The Canadian Studies Centre (ZKS) is an important institution of the University of Trier. The ZKS has as its objectives:
- to support interdisciplinary research and teaching in Canadian Studies
- to promote scholarly Canadian Studies
- to strengthen the academic and cultural relations between Canada and the German speaking countries
Founded in 1976, the ZKS is currently associated with all six faculties of the University of Trier. The Canadian Studies Centre does not only deal with literature and the Anglo-Canadian and Franco-Canadian languages; historical, geographical and political studies also play a vital part, as well as economics, sociology and law. For example, the ZKS pursued a research project dealing with social and literary aspects of Canadian multiculturalism. Readings by Canadian authors and scholars or exhibitions are promoted by the ZKS, as are also workshops (e.g. on creative writing) and conferences with both German and international contributors. The close collaboration between Canada and the Canadian Studies Centre at the University of Trier is based on a partnership agreement that was ratified in 1985 by the University of Trier and the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg. As a result of this contract, ten interdisciplinary symposia have been alternately organized and held in Trier and Winnipeg. In its own publication series ('Schriftenreihe des ZKS'), the ZKS publishes the papers presented at the Winnipeg and Trier conferences as well as other scholarly and literary texts. Ten volumes have been published so far.
For more information, see http://www.kanada-studien.uni-trier.de/