Coronavirus/COVID-19 and the GSA

Dear members and friends of the GSA,

I am writing to you today with regard to the coronavirus situation, which I am sure is on all our minds. Our own annual conference is scheduled to take place more than half a year from now, so of course it is far too early to make any predictions about the possible impact of the virus upon an event scheduled for the very end of September.

At present we are continuing normal conference planning, while at the same time we are taking prudent precautions and are monitoring the situation daily. We are working closely with our host hotel and with our conference planner. We are regularly monitoring a number of websites, among them the websites of the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Bundesgesundheitsministerien in both Austria and Germany. And we are regularly discussing the updated situation within our Executive Council.

We do believe that prudence, caution, and careful attention to reliable sources of information are essential in the weeks and months ahead. And we are certainly looking forward hopefully to a successful conference in Washington, DC, at the end of September.  

Best regards,

David E. Barclay

Executive Director, GSA... Read more

GSA - Opportunities to Become Involved

SUBJECT: GSA - Opportunities to Become Involved

FROM: Johannes von Moltke

February 24, 2020

Dear friends and colleagues, members of the GSA,

I write with an invitation to become involved in one of the many roles and committees that make the German Studies Association run. 

Having reached out to many of you in the past with requests to serve on particular committees, I have been humbled by the investment that members show in the GSA and by their readiness to serve. Now we are looking to broaden the base for anyone interested in volunteering by asking you to identify a fellow member or yourself for consideration by the nominating committee. 

You may express your interest in one or more positions and/or nominate another member by navigating to this short form, where we have listed opportunities for involvement.

In particular, I would like to draw your attention to the newly formed committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This committee, which will be chaired by former President Irene Kacandes and include at least one Board Member and one member at large, will be charged with two primary tasks: to advise the board on ways of making the GSA as diverse, equitable,... Read more

Extended deadline, March 25, CfP: Berlin Program Summer Workshop


The Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies is soliciting papers for our

Ninth Berlin Program Interdisciplinary Summer Workshop: July 6–8, 2020         

Has it been, will it be, or is it even possible to be both alone and together? The challenges of individuals, cultures, and countries to be “alone” and “together” have existed historically in various, often complex ways. Yet the challenge of being “alone together” is now more pressing than ever. What dangers, and what opportunities—at home and abroad, real and imagined—can we identify to these ends in Germany and German-speaking communities? How can attention to the themes of alienation and reconciliation in their myriad forms shed light on these questions? Read more on:

DAAD/GSA Book Prizes, Germanistik/Cultural Studies and History/Social Sciences

It gives us a great deal of pleasure to announce the competition for the TWO 2020 DAAD BOOK PRIZES OF THE GERMAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION.

These extremely prestigious prizes are  funded through the North American office of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and carry an award of $1,000 each.

In 2020 the DAAD/GSA Book Prize for the Best Book in Germanistik or Cultural Studies will be awarded to the best book in those fields published in 2019. Inquiries, nominations, and submissions should be sent to the committee chair, Professor B. Venkat Mani (University of Wisconsin—Madison,, by 20 February 2020. The other members of the committee are Professors Claudia Breger (Columbia University) and Paul Fleming (Cornell University). Their addresses are shown below.

In 2020 the DAAD/GSA Book Prize for the Best Book in History or Social Sciences will be awarded to the best book in those fields published in 2019. Inquiries, nominations, and submissions should be sent to the committee chair, Professor James Brophy (University of Delaware,, by 20 February 2020. The other members of the committee are Professors Ofer Ashkenazi (Hebrew University) and Belinda Davis (Rutgers University). Their addresses are shown below.

Under the provision of the DAAD grant, eligibility... Read more

Conference Submissions GSA 2020 Now Open!

Please submit your applications for the Forty-Fourth Annual Conference October 1-4 2020 in Washington, D.C. here: (

Tip: If you did not manually change your User ID and password, they are both the email associated with your GSA account. Please consider changing your password for security.

Questions about the program? Contact the Program Committee (below). For general inquiries, technical problems, or requests for disability accommodations, please contat the Operations Director, Dr. Benita Blessing (

Further information can be found here: 

We look forward to seeing you in October!... Read more

CfA: GSA Seminar Participation Applications (due Jan. 27)

GSA Seminars 2020

The 44th GSA Conference in Washington, D.C., from October 1-4, 2020 will again host a series of seminars in addition to its regular conference sessions and roundtables. You can find information about the conference under “current conference” here.

Seminars meet for all three days of the conference during the first or second morning slot to foster extended discussion, rigorous intellectual exchange, and intensified networking. They are led by two to four conveners and consist of 10 to 20 participants, at least some of whom should be graduate students. In order to reach the goal of extended discussion, seminar organizers and participants are required to participate in all three installments of the seminar.

The submission website can be found here. You will be asked to submit a brief abstract (500 words) and a short C.V. (500-1,000 words). The deadline for applications to participate in a seminar is 27 January, 2020, 11:59pm EST.

The following seminars have been selected and approved for enrollment at the 2020 GSA Conference. Tip: You can click on the title to go to the seminar description, and then click your browser’s backbutton to return to the list.

You may contact the individual seminar conveners for... Read more

Giving Tuesday

Dear Members and Friends of the GSA,

As many of you know, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are now followed by Giving Tuesday, when all of us are urged to contribute to institutions, causes, and charities that we consider important. 

Could we at the German Studies Association ask you to consider a special donation on Giving Tuesday or later in the month of December?

As costs go up and programs expand, we need your generous support in order to continue:

  • providing a dynamic intellectual home and scholarly community to all of our members across the globe--through the conference, publications, seminars, networks, the work of the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, and other activities;
  • offering our early career members a supportive start in the profession;
  • being an increasingly important voice in advocating for German Studies, the humanities, international studies, and transatlantic collaborations in effective ways;
  • maintaining and extending a wide range of partnerships and collaborations with organizations and agencies in North America and abroad that share and support our mission, our activities, and our concerns.

Given rising costs and rising expenses, we can’t be as effective as we need to be in supporting and expanding these services unless... Read more

CfP: GSA Call for Proposals (due Feb. 15)



The German Studies Association (GSA) will hold its 44th Annual Conference from 1 to 4 October 2020 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington, DC.

The Program Committee cordially invites proposals on any aspect of German, Austrian, or Swiss studies, including (but not limited to) history, Germanistik, film, art history, political science, anthropology, musicology, religious studies, sociology, and cultural studies. 

Proposals for entire sessions, for interdisciplinary presentations, and for series of panels are strongly encouraged (though we discourage thematic series of more than four panels).  Individual paper proposals are also welcome. The portal for submissions can be accessed here.


  • If you did not yet manually reset your User ID or password, they are both the email address associated with your GSA account. Please update your password for security. 
  • If you are having log-in problems, try again later (the system just might be overloaded); if that doesn't work, contact our partners at Johns Hopkins UP for help.
  • Some informational videos for how to upload proposals can be found here: GSA Informational Videos

The call for... Read more

CfA: GSA Emerging Scholars Workshop (ESW)

Call for Applicants

GSA Emerging Scholars Workshop (ESW)

We are excited to introduce a new conference format exclusively for graduate students, to be hosted for the first time at the 44th German Studies Association Conference in Washington, D.C., from October 1-4, 2020.

The Emerging Scholars Workshop (ESW) will run parallel to the established seminars and in addition to regular conference sessions and roundtables (for general conference information see

Over the past ten years, graduate programs across the country have contracted. Fewer graduate students now encounter fewer regular graduate courses that have often also become more general in content in order to produce satisfactory enrollment. As a result, much of the specialized but crucial field training has moved into one-on-one tutorials and directed readings. The new Emerging Scholars Workshop seeks to give the up-and-coming cohort of Germanists and historians access to the leading scholars in their field, increase the advice and mentoring they receive, and allow them to come together for sustained professional conversations. The goal is to enable the next generation of Germanists and Historians to produce their best possible work, be competitive across fields, and contribute to the vitality, relevance, and productivity... Read more

Berlin Program Fellowship Due Dec. 1


The Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies offers up to one year of dissertation or postdoctoral research support at the Freie Universität Berlin, one of Germany’s leading research universities. It is open to scholars in all social science and humanities disciplines, including historians working on German and European history since the mid-18th century.

The program accepts applications from U.S. and Canadian nationals, permanent and long-term residents. Applicants for a dissertation fellowship must be full-time graduate students enrolled at a North American university who have achieved ABD status by the time the proposed research stay in Berlin begins. Also eligible are U.S. and Canadian Ph.D.s who have received their doctorates within the past two calendar years from a North American university.

Located in one of the densest and most innovative academic regions in Europe, a Berlin Program Fellowship offers extraordinary research opportunities. Each semester, our colloquium serves as the central meeting point to share, discuss and support each other’s work.

The Berlin Program is administered in close cooperation with our North American partner and co-sponsor, the German Studies Association (GSA), the largest organization of scholars, professionals, and students who focus on the study of German-speaking Europe from all... Read more

GSA Statement on Nobel Prize for Literature

The following statement on Peter Handke and the Nobel Prize for Literature was approved by the GSA Executive Council on 16 October 2019.

In the days since Peter Handke was awarded this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature, much has been written about the decision to reward an author who supported and defended Slobodan Milošević and who denied the genocidal acts of which the Serbian leader and his regime were found guilty.

Handke’s support for Milošević is a matter of historic record. So is the slaughter of thousands of Muslims at Srebrenica, which did not prevent the author from seeking the company of Radovan Karadžić, a convicted war criminal and the main perpetrator of this genocidal act. In view of these facts, the controversy over the Nobel Prize, such as it is, revolves around the question whether it is possible to separate literature and literary value from history and politics. The Swedish Academy certainly appears to think so, rewarding Handke for his “linguistic ingenuity” while remaining silent on his politics. According to its permanent secretary Mats Malm, “it is not in the Academy’s mandate to balance literary quality against political considerations.”

We disagree with the premise of such statements... Read more

GSA Announces 2019 Book and Article Prizes

The GSA is pleased to announce that the following prizes were awarded at its 43rd conference in Portland, Oregon.  The corresponding laudationes will be published in the winter 2019-20 GSA newsletter:

The DAAD/GSA Prize for the Best Book in Germanistik and Cultural Studies published in 2018 was awarded to Professor Nicola Behrmann (Rutgers University), for her book Geburt der Avantgarde – Emily Hennngs (Wallstein Verlag, 2018).

The DAAD/GSA Prize for the Best Book in History and Social Sciences published in 2018 was awarded to Professor Dolores L. Augustine (St. John’s University) for her book Taking on Technocracy: Nuclear Power in Germany, 1945 to the Present (Berghahn Books, 2018).

The Sybil Halpern Milton Prize for the Best Book in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, awarded every two years for the best book published in those fields in the previous two years, was awarded to Professor Bradley W. Hart (California State University, Fresno) for his book Hitler's American Friends: The Third Reich's Supporters in the United States (Thomas Dunne Books/St Martin's Press, 2018).

The DAAD/GSA Article Prize for the Best Article Published in the German Studies Review during the previous year was awarded to Professor Sara S. Poor... Read more

GSA Announces New Dues Structure Beginning 1 November 2019

At its meeting on 3 October 2019, the GSA Board approved a revision and updating of the organization’s dues structure beginning on 1 November 2019. This vote followed a detailed discussion of two years. The old dues structure had been in place and unchanged for many years. The following will be the new annual dues structure:

Income below $50,000

$     40.00

Income between $50,001 and $70,000

$   110.00

Income between $70,001 and $90,000

$   130.00

Income between $90,001 and $110,000

$   155.00

Income between $110,001 and $150,000

$   170.00

Income greater than $150,000

$   185.00

Life member (one-time payment)

$ 1000.00

Institutional member

$   500.00


Please note that those members who have signed up for recurring payments in the past will need to return to paying their dues on a non-recurring basis until the new system is fully in place. Please note too that joint memberships are no longer available. Thank you for your understanding!... Read more

Dr. Margaret Menninger Named New ED of GSA Beginning 2021

At its meeting on 3 October 2019, the GSA Board unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. Margaret Eleanor Menninger, Associate Professor of History at Texas State University, as the GSA’s third Executive Director. She will assume that office on 1 January 2021; the current Executive Director, Prof. David E. Barclay, will remain in that function until the end of 2020. 

Professor Menninger has served as NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities at Texas State, where she has taught in the Department of History since 2001. She received her A.B., M.A., and PhD degrees at Harvard University, where she studied with David Blackbourn. She is an accomplished chamber musician and is currently completing a manuscript on  A Serious Matter and True Joy: Philanthropy, the Arts, and the State in Nineteenth-Century Leipzig. Among other things, she has published on the idea of the Gesamtkunstwerk. 

She brings a wealth of experience in the GSA to her new duties. She has served with distinction as Program Director and as chair of the Seminar Committee, and she is currently the GSA Secretary. We are confident that the GSA will thrive under Margaret Menninger’s leadership. ... Read more

Dr. Benita Blessing Named New GSA Operations Director

The GSA is pleased to announce that Dr. Benita Blessing has agreed to serve as its second Operations Director, succeeding Elizabeth Fulton, who was honored at the Portland conferences for her immense contributions to the GSA over the past 11 years.  Dr. Blessing teaches in the World Languages and Cultures program at Oregon State University.  She has taught at a number of other institutions, including the University of Vienna.  Dr. Blessing received a BA at Trinity University, an MA at the Monterey Institute of International Affairs, and a PhD in history at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.  She has numerous publications and an impressive record of scholarship, especially in the history of education.  Please welcome Dr. Blessing as the new GSA Operations Director! Read more