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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Austrian Cultural Forum New York (ACFNY) Travel Grants 2018

The Austrian Cultural Forum New York (ACFNY) and the GSA are happy to announce that there will be limited funds available to support selected young Austrian Studies scholars participating in the 2018 GSA conference. Read more

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2018 Prize Competitions Announced

In 2018 the DAAD/GSA Book Prizes will be awarded for the best book in Germanistik or cultural studies published in 2016 or 2017 and for the best book in history or social sciences published in 2017.

Under the provision of the DAAD grant, eligibility is restricted to authors who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States and Canada. Translations, editions, anthologies, memoirs, and books that have been previously published are not eligible.

Inquiries, nominations, and submissions for the history and social sciences prize should be sent to the History and Social Sciences Committee chair, Professor Anthony Steinhoff (History, Université du Québec à Montréal, by 10 March 2018. The other members of the committee are Professors Carina Johnson (Pitzer College) and Michael Meng (Clemson University).

Inquiries, nominations, and submissions for the Germanistik or cultural studies prize should be sent to the Germanistik and Cultural Studies Committee Chair, Professor Mara Wade (German, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana,, by 10 March 2018. The other members of the committee are Professors Vance Byrd (German, Grinnell College) and Marco Abel (English, University of Nebraska, Lincoln).

The DAAD Article Prize will be awarded in 2018 for the best article in any discipline published in the German Studies Review in 2017. The committee members are Professors Yaïr... Read more

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Call for 2018 Panels and Papers

The German Studies Association (GSA) will hold its 42nd Annual Conference from 27 to 30 September 2018 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA).

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 call for seminar proposals has been distributed separately.

Please see the "current conference" page here for information about the submission process for ‘traditional’ papers, sessions, and roundtables, which will open on 5 January 2018. The deadline for proposals is 15 February 2018.

Please note that all proposed presenters must be members of the German Studies Association. Information on membership is available here.

In order to avoid complications later, the Program Committee would like to reiterate two extremely important guidelines here (the full list of guidelines is available here):

1. No individual at the GSA conference may give more than one paper or appear on the program in more than... Read more

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Donate to GSA

The GSA Executive Council would also like GSA members to consider contributing beyond the dues payment. 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 we can count on voluntary member contributions. A growing number of GSA members have stepped up and donated this past year. Can we count on you to do so for what is left of 2017 and/or 2018? Every contribution helps! And please note that the GSA is a... Read more

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