Faculty & Student Success

Emma Mikuska-Tinman

It is our outmost pleasure to announce that our former graduate student in German (M.A. graduation in Feb. 2019), Emma Mikuska-Tinman, has received the 2020 Best MA Thesis in German Studies in Canada Prize by the Canadian Association for University Teachers in German (CAUTG), for her thesis entitled Mediating Memory through Materiality: Trauma Iconography of Flight and Expulsion in the 21st-Century Museum (Committee Members Stephan Jaeger (Advisor), Alexandra Heberger, Adam Muller). The thesis can be found on the University of Manitoba’s M-space at https://mspace.lib.umanitoba.ca/bitstream/handle/1993/33568/Mikuska-Tinman_Emma.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y  After her graduation Emma spent a year as Foreign Language Assistant in the PAD program in Berlin. Currently she is working as a trainee at the Memorial Site and Museum Sachsenhausen (former Nazi concentration camp) in Brandenburg, near Berlin.

Since the laudation by the Prize Committee will only be given out in 2021, I quote from the Departmental nomination letter to give you an impression of the thesis: “Mikuska-Tinman provides a first-of-its-kind study that contributes to the understanding of the narrative and emotional patterns of the discussion of flight and expulsion in the public memory discourse today. It contextualizes and aesthetically, narratologically, and ethically conceptualizes the very emotional discussions about flight and expulsion particularly in the German-Polish, but also in the European context, and reveals representational paths in the twenty-first century, how flight and expulsion can be narrated in national and transnational contexts. It is a significant contribution to German Studies, Memory Studies, and Museum Studies.”

The Prize is given out bi-annually (one or two awards) theses defended in the previous two years. The good news was announced at the virtual Annual Business Meeting of the CAUTG on June 1, 2020. Emma will receive her official laudation at the next in-person CAUTG meeting at Congress in Edmonton in May/June 2021. It is the second time in the decade of its existence (first prize in 2012) that a University of Manitoba German student has received the CAUTG Best MA Thesis in German Studies in Canada Prize, which truly speaks to the quality of the program and even more to our few, but often outstanding graduate students in the Department of German and Slavic Studies.

Please join me in congratulating Emma on this wonderful and prestigious achievement!

Magdalena Blackmore

A new exhibition at the Ogniwo Polish Museum explores the history of Polish poster art and how the posters were used to covertly communicate artists’ feelings during Communist rule.

Hidden Messages as a Means of Communication is on display at the Ogniwo Polish Museum (1417 Main St.) until the end of December. The posters on display range from pre-Second World War to contemporary works.  Exhibition curated by Magdalena Blackmore (Department of German and Slavic Studies). Open Mon 7-9pm & Sun in October 1-4pm.

Learn about the exhibit’s background via the Winnipeg Free Press

Hidden Messages as a Means of Communication

Esther Hein

Our graduate student Esther Hein talks about her fieldwork research in Germany this summer. Her story was published in UM Today on September 5, 2018.


Dr. Myroslav Shkandri

Prof. Myroslav Shkandrij (Professor of Slavic Studies in Department of German and Slavic Studies, University of Manitoba) was named the 2017 Honouree at the 34th Osvita Foundation Testimonial Dinner Canad Inns Destination Centre, Club Regent Casino Hotel on June 7, 2017, for his work in and for the Ukrainian community in Manitoba and across Canada. The Osvita Foundation supports Manitoba Parents for Ukrainian Education and the English-Ukrainian Bilingual Program. Distinguished guest speaker to the event, honouring Dr. Shkandrij, was The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

From the laudation on Dr. Shkandrij: “Dr. Shkandrij is a distinguished historian and professor of Slavic Studies at the University of Manitoba and was a child of postwar Ukrainian émigrés. Work by Dr. Shkandrij focuses on understanding the Ukrainian people and their difficult and often tragic experiences. His research and the books he has authored focus on some of the crucial moments in Ukraine’s history, such as the ‘cultural renaissance’ of the 1920s and the experience of the nationalist generation in the years before and during the Second World War. Dr. Shkandrij feels it is important to tackle and shed light on controversial issues that are often raised in the media, such as the Ukrainian-Jewish relationship in modern times and Ukrainian-Russian dialogue over the last two centuries. Dr. Shkandrij has taught hundreds of students in the areas of Ukrainian language, literature and culture, and has supervised graduate students who have gone on to achieve success in various fields.”

Emma Mikuska-Tinman

(In June 2017) Emma-Mikuska-Tinman, M.A. student in German, received a 2017 German Studies Research Grant Award by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) of $3300 for carrying out thesis research in Germany in September – October 2017 on her thesis project entitled: "An Analysis of Discourses on German Flight and Expulsion in Travelling Exhibitions, National, and Transnational Museums." She will visit and analyze about a dozen exhibitions, archives and ceremonies representing and commemorating flight and expulsion in Germany during a six-week research trip. DAAD awards are bestowed in an international, highly competitive competition.