2017 Conference Registration Now Open

Online conference registration, meal reservations, and hotel reservations for the 41st annual conference of the GSA in Atlanta, Georgia, are now open at www.thegsa.org/members/conference.

When you pay your registration fee, you will be able to purchase meals and pay for A/V expenses at the same time. After September 1st, all registrants will pay an additional $10 fee. Please be aware of the refund policy on conference registrations.

You must first register for the conference to be eligible for our special group rate at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. Please note that you can only reserve a hotel room at the conference rate by using the online reservation link.

Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from Johns Hopkins University Press with the link to the special hotel reservation page. Do not discard or lose this email. It will serve as your receipt and provide access to hotel reservations at the conference rate.

Conference Registration Rates (before 1 September)

  • Regular, joint, and emeritus members: $110.00
  • Non-members: $180.00
  • Independent scholars (members): $50.00
  • Independent scholars (non-members): $100.00
  • Students (members): $40.00
  • Students (non-members): $90.00
  • Audiovisual expenses: $20.00 / person
  • Exhibitors: $200.00 / table

After 1 September, prices for all registration categories will increase by $10. Exhibitor registration will close on 1 September.

For technical issues with payments or the website, please email Ursula Gray at UG@press.jhu.edu. Elizabeth Fulton at the GSA Helpdesk (helpdesk@thegsa.org) will be happy to answer all other questions about the conference, but cannot assist with payments or website problems.

Hotel Reservations

Our hotel this year will be:

Sheraton Atlanta Hotel

165 Courtland Street NE 

Atlanta, GA 30303

Phone: 1-619-291-7131

Website: http://www.sheratonatlantahotel.com/

You must first register for the conference to be eligible for our special group rate. You will receive a room reservation link in your registration confirmation email. You will not be able to reserve a room at the conference rate by calling the hotel or by booking with an online agency.

Hotel reservations at the GSA conference rate will be available until 1 September or until rooms at the hotel sell out. Our primary hotels sell out well before the deadline every year. We may be able to arrange additional capacity at an overflow hotel, but we cannot guarantee that this will be the case. Please reserve your room(s) as soon as possible.

Meal Prices

  • Friday luncheon, October 6: $ 30.00
  • Friday banquet, October 6: $40.00
  • Saturday luncheon, October 7: $30.00

Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available. For assistance with other dietary requirements, please contact Elizabeth Fulton at helpdesk@thegsa.org. Information about our luncheon and banquet speakers can be found below; please note that you must purchase a meal ticket to attend the talk.


Thursday, October 5th

Arts Night

Please book your travel so that you can join us for the GSA Arts Night on Thursday evening, October 5! Inspired by “First Night” celebrations on December 31st in many cities, this will be our third annual Arts Night, celebrating the creative and performing arts as an important part of German studies.

This year's Arts Night will feature a very special pair of performances reflecting the diversity and artistic richness of Atlanta. The Trey Clegg Singers, Atlanta's premiere Multicultural Chorus, will perform Spirituals and Freedom Songs from the Civil Rights Era at 6:30 PM, followed by the Trey Clegg Chamber Singers performing hymns and German chorales from the Lutheran tradition at 7:30 PM. Both performances are sponsored by the Halle Foundation.

At 8:30 PM, we have three events to choose from: a conversation with Eric Jarosinski, founding editor of Nein. Quarterly, “the Internet’s leading compendium of utopian negation,” sponsored by DAAD and Austrian Cultural Forum New York; Yankl on the Moon, a one-man play about the Holocaust in the Jewish Chelm storytelling tradition, by Atlanta performance artist Jake Krakovsky; and a screening of Hannelore Unterberg's 1984 film Isabel on the Stairs (Isabel auf der Treppe) sponsored by the DEFA Film Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Don’t miss Arts Night 2017!

Friday, October 6


Randall Halle, Klaus W. Jonas Professor of German Film and Cultural Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, will speak on “German European Studies for the 21st Century.” His most recent books include Queer Social Philosophy: Critical Readings from Kant to Adorno (Champaign, 2010) and The Europeanization of Cinema: Interzones and Imaginative Communities. (Champaign, 2014). He is currently pursuing two different projects tentatively entitled Interzone Europe: Social Philosophy and the Transnational Imagination as well as Visual Alterity: Seeing Difference.

Friday, October 6

Annual Banquet of the Association

Highlighting the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Hartmut Lehmann, Director Emeritus, Max-Planck-Institut für Geschichte, Göttingen, will speak on “Luther Decade and Reformation Quincentenary: A First Assessment.” Professor Lehmann taught for many years at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel before becoming the founding director of the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC, in 1987. Among his most recent books are Das Christentum im 20. Jahrhundert. Fragen, Probleme, Perspektiven (Leipzig, 2012), and Luthergedächtnis 1817 bis 2017 (Göttingen. 2012).

Saturday, October 7


Kathleen Canning, Sonya O. Rose Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan, will speak on “States of Exception and Sensibilities of Democracy in 20th-Century Germany.” She is the former director of the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Michigan, and the founding director of the University of Michigan Center for European Studies. In 2011 she became editor of the University of Michigan Press series on Social History, Popular Culture and Politics in Germany. Among her recent publications is Weimar Publics/Weimar Subjects: Rethinking the Political Culture of Germany in the 1920s, co-edited with Kerstin Barndt and Kristin McGuire (New York, 2010)


This year we are offering twenty-six seminars on a wide range of issues in German Studies. As was the case last year, the seminars will run concurrently on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the 8:00 a.m. time block.

Interdisciplinary Networks

Many sessions and roundtables in 2017 will be sponsored by the GSA Interdisciplinary Networks, and the GSA would like to thank our hard-working Network Coordinators for their contributions to the conference. Networks sponsoring sessions this year are the Black Diaspora Studies Network, the Emotion Studies Network, the Environmental Studies Network, the Family and Kinship Network, the Law and Legal Cultures Network, the Memory Studies Network, and the War and Violence Network.

We look forward to welcoming you to Atlanta!