ESSCS Postponed

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the first European Summer School in Canadian Studies will be postponed to post-Corona times. Please note that our work on the new programme is still in progress and that the information on this website has not yet been updated. 

About the ESSCS

Teaching Concept, Certificate, and Workload


Target Group

M.A./MEd students and emerging scholars (Ph.D.) interested in Canadian or North American Studies.

Teaching Concept

The European Summer School in Canadian Studies offers an academic programme in Canadian Studies, which combines a master-class format (including case study units) with independent study, expert meetings, and a cultural programme. The schedule alternates between plenary or input sessions and group work to enhance students’ active participation. Students conclude the programme with a portfolio that collects preparatory activities, results from on-site activities, general and particular tasks across different disciplines and a final, evaluative reflection on the programme. The European Summer School in Canadian Studies offers students from various disciplines the possibility to enrich their previous expertise and to develop interdisciplinary and transferrable skills.

Certificate in Canadian Studies

The programme is compatible with various M.A./M.Ed. curricula and Ph.D. programmes. Upon completion, participants receive a certificate signed by the two organising univesities Innsbruck and Vienna (5 ECTS, 125 hours workload total, including preparatory readings, course work and portfolio).

Teaching Language

English and French (participants are required to be fluent in one of these languages; ideally, the second language should be level A2). Teaching material will be made available in either English or French. To facilitate participation across language boundaries, translations and summaries will be provided, where necessary.


  • 60 teaching hours: 10 days à 6 hours = 60 full hours
  • 45 hours for preparation: Reading materials will be available online for the students. Reading and corresponding tasks have to be completed in advance and are part of the portfolio.
  • 20 hours for the composition of the portfolio:
    • written answers to the questions accompanying the readings
    • summary of and written response to two lectures of the student's choice
    • written response to one of the literary texts
    • evaluative reflection on the programme

Course Reading

  • 1 literary text (tba) by each of the two invited authors Madeleine Thien and Catherine Mavrikakis (in the original language or in translation)
  • 1 overview article on Canadian Studies today
  • A selection of texts provided by the faculty

Certificate Requirements

  • active class participation
  • portfolio


3 units per day (120 minutes each)

  • Unit 1: master class input lecture
  • Unit 2: master class case studies
  • Unit 3: cultural programme and/or independent study

The Master Class

Master classes are teaching units conducted by international experts on specialized topics. The master class format enables students to spend an entire day with the invited scholars. After lectures in the morning, students work together in case study sessions including discussions.


International high-profile faculty across the listed fields from Europe and Canada as well as writers from anglophone and francophone Canada:

NameUniversityResearch area
Basten, LudgerTU DortmundEconomic and Social Geography
Bear, TracyUniversity of AlbertaIndigenous Studies
Carrière, MarieUniversity of AlbertaQuebec Literature
Eibl, Doris G.University of InnsbruckCanadian Studies
Fellner, AstridUniversity of SaarlandFilm Studies
Ganser, AlexandraUniversity of ViennaCanadian Studies
Lehmkuhl, UrsulaUniversity of TrierHistory
Maillé, ChantalConcordia UniversityIntersectional Studies
Mathis-Moser, UrsulaUniversity of InnsbruckCanadian Studies
Maurer, AndreasUniversity of InnsbruckPolitical Science
Mavrikakis, CatherineUniversité de MontréalQuebec Literature
Müller, Eva-MariaUniversity of InnsbruckMountain Studies
tbdCanadian Literature
Quell, CarstenOttawa, Executive Director, Off. Languages Centre of Excellence, Government of CanadaLanguage Policies
Schäfer, StefanieUniversity of JenaCanadian Studies
Simon, SherryConcordia UniversityCultural and Translation Studies
Staines, DavidUniversity of OttawaCanadian Literature
Thien, MadeleineBrooklyn CollegeCanadian Literature
Türschmann, JörgUniversity of ViennaFilm Studies (Quebec)


Organizing Team

Doris G. Eibl (University of Innsbruck, Canadian Studies Centre)
Alexandra Ganser (University of Vienna, Canadian Studies Centre)
Ursula Mathis-Moser (University of Innsbruck, Canadian Studies Centre)
Stefanie Schäfer (Universities of Jena and Erlangen)
Jörg Türschmann (University of Vienna, Canadian Studies Centre)
Andrea Krotthammer (University of Innsbruck, Canadian Studies Centre)
Helena Oberzaucher (University of Vienna, Canadian Studies Centre)

Former members of the organizing team 
Janine Köppen (University of Innsbruck, Canadian Studies Centre)
Janni Nielsen (University of Innsbruck, Canadian Studies Centre)
Veronika Riedl (University of Innsbruck, Canadian Studies Centre)