Registration now open, Virtual Conference 2020

Dear members and friends of the GSA,


Here are some important updates to our plans for the forthcoming Virtual Conference of the GSA from 29/30 September through 4 October. Please do read our previous emails and our website as well, especially the FAQ page, which is regularly updated:  (Note that the schedule will be posted as soon as we have it ready.)


First, conference registration is now open.  Please go to to proceed.  We hope that as many of you as possible will participate in what promises to be an exciting event despite the complications caused by the pandemic.  Please note that, following a decision by the GSA Board, all participants will first have to read and agree to the GSA’s Conduct and Harassment Policy before they can proceed with registration (  Similarly, for reasons connected with the nature of this virtual conference, session participants will be asked to agree or not agree with having their sessions recorded during the conference.  Recorded sessions will be archived and available for 30 days after the conference to registered participants only.


Second, we can announce that, after carefully reviewing a number of options, the GSA Executive Council has contracted with OpenWater in Arlington, Virginia, to coordinate our virtual conference, including the creation of a central website for the conference, the creation of an exhibitors’ gallery, the creation of Zoom- or webinar-based session platforms, integration with our partners at the Johns Hopkins University Press, and many other features.  OpenWater has experience supporting academic conferences virtually, including, in recent months, the Association of American Geographers and the Law and Society Association.  For the OpenWater website, please go to to get an idea of what the conference website will look like and what features it will include.


Again, we hope that as many of you will join us for our first-ever virtual conference.  And while you are registering, could you please take a moment to consider a donation to the GSA in these difficult funds?  We would especially appreciate donations in any amount to the GSA Community Fund.  If you are a graduate student, unemployed, or contingent faculty, you may be eligible for support from the Community Fund that will help you defray registration and other costs.


For questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Benita Blessing, Operations Director ( or Dr. David E. Barclay, Executive Director (


With best regards,


David E. Barclay

Executive Director