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CfP: GSA 47th Annual Conference


The German Studies Association (GSA) will hold its 47th Annual Conference from 5-8 October, 2023 at Le Centre Sheraton Montreal in Montréal, Quebec.

The Program Committee cordially invites proposals on any aspect of DACHL (German, Austrian, Swiss, Liechtenstein) 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 (a series is limited to no more than four panels). Individual paper proposals are also welcome – though experienced scholars are encouraged to develop full session submissions that can help build scholarly networks. The call for seminar proposals has been distributed separately.  

Please see the submissions guidelines for ‘traditional’ papers, sessions, and roundtables, for which the submission portal will open on 2 January 2023. The deadline for proposals will be Monday, 27 March at 11:59pm PDT. 

Please note that all proposed presenters must be members of the German Studies Association. Information on membership is available here. The GSA submission system will not allow... Read more

Call for Seminar Proposals GSA 2023

The 47th German Studies Association Conference, to be held in Montréal, Canada from October 5-8, 2023 will continue to host a series of seminars in addition to regular panel sessions and roundtables (for general conference information see 

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 must consist of a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 20 participants, including the conveners themselves. Seminars must be open to applications from interested participants, and 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;
  • exploration of a promising new research topic;
  • engagement with pre-circulated papers;
  • a debate among scholars with different approaches; or
  • in-depth discussion of a political or public policy issue, novel, film, poem, musical piece, painting, or other artwork.

Conveners are strongly encouraged to structure their seminars around creative and engaging forms of intellectual exchange; lengthy individual presentations are discouraged... Read more

GSA 2022 "Food for Thought" videos

Interested in finding out where German Studies scholarship is headed these days? Curious about new topics that you didn't have time to explore in panel and seminar sessions in Houston? Eager to engage with different presentation formats? Then check out the videos from the GSA 2022 conference plenary session “Food for Thought.” 

We asked nine colleagues to offer a “lightning round” of rapid, condensed, broadly accessible and informative presentations of their work. In soliciting speaker nominations from board members and network coordinators, we asked them to focus on emerging and early career scholars, from the post-doctoral level through recently promoted associate professors, whose work covers the range of disciplines represented in the Association. 

The presenters are, in alphabetical order:

  • Andrea Bryant, Appalachian State University 
  • Kimberly Cheng, New York University
  • Tiarra Cooper, University of Massachusetts Amherst 
  • Richmond Masitsa Embeywa, University of Arizona 
  • Zach Fitzpatrick, Wesleyan University
  • Susan Grunewald, Louisiana State University 
  • Jeannette Oholi, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen 
  • Thorsten Ries, University of Texas at Austin 
  • Jessica Resvick, Oklahoma State University

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GSA 2022 Conference Program

Forty-Sixth Annual Conference, Sept. 15-18 2022, Houston, TX


Conference program


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DAAD/AvH Cuts: German Studies Advocacy Letter

The GSA joins our colleagues world-wide in urging the

German Minister of Foreign Affairs and the members of the Bundestag

to reconsider the proposed cuts to the DAAD and AvH:

Arts Night at GSA 2022!

GSA 2022 Arts Night

Thursday, September 15 and Saturday, September 17

After two years of virtual events, Arts Night returns to the GSA in person. In collaboration with the DAAD, the DEFA Film Library, and the Black German Heritage and Research Association (BGHRA), this year’s Arts Night Committee is thrilled to present three events to kick off this year’s conference - a photography exhibit, a literary reading, and a film screening. Here’s an overview of the schedule, with descriptions linked below. We hope you will join us.

Thursday, September 15

Saturday, September 17


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GSA Elections July 1-31; Vice President "Meet the Candidates" Webinar Recording

Elections for GSA offices will take place online between Friday, July 1 (12:00 am EDT), and Sunday, July 31, (11:59 pm EDT).  All current GSA members are eligible to vote using their GSA log-in credentials to access the ballot via an email sent to the address associated with their membership at 12:00 am EDT on July 1. You will vote for a new Vice President, who will take office on 1 January 2023 and serve for two years, at that point succeeding to the presidency for another two-year term; and four new members of the Board, whose three-year terms (two years in the case of the graduate student member) will also begin on 1 January 2023. Please refer to the biographies of the candidates here.

A recording of the Vice President "Meet the Candidates" Webinar, which took place on June 29, is available here. Read more

GSA Distinguished Lecture, July 6, 2022 4-6pm CEDT (Freie Universität Berlin)

GSA Distinguished Lecture, "Normality as a Serious Matter and True Joy"

Dr. Margaret E. Menninger (Texas State University/GSA)

(Registration deadline July 1)

What can the nineteenth century have to say about what is normal in the twenty-first? What is normal in the first place; how will we know when we have returned there? Or, perhaps more aptly put, how does society arrive at consensus about what constitutes “normal?” Remember, normality, too, has a history. What we now perceive as normal has not always been so, as the histories of our now-familiar institutions of high culture can show. There was a time when the public museum did not exist, and it was by no means normal to visit a city and spend time in a building dedicated to art or archaeology. These institutions and their histories also remind us that we will know when normal has returned or been established because it will feel right; it will have an emotional component. Indeed, perhaps finding joy is the best first step back, and art culture is a time-tested pathway. As museums, concert houses, and other cultural nexus points reopen around the globe, we can understand how the... Read more

GSA Spring/Summer Newsletter

Dear Friends and Members of the GSA,

Our Spring/Summer 2022 newsletter has been published and may be accessed here. In it you may meet the new GSA team, find advance information about our upcoming elections, and review details about the conference. More information about both the elections and the conference will be coming soon.

With all good wishes,

Margaret E. Menninger, Executive Director

Jennifer L. Jenkins, Operations Director

Nina Mondré Schweppe, Communications and Strategic Initiatives Manager Read more

GSA Preliminary Schedule, 46th Annual Conference

Dear Friends and Colleagues of the GSA:

Here is a *preliminary schedule with the times*, and names of panels/seminars/roundtables and the names of the participants. Please check it carefully and let us know of corrections on this *change form* by June 30. The final program is due shortly thereafter and we will be unable to make changes to the printed program after that point.

As you check this, we ask that you note the following:

  • The full listings for the seminars are on a second page, you may click on that at the bottom of the spreadsheet.
  • We have worked hard to accommodate all accumulated requests regarding scheduling, placement in rooms with sound equipment, and honoring the order of panels in series.
  • If you made a scheduling request because of religious or family obligations and it is not reflected in the preliminary program, please let us know on the *change form*.
  • If you have changed affiliations and/or email addresses from the ones we have on file, please let us know and make the correction on your GSA account (this last item is not something we can do) under “*member services*.”
  • *Register*
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2 June 2022: 46th Annual GSA Conference updates: registration open, preliminary program

Dear colleagues,

You can now register for the conference under the "member services">>"conference registration" menu.


  • After registering, you will receive an email confirmation from our partners at Johns Hopkins UP with the conference hotel registration link. Check your spam folder if you don't see it.
  • When you reserve the dates for your hotel room, you will see more information on the next page, including the option to reserve an accessible room.

We will post the preliminary schedule on our website on Monday, June 6. Look for an email soon after with further information!

Margaret Menninger, Executive Director

Kevin Amidon, Program Director

Jennifer L. Jenkins, Operations Director Read more