Welcome to the website of the Centre for Canadian Studies at the University of Trier!

The Centre for Canadian Studies (ZKS) is one of the central institutions at the University of Trier. The ZKS has as its objectives to support interdisciplinary research and teaching in Canadian Studies, to promote scholarly Canadian Studies, and to strengthen the scholarly and cultural relations between Canada and the German-speaking countries.

On our website, we provide information about the Centre, news of current activities and teaching (particularly in connection with the Certificate 'Canadian Studies'), different archives, and much more.

Upcoming Events

Further Information and News

Certificate 'Canadian Studies': Information can be found here.

Interested in studying Canadian literature and culture with our Canadian guest professor? Register now!

The Centre for Canadian Studies (ZKS) is delighted to announce that Prof. Chris Lee (University of British Columbia, Vancouver) will act as ZKS Guest Professor in the upcoming summer term. Prof. Lee is an expert in Canadian Literature and director of the Asian Canadian Studies programme at UBC. More information can be found on his website: https://english.ubc.ca/profile/christopher-lee/.

Prof. Lee will offer two seminars for master students of English:

  • Narrating Asian Families in North America (LIT 801 / ELM 301 / NAS 301 / NAS 302)

(Blockseminar: 16.6., 17.6., 23.6., 24.6., 9-16h; introductory zoom session on 28.4., 9-10 am)

(For your information: Porta still shows “NN” as lecturer – do not be irritated, the seminar is offered by Prof. Lee)

This course examines how Asian families in Canada and the United States have been portrayed in literature, film, media, and cultural criticism. We start by looking at how families were affected by racist immigration legislation in effect from roughly the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century. We will then consider how mid-century immigration reforms altered the conditions of family life and conclude by considering alternative formations of kinship such as adoption and queer kinship. 

  • Asian Canadian Literature and Culture (LIT 801 / ELM 402 / NAS 402 / NAS 403)

(together with Prof. Ralf Hertel, thursdays, 10-12 am.)

This seminar proposes to explore the field of Asian Canadian Literature and Culture by a close reading of selected texts, such as Wayson Choy’s The Jade Peony and short stories by Madeleine Thien and others. In addition, we will ask how Asian Canadian culture manifests itself in other media, for instance in TV series such as Kim’s Convenience.

There are still places available in both seminars –register now via Porta.

Ralf Hertel, Head of the Centre for Canadian Studies

Call for Applications: Konrad Adenauer Visiting Scholar on Transatlantic Relations

The Centre for European Studies at Carleton University and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (Foundation Office Canada) invite applications for the position as Konrad Adenauer Visiting Scholar on Transatlantic Relations at Carleton University for a period of four months, September – December 2023.

Deadline: Friday, April 14, 2023

The full announcement can be found here.

New Canadian Studies acquisitions in the University Library

All interested parties can find the current book list of new acquisitions within the framework of the Klara Marie Faßbinder Visiting Professorship for Women's and Gender Studies of Prof. Dr. Linda Morra here.

Prof. Dr. Linda Morra was a guest professor at the University of Trier in the summer term of 2022.