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Readings, lectures and other events

Many readings and lectures organised by the Marburg Centre for Canadian Studies are part of lecture series, conferences or teacher training workshops. On this page you can find a collection of some of these events.


George Elliott Clarke (12.12.2016)
Henry Beissel (22.10.2015)
Henry Beissel (16./17.06.2014)
Christl Verduyn and Walter Hildebrandt (24.05.2013)
Henry Beissel (03./04.06.2013)
Henry Beissel (20.06.2012)
Guillermo Verdecchia (25.06.2011)
Guillermo Verdecchia (03.07.2010)
Rudy Wiebe (16.11.2009)
David Chariandy (20.04.2009)
Tomson Highway, Drew Hayden Taylor, and Patricia Cano (13.11.2008)
Drew Hayden Taylor (21.05.2007)
Joan Clark (16.05.2007)
Aritha van Herk (23.05.2005)
George Elliott Clarke (10.01.2005)
Larissa Lai and Rita Wong (15.06.2004)
Hans-Jürgen Greif ( 11.05.2004)


  • Eleanor Ty (Wilfrid Laurier University Waterloo): "Building Asian Canadian Studies." (28.05.2018)
  • Hartmut Lutz (Universität Greifswald): "Stephen Scobie's The Griffin in the Griffin's Wood." (31.01.2018)
  • Isabel Alonso-Breto (Barcelona): "Small Room for Satire: The Tamil Canadian Community and the Spaces of Fiction." (14.07.2017)
  • Albert Rau (Cologne): "Multicultural Canada – a Nation or a Kaleidoscope of Identities?" (14.07.2017)
  • David Staines (University of Ottawa): "Canada in the World: Literature at the Crossroads." (20.06.2013)
  • Robert Campbell (President of Mount Allison University, Sackville): Stephen Harper's Canada: The First Decade." (24.05.2013)
  • Christl Verduyn (Mount Allison University, Sackville): "Canadian Studies: Cultural Contours. Canadian Studies Day." (24.05.2013)
  • Sarah Carter (University of Alberta, Edmonton): "Western Canadian History: New Perspectives and Resources." (24.05.2013)
  • Sarah Carter (University of Alberta, Edmonton): "Recollecting: Lives of Aboriginal Women of the Canadian Northwest and Borderlands." (23.05.2013)
  • Carmen Robertson (University of Regina, Kanada):"Visual Narratives of Norval Morrisseau." (12.03.2013)
  • Mark Anderson (University of Regina, Kanada): "Re(a)d All Over. How the Mass Media Has Imagined Natives in Canada." (12.03.2013)
  • Jürgen Erfurt (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt): "Sprachliche Dynamik im frankophonen Kanada." (13.02.2013)
  • Birgit Däwes (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz): "'Dances with Salmon': Eco-Indians and Native Cultural Ecologies." (29.01.2013)
  • Guillermo Verdecchia (Toronto): "Carmen Arguirre and the Time-Spaces of Exile and Citizenship." (24.06.2011)
  • Eleanor Ty (Wilfrid Laurier University): "Remembrance of Things Past: Aging and Affective Memories in Contemporary Asian Canadian Narratives." (23.06.2011)
  • Mark A. McCutcheon (Athabasca): "McLuhan’s 'Frankenpheme' of Technology (or, The Medium is the Monster." (11.05.2011)
  • Richard Cavell (University of British Columbia): "In-corporating the Global Village." (12.05.2011)
  • David Staines (University of Ottawa): "Herbert Marshall McLuhan: Before The Mechanical Bride." (11.05.2011)
  • Paul Tiessen (Wilfrid Laurier University): "McLuhan, a Modernist among Modernists: Media Theorizing in Canada, 1945-65." (11.05.2011)
  • David Williams (University of Manitoba): "The Underlying Crisis of Media Change: From Generals Die in Bed to Three Day Road." (02.07.2010)
  • Peter Kulchyski (University of Manitoba): "Indigenous Cultural Politics in Northern Canada." (08.06.2010)
  • Nicole Brabant (University of Regina): "K(no)w laughing matters: An Examination of Humour (and subsequent lack thereof) in the Work of Rebecca Belmore and Lori Blondeau." (10.05.2010)
  • David Staines (Ottawa): "Canadian Literature and the New Canadian Library - More than Fifty Years." (16.06.2009)
  • Larry Leduc (Toronto): "Christmas without Parliament - Canada's 2008 Political Crisis." (10.06.2009)
  • Bharati Mukherjee: "Towards a Post-Racial Society: An American Experiment." (10.02.2009)
  • Maria José Botelho: "Reading Culture - Critical Multicultural Analysis of North American Children's Literature." (20.11.2008)
  • Manuel Meune: "Von der 'Petite-Italie' zum 'Village gai': Montréal und seine 'Montrealitäten'." (22.06.2006)
  • Helga Bories-Sawala: "Québec verstehen." (22.06.2006)
  • S.E. Paul Dubois (Embassy of Canada): "Möglichkeiten für den Ideenaustausch im 21. Jahrhundert - Kanada und Deutschland." (16.06.2005)
  • John O'Connor (Toronto): "The Challenges of Biography and the Writing of Sinclair Ross's Life." (19.04.2005)
  • George Elliott Clarke: "Identifying the Afro-Caribbean Heritage of African-Canadian Literature." (10.01.2005)
  • John Courtney (Saskatoon): "Politics in Canada - the 2004 Federal Election." (08.12.2004)
  • Alberto Manguel: "Die Bibliothek von Robinson Crusoe (in cooperation with Marburger Literaturforum)." (23.06.2003)
  • David Staines (Ottawa): "Canadian Fiction in the Twenty-First Century." (23.06.2003)

Other events


  • Workshop by Canadian artist and curator Ydessa Hendeles (26.10.2017)
  • Theatre workshop for students and teachers in cooperation with Fast Forward Theatre Marburg (08.06.2017)

Student conference "Performing Canada"

Student conference "Performing Canada: Canadian Identities between Satire and (Re)Negotiation" in Alessandra Boller's Hauptseminar about Canadian Studies

Canada at All Times: Aspects of Temporality in Canadian Studies / Le Canada en tout temps: Aspects de la temporalité en études canadiennes

Emerging Scholars' Forum of the Association for Canadian Studies in German Speaking Countries, organised by Astrid Lohöfer, Marco Ulm and Sylvia Langwald, Marburg, 23.-25. Juni 2011.

Keynote lectures:

  • Eleanor Ty (Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo): "Remembrance of Things Past: Aging and Affective Memories in Contemporary Asian Canadian Narratives."
  • Guillermo Verdecchia (Toronto): "Chile Today, Canada Tomorrow: The Revolutionary Memory of Carmen Aguirre's Theatre."

European Perspectives on Canadian Women's Writing

Cooperative conference organised by the Marburg Centre for Canadian Studies and the Centre d’Etudes Canadiennes/Centre for Canadian Studies (Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg), 28.-29.10.2005 in Strasbourg

Creative writing courses

  • 02.-08.06.2004: Prof. Ruth Panofsky (Ryerson University, Toronto)
  • 23.-27.06.2003: Prof. Ted Dyck (Aurora College, Inuvik)

Movie screening

04.05.2004: "Atanarjuat - der schnelle Läufer" (in cooperation with the Marburger Geographische Gesellschaft, Introduction by Naomi Buck, Embassy of Canada, Berlin)