CfP: GSA 45th Annual Conference

The German Studies Association (GSA) will hold its 45th Annual Conference from 30 September to 3 October 2021 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Program Committee cordially invites proposals on any aspect of German, Austrian, or Swiss studies, including (but not limited to) history, Germanistik, film and media studies, art history, political science, anthropology, pedagogy scholarship, musicology, economic studies, religious studies, sociology, and cultural studies.  

Proposals for entire sessions, for interdisciplinary presentations, and for series of panels are strongly encouraged (although we discourage thematic series of more than four panels). Individual paper proposals are also welcome. The call for seminar proposals has been distributed separately.  

Please see the GSA website ( for information about the submission process for ‘traditional’ papers, sessions, and roundtables, which will open on 4 January 2021. The deadline for proposals is 15 February 2021. 

Separate submission tracks have been set up for returning proposals that were postponed from 2020 and new proposals. There is more information about this on the GSA website, and instructions will also be available on the submission interface when it opens.

Please note that all proposed presenters must be members of the German Studies Association. Information on membership is available on the GSA website. 

 In order to avoid complications later, the Program Committee would like to reiterate two extremely important guidelines here (the full list of guidelines is available on the GSA website): 

  1. No individual at the GSA conference may give more than one paper or appear on the program in more than two separate roles. (Participating in a seminar counts as delivering a paper.) 

  1. If a paper proposal requires high quality sound equipment, that justification must be made in detail at the time of submission. 

With respect to the continuing pandemic, it is unfortunately far too soon to speculate about conditions next October. As of right now, the GSA conference will take place in person. As matters continue to develop, we will keep the membership informed as quickly as possible.

For more information, visit the current conference page at the GSA website. You may also contact members of the 2020 Program Committee ( or Operations Director Dr. Benita Blessing (