Audience at a conference. A women is standing up and contributing to the discussion.

From April 5th to 7th, the DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service will present “German Studies in Dialogue”, a conference which will bring more than 60 scholars from Germany, Canada and the United States together at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.

Founded in 1925, DAAD is the world’s largest funding organisation for the international exchange of students and researchers. At the centre of DAAD’s mandate is the fostering of exchange between Germany’s universities and their counterparts around the world. As part of its work, DAAD hosts a “GERMAN STUDIES IN DIALOGUE” conference every year with this year’s iteration marking the first time that this event will take place in North America.

The Director of DAAD’s North America Regional Office, Dr. Nina Lemmens explains:

“The purpose of this conference is to create a platform for exchange between scholars of German language and culture from Germany and their colleagues in a specific country or region. The conference’s main focus is on the state of the discipline of German Studies in its various settings, and participants share best practices and strategies with one another in working groups. We have had an excellent response to this format and are looking forward to bringing it to North America.”

The opening session of “GERMAN STUDIES IN DIALOGUE” will take place in the Campbell Conference Facility at the Munk School between 10 am and noon on Wednesday, April 5th. Confirmed attendees of this session include The Honourable Mr. Werner Wnendt (Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Canada), Prof. Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee (DAAD Vice-President), Dr. Nina Lemmens (Director of DAAD North America Regional Office) and Prof. John Magee (Vice-Dean Faculty and Academic Life, Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto).

DAAD maintains its Canadian office at the Munk School of Global Affairs in Toronto and its Director is Dr. Alexandra Gerstner.

For more information on DAAD and further details on the “GERMAN STUDIES IN DIALOGUE”, please contact the DAAD Information Centre Toronto by calling 416 946 8116 or writing