Skip Navigation
York U: Redefine the PossibleHOME | Current Students | Faculty & Staff | Research | International
Search »FacultiesLibrariesCampus MapsYork U OrganizationDirectorySite Index
Future Students, Alumni & Visitors

Talk “Breeding a Better Man: French and German Enlightenment Thinkers and their Dreams of the Perfect Society”

Posted: February 13, 2014

Maren Lorenz from the German Department of the University of Toronto is going to give a talk about French and German enlightened thinkers and their view on eugenics and a perfect society. Unlike the common notion of eugenics as a phenomenon of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, concepts of “human breeding” were developed in Western Europe since the middle of the 18th century. Based on case studies and tracts dealing with “medical police” and “medical hygiene”, scientific and economic experts discussed problems such as the hereditary transmission of disabilities and diseases, and the origins of so-called “degenerate” peoples in the scientific and enlightened journals. In the forefront of the French Revolution especially French and German physicians and bureaucrats developed concrete plans for a strictly state controlled marriage policy and “female stud farms” in the manner of livestock breeders to enhance not only the “quantity” but the “quality” of their countries’ population.

When? March 6, 2:30.

Where? Kaneff Tower 901.

For more information see Prof Lorenz’ homepage

Talk “Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service”/”Gedenkdienst”

Posted:

Stefan Hammerl Foto Stefan Hammerl is going to give a talk about Austria’s war participation, Nazi Propaganda and the coming to terms with the past. He is currently serving as Holocaust Memorial Intern at the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre in Toronto. His internship is part of the Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service, which offers an independent alternative to Austria’s compulsory military service. In his interactive presentation, Hammerl will discuss current memory discourses in Austria, as well as issues of xenophobia, immigration and anti-Semitism.

When? February, 26, 2:30 – 3:30.

Where? At the CCGES (Kaneff Tower, 7th floor)

Other news

Talk by Her Excellency Marie-Anne Coninsx, European Union Delegation to Canada

Posted: February 1, 2014

 

Marie-Anne Coninsx is the Ambassador of the European Union to Canada.

She began her posting as the European Union’s top diplomat in Canada  in September 2013, after serving four years as Ambassador of the  European Union to Mexico. She has been an official of the European Union since 1984. Ambassador Coninsx has extensive experience dealing with multilateral issues, having served as Minister-Counsellor at the  Delegation of the European Union in New York (US) from 1996 to 2000 and as Minister-Counsellor at the Delegation of the European Union in Geneva (CH) from 2000 to 2004. Ambassador Coninsx studied law at Gent University in Belgium and did postgraduate studies specializing in international law and European law respectively at Cambridge University (UK) and at European University Centre in Nancy (France).

The event is free and open to the public.

When? Thursday February 13, 10:00-11:15

Where? Senate Chamber, York Hall C123

Glendon campus (2275 Bayview Avenue)

Film “Schlafkrankheit”

Posted: October 17, 2013

On 24/10/2013 another movie will be shown by the CCGES.

“Schlafkrankheit”/ “Sleeping Sickness” deals with a doctor working and living with his wife in Cameroon, and his dreaded return to Germany, a country which has grown alien to him.

The movie will be shown on 2.30 at the Nat Taylor Cinema (Ross Building).

For further information on the film use this link:

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/schlafkrankheit/

For the movie’s poster click here: Schlafkrankheit.

Ephemeral Film Digitally Preserved

Posted: October 8, 2013

In connection with the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre’s Holocaust Education Week Ingo Zechner discusses his work with the preservation and digitization of a collection of ephemeral films that provide a unique look into daily life in National Socialist Austria. He will also explore the collection’s use for academic and pedagogical purposes and the challenge of preserving something that was never meant to endure.

When? 5/11/2013, 12 to 2 pm.

Where? At the CCGES, Kaneff Tower 749.

To get more information about the Holocaust Education Week use this link: http://holocaustcentre.com/Programs/Holocaust-Education-Week-2013.

Performance: Ask me more about Brecht

Posted: October 5, 2013

A Theatrical Reconstruction of Conversations between Hanns Eisler and Hans Bunge

Translated and Performed by Sabine Berendse and Paul Clements

In this multi-media show the audience is taken back to the East Berlin of 1958 when Hans Bunge began the first of his fourteen recorded interviews with the courageous and committed left-wing composer, Hanns Eisler.

The audience is invited to meet Hanns Eisler – played by Paul Clements. Eisler was an enormously intelligent and entertaining conversationalist: sharp, witty, incisive, humorous and lively, and with such a breadth of knowledge and profound understanding of historical processes that it is extraordinarily stimulating to read and hear his words today.

The event takes place on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 at 2.30 pm in Joseph G. Green Studio Theatre.

To get more information click here: Ask Me More About Brecht3.

To get a glimpse of the performance click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6lpx-1Tf1I

Workshop: “Politics of Utopia”, April 18-19th

Posted: April 9, 2013

Political Uses of Utopia Workshop

April 18-19, 2013

This workshop brings together 17 junior and senior scholars from Canada, the United States, and Europe for two days at Founder’s College to discuss the possible contributions of the idea of utopia and different forms of utopianism  to political thought across different traditions, including liberalism, radical democracy, anarchism, Marxism, Critical Theory, environmentalism, and feminism.

For more information please email Nika Jabbarova (event coordinator) at nikaj@yorku.ca, or check out the Politics of Utopia page here!

Book Launch & Exhibit: “World Film Locations: Berlin”, edited by Susan Ingram

Posted: March 12, 2013

MARCH 14: BOOK LAUNCH AND EXHIBIT

The German Consulate in Toronto, Intellect Books, and the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies at York University welcome you to an evening of Berlin film, art and culture with the launch of World Film Locations: Berlin. Editor Susan Ingram, along with many local contributors to the volume, will be in attendance to discuss and sign the book.

“With the help of full-colour illustrations that include film stills and contemporary location shots, World Film Locations: Berlin cinematically maps the city’s long twentieth century, taking readers behind the scenes and shedding new light on the connections between many favourite and possibly soon-to-be-favourite films.”

The book launch is presented in conjunction with the multimedia exhibit Museumsinsel Berlin. Keeping the Past – Facing the Future. Berlin’s Museumsinsel (Museum Island) is host to an ensemble of museums, housing collections that span 6000 years of history. The exhibit explores the challenges that museums in Berlin face, as well as their impact on the surrounding urban space.

Plee join us at the German Consulate Toronto at 2 Bloor Street East, 25th Floor on March 14 at 5:00pm for the launch of World Film Locations: Berlin and Museumsinsel Berlin. Keeping the Past – Facing the Future. Light refreshments will be served.

Talk: “Reconsidering Austria’s Past”

Posted: March 5, 2013

The Canadian Centre for German and European Studies, co-sponsored by the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies and the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, is proud to present Andreas Schnitzler, “Reconsidering Austria’s Past.”

Andreas Schnitzer is currently serving as Holocaust Memorial Intern at the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre in Toronto. His internship is part of the Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service, which offers an independent alternative to Austria’s compulsory military service. In his interactive presentation, Schnitzer will discuss current memory discourses in Austria, as well as issues of xenophobia, immigration and anti-Semitism. Finally, he will provide students with information about opportunities to participate in a field trip to Vienna.

 

When?: March 11, 2013, at 2:30-4:30pm
Where?: York Research Tower, 749 York University

 

Show All