Call for Seminar Proposals, 2019

The 43rd German Studies Association Conference in Portland, OR from October 3-6, 2019 will continue to host a series of seminars in addition to conference sessions and roundtables.

Seminars meet for all three days of the conference. They explore new avenues of academic exchange and foster extended discussion, rigorous intellectual debate, and intensified networking. Seminars are typically proposed and led by two to three conveners and they consist of a total of 10 to 20 participants, including the conveners themselves. (In special cases there may be four conveners.) Conveners are expected to make every effort to aim for broad diversity and include scholars from different disciplines and at different career stages, including graduate students. Seminars may enable extended discussion of a recent academic publication; the exploration of a promising new research topic; engagement with pre-circulated papers; an opportunity to debate the work of scholars with different approaches; the coming together of scholars seeking to develop an anthology; or the in-depth discussion of a political or public policy issue, novel, film, poem, musical piece, painting, or other artwork.

In order to facilitate extended discussion, seminar conveners and participants are required to participate in all three seminar meetings. Please note that both seminar conveners and seminar applicants who have been accepted for seminar participation will not be allowed to submit a paper in a regular panel session. However, they may take on one additional role in the conference as moderator or commentator on another session independent of their enrollment in a seminar, or they may participate in and/or organize a roundtable.

Although we accept proposals from conveners who have directed a seminar during the past two consecutive years, we give preference to newcomers and thus encourage the rotation of seminar conveners in similarly-themed seminars. We further recommend that conveners contact the coordinators of the Interdisciplinary Network Committee, Professors Pamela Potter (pmpotter@wisc.edu) and Winson Chu (wchu@uwm.edu), to establish an official GSA Network on their topic.

The application process has two steps. Initially, we invite you to submit a preliminary proposal that includes the following items:

  1. Title of proposed seminar
  2. Names, ranks, and institutional affiliations of conveners
  3. A 150-word description of the seminar's subject (which will eventually be used in the call for participants, the printed program, and the online program/mobile app)
  4. A 50-word description of the seminar’s format (which will appear in the call for participants, etc.)

These items are due by November 9, 2018. Please submit your application online at https://www.xcdsystem.com/gsa. Your username and password are the same as those you use to log in to your GSA profile at https://thegsa.org/members/profile. Please note that you must be a current member of the GSA to submit a proposal. If your password needs to be reset, please contact Ms. Ursula Gray (UG@press.jhu.edu) at Johns Hopkins University Press. If technical questions or problems arise with the submission interface itself, please contact Elizabeth Fulton (techsupport@thegsa.org).

Following the submission of preliminary proposals, the GSA Seminar Committee will provide suggestions and assistance for the final submission, which is due by December 7, 2018, to the same website. The Committee will then review seminar proposals and post a list of approved seminars and their topics on the GSA website by January 5, 2019.  A call for auditors will be issued later in the year, once the final conference program has been published.

The GSA Seminar Committee consists of:

Margaret Eleanor Menninger (Texas State University) | mm48@txstate.edu (Chair)

Maria Mitchell (Franklin & Marshall College) | maria.mitchell@fandm.edu

Joe Perry (Georgia State University) | jbperry@gsu.edu

Inga Pollmann (University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill) | ipoll@email.unc.edu

Please direct inquiries to all four of us.  Thank you for your support of the GSA’s seminar program!