Updates + FAQs, GSA Virtual Conference

GSA 2020 (updated 15 Sept. 2020)

You can register for the conference here: Conference Registration and look at the preliminary schedule (and submit any editing corrections) here: Preliminary Schedule

Applications are open for the Community Fund.

(Please click here to see a version of an email that went out to seminar conveners, roundtable conveners, panels and presenters, and individual paper presenters on July 21.)

Publishers and exhibitors can find information at the bottom of this FAQ.

Virtual Conference FAQ 

(Please check back regularly for updates.)


General information about the move to a virtual conference:

  • Why are we switching our annual conference?
  • Why now? Couldn’t this decision have been made and announced any sooner?
  • Who will plan the virtual conference?


Let us know what your panel/roundtable/seminar wishes to do in 2020:

  • What will the virtual conference look like?
  • How do I let the GSA know what my panel wants to do?


Postponing to 2021:

  • My group (panel, roundtable, seminar) would prefer to meet in person. Can we postpone until 2021?
  • What if some people on the panel want to present this year virtually, but others don’t?
  • I missed the deadline for telling you my decision. Is it too late?

Anyone we didn't hear from is presumed to postpone until 2021 and doesn't need to take further action at this time. Everyone who is not presenting this year will receive an acknowledgement later in the summer of that status. 


Special 2020 Conference Events:

  • Will there be an Arts Night?
  • What about the Award Ceremony?
  • Will the General Meeting of the GSA be held as usual at the conference?


Presenting in 2020:

  • What will I need to participate in the virtual conference?
  • Will papers be delivered live?
  • How will seminars work?
  • Will there be an option for pre-recorded (asynchronous) presentations, and if so, will there be an option for us to get and give feedback during the conference?
  • If I agreed to be a commentator or moderator but don’t want to be in that function anymore, can I be replaced?
  • Will sessions be recorded?
  • How can we guarantee that no one downloads the recording and uses it without my permission?
  • I live in a different timezone than the other panelists. Can we request a time so that everyone can easily present together?


2020 Conference Registration:

  • How will conference registration and fees work?
  • Wait, isn’t Zoom free? Why should a virtual conference cost as much as an in-person conference?
  • How will we support participation of all members, especially those who have been most deeply impacted by the financial hit of COVID?
  • I can’t attend the conference this year. Can I donate the cost of my registration fee to someone in financial need?


Questions for Publishers and Exhibitors:

I’m a publisher/similar group: 

  • ​I want to advertise in the program. How can I?
  1. For the videos, accepted file types: .avi, .mkv, .mp4, .webm, .mov
    Files may not exceed 1 GB in size and the aspect ratio can be as you like.
  2. One may add up to five links under the media space.
  3. Logos should be .png or .jpeg. 
  • How can I feature my books and meet with potential authors, etc.?


Other Questions:

  • What can I do to help make the 2020 Annual Conference a positive experience?