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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

2020 GSA Call for Proposals

 

GERMAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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 call for seminar proposals has been distributed separately. 

Please see the GSA website for information about the submission process for ‘traditional’ papers, sessions, and roundtables, which will open on 5 January 2020. The deadline for proposals is 15 February 2020.

Please note that all proposed presenters must be members of the German Studies Association. Information on membership is available on the GSA website (www.thegsa.org).

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 on the GSA website):... 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 https://www.thegsa.org/conference).

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