Current members of the GSA will be receiving an invitation to vote in the 2018 GSA Elections. Your participation in these elections is critical for the future of your organization. The candidates have been selected by this year’s Nominating Committee, chaired by Professor Thomas Kühne.

Earlier this spring, the members approved a Bylaw revision that “split” the single Secretary/Treasurer position, creating an elected Secretary position and an appointed Treasurer position. We also approved the creation of a Board position for a student. In addition to the annual election of three regular board members, and the biannual election of a new Vice President, this year we are asking you to vote for a Secretary and a Board position for a student.

Thank you in advance for taking part in this important GSA election!

1. Vice-President of the GSA: Term of 2 years prior to becoming GSA President for 2 years and Immediate Past President for an additional 2 years

Janet Ward (Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1993; M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1989; B.A., First Class Combined Hons., University of London, 1985) is Professor of History and Faculty Director of the Humanities Forum at the University of Oklahoma. A dedicated advocate of new growth and possibilities for German studies and the humanities across the disciplines, she has served as Faculty Fellow for Humanities & Social Sciences Research at OU, where she is also affiliated with Judaic & Israel Studies and with International & Area Studies. This fall she will team teach a Presidential Dream Course at OU entitled “After Charlottesville” on racist memory practices in the US. At the U of Nevada Las Vegas she held appointments as Associate Professor of History (2002-2011) and as Director of Interdisciplinary Degree Programs (2002-2004). At the U of Colorado at Boulder she was Interim Chair of the Dept. of Germanic & Slavic (2002), Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature (2000-2002), and Assistant Professor of German studies (1993-2000). Her new book, Sites of Holocaust Memory, is forthcoming in 2019. She is the author of two other monographs, Post-Wall Berlin: Borders, Space and Identity (2011) and Weimar Surfaces: Urban Visual Culture in 1920s Germany (2001). She has co-edited four books: Transnationalism and the German City (2014), Walls, Borders, Boundaries: Spatial and Cultural Practices in Europe (2012), German Studies in the Post-Holocaust Age: The Politics of Memory, Identity, and Ethnicity (2000), and Agonistics: Arenas of Creative Contest (1997). She has also co-edited a special issue of the journal Social Science Quarterly dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. Her 35 articles and essays have appeared in e.g., Arkitektur, Deutsche Vierteljahresschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte, History and Technology, Journal of Visual Culture, New German Critique, Screen, and The German Quarterly. In addition to an ACLS fellowship Janet has received grants and awards from e.g., the DAAD, Fulbright, Getty Library, NEH, and USHMM. Elected to the Executive Council of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association (2016-2018), she recently chaired the PCB-AHA’s search for its new ED. She contributed “Interdisciplinarity, German Studies, and the Humanities” to the GSA’s 40th anniversary issue of the German Studies Review (2016). She has served the GSA as a member of the Executive Board (2013-2015); as a founding member of the Interdisciplinary Committee in 2008 and as its Co-Chair (2012-2014), helping to establish the networks; and as GSA Program Director (2011) and Interdisciplinary/Diachronic Coordinator (2009 and 2010). She currently serves on the GSA’s Fundraising committee.

Jonathan Wiesen (Ph.D. Brown University, 1998) is Professor and Distinguished Teacher (and currently department Chair) in the Department of History at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.  He taught previously at Colgate University as Visiting Assistant Professor. He is the author of West German Industry and the Challenge of the Nazi Past, 1945-1955 (Chapel Hill, 2001), which won a book prize from the Hagley Museum and Library and the Business History Conference. He is also co-editor of Selling Modernity: Advertising in Twentieth Century Germany (2007) and author of Creating the Nazi Marketplace: Commerce and Consumption in the Third Reich (Cambridge, 2011). He has written on historical memory, transatlantic relations, consumption, and racism in modern Germany. His work has appeared in a number of scholarly journals, including Central European History, German History, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Journal of Contemporary History, and the German Studies Review. He has received fellowships from the Gerda Henkel Foundation, the German Academic Exchange, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He has regularly participated in the annual GSA conference as speaker, commentator, moderator, and seminar participant. He has served on the GSA conference Program Committee, on the GSA Board, the German Studies Review Editorial Board, and as co-editor of a special GSR issue on “Surveillance and German Studies.”  He is currently writing a book on German views of anti-black racism in the United States from 1918 to 1968.

2. Secretary of the GSA: Term of 3 years, renewable up to three 3-year terms

Margaret Eleanor Menninger (Ph.D. Harvard University, 1998) is NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities and Associate Professor of History at Texas State University where she has taught since 2000. Her research focuses on cultural philanthropy in Germany during the long 19th century, the idea of Gesamtkunstwerk in German Studies and pedagogy, and historical theory. Her most recent publications are a co-edited volume entitled The Work of Art: Foundations, Articulations, Inspirations (Berghahn Books, 2016), thirteen articles in The Cambridge Wagner Encyclopedia (2013), and “The Classroom as a ‘Total Work of Art’: Pedagogy, Performance and Gesamtkunstwerk,” in Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal Vol 3/No. 3 (2011). She is working on two book projects, completing A Serious Matter and True Joy: Philanthropy, the Arts, and the State in Nineteenth-Century Leipzig and beginning Hearing Voices and Seeing Things: Aural and Visual Theories of History. Menninger served as Program Director for the GSA Annual Conferences in 2014 and 2015. She has further served on the Program Committee as Session Coordinator for the 2011 and 2012 conferences, and regularly attends as a paper presenter and commentator. She served as editor for H-German in 2007-2008.

Jared Poley is Professor of History at Georgia State University. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Colorado-Boulder (1992, 1996) and a Ph.D. in European History from UCLA (2001). His teaching repertoire includes courses in world history, historical methods, German history to 1900, the history of sexuality, and the history of human rights. He is the author of Decolonization in Germany: Weimar Narratives of Colonial Loss and Foreign Occupation (2005) and The Devil’s Riches: A Modern History of Greed (2016). He has also co-edited four volumes of collected essays: Conversion and the Politics of Religion in Early Modern Germany (2012), Kinship, Community and Self (2014), Migration in German Lands (2016), and Money in the German-speaking Lands (2017). A member of the GSA since 2006, Jared served on the GSA Board from 2015-2017, and he is currently a member of the editorial board of the Spektrum book series. His other professional service includes work with the World History Association and the Southeast German Studies Workshop.

All of the following positions are for 3-year terms, except for the new Student Position which is for a 2-year term.

3. Board Position (History)

Benjamin Marschke (PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 2003) is Professor of Modern European History at Humboldt State University (Arcata, California).  His field is early modern Germany, and his work focuses on Halle Pietism and the royal court in eighteenth-century Prussia.  He is the author of numerous articles and Absolutely Pietist (2005), co-author of Experiencing the Thirty Years War (2013), and co-editor of The Holy Roman Empire, Revisited (2010), Kinship, Community, and Self (2015), and Hallesches Waisenhaus und Berliner Hof (2017).  His current research project is a cultural history of the monarchical self-representation and ruling style of King Friedrich Wilhelm I of Prussia (1713-40).  Marschke has received research fellowships from the DAAD, the Max-Planck-Institut für Geschichte (Göttingen), the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, the Franckesche Stiftungen zu Halle, the Herzog August Bibliothek (Wolfenbüttel), the Forschungsbibliothek Gotha, the Geheimes Staatsarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz, and the Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für die Erforschung der Europäischen Aufklärung (Halle).  He has held teaching appointments at the Universität Oldenburg and the Universität Halle.  Marschke has participated in every GSA conference since 2005 and has served as program coordinator (2007-2008) and program director (2009, 2017-2018).  He is also executive director of the Central European History Society (CEHS).

George Williamson (PhD, Yale University, 1996) is Associate Professor of History at Florida State University. He is a historian of modern Germany, with a particular interest in the intersections of religion, aesthetics, and politics in the long nineteenth century. Prior to his current position, he taught at the University of Alabama from 1997 to 2010. He is the author of The Longing for Myth in Germany: Religion and Aesthetic Culture from Romanticism to Nietzsche (2004), and is currently completing a study of the life and career of the playwright August von Kotzebue. He has published articles and book chapters on German religious history, the assassination of Kotzebue, the role of the category “race” in Schelling’s philosophy, the controversy sparked by Arthur Drews’s Die Christusmythe (1909), and other topics. His article “‘Thought in itself is a dangerous operation’: The Campaign Against ‘Revolutionary Machinations’ in Germany, 1819-1828,” was named best history article in German Studies Review for 2014-2015. He has served on the Executive Board of the Central European History Society, the Board of Editors of Central European History (2014-present), and prize committees for the Hans Rosenberg Prize, the Fritz Stern Dissertation Award, and the George L. Mosse Prize. He has been a regular presenter, commentator, and moderator at GSA meetings, attending every conference (save one) since 1997.  He served on the Program Committee for the 2009 GSA meeting and was Program Director for the 2010 meeting. He served on the “Future of the GSA” Committee in 2013-14. He has served on the Board of Editors for SPEKTRUM, the GSA’s book series, since 2012.

4. Board Position (Literature and Cultural Studies)

Kirsten “Kit” Belgum (PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is Associate Professor in the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin with affiliations in the Centers for Women’s and Gender Studies, Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies, and European Studies. She has served both as chair of the Department of Germanic Studies and Interim Director of the Center for European Studies. She is a scholar of literary and cultural studies with a main focus on the nineteenth century and with specialization in German realism, popular culture, periodicals, encyclopedias, travel and geographical writing, history of the book, cultural transfer, and visual cultural studies. She is also interested in issues of pedagogy, curriculum, and teaching methodologies and in digital humanities. She is the author of two monographs: Interior Meaning: Design of the Bourgeois Home in the Realist Novel (1991) and Popularizing the Nation: Audience, Representation and the Production of Identity in Die Gartenlaube, 1853-1900 (1998). Her recent articles and chapters have focused on such topics as transnational influence in travel writing, the relationship between text and images in popular geographical magazines, and censorship and piracy in early nineteenth-century publishing. She is currently working on two book length projects, one on early nineteenth-century German-American cultural transfer and one on German geographical imagination in the nineteenth century. She has been an active member of the GSA for several decades, presenting papers, moderating and organizing sessions, and, most recently, organizing a seminar.

Priscilla Layne (Ph.D. University of California in Berkeley, 2011) is Assistant Professor of German at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (since 2011), where she is also Adjunct Professor of African, African American and Diaspora Studies and affiliated with the Global Cinema Studies Program. She has guest lectured at the Universities of Tübingen and Bremen. Her first book, White Rebels in Black: German Appropriation of Black Popular Culture is forthcoming in April 2018 (U. Michigan Press). She is also the co-editor of the volume Rebellion and Revolution: Defiance in German Language, History and Art (2008). She is currently working on a second monograph, Out of this World: Afro-German Afrofuturism. She is the co-recipient of a grant from the DFG to fund the conference “Staging Blackness: Representations of Race in German Speaking Drama and Theater” in Tübingen. Priscilla will also hold a fellowship for one semester from the American Academy in Berlin during 2018-19. She has published articles on German Film, literature, translation and music in GSR, the Women in German Yearbook and Colloquia Germanica, as well as in several edited collections. At UNC she is co-organizer of the Carolina Seminar on Afrofuturism, Black Optimism and Afropessimism. She is also on the editorial board of African Arts as well as The Color Turn, a new journal based the University of Tübingen. She has been a regular attendee at GSA, presenting papers, participating in seminars and on roundtables and organizing panels. She has participated on roundtables organized by the Black Diaspora Studies Network, and in 2016 she organized a series of panels called “Minority Discourses after 1990.”

5. Board Position (Interdisciplinary German Studies)

Laurence McFalls (PhD, Harvard University 1990) is Professor of Political Science at Université de Montréal, where he also directs the Centre canadien d’études allemandes et européennes and the International Research Training Group “Diversity: Mediating Difference in Transcultural Spaces,” a doctoral school in collaboration with the universities of Trier and Saarbrücken. He was a postdoctoral fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States in 1990-1991, beginning an ongoing study of ordinary East Germans’ experience of the GDR and of its collapse, their integration into a new socio-economic order, and their memories of this past. In 1995 he published Communism’s Collapse, Democracy’s Demise? The Cultural Context and Consequences of the East Germans’ Revolution (Macmillan/NYU Press). Since 2014 he has been working with documentary filmmaker Alberto Herskovits on the Open Memory Box, an original online archive, “anti-archive,” and short-film collection based on 415 hours of 8mm home movies made in the GDR between 1947 and 1990. His other research interests and publications have addressed Max Weber’s epistemology – he edited Max Weber’s “Objectivity” Reconsidered (University of Toronto Press, 2007) – and Weber’s relevance, in cross-reading with Michel Foucault, to understanding contemporary neo- or post-liberalism. Together with anthropologist Mariella Pandolfi, McFalls has developed a critique of the “therapeutic domination” of humanitarianism and of neoliberal government that perpetuates crisis in the name of benevolence. With Pandolfi he is also preparing a collective volume on the relationship between politics and music. McFalls was president of the GDR/Eastern German Studies Association and has been an active participant in GSA conferences since the early 1990s.

Damani J. Partridge (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2003) is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan.  He is also an affiliate of the Department of German Languages and Literatures.  As a researcher, he has published broadly on questions of citizenship, sexuality, post-Cold War ‘freedom’, Holocaust memorialization, African-American military occupation, ‘Blackness’ and embodiment, the production of noncitizens, the culture and politics of ‘fair trade’, and the Obama moment in Berlin. He has also made and worked on documentaries for private and public broadcasters in the US and Canada, and currently directs the Mellon Foundation/Humanities Without Walls funded Filming Future Cities Project in Detroit and Berlin (see filmingfuturecities.org). In 2012, he published Hypersexuality and Headscarves: Race, Sex, and Citizenship in the New Germany and is currently preparing his manuscript, “Articulating ‘Blackness’ as a Universal Claim: Holocaust Heritage, European Enlightenment, and Noncitizen Futures,” for publication.  In addition to the Mellon Foundation, his research has been supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the German Research Foundation (DFG), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the School for Advanced Research, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation.  He is a member of the German Studies Association and recently co-organized a seminar with Ela Gezen and Olivia Landry on “(Post)Migrant Theater: Then and Now.”

6. Board Position (Student)

Peter Gengler is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Department of History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599; email: pgengler@live.unc.edu). His research broadly focuses on East and West German cultural memories of war and dictatorship. He is currently completing his dissertation, “’Flight and Expulsion’: Expellee Victimhood Narratives and Memory Politics in the Federal Republic of Germany, 1944-1990,” which was supported by the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, as well as the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) during the academic years 2015-2016. His dissertation advisor is Professor Konrad H. Jarausch.

Christy Wahl is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds an M.A. in Art History from UW-Madison, a B.A. in Art History from Saint Louis University, and a B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College, Santa Fe. Christy has worked at the Saint Louis Museum, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, the Chazen Museum of Art, and the 2016/17 Public Humanities Fellow at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. She is currently a 2017/18 Doctoral Fellow in the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. Christy’s specialty is German Modernism and her dissertation focuses on the avant-garde artist Hannah Hóch (1889-1978) and the exile and recuperation of Dada between 1933 and 1949. Her research has been funded by UW-Madison’s Center for German and European Studies, the Institute for Regional and International Studies, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, and the DAAD.