CfP: GSA 48th Annual Conference


The German Studies Association (GSA) will hold its 48th Annual Conference from 26–29 September 2024 at the Courtland Grand Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Program Committee cordially invites proposals on any aspect of DACHL (German, Austrian, Swiss, Liechtenstein) studies, including (but not limited to) history, Germanistik, film, art history, political science, anthropology, musicology, religious studies, sociology, and cultural studies. The committee is especially eager to welcome proposals from scholars in subfields that have been underrepresented at recent conferences, including contemporary politics, economics, and society, as well as papers from all fields dealing with the nineteenth century or earlier.

Proposals for complete panels, for interdisciplinary presentations, and for panel series are strongly encouraged (a series is limited to no more than four panels). Individual paper proposals are also welcome – though experienced scholars are encouraged to develop full session submissions that can help build scholarly networks. The call for seminar proposals has been distributed separately; a call for applications for the Emerging Scholars Workshop will go out in mid-December.

Please see the GSA website for information about the submission process for papers, panels, and roundtables; the OpenWater conference portal will open for submissions on 2 January 2024. The deadline for proposals is 18 March 2024.

Please note that all proposed participants must be members of the German Studies Association. Information on membership is available on the GSA website. The GSA submission system will not allow non-members (or expired members) to submit.

In order to avoid complications later, the Program Committee would like to reiterate three extremely important guidelines here:

  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.) Please consult the posted GSA rules for conference participation before proceeding to the submissions portal.
  2. If a paper proposal requires high quality sound equipment, that justification must be made in detail at the time of submission.
  3. If you experience technical difficulties submitting your application, email the Operations Director at BEFORE the deadline. Late submission requests will only be considered if you are a current GSA member experiencing technical difficulties accessing the OpenWater platform and have contacted us at about the issue before the deadline.

The German Studies Association is committed to maintaining an environment that is safe and inclusive for all participants. By submitting a proposal, each member commits themselves to upholding the GSA Conduct and Anti-Harassment Policy. Violations will not be tolerated.

For more information, visit the GSA website, where previous conference programs can be found. Once again, detailed submission guidelines are here. The Program Director is also happy to answer inquiries at any time.

We look forward to your submissions!

Daniel L. Riches, Program Director (
Margaret E. Menninger, Executive Director
Jennifer L. Jenkins, Operations Director

2024 Submissions Calendar (all deadlines are 11:59PM Pacific Time):

  • 2 January: OpenWater submissions portal opens
  • 16 January: Seminar topic proposals due
  • 29 January: Emerging Scholars Workshop applications due (via email)
  • 5 February: List of approved seminar topics available on GSA website
  • 23 February: Applications for seminar participation due
  • 4 March: Seminar participants notified
  • 18 March: All panel, roundtable, and individual paper proposals due