2015 Seminars Now Open for Applications

The 39th GSA Conference in Washington, D.C. (October 1-4, 2015) will again host a series of seminars in addition to its regular conference sessions and roundtables.

Seminars meet for all three days of the conference during the first morning slot to foster extended discussion, rigorous intellectual exchange, and intensified networking. They are led by 2 to 4 conveners and will consist of either 12 to 15 or 16 to 20 participants, at least some of whom should be graduate students. In order to reach the goal of extended discussion, seminar organizers and participants are expected to participate in all three installments of the seminar.

The following seminars have been selected and approved for enrollment at the 2015 GSA Conference:

1. The Berlin School and Its Global Contexts

2. (Re)tracing Cosmopolitanism: Weltliteratur, Weltb'rgertum, Weltgesellschaft in Modern Germanophone Cultures, ca. 1800 to the Global Present

3. Making Democratic Subjectivities

4. East German Cinema and TV in a Global Context: Before and after 1990

5. Imagining Europe: Assessing the 'Eastern Turn' in Literature

6. The Epic Side of Truth: Narration and Knowledge-Formation (Sponsored by the DAAD)

7. Experience and Cultural Practice: Rewriting the Everyday History of Post-War Germany

8. Figurations of the Fantastic Since 1989

9. GDR Historiography: What's Next?

10. German Risks: Managing Safety and Disaster in Twentieth-Century Europe

11. German Unification as a Catalyst for Change: Linking Political Transformation at the Domestic and International Level

12. Science, Nature, and Art: From the Age of Goethe to the Present

13. Human Rights, Genocide, and Germans' Moral Campaigns in the World

14. Integrating Language, Culture, and Content Learning across the Undergraduate German Curriculum

15. Jews and the Study of Popular Culture

16. Towards a Literary Epistemology of Medicine

17. 1781-1806: Twenty-Five Years of Literature and Philosophy

18. Material Ecocriticism and German Culture

19. Between Isolation and Globalization: The Project of a Modern Switzerland

20. The Rise and Fall of Monolingualism

21. New Feminist and Queer Approaches to German Studies

22. Political Activism in the Black European Diaspora: From Theory to Praxis

23. Revisiting the Case of Nathan: Religion and Religious Identity in Nineteenth-Century German Europe (1800-1914)

24. Religion in Germany during an Era of Extreme Violence: The Churches, Religious Communities, and Popular Piety, 1900-1960

25. Travel and Geopolitics

26. German Travel Writing From the Eighteenth to the Twenty-First Century

27. Visual Culture Network: The Body

If you wish to participate in a seminar, enroll electronically on the Conference Proposals page.

Participation in a seminar involves intellectual work akin to preparing a paper and will thus count as such. All seminar participants will be listed by name in the program. If you are accepted to be an active participant in a seminar, you are not allowed to give a paper in panel sessions. However, you may moderate or comment on a panel.

Some individuals may choose to be a silent auditor to a seminar. Slots for auditors are limited; the enrollment process for interested auditors will only take place after the entire GSA program is set.

Applications for enrollment are due by January 30, 2015. We will inform applicants by February 5, 2015, whether they have been accepted or not. Please do not send your applications directly to the seminar organizers.

Please direct all inquiries to the GSA Seminar Program Committee: