Events and News


European Summer School in Canadian Studies
June 29 – July 10, 2020
Vienna – Innsbruck (Austria)
Registration Deadline: February 15, 2020

The number of participants is limited. Register soon!




The fourth Vienna Lecture in Canadian Studies will take place on December 5 at 12:15pm in seminar room 5 of the Department of English and American Studies. Elisabeth Tutschek (Université de Montréal) will deliver the talk "Negotiating Family Histories Across Generations: Two Examples from Contemporary Canadian and Anglo-Québec Writing."


The ÖAW Commission "The North Atlantic Triangle" has invited Prof. David Staines (University of Ottawa) to give a talk on "Indigenous Voices in Canadian Fiction.”
When: 10 December, 4pm
Where: Department of English and American Studies, Besprechungszimmer (2nd floor)

Prof. Staines will also participate in a discussion on the work of Canadian Nobel laureate Alice Munro in Prof. Zacharasiewicz’s course "Crossing of Borders and Cultural Circulation: Canada and the American South."
When: 11 December, 2:15pm
Where: Department of English and American Studies, seminar room 6 (1st floor)


International Conference on Leonard Cohen
Maynooth University’s departments of Philosophy, Music, and English, together with the Arts and Humanities Institute, are delighted to host a two-day international conference on Leonard Cohen. This ground-breaking event will bring together scholars and experts from across the world to discuss the music, poetry, philosophy, religion, and life of Leonard Cohen. Abstracts are due on December 1, 2019.


Une métropole Québécoise et canadienne - Montréal et ses représentations de diversité
Elisabeth Tutschek will offer a literature seminar on Montreal and its representations of diversity from Novemeber 15 to December 16. Registration closes on October 31.


Festival der frankophonen Comics
Renowned Canadian cartoonist and animator Guy Delisle will participate in the book fair Buch Wien 19 (November 6-10).  


Student Exchange in Canada
Students of the University of Vienna have the chance to apply for an exchange program at a Canadian partner university. The deadline is on November 15, 2019. Further details about the institutions and the application process can be found on the International Office website.

Special Exhibit at the State Hall of the Austrian National Library
“Novae Franciae accurata Delineatio,” a rare 1655 map of the French colonies in present-day Canada is currently on display in the State Hall of the Austrian National Libray. Only two complete copies of the map have survived worldwide.


"Queer Acadian Quest for Legitimacy: Language, Gender and Power Dynamics" 
Lecture by Prof. Dr. Isabelle LeBlanc (Département d'études françaises Université de Moncton)
Tuesday, 18 June, 6pm, Sensengasse 3a, Hörsaal 1 (first floor)

 “Belonging in Unbelonging: Im/mobilities in Dionne Brand's Writing“
Guest lecture by Tegan Zimmerman (Stephens College)
Wednesday, June 5, 2.30-4.00pm, SR2 (Department of English and American Studies)


"Linguistic insecurity and the legitimate speaker. The case of Francophones in Canada (Acadie)"
Einladung zum Kanada-Vortrag am Institut für Sprachwissenschaft 
Vortragende: Prof. Dr. Annette Boudreau (Université de Moncton, Canada)
Zeit: Dienstag, 18. März 2019, 18 Uhr 30
Ort: Sensengasse 3a, Hörsaal 1 (1. Stock)
Gäste sind wie immer herzlich willkommen!


Catherine Lemieux
Une affection rare (Éditions Triptyque 2018)
Donnerstag, 20. September von 18:00 bis 20:00 
Librairie Gallimard, 3700, Saint-Laurent, Montreal H2X2V4

Virtual Canadian Studies
Current courses (winter term 2018/2019)

  • VCS Linguistique « Les variétés du français canadien », Dr. Edith Szlezák, Regensburg.
  • VCS Linguistique: « Les identités linguistiques en francophonie (politique/ culture/ langue », Dr. Alex Demeulenaere, Trier.
  • VCS Native Studies: „Indigenous Nations of Canada – Plateau Region“, Dr. des. Renate Bartl, München.

For further details and to register online please visit: 
CÉRIUM International Summmer School at Université de Montréal this June 18-23
Queer Studies : genre et traduction is a graduate course held in French and English that will offer masterclasses and workshops by experts in the fields of Translation, Literary and Cultural Studies, Feminist Theroy, Gender Studies, Queer Theory, Trans Studies as well as North American, Canadian, and Québec Studies.
More information can be found here.
Journée d’étude:

(Antilles - Afrique - Québec)
Le 18 juin 2018, Université Charles, Prague, République tchèque.
Dans le cadre d’un séminaire annuel organisé par Milena Fučíková à l’Université Charles (le 18 juin 2018), nous lançons un appel à communication effectué sur le thème « Le lecteur - un acteur » dans la littérature francophone (Antilles - Afrique - Québec) sur l’ensemble des oeuvres romanesques des auteurs antillais, africains et québécois dans une optique littéraire et comparatiste.
Le lecteur des récits des auteurs « francophones » a-t-il un statut particulier ? Source de jeu ou d’autofiction, thème narratif ou image littéraire, est-il convié à une lecture active ? Les auteurs francophones reconnus en France comme à l’étranger incarnent-ils par excellence l’exigence que requiert une littérature qui privilégie le « faire » au détriment du « dire » ?
Telles sont les questions qui sous-tendent et orientent les axes de réflexion critique et littéraire de notre journée d’étude.
La langue de communication: le français.
Références bibliographiques
Umberto, ECO, Lector in fabula ou la Coopération interprétative dans les textes narratifs [1979], tr. fr. Paris, Grasset, 1985.
Umberto, ECO, Les Limites de l’interprétation [1990], tr. fr., Paris, Grasset, 1992.
Wolfgang, ISER, L’Acte de lecture [1972], Bruxelles, Mardaga, 1985.
Hans Robert, JAUSS, Pour une esthétique de la réception, tr. fr. Paris, Gallimard, 1978.
Les propositions de communication, comprenant vos nom, prénom, et coordonnées professionnelles, sont à envoyer avant le 1 mai 2018 à Milena FUČÍKOVÁ (
Les communications peuvent être de 15 à 25 minutes : merci d’indiquer le temps dont vous souhaitez disposer.
Milena Fučíková - 
Université Charles, Prague, République tchèque.


Kanada beim Comic Festival der Frankophonie im Rahmen der BUCH WIEN

Seit 2013 organisiert das Institut Français d’Autriche in Zusammenarbeit mit den Botschaften von Belgien und der Schweiz ein Comic Festival der Frankophonie. Die Veranstaltung zielt darauf ab, französischsprachige Comic-AutorInnen aller Nationalitäten in ihrer gesamten Vielfalt dem österreichischen Publikum näherzubringen. Zudem soll das Festival auch Brücken zwischen französischsprachigen und österreichischen AutorInnen schlagen. 2017 nimmt das Festival zum ersten Mal an der BUCH WIEN teil und lädt auch die kanadische Illustratorin Isabelle Arsenault dazu ein. Cuno Affolter (CH), Konservator des Comic-Zentrums der Stadt Lausanne, wird sich als Experte und Moderator beteiligen.

BD - Comic frankophone - Der Festivalabend
(mit Konsekutivdolmetschung FR/DE)
Eintritt frei!
9. November 2017
19:00 Uhr
Hauptbücherei | Büchereien Wien
Urban-Loritz-Platz 2A
1070 Wien

Stand BD – Comic francophone
9. November – 12. November 2017
Messe Wien, Halle D,
Stand Nr. A 17

Interview mit Isabelle Arsenault
10. November 2017
14:30 Uhr - 15:00 Uhr
DIE WASNERIN-Bühne (Messe Wien, Halle D)
(Konsekutivdolmetschung FR/DE)

Signierstunde mit Isabelle Arsenault

10. November 2017
15:15 Uhr – 16:15 Uhr

Wir freuen uns, Sie mit allen AutorInnen und ihren Büchern an unserem Stand „BD – Comic francophone“ begrüßen zu dürfen!

Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on Northern Québec The Northern Sustainable Development Research Chair and the Institut nordique du Quebec are launching a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on Northern Québec on October 10th! It is free, online and open to everyone! This MOOC offers an introduction to social and political issues of northern Quebec, a territory that is also the traditional home of several Indigenous peoples. The course will provide participants a better understanding of the cultures of northern populations, the place the North occupies in the collective imagination, and its sociopolitical development. This course is for anyone interested in Northern Quebec and in learning more about its territory, history, societies, and issues.

You can register online until October 30, 2017: 

Non-EU Teaching Mobility 2017
Prof. Sarah Phillips Casteel (Carleton University, Ottawa) will hold a short-term teaching visit during the summer term of 2017 at the Department of English and American Studies. Her course, entitled "Caribbean Postslavery Literature," will deal with contemporary Caribbean fiction, poetry, historical texts and paintings; by considering classic slave narratives as well neoslave narratives, Prof. Casteel wants to draw the students's attention to the ways in which the Middle Passage continues to shape the present. The reading list for this class will include, among others, Dionne Brand, Jean Rhys, Olaudah Equiano, Andrea Levy, and Caryl Phillips.
Käthe-Leichter-Guest Professor 2018

Prof. Tegan Zimmerman (Stephens College, Missouri) will hold a teaching appointment at the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Vienna from April to June 2018. She has previously held appointments at Okanagan College, the University of London, and the University of Alberta. She specializes in contemporary women's historical fiction, contemporary gender studies and literary theory. Prof. Zimmerman has published a monograph entitled Writing Back Through Our Mothers: A Transnational Feminist Study on the Woman's Historical Novel, and a second one forthcoming in 2018 titled Matria Redux: The Caribbean in Women's Historical Novels. At U of Vienna, Prof. Zimmerman will offer classes on "The Development of the Francophone Woman's Novel in Canada," "The Postcolonial Caribbean Woman's Historical Novel," and "Contemporary Feminist Theorizing."


"Argent sale: La revanche de l'impur dans Speak White de Michèle Lalonde et La marche de France Théorêt"
Guest lecture by Dr. des. Catherine Lemieux (Montréal) as part of Prof. Jörg Türschmann's literature seminar on "La littérature franco-canadienne"
November 22, 2016
Department of Romance Studies, University of Vienna
Seminar Room 7, 5:15pm

"Beyond the 49th Parallel: The Canadian West as Myth and Spectacle"
Guest lecture by Dr. Stefanie Schäfer (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena) as part of Prof. Alexandra Ganser's literature seminar on "Recent Trends in Canadian Literature"
October 17, 2016
Department of English and American Studies, University of Vienna
Seminar Room 4, 4pm

13th Annual Grad Student Conference of the Young Scholars' Forum, Association for Canadian Studies in German-Speaking Countries
June 24-26 2016
University of Vienna, Department of Romance Studies
Key-note address by Prof. Dr. Martin Löschnigg (University of Graz)
Reading by Canadian poet and writer Michael Crummey (Newfoundland)
For more information, please visit:

Poliversale 2016: Das 4. Internationale Wiener Lyrik-Fest der Alten Schmiede
Canadian poet, essayist, and professor Anne Carson reads from her book Decreation (2005; English/French) on June 27, 16 at 8pm at Alte Schmiede
For more information, please visit:


"The Diversity of Canadian Fiction"
Renowned Canadianist
Prof. David STAINES

to teach at the University of Vienna
May 9-23, 2016

Professor of English, literary critic, writer, and editor Prof. David Staines (University of Ottawa) will hold a short-term teaching visit during the summer term of 2016 at the department of English and American Studies, University of Vienna.
He will teach a literature course entitled "The Diversity of Canadian Fiction" which will take place as a 2-week blocked course from May 9-23, 2016.
In this class, students will learn about some of the most famous Canadian authors and their works, such as Alice Munro, Rohinton Mistry, Thomas King, Margaret Atwood, and Michael Ondaatje.

Vienna Lectures in Canadian Studies / Conférences de Vienne en Études Canadiennes (VLCS/CVEC)

The Centre for Canadian Studies at the University of Vienna has initiated a new lecture series entitled “Vienna Lectures in Canadian Studies / Conférences de Vienne en Études Canadiennes,” which will be hosted annually by one of the Centre’s two directing departments. For the series’ inaugural lecture on January 21, 2016, Prof. Dr. Jörg Türschmann (Department of Romance Languages) and Prof. Dr. Alexandra Ganser (Department of English and American Studies) hosted Prof. Ruth Phillips, Canada Research Chair in Modern Culture, Professor of Art History at Carleton University, Ottawa, and one of the leading experts in Native North American art and (visual) culture.

In her talk, entitled “‘Between Rocks and Hard Places’: Indigenous Lands, Settler Art Histories, and the ‘Battle for the Woodlands,’” Prof. Phillips discussed the history and development of indigenous art, from rock paintings as the earliest places of human literacy to modern art installations such as those initiated by Ojibwe performance artist and sculptor Bonnie Divine. As such, Prof. Phillips engaged with the history of erasure of indigenous markings, and the necessity for and importance of reestablishing bonds between people and paintings. 

During her stay in Vienna, Prof. Phillips and three First Nations PhD-candidates from the University of Ottawa traveling with her also visited the Great-Lakes collection at the Weltmuseum Wien to conduct research for their own projects. 

The next Vienna Lecture in Canadian Studies will be hosted by the Department of Romance Languages. All VLCS will be published as Vienna Working Papers in Canadian Studies on the Centre for Canadian Studies’ homepage.


"Artistic and Cultural Entanglement: An Indigenous Practice of Looking/Indigenous Views of the Other"
Guest Lecture, Prof. Dr. Gerald McMaster (OCAD University, Toronto)
Department of English and American Studies, 19 May 2015
"Staging the Rez: Native Canadian Drama and Performance"
Guest Lecture, Prof. Dr. Klára Kolínská (Charles University Prague)
Department of English and American Studies, 19 January 2015


"'This is why I'm remembering': Indigenous Autobiographies in the US and Canada"
Guest Lecture, Prof. Dr. Katja Sarkowsky (University of Münster)
Department of English and American Studies, 3 November 2014
"Native North American Survivance and Memory: Celebrating Gerald Vizenor"
International Conference
US Embassy, Vienna & University of Vienna, 20-23 June 2014
Click here for the conference website, including a picture gallery!
A volume of conference proceedings is in preparation.


Migration nach und Integration in Kanada: ein Modell für Österreich?
Fachtagung Interdisziplinäre Kanadistik
Department of English and American Studies, 5 May 2012

Behandelt wurde das Thema Migration nach und Integration in Kanada mit der Frage, ob und inwieweit Kanada Modell für Österreich sein soll.



Essay Presentation
Austrian Academy of Sciences, 16 June 2011
The following three essays were presented at the ÖAW Jour Fixe for cultural studies in connection with the FWF-funded project "Canadian Literature: Transatlantic, Transcontinental, Transcultural" supervised by em. Univ. Prof. Dr. Waldemar Zacharasiewicz.
"The Utopian Imagination of Space in the Transnational Region of the Pacific Northwest," Mag. Georg Drennig
"The Landscape of the Prairies across the US-Canadian Border: Growth, Cather and Ostenso," Mag. Helen Kopetzky
"Nurturing Mother and Destructive Power: Literary Approaches to the Unstable Force of Nature on the Canadian West Coast," Mag. Martina Rössler
Interdisziplinäre Kanadistik im Unterricht
Workshop für LehrerInnen und Interessierte
Department of English and American Studies, 5 May 2011
ExpertInnen aus Deutschland und Österreich boten im Rahmen eines ganztägigen Workshops Vorträge über aktuelle Fragen, die kanadische Gesellschaft und Kultur betreffend.


"Cultural Circulation: Canadian Writers and Authors from the American South - A Dialogue"
International Colloquium
University of Vienna & Austrian Academy of Sciences, 24-26 October 2010
"Go For Gold"
Event der kanadischen Botschaft
26 February 2010
Anlässlich der olympischen Spiele in Vancouver und Whistler 2010 lud seine Exzellenz Dr. John Barrett, Botschafter von Kanada in Österreich, zu einem Abend unter dem Motto "Go for Gold." Im Rahmen dieser Veranstaltung wurden o.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Waldemar Zacharasiewicz, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Ertler, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ursula Moser und 11 weiteren Personen Auszeichnungen für besondere Verdienste um die kanadisch-österreichischen Beziehungen verliehen.


Fluid Exile: Dr. Eugen Banauch im Interview
Universität Wien, 16 November 2009
Im Rahmen seiner publizierten Dissertation "Fluid Exile. Jewish Exile Writers in Canada 1940-2006" setzt sich Dr. Eugen Banauch mit österreichischen und deutschen jüdischen Schriftstellern im kanadischen Exil auseinander. Die Online-Zeitung der Universität Wien hat ihn dazu interviewt.  
"Riding/Writing Across Borders in North American Travelogues and Fiction"
International Colloquium
University of Vienna & Austrian Academy of Sciences, 16-18 October 2009
Die Schriftstellerin und Literaturkritikerin Aritha van Herk hielt die keynote lecture, an die sich Vorträge von ExpertInnen aus dem Bereich der Reiseliteraturforschung anschlossen. Am 17. Oktober sprach Margaret Atwood im Rahmen des Kolloquiums zu den TeilnehmerInnen.
Genauere Informationen über den Ablauf und das Programm des Kolloquiums finden Sie hier.
Gastprofessur im WS 2009/10: PD Dr. Jutta Ernst (Universität des Saarlandes)
In Zusammenarbeit mit der Abteilung für Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft.