Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Languages, Literatures and Cultures

DEPARTMENT OF

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Dr. Werner Nell receives John G. Diefenbaker Award

It is our pleasure to announce that the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures nominee, Dr. Werner Nell, has been granted the prestigious Diefenbaker Award. Established in 1991 in memory of former Prime Minister John G. Diefenbaker, the award allows a distinguished German scholar in the humanities to conduct research in Canada and spend brief periods gaining further experience at American institutions. It is the counterpart to the Konrad Adenauer Award, established in Germany in 1988. Both awards aim to encourage exchange between the university communities of Canada and Germany.

Dr. Werner Nell has been a liaison between German Department at Queen's and  the Germanistisches Institut, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale), Germany since 2007. He visited Queen's numerous times as a guest lecturer, teaching graduate courses on a variety of topics. Dr. Nell has been instrumental in setting up a Student Exchange Agreement between Queen's and Halle in 2008.

While at Queen`s, Dr. Nell will conduct research on the changing concepts of rurality and urbanity and their cultural reflections in both Canada and Germany. His research will focus on furthering the understanding of how social communities influence, change and challenge the way people live, as well as how they conceptualize themselves, their relationships with political bodies, and navigate and utilize institutions. Attention will also be paid to what he refers to as the “contradictions of modernity,” or the need to reconnect with themes and values from our rural past to solve the issues of the modern age.

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