Berlin Summer School for Interdisciplinary German and European Studies

A partnership between McGill, L’Université de Montréal, York, the University of Toronto and the Joint Initiative of German and European Studies

This summer our PhD students Yasmin Aly, Marlo Burks, Teresa Sudenis, and Andrew Warren participated in the annual Berlin Summer School for Interdisciplinary German and European Studies, team-taught this year by faculty member Professor Angelica Fenner and colleague Michael McCowan from McGill University. Generously sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) through a partnership between McGill, L’Université de Montréal, York, the University of Toronto and the Joint Initiative of German and European Studies, 15 Canadian graduate students spent two intensive weeks immersed in daily discussions and screenings in the gracious facilities of Berlin’s Universität der Künste. The seminar “Globalizing European Cinemas” explored texts by contemporary European sociologists, philosophers, and cultural theorists on the social, economic, and environmental challenges of globalization. Film screenings, in turn, facilitated practical debates about how these concerns are taken up a mong European media and their audiences. In the context of a thematic rubric on dark tourism, local Berlin filmmaker Robert Thalheim also made a guest appearance to discuss his highly acclaimed film Am Ende Kommen Touristen (2007).

Berlin - Study Abroad Program

Berlin is an incredible, unique, city. The history of the 20th century is apparent in its vibrant streets and architecture, in the Brandenburg Gate, the relics of the Berlin Wall, and the reconstructed Potsdamer Platz. Berlin has emerged from the difficulties of a divided past with a youth, energy and style that appears everywhere, from the city’s amazing cultural diversity, to its rich food, music, and arts scenes, to the feverish pulse of the Love Parade.

Summers in Berlin are filled with numerous festivals, shows, fairs, and exhibits. For a more subdued evening you can enjoy shows at one of the three opera houses, eight symphony orchestras, or at numerous cinemas (including open-air sites). Surprisingly, almost one-quarter of Berlin’s urban surface consists of lake and forest, as well as extensive parklands, bike trails and the Spree and Havel waterways.

This will be the eleventh year that the University of Toronto has offered a summer program in Berlin. Over 300 students have enthusiastically participated in the program since it began. Your classroom will be located in Gendarmenmarkt Square, the historic hub of Berlin, amidst famous landmarks such as the French Cathedral, the German Cathedral, and the State concert hall. A generous range of scholarships are available to students applying to this program, including several Joint Initiative in German and European Studies Scholarships valued at up to $5,000 and six Summer Abroad Bursaries of $2,500 each.

More information at: Professional & International Programs Woodsworth College, University of Toronto 119 St. George Street, 3rd Floor Toronto, ON M5S 1A9 | Phone: 416-978-8713 | E-mail:

2013 Summer Abroad program in Germany

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