Submission Guidelines

Submission of Proposals for Individual Papers, Entire Panels, or Roundtables

  • All papers, panels, and roundtables must be submitted via the GSA website.
  • All prospective participants, including moderators and commentators, must be paid members of the German Studies Association for the current year by the submission deadline.
  • All papers and panel titles must conform to the style guidelines of either The Chicago Manual of Style or Historische Zeitschrift.
  • Papers in both English and German are welcome.
  • The submission deadline is Monday, February 15th, 2021, at 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time. No submissions will be accepted after this deadline.
  • Organizers of entire sessions should submit a 300-500 word session description, with 350-600 word abstracts for each paper in the session.
  • Individual paper submitters should submit a 350-600 word abstract.
  • Please indicate, using the drop-down menu, the field/area/chronological period to which you wish your session or paper to be assigned.
  • For assistance with the online submission process or with dues payment, first contact Benita Blessing at
  • Seminars are coordinated by the Seminar Committee; guidelines and deadlines for participation are included in a separate CfA.

Rules for Participation

  • Each individual may participate in no more than two sessions, with a seminar or Emerging Scholars Workshop counting as one session. 
  • No individual may give two papers, or give a paper and participate in a seminar or ESW. These are defined as "presenter roles."
  • No individual may apply to more than one presenter role.
  • Individuals may both give a paper (or participate in a seminar) and participate in one roundtable.
  • An individual who has been accepted to a seminar may not withdraw in order to submit a paper.

Composition of Panels

  • A complete panel must comprise a moderator, a commentator and no fewer than three and no more than four papers. Incomplete panels may be submitted, but their acceptance and/or eventual composition then becomes the purview of the Program Committee.
  • Graduate students may not serve as commentators, and there may not be more than two graduate student papers on any panel.
  • There may not be more than two individuals on any panel from the same institution.
  • Co-authored papers are permitted, but each presentation is limited to two co-presenters. A co-presentation counts as one presenter role for each speaker, for scheduling purposes.
  • Proposals for panel series must be limited to no more than four related panels.

Roundtable Guidelines

  • Please limit roundtables to 6 participants, including a chair. 
  • Roundtable organizers are free to decide on the form of the session, keeping in mind that they should not replicate a panel format. 
  • All members of the roundtable must be identified in the submission abstract; substitutions for members may not be made after the Feb. 15 deadline.

Projection and sound

  • All breakout rooms will be equipped with LCD projectors that have VGA cables. Please be sure to bring an appropriate adapter for your laptop.
  • Laptops will not be provided. 
  • The standard projectors do not have sound support. 
  • Presenters requiring separate sound equipment must request it during the submission process. Assignment of panels to rooms specially equipped for sound is at the discretion of the Program Director and the Executive Director.

Scheduling Changes

  • The Program Director and the Executive Director reserve the right to move papers from one session to another at their discretion.
  • New papers may not be substituted in cases of participant withdrawal. Only papers received by the original submission deadline and fully vetted by the Program Committee will be considered.
  • Withdrawn participants may not present via video conference (Skype, Zoom, etc.) at in-person sessions, nor may they have their contributions read in absentia. Please see our Conference 2021 FAQs for more information about our need to exclude this possibility.
  • When participant withdrawals result in a panel with two papers, or a roundtable with two participants (excluding moderator), such sessions may be cancelled at the discretion of the Program Director and the Executive Director if no other alternative can be found.
  • Single papers that are not initially accepted will be put on a waitlist in case of future openings. Authors are free to decline this option. 

Withdrawal from the Conference

  • All individuals withdrawing from the conference must inform the GSA. Please contact Dr. Benita Blessing at to confirm your absence as soon as possible, even if that means after the conference, so that we can plan and also keep accurate records.
  • Lack of travel funding is not a valid reason for late withdrawal. All non-North Americans are eligible for our travel grants, and there is no deadline for application.
  • Individuals withdrawing from the conference after acceptance of their papers and/or panels will not have their membership dues to GSA refunded. 
  • Registration fees for cancellations will be refunded, but will incur a cancellation penalty of 50% of the fee. Exceptions may be made for illness or other serious and unforeseen circumstances. No registration refunds are available for cancellations after 1 September. For more information, contact Benita Blessing.