GSA Conference Survey and Election Results

Please note: the survey will close July 3, 2020, 5pm EDT. 

Dear GSA Members,

As promised in our Spring Newsletter, we write to you today in the wake of a special GSA Executive Board meeting: on June 15th, Board members convened on Zoom to discuss various options for our conference in the fall, originally scheduled for October 1-4 in Washington, DC. We realize that many of you are anxious to hear whether, and in what form, that conference will take place. While we are still in discussions with the hotel and with providers of online conferences, we can assure you that we have every intention of holding our conference, even if the exact format is yet to be finalized. For this purpose, we are also seeking your input by way of this brief six-question survey, which we would ask you to complete by the end of June. In return, we plan to provide you with further details of our fall conference planning by the middle of July.

Please contact Dr. Benita Blessing ( if you have any questions about the survey. The survey will also be sent to members' email addresses and made available through social media.... Read more

DEI Committee Statement

June 3, 2020

To: GSA Membership

From:  The newly established Committee for the Initiative on Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion (DEI)

This initiative was established by the Executive Board of the GSA in spring 2020. We the undersigned, as its first members, have been meeting to chart a future course for the GSA to assure that it transforms itself into a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive professional organization. Utilizing the diversity of our own scholarly research and teaching and experiences within the profession and the society at large, our first priority has been to open up communication about how differently the organization and its activities are experienced by its members, especially those who come from historically and currently underrepresented and socioeconomically underprivileged backgrounds within German Studies.

The current national situation in the United States illustrates why we each need to commit to understanding societal hierarchies and racial differences around police brutality, the very real dangers of being Black or Brown in America, and the systemic racism that infuses our country.

Genocide, slavery, racism, antisemitism, xenophobia, and many other forms of discriminatory practices saturate the history of the country in which our organization is based.

It is well documented by now that... Read more

CfA: Editor, German Studies Review

The German Studies Association is searching for an editor for its flagship journal, the German Studies Review, a leading journal of interdisciplinary German Studies. Applications are due July 15, 2020. Please click here for more information. Read more

Spring GSA Newsletter

Please read our Spring Newsletter. It includes some updates on our plans for the year, information about upcoming elections, and more! Read more

Volunteers Needed for Moderating/Commenting

Dear colleagues, 

As we finalize our GSA program, we need several moderators and commentators right away, and we will need a list of volunteers in case of future withdrawals from the program. If you have no more than one role in the conference (defined as participation of any kind in a panel, roundtable, or seminar) and you’re willing to take on another, please go to the submissions portal ( and fill out the Moderator and Commentator Application.

We recognize that it is difficult for all of us to think about plans for a conference during these uncertain times. We'll keep members posted with updates on this website and via email. 

We appreciate your assistance!


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UPDATE: GSA conference plans and COVID-19

30 March 2020

Dear members and friends of the German Studies Association,

The German Studies Association is keenly aware of the myriad ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting every aspect of our lives, including our work and our scholarship. Above all, the health and safety of all our members (and their families) in each of the 31 countries we inhabit take top priority. The Executive Council is constantly monitoring the situation, even as the ground seems to shift beneath our feet every day. We are working closely and steadily with a number of partner organizations, especially as we consider the future of our annual conference scheduled for the beginning of October. 

Meanwhile, our Program Committee has been reviewing the proposals that were submitted earlier this year, and within a week we shall begin to send out official acceptance notifications.  This promises to be one of our strongest programs yet, and in proceeding with these notifications in the face of all this uncertainty, we want to recognize the thought and preparation that everyone has invested into the October conference already, even if its exact shape is still up in the air. No matter... 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

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