conferences

Guidelines for Submitting 2013 Proposals

Thirty-Sixth Annual Conference: October 3-6, 2013 in Denver, Colorado

As usual, the deadline for submitting proposals for individual papers or entire sessions is 15 February. Please bear in mind that all submitters, including proposed panelists whose topics are being submitted as parts of complete sessions, must be GSA members at the time of submission, with 2013 dues paid.

Proposals may not be submitted by regular mail or e-mail; only electronic submissions will be accepted. Go to Member Services and choose the link for Conference Proposals. If you have paid your 2013 dues, you will be asked to log in with your usual userid and password, and proceed accordingly. If you have not yet paid your 2013 dues, you will be asked to do so first.

Please remember that English and German are the official languages of the GSA. We welcome any and all submissions and papers in German.

Organizers of entire sessions will be asked to submit a general description of the session in the appropriate online box. There is also a box for each individual session participant (or each paper submitter) to fill out. While there is no official word limit, we recommend that session abstracts be 300-500 words long and individual paper abstracts be 350-600 words long. Also, using our dropdown menu, please indicate the field/area/chronological period to which you wish your session or paper to be assigned.

If you wish to use audiovisual media, please check the appropriate box, indicate your reasons for requesting media, and be sure to pay the $20 fee. Media rental costs in convention hotels are extremely high, and we cannot guarantee all media requests, though we shall do our best. The $20 per user fee will not begin to cover our real media rental costs. As in the past, we shall designate ten media rooms for AV purposes. The hotel in Denver is very wired. I will soon have news about how extensive it is, and what costs that might entail.

Please remember that nobody may play more than two roles at the conference, and no one may present more than one paper. That is, a person may give a paper and moderate or comment upon another session. Or a person may moderate two sessions, comment on two sessions, or moderate one and comment on another. But he/she may not present two papers.

Non-North American members might wish to inform themselves of our travel grants. These are intended as "last-resort" grants for non-North Americans who have tried but cannot get travel funding in their own countries. There is no deadline for submission of a travel-grant application. If you are a German citizen living in Germany, and if you are eligible, please plan to apply for a DAAD travel grant as soon as possible, as they require several months for processing.

Should you encounter difficulties with the proposal process, please contact Mr. Charles Fulton at our Help Desk, and he will assist you. Please do NOT write to me about technical issues. I'm a history professor and know next to nothing about tech matters! Questions about dues and membership issues may be directed to Ms. Alta Anthony at Johns Hopkins University Press. Traditional paper checks may also be used to pay dues. They may be sent to the GSA secretary/treasurer, Professor Gerald Fetz, at the University of Montana.

As we announced earlier, this year the GSA is proud to sponsor a series of special seminars to coincide with the conference. If you have applied to participate in a seminar, and your application has been accepted, that will count as the equivalent of a conference paper. That is, if you participate in a seminar, you may also moderate or comment upon a session in the "regular" conference, but you may not present another paper.

The seminars will be vetted and approved by a special committee composed of Professors Irene Kacandes. Lutz Koepnick, and Suzanne Marchand. Further information can be found on this website and in several e-mails we sent to the membership.