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DAAD Scholarships and Research Grants for Undergraduate and Graduate Students for 2016/2017

Posted: October 6, 2015

This year, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) will be offering the following opportunities for students attending a Canadian university:

  • Study Scholarships for a full master’s degree program at a German university or for a study at a German university as part of a postgraduate or Master’s degree program completed in the home country
  • Research Grants are awarded to candidates who have completed a Master’s degree or in exceptional cases a Bachelor’s degree at the latest by the time they begin their grant-supported research, or PostDocs, or to individuals wishing to earn a doctoral degree in Germany.
    More information on DAAD Scholarships and Grants

Nomination of Candidates by York

The Canadian Centre for German and European Studies (CCGES) acts as a university representative for the DAAD at York (DAAD Partner University) and will be responsible for conducting a pre-selection of York’s applicants. We therefore ask all students to follow the application procedure as specified by the DAAD and then to submit copies of their applications to us, no later than:

  • Thursday, October 22, 2015 for Study Scholarships
  • Monday, October 26, 2015 for Research Grants

After those dates you will still have the possibility to apply directly to the DAAD (deadline on November 4, 2015 at 11:00 pm Central European Time); however we would strongly encourage students to submit their applications to the internal pre-selection as receiving York’s nomination increases their chances of succeeding in the competition.
Please note that the pre-selection does not concern applicants from Artistic Fields who should apply directly to the DAAD head office in Bonn (deadline on October 31, 2015 at 12:00 midnight Central European Time)

Application process:
1. Prepare and submit your application through the DAAD portal according to the DAAD instructions. Please note that you will not be able to modify your application once you submit it.

2. Submit copies of you application to CCGES. Applications should be submitted in an envelope clearly marked to the attention of prof. Heather MacRae, and dropped off at the Political Science reception desk (Ross Building S672) by 4:30 pm on the deadlines indicated above.

If you are unable to submit the application by that time, please contact prof. MacRae at

Contact Information:
If you have any questions or require clarifications on the pre-selection process at York please contact prof. Heather MacRae, CCGES Co-director at

If you have any questions regarding the DAAD application process, please contact Myoung-Shin Kim, DAAD Program Officer, at

Talk ” The key conflicts – domestic and EU level – over Germany’s support for renewable power, 1998 to 2015″


The event is sponsored by the Faculty of Environmental Studies Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI) and the Jean Monnet Chair at York University, Dr. Heather MacRae

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
1:15 pm
Kaneff Tower, Room 764

Volkmar LauberChief actors in these conflicts are a wide range of civil society groups supporting renewable power, government ministries (Economic Affairs, Environment), electricity incumbents and their associations, political parties and their different factions, and from early on (1996) various institutions of the European Union: the Directorates General Energy and Competition, Parliament, Council and the Court. Conflicts continuously cut across the line of domestic vs. EU politics.

Volkmar Lauber was a Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Salzburg, Austria, until September, 2013. He received his degrees from the University of Vienna (doctorate in law 1968), Harvard Law School (Master of Laws 1970) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Ph.D. in Political Science 1977). His research and publications relate mostly to the politics of public policy – economic policy, environmental policy and most recently energy and climate policy, particularly in the EU and several of its member states.

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LA&PS professor furthers European Studies at York after receiving world-renowned award

Posted: November 16, 2014


Political Science Professor Heather MacRae in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies has been awarded aJean Monnet Chair in European Integration, a teaching post  a teaching post sponsored by the European Union (EU) that celebrates excellence in research and teaching on the EU throughout the world. MacRae, who is also the co-director of the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies at York, will use the funding from the award to increase the European Studies curriculum offered to York University undergraduate and graduate students.

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The Legacy of Hartheim Castle

Posted: October 23, 2014


Holocaust Education Week 2014 Educator-in-Residence Martin Hagmayr discusses the educational and research activities of Hartheim, site of the Nazi “euthanasia” program in Austria. In 2003, Hartheim Castle opened as a place for learning and remembrance with a memorial to the victims, archive, and an exhibition titled the “Value of Life.”

Martin Hagmayr, Educator-in-Residence

2014 Holocaust Education Week Events Calendar

When? November 4, 2014, 12:00 pm

Where? Kaneff Tower 764

Trajectories in Comparative and World Literature

Posted: September 29, 2014

Symposium to launch the Graduate Diplomas in Comparative Literature and in World Literature
Please come to a Symposium organized by the Graduate Programs in English and in Humanities, to launch our new Graduate Diplomas in Comparative Literature and in World Literature. The symposium on “Trajectories in Comparative and World Literature” gathers four distinguished speakers from Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and York University, and will be followed by a reception.

Trajectories in Comparative and world Literature


Information Session: DAAD Scholarships 2014 Call

Posted: September 23, 2014

We would like to invite all students interested in applying for a DAAD study or research scholarship to an information session on those funding opportunities. The session will be led by Christine Korte, York PhD student and a DAAD award recipient and John Paul Kleiner, Information Officer at DAAD German Academic Exchange Service in Toronto.

When? September 30, 2014, 2:00 pm

Where? 749 Kaneff Tower, Keele Campus

Please register by sending an e-mail to Zofia Hawranek

More information


Talk “Power dynamics in energy transitions: Disputes over wind turbines in Canada and Germany”

Posted: September 4, 2014

Andrea Bues from the Leibniz Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning (IRS) will present her research focusing on one major gap in the literature on wind energy controversies: the role of power.

ManyAndreaBuesPoster countries now promote the expansion of renewable energy facilities. However, especially proposals to install wind turbines are often met with forceful opposition. Her PhD project aims at investigating empirically by which mechanisms and strategies power relations manifest and potentially change in energy transitions. The focus is on local disputes on wind turbines and the research is designed as a comparative case study between cases of wind energy disputes in Ontario and the East-German federal state of Brandenburg. One aspect that will be studied study are the changes of the institutional design of renewable energy policy in Ontario and Brandenburg and how it affects power relations in decision-making processes over wind turbines. Another aspect will be the capability of anti-wind groups to influence decision-making. The major theoretical approach will be the emerging concept of depoliticisation which will be linked to concepts of power. The concept of depoliticisation offers an approach to analyse how and where specific topics are made subject of political decision-making.

When?   September 11, 2014, 3:00-4:30 pm

Where? Kaneff Tower 764, York University, Toronto

Conference “Usable Pasts and Futurities: The Changing Place of Europe in Global Memory Cultures”

Posted: May 1, 2014

Andreas Huyssen’s observation of a “memory boom of unprecedented proportions” in the post-wall era has not lost its pertinence today; on the contrary, the 21st century continues to be marked by a preoccupation with discourses surrounding memory in the academic, political, cultural and public spheres. This is most certainly the case in Europe, where efforts to foster a greater sense of purpose for the project of European integration are often accompanied by a turn to memory and commemorative practices.

Alongside such institutional calls for a common European memory, academic memory studies have stressed the need to consider the transnational dimensions of cultural memory. As the nation loses its credence as the sole framework for collective memory and identity in this latest phase of globalization, mass migration and new media, scholars have drawn increasing attention to the ways in which memories operate multidirectionally (Rothberg) within as well as outside of and between nations.

Usable Pasts Picture

This conference seeks to take stock of such transnational dimensions of European memory by investigating not only how memory discourses circulate on intra-European, but also on extra-European levels.

Usable Pasts and Futurities- Poster

When? May 22-23, 2014

Where? 956 Kaneff Tower, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto

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

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