Call for Seminar Proposals, 2019

The 43rd German Studies Association Conference in Portland, OR from October 3-6, 2019 will continue to host a series of seminars in addition to conference sessions and roundtables.

Seminars meet for all three days of the conference. They explore new avenues of academic exchange and foster extended discussion, rigorous intellectual debate, and intensified networking. Seminars are typically proposed and led by two to three conveners and they consist of a total of 10 to 20 participants, including the conveners themselves. (In special cases there may be four conveners.) Conveners are expected to make every effort to aim for broad diversity and include scholars from different disciplines and at different career stages, including graduate students. Seminars may enable extended discussion of a recent academic publication; the exploration of a promising new research topic; engagement with pre-circulated papers; an opportunity to debate the work of scholars with different approaches; the coming together of scholars seeking to develop an anthology; or the in-depth discussion of a political or public policy issue, novel, film, poem, musical piece, painting, or other artwork.

In order to facilitate extended discussion, seminar conveners and participants are required to participate in all three seminar meetings. Please note that both... Read more

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PDF of Print Program Now Online

The printed program is now available in PDF form. You can find it here.

Please note that the online program at will be kept updated with all changes before and during the conference. Read more

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Call for Applications: Treasurer

The German Studies Association invites applications for a five-year renewable position of Treasurer, beginning in the fall of 2019. As the GSA’s chief financial officer, the Treasurer is responsible for the funds of the Association. Using QuickBooks, s/he maintains the Association’s financial records, pays bills, supervises grant and fundraising monies, and, in consultation with the Executive Director, prepares the Association’s annual budget for the Board’s approval. The Treasurer chairs the Investment Committee and supervises the Association’s Endowment, managed by TIAA-CREF. The Treasurer serves as a full voting member of the Executive Council and as an ex officio, non-voting member of the Board. Each of these meets once a year: the Board in conjunction with the annual conference, the Executive Council in December at a separate meeting. The GSA offers a modest stipend and covers all necessary travel and attendant expenses. 

The Selection Committee (Christina Gerhardt, Sara Hall, and James Brophy) will vet applications upon receipt and submit its short list to the President who, in consultation with the Board, appoints the Treasurer. The Selection Committee asks applicants to send a c.v., a letter of interest, and contact information for one reference to James Brophy (, the committee chair. The application... Read more

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2018 Election Results Announced

We are delighted to announce the results of the 2018 German Studies Association election.

  • Vice-President: Janet Ward, Department of History, University of Oklahoma
  • Secretary: Margaret Menninger, Department of History, Texas State University
  • Board Member (History): Ben Marschke, Department of History, Humboldt State University
  • Board Member (German Language, Literature, and Culture): Priscilla Layne, Department of German and Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • Board Member (Interdisciplinary): Damani Partridge, Departments of Anthropology and Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan
  • Board Member (Graduate Student Representative): Christy Wahl, Department of Art History, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Herzliche Glückwünsche!

We invite all the members of the Association to join us in thanking those of our colleagues who stood for election and volunteered to donate their time and energy to furthering the many goals and projects of the German Studies Association. We are deeply grateful to them. Read more

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Privacy Policy Updated

The Johns Hopkins University Press, which publishes German Studies Review and handles membership and conference registration for the GSA, updated its privacy policy on May 7, 2018.  Read more


2018 Conference Registration Now Open

Online conference registration, meal reservations, and hotel reservations for the 42nd annual conference of the GSA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, are now open at

When you pay your registration fee, you will be able to purchase meals at the same time. After September 1st, all registrants will pay an additional $10 fee. Please be aware of the refund policy on conference registrations.

You must first register for the conference to be eligible for our special group rate of US $169.00 per night at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown. Please note that you can only reserve a hotel room at the conference rate with the link you receive by email after registering.

Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from Johns Hopkins University Press with the link to the special hotel reservation page. Do not discard or lose this email. It will serve as your receipt and provide access to hotel reservations at the conference rate.

Conference Registration Rates (before 1 September)

  • Regular, joint, and emeritus members: $110.00
  • Non-members: $180.00
  • Independent scholars (members): $50.00
  • Independent scholars (non-members): $100.00
  • Students (members): $40.00
  • Students (non-members): $90.00
  • Exhibitors: $200.00 / table

After 1 September, prices for all registration categories will increase by $10.... Read more

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Conference Highlights

Thursday, September 27: Arts Night

Please book your travel so that you can join us for the GSA Arts Night on Thursday evening, September 27! Inspired by “First Night” celebrations on December 31st in many cities, this will be our fourth annual Arts Night, celebrating the creative and performing arts as an important part of German studies.

This year’s Arts Night will feature DJ İpek İpekçioğlu and the Bühne für Menschenrechte. İpek İpekçioğlu is a music producer, DJ, and curator based in Berlin and Istanbul. She has been a crucial voice in the public discourse pertaining to immigration, exile, diversity, and queer issues. Recently, she curated the festival titled DisPlaced RePlaced: Cultural Transition of Istanbul and Berlin; she participated in the cultural youth project for refugees Faces of Change and Chance, and contributed to panels for Rave Diplomacy: Queer Realities and Diversity and Mädea: Interkulturelles Zentrum für Mädchen und junge Frauen. She is also a patron of the Schule ohne Rassismus – Schule mit Courage initiative in Berlin. DJ Ipek has performed her music at the Glastonbury, Fusion, Sziget, At.tension, Berlin Festival and many more international electronic and world music festivals. She has toured Europe, the US, North Africa, and South Asia, and has... Read more

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