Centers for German and European Studies

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Responding to the long history of close cooperation and friendship between Germany and North America, the DAAD has sponsored seven Centers for German and European Studies in the USA and Canada. These Centers emphasize collaboration in the humanities and social sciences in order to promote the academic study of Germany in a European context by way of an interdisciplinary approach. At the same time they develop further the network of political, economic, and cultural ties between Europe and North America.

Each Center has its particular emphases and special projects. All of them, however, provide:

  • Support for young academics
  • Interdisciplinary teaching
  • Comparative research projects
  • A forum for the discussion of contemporary German and European issues
  • Encouragement to use the German language

The BMW Center for German and European Studies features an intensive, interdisciplinary program of instruction in German and European affairs. It is designed to prepare students for professional careers in international business, government, or non-governmental organizations, as well as for academic careers. The Center offers a two-year professional degree, the Master of Arts in German and European Studies. It also offers students the opportunity to pursue the Ph. D. simultaneously in one of the participating academic fields, which are Economics, German, Government, and History. The Center also regularly sponsors public lectures, conferences and workshops, and hosts visiting scholars who teach and conduct research at the Center.

To acknowledge the generosity of BMW AG’s 1996 endowment, the Center officially changed its name to the BMW Center after the conclusion of the German government grant in 2000.

Prof. Katrin Sieg, Director
BMW Center for German and European Studies
ICC 501, Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20057-1026
Tel.: (202) 687-5602
Fax: (202) 687-8359

The Center at Brandeis University provides teaching and research opportunities that support the efforts of established scholars and that promote the development of the next generation of American experts in the field of German and European studies. It also offers a program of seminars and colloquia for faculty and students, as well as a series of public lectures by distinguished scholars and public figures. The Center’s teaching, research, and public outreach programs focus primarily on

  • Germany, Europe and the Jewish people
  • Comparative social policies in the European Union
  • Contemporary German and European issues
  • German literature and European culture

The Center also supports faculty research projects, doctoral dissertation research, and the preparation of undergraduate Senior Honors Theses on relevant topics in German and European Studies.

Prof. Sabine von Mering, Director
Center for German and European Studies
Brandeis University
Oling-Sang 206, Mail Stop 058
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02454-9110
Tel: (781) 736-2756
Fax: (781) 736-8140

The former Midwest Center for German and European Studies began as a joint effort of a consortium of faculty representing ten disciplines from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities who share research and teaching interests in German and European studies. Now operating independently, the two Centers facilitate an interdisciplinary approach to research and teaching in contemporary German and European studies in the humanities, social and political sciences, and economics. They aim to educate the next generation of German and European experts in the US and to provide information and new perspectives on Germany and Europe to the regional and non-academic community.

Prof. Sonja Klocke, Director
Center for German and European Studies
University of Wisconsin
213 Ingraham Hall
1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1380
Tel: (608) 265-8032
Fax: (608) 265-9541

Prof. Henning Schroeder, Director
Center for German and European Studies
University of Minnesota
214 Social Science Building
267 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Tel: (612) 626-7705
Fax: (612) 625-0528

After the conclusion of the German Government Grant in the year 2000, the Center for German and European Studies continues in its mission to promote the American understanding of contemporary developments in Europe, and particularly in Germany, within the framework of the Berkeley Institute of European Studies. The Center organizes conferences, workshops, lectures, and ongoing study groups in which specialists from several disciplines and countries write about long-term trends and current affairs. Research projects involve both faculty and graduate students from all nine campuses of the University of California and usually continue for two to three years on such topics as Political Economy of European Integration, Supranational Governance in the EU, Globalization and Governance in the European Union, European Security, and the Political Economy of Ethnic Conflict. The Center also offers generous support for various research projects to faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates.

Dr. Akasemi Newsome
Executive Director, Center for German and European Studies
Institute of European Studies
University of California, Berkeley
202 Moses Hall #2316
Berkeley, CA 94720-2316
Tel: (510) 642-0210
Fax: (510) 643-3372

Established by a grant from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service) and funds from the University of Toronto, the Joint Initiative is a program of cross-disciplinary support for research and scholarship at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy in the area of German and European studies. The program supports activities such as the following:

  • Dissertation fellowships and research and travel grants, primarily for graduate students in social sciences and humanities
  • Exchanges of faculty and graduate students between the University of Toronto and German universities
  • A limited number of summer research projects for senior undergraduate students in the area of German and European Studies
  • Workshops, seminars, and conferences
  • A modest program of “seed money” for faculty research

Prof. Edward Schatz, Research Director
Prof. Alexander Reisenbichler, Research Coordinator
Joint Initiative in German and European Studies
University of Toronto
Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy
1 Devonshire Place
Toronto, ON
Canada M5S 3K7

Established in May 1998 as the Institute for European Studies (IES) with DAAD support for a professorship, the Centre is part of UBC’s ongoing mission to advance international knowledge and research about Europe. Emphasizing a multidisciplinary approach, the Institute promotes an exchange of ideas, students and scholars between Canada and Europe, and provides a forum for public debate on European issues through research seminars, workshops, lecture series and international conferences.

Prof. Katherine Bowers, Director
Centre for European Studies
University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Buchanan Tower
1873 East Mall
Vancouver BC
Canada V6T 1Z1
Tel: (604) 822 6431

Founded in 1997 as a joint Canadian Centre for German and European Studies at York University and the Université de Montréal, CCEAE now operates independently in English, French and German from Montréal. Through its teaching programs, research initiatives and outreach activities, the Centre fosters an educated social awareness among Canadians about Germany and Europe that contributes to international understanding and a celebration of Canada’s own multicultural spirit.

Prof. Deborah Barton, Directeur
Le Centre Canadien d’Études Allemandes et Européennes
Université de Montréal
3744, rue Jean-Brillant, suite 525
Montréal, Québec
Canada H3T 1P1
Tél.: (514) 343-6763
Fax: (514) 343-7187

The Program for the Study of Germany and Europe at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies was established to reinforce student training and faculty research on contemporary German politics, history, society, economy, and culture. The program is an established part of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, where the students and researchers focusing on Germany interact on a regular basis with scholars examining other parts of Europe. The program offers a full calendar of lectures, conferences, workshops, and study groups on other countries and themes relating to German and European affairs.

Prof. Grzegorz Ekiert, Director
Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies
Adolphus Busch Hall
Harvard University
27 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Tel: (617) 495-4303
Fax: (617) 495-8509

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