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Annual Conference

Hotel am Badersee
Hotel am Badersee

Since 1981 GKS has been hosting its annual conference in Grainau near Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The conference venue is the Hotel am Badersee. Every year the conference is organized by one of the association’s Sections. The organizing section is responsible for choosing a conference theme, which provides an orientation for presentations held at the panels and the Emerging Scholars‘ Forum. A book exhibition with recent Canadianist publications is a further aspect of the conference.

Programme Overviews of the Past Annual Conferences

Solidarités. Réseaux Convivialités Confrontations/ Solidarities. Networks – Convivialities – Confrontations (2023)

Ecologies – Environments – Ethics (2022)

Virtual conference (2021)

Political Orders (2020)

Intersectionality: Theories, Policies, Practices (2019)

GeschichteN – HiStories – HistoireS (2018)

Neue Perspektiven auf Suburbia – Revisiting Suburbia – Revisiter les espaces périurbains (2017)

Soziale Gerechtigkeit – Social Justice – La justice sociale (2016)

Mehrheiten und Minderheiten in Kanada und Quebec – Majorities and Minorities in Cananda and Quebec – Majorités et minorités au Canada et Québec (2015)

Indigenes Wissen und akademische Diskurse – Indigenous Knowledge and Academic Discourses – Les savoirs indigènes et le discours scientifique (2014)

Kanada: Eine konservative Gesellschaft? – Canada: A Conservative Society? – Le Canada: Une société conservatrice? (2013)

Räume der Differenz – Landscapes of Difference – Espaces de différence (2012)

Post/Kolonialismus neu denken – Rethinking Post/Colonialism – Repenser le post/colonialism (2011)

Von Kanada nach Europa und wieder zurück – From Canada to Europe and Back – Du Canada à l’Europe et retour (2010)

Globaler Wandel und Kanada – Global Change and Canada – Changement Global et le Canada (2009)

Québec 1608 – Kanada 2008: Kolonial – Postkolonial / Quebec 1608 – Canada 2008: Colonial – Postcolonial / Québec 1608 – Canada 2008: Colonial – Postcolonial (2008)

Québec 1608 – Kanada 2008: Kolonial – Postkolonial / Quebec 1608 – Canada 2008: Colonial – Postcolonial / Québec 1608 – Canada 2008: Colonial – Postcolonial (2008)

Kanadas Verfassung: Grundrechte, Identitäten, Kulturen – Canada’s Constitution: Rights, Identities, Cultures – La Constitution du Canada: Droits, Identités, Cultures (2007)

Kanada in den Amerikas – Canada in the Americas – Le Canada dans les Amériques (2006)

Nachdenken über das Soziale: global, lokal, individuell – Re-Thinking the Social: Global, Local, Individual – Repenser la Sociale: globale, locale, individuelle (2005)

Transkulturalismen: Kulturen, Generationen, Geschlechter – Transculturalisms: Culture, Generations, Genders – Transculturalismes: Cultures, Générations, Genre (2004)


Annual conferences since 1981

Please find a list of previous conference themes here. Many of the conference papers were published in the Zeitschrift für Kanada-Studien (Journal of Canadian Studies).

Conference Programs since  2001 are available from the administration office.