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GSA Seminars 2018: Call for Participants

The 42nd GSA Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 27-30 September 2018, will again host a series of seminars in addition to its regular conference sessions and roundtables.

Seminars meet for all three days of the conference during the first morning slot to foster extended discussion, rigorous intellectual exchange, and intensified networking. They are led by two to four conveners and will consist of either 12 to 15 or 16 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 following seminars have been selected and approved for enrollment at the 2018 GSA Conference:

  1. Art Film/Film Art in Contemporary Germany
  2. Asian German Studies
  3. Critical European Culture Studies
  4. Digital Humanities and Pedagogy across the Disciplines (sponsored by the Digital Humanities Network)
  5. Documentary Fiction and Terms of Engagement: (Post) Industrial Worlds of Work and Labor
  6. Feeling beyond the Human: Animals, AI, Machines (sponsored by the Emotion Studies Network)
  7. Fragments of the German Body, 1600-2000
  8. From Empire to Small State: Integrating Austria in German and European Studies (sponsored by the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies)
  9. ... Read more
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Call for 2018 Seminar Proposals

The 42nd GSA Conference in Pittsburgh, PA (September 27-30, 2018) 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 12 to 20 participants, including scholars from different disciplines and at different career stages. 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 groups of scholars seeking to develop an anthology; or the in-depth discussion of a political or public policy issue, novel, film, poem, artwork, or musical piece.

In order to facilitate extended discussion, seminar conveners and participants should participate in all three seminar meetings. Please note that seminar conveners and seminar applicants who have been accepted for seminar participation will not be allowed to submit a paper in a regular panel session. However, they may take on one additional role in the conference as... Read more

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2017 Prize Winners Announced

The German Studies Association is pleased to announce the following prizes, which were awarded at the Forty-First Anniversary Conference in Atlanta on 6 October 2017:

DAAD Book Prize for best book in History and Social Sciences published in 2015 or 2016:

The winner is Professor Greg Eghigian (Pennsylvania State University), The Corrigible and the Incorrigible: Science, Medicine and the Convict in Twentieth Century Germany (Ann Arbor:  University of Michigan Press, 2015).

Here is the prize committee’s laudatio:

Greg Eghigian’s book, The Corrigible and the Incorrigible: Science, Medicine and the Convict in Twentieth Century Germany, traces scientific, medical, and administrative approaches to criminality, policing, incarceration, efforts at rehabilitation, and therapeutic practices across 20th century Germany. Impeccably researched, fluidly written, beautifully crafted, and measured in tone, this study is driven by a desire to probe the “correctional imagination”—namely, an aspirational project, both punitive and rehabilitative, that mobilized notions of “good and bad, normal and pathological, corrigible and incorrigible” to shape the management of criminal behavior and the fate of offenders. Revising Foucault, Eghigian astutely emphasizes the chronic disparity between ambitions and reality: the plans of those with power always fell short. Nonetheless, the sum of such efforts had a lasting impact and produced “influential visions of crime,

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Anniversary Podcast Series

The Johns Hopkins University Press has developed a special podcast series to celebrate the German Studies Association's 40th anniversary. The links below will take you to the six episodes in this series, which examines the GSA’s founding, the success of the annual meeting and the organization’s future plans.

Listen or download now at the multimedia page. Read more

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2016 Prizes Announced

2016 DAAD Book Prize

The DAAD and the GSA are proud to announce that Professor Matt Erlin, Washington University of St. Louis, is the winner of this year's DAAD Book Prize for the best book in literature or cultural studies published during the years 2014 and 2015. His book Necessary Luxuries: Books, Literature, and the Culture of Consumption in Germany, 1770-1815was published by Signale/Cornell University Press in 2014.

Here is the text of the committee's laudatio:

Matt Erlin's Necessary Luxuries: Books, Literature, and the Culture of Consumption in Germany, 1770-1815(Signale/Cornell University Press, 2014) is an engrossing, elegantly written, and carefully argued work. Erlin approaches 'luxury' as a Foucauldian field of discourse, and combines readings from the period's economists, social theorists, and critics to flesh out the contours of the debate surrounding the term. Close readings of important novels show the ways in which they positioned themselves within this discourse as positive, even necessary, luxuries. The book elucidates an important moment in German culture — the end of the Enlightenment and the rise of consumer culture — with implications for other national cultures, as well as for our understanding of subsequent developments in Germany. As the Digital Age calls the significance of literature into

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Conference Registration Refund Policy Explained

You may cancel your 2017 conference registration before July 1, 2017 for a full refund. Cancellations between July 1 and October 1 will be refunded, but will incur a 50% cancellation fee. No refunds are available for cancellations after October 1, 2017. For more information, contact helpdesk@thegsa.org. Read more

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Arts Night 2017

Please book your conference travel so that you can join us for the GSA Arts Night on Thursday evening, October 5, at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia! Inspired by “First Night” celebrations on December 31st in many cities, this will be our third annual Arts Night, celebrating the creative and performing arts as an important part of German studies.

The Trey Clegg Singers 
Atlanta’s Premiere Multicultural Chorus
(Sponsored by The Halle Foundation)

Hymns and German Chorales from the Lutheran Tradition
Spirituals and Freedom Songs from the Civil Rights Era
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Capitol North

The Trey Clegg Singers is a non-profit organization with a mission of spreading peace, hope, and love locally, nationally, and internationally through the expression of multicultural choral music, sacred and secular, from a global perspective.

The talented singers represent a broad spectrum of backgrounds in membership hailing from various church and college choirs, other community choruses, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and the Atlanta Opera Chorus.

http://www.thetreycleggsingers.org

The DEFA Film Library Presents: 
Isabel on the Stairs (Isabel auf der Treppe)

GDR, 1984, dir. Hannelore Unterberg, 69’, color
9:00... Read more

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FREE SHUTTLES AVAILABLE TO EMORY UNIVERSITY, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5th, 2017 From Wittenberg to Atlanta: The Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection at 30 Years

The GSA is pleased to offer free shuttles to the Pitts Theology Library at Emory University for their exhibition of Reformation imprints and manuscripts. The schedule is as follows:

  Pickup at Sheraton Atlanta Pickup at Pitts Theology Library
  10:00 AM 12:00 PM
  1:00 PM 3:00 PM
  3:00 PM 5:00 PM

In 1987 Richard and Martha Kessler donated their private collection of Reformation imprints and manuscripts to Emory University. These materials were combined with Reformation holdings at the Pitts Theology Library, and an effort was launched to enlarge and sustain a collection that documents the German Reformation with 16th century publications by Martin Luther, his friends and associates as well as his opponents. 30 years later the Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection holds over 3,800 works--a mark approximated by only two other libraries in North America--including over 1,000 publications by Martin Luther himself, more than any other library in the United States. This exhibit presents some of the most significant pieces of the collection.

We hope you'll take advantage of this special offer!... Read more

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Silent Auditor Applications for Seminars

This year’s GSA Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, will again feature a number of three-day seminars. The full list of seminar topics, conveners, and participants can be found in the GSA Conference Program. This year’s conference will allow for a limited number of silent auditors to attend selected seminar streams. Unlike regular seminar participants, silent auditors will be allowed to present papers in other sections of the conference. They will not be listed in the program as auditors. Please note that the specific roles and rules for silent auditors will be defined by the respective seminar conveners.

If you are interested in auditing one of the seminars, please contact and apply to the seminar’s conveners directly. Below you will find a list of seminars available for silent auditors (not all seminars are accepting auditors). Due to space restrictions and other considerations, we must ask seminar conveners not to admit more auditors to their seminars than the number specified.

(Post)Migrant Theater: Now and Then
Conveners: Ela Gezen (egezen@german.umass.edu); Olivia Landry (olandry@pitt.edu): Damani Partridge (djpartri@umich.edu)
Number of Auditors: 5

Affect and Cognition in Holocaust Culture
Conveners: Erin McGlothlin (mcglothlin@wustl.edu); Katja Garloff (garloffk@reed.edu); Agnes Mueller (... Read more

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2017 Conference Registration Now Open

Online conference registration, meal reservations, and hotel reservations for the 41st annual conference of the GSA in Atlanta, Georgia, are now open at www.thegsa.org/members/conference.

When you pay your registration fee, you will be able to purchase meals and pay for A/V expenses 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 at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. Please note that you can only reserve a hotel room at the conference rate by using the online reservation link.

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
  • Audiovisual expenses: $20.00 / person
  • Exhibitors: $200.00 / table

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

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Austrian Cultural Forum New York: Young Scholars GSA Travel Grants 2017

The Austrian Cultural Forum New York (ACFNY) and the German Studies Association (GSA) are happy to announce that there will be limited funds available to support selected young Austrian Studies scholars who will participate in this year's conference of the German Studies Association which will be held in Atlanta from 5 to 8 October 2017.

Applicants must not be older than 35 years and must not have received any travel grant from the ACFNY in the past. Applicants who receive financial support from other governmental Austrian institutions to cover travel and accommodation costs will not be considered.

The funds are intended for Austrian Studies scholars who are either completing an appropriate advanced degree or who have completed that degree within the past three years. Austrian Studies scholars from North America as well as from outside North America are eligible to apply for these funds. Austrian citizenship or residency in Austria is not necessary. Applications from scholars working in contemporary Austrian Studies (since 1945) will be given preferential treatment.

Depending on the number of accepted applications and budgetary circumstances, the travel grant comprises $350 (for scholars from North America) and $550 (for scholars from outside North America) to offset travel costs.... Read more

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Statement by the German Studies Association on the Executive Order Concerning Immigration

The German Studies Association expresses its deep concern about and opposition to the Executive Order on the admission and vetting of non-citizens to the United States, signed by President Donald J. Trump on 27 January 2017.

As it is currently being implemented, this Executive Order presents serious challenges to the freedom of academic movement, academic freedom, and intellectual exchange. The impediments for students are significant. The Executive Order as it stands will seriously impact applications to graduate and undergraduate study at American universities and deny universities the benefit of the scholarly skills and contributions of researchers and visiting faculty members, thereby impoverishing our intellectual and academic institutions. The consequences of the Executive Order for American intellectual, economic, financial, educational, and scientific leadership could be catastrophic.

The German Studies Association feels a particular ethical, moral, and intellectual responsibility to speak out on behalf of refugees. Millions of Americans are directly descended from Germans who had to flee their native land for political or religious reasons, beginning in the eighteenth century and continuing until 1945 and thereafter. The contributions of German refugees to this country have been legion, from Carl Schurz to Albert Einstein. Moreover, since its creation in 1949 the Federal... Read more

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Panel, Roundtable, and Paper Submissions Open for 2017

Proposals for individual papers, complete sessions, and roundtables for the 41st annual conference of the German Studies Association (5-8 October 2017) may be submitted after Thursday, 5 January. All proposals must be submitted by 15 February 2017. Only online proposals will be accepted.

Submissions may be made through our new conference interface at https://www.xcdsystem.com/gsa. Please note that one must be a 2017 member to submit. Your login credentials for this site are your GSA website username and password. If you are having difficulties with your password or with membership payments, please contact Ursula Gray (UG@press.jhu.edu) at Johns Hopkins University Press. All other questions or issues can be directed to Elizabeth Fulton (helpdesk@thegsa.org).

Further conference information can be found at https://www.thegsa.org/conference/current.html. There you will see a series of links including our call for papers, conference submission guidelines, information about our interdisciplinary Networks, and descriptions of the 2017 seminars.

Please note that, in conjunction with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the GSA is seeking proposals that deal with not only with the Reformation itself but also with its legacy over the course of five centuries. To paraphrase Christa Wolf, we are asking the 'Was bleibt?' question about the Reformation and... Read more

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Seminar Applications Open January 5th, 2017

The 41st GSA Conference in Atlanta, Georgia (October 5 - 8, 2017) will again host a series of seminars in addition to its regular conference sessions and roundtables.

Seminars meet for all three days of the conference during the first morning slot to foster extended discussion, rigorous intellectual exchange, and intensified networking. They are led by 2 to 4 conveners and will consist of either 12 to 15 or 16 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 expected to participate in all three installments of the seminar.

The following seminars have been selected and approved for enrollment at the 2017 GSA Conference:

  1. Affect and Cognition in Holocaust Culture
  2. Ansichtssache: Deutschsprachige Graphic Novels an der Schnittstelle von Visual Culture Studies und Gendertheorien
  3. Asian-German Studies ' New Approaches
  4. Benjamin's Pedagogy
  5. Communism as Faith
  6. Critical 19th-Century Visual Cultural Studies
  7. Digital Humanities: Concept, Collaboration, and Process
  8. Documentary Fiction and the Terms of Engagement
  9. Events and Routines
  10. Feminist Scholar-Activism and the Politics of Affect
  11. German Life Writing
  12. Jews and Politics in the Post-War Germanies
  13. Not Enough Notes: Exploring the Intersections of Music, History, and Cultural Studies
  14. ... Read more
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Call for Papers

The German Studies Association (GSA) will hold its 41st Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia (USA), 5-8 October 2017.

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 strongly discourage thematic series of more than four panels. Individual paper proposals are also welcome.

The Call for Seminar Proposals was distributed separately. Please check here for details; the deadline for preliminary seminar proposals was November 21, 2016. The deadline for final proposals is December 8, 2016. Applications for participation in seminars will be opened on January 5, 2017.

Please see the GSA website for information about the submission process for "traditional" papers, sessions, and roundtables, which opens on January 5, 2017.

ALL proposals must be submitted online; paper forms are not used. The deadline for proposals is February 15, 2017.

Please note that 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... Read more

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2017 Prize Deadlines Set

2017 DAAD Book Prize

In 2017 the DAAD/GSA Book Prize will be awarded for the best book in history or social sciences that has been published in 2015 or 2016. Inquiries, nominations, and submissions should be sent to the committee chair, Professor'Heide Fehrenbach'(History, Northern Illinois University) by'20 February 2017. The other members of the committee are Professors'David Ciarlo'(University of Colorado ' Boulder) and'Daniel Riches'(University of Alabama).

2017 DAAD Article Prize

The'DAAD Article Prize'will be awarded for the best article in Germanistik or culture studies that appeared in the'German Studies Review'in 2015 or 2016. Inquiries, nominations, and submissions should be sent to the committee chair, Professor'Christina Gerhardt'(University of Hawai'i), by'20 February 2017. The other members of the committee are Professors Tobias Boes (University of Notre Dame) and Sonja Klocke (University of Wisconsin ' Madison).

2017 Graduate Student Paper Prize

The prize for the'Best Essay in German Studies by a Graduate Student'will again be awarded in 2017. The'deadline for nominations and submissions is'15 March 2017. Papers should be 6,000-9,000 words in length, in English or German. Non-US students are eligible. Papers should be nominated by a professor and accompanied by a short letter of recommendation. The winner will... Read more

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Call for Seminar Proposals

The 41st GSA Conference in Atlanta, Georgia (5-8 October 2017), will continue to host a series of seminars in addition to its regular 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 convenors and they consist of approximately 12 to 20 participants, including representation from different disciplines, a representative number of graduate students, and faculty of different ranks. For example, 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 groups of scholars seeking to develop an anthology; or the in-depth discussion of a political or public-policy issue, novel, film, poem, art work, or musical piece.

Seminar proposers should design topics that will suit the three-day structure of the conference and also submit a list of potential applicants while providing enough room for other GSA members to participate. The purpose of this list is to show that an outreach effort has been... Read more

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Conference Registration and Hotel Reservation Information

Online conference registration, meal reservations, and hotel reservations for the 40th annual conference of the GSA in San Diego, CA are now open. Please go to http://www.thegsa.org/members/conference to register.

When you pay your registration fee, you will be able to purchase meals and pay for A/V expenses 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 can only reserve a hotel room at the conference rate of $195.00 by registering for the conference. You will not be able to reserve a room at the conference rate by calling the hotel or by booking with an online agency. You must first register for the conference to be eligible for the rate.

Hotel reservations at the GSA conference rate will be available until 5 September or until rooms at the hotel sell out. Our primary hotels sell out well before the deadline every year. We may be able to arrange additional capacity at an overflow hotel, but we cannot guarantee that this will be the case. Please reserve your room(s) as soon as possible.

Once you have registered for the conference, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from Johns Hopkins University Press with... Read more

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40th Annual Conference Information

The Fortieth Annual Conference of the German Studies Association will take place from September 29 to October 2, 2016, at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center, 500 Hotel Circle N, San Diego, CA 92108. Many of our members will be familiar with the hotel, as this will be our third meeting here. '

SEMINARS

This year we are offering twenty-five seminars on a wide range of issues in German Studies. As was the case last year, the seminars will run concurrently on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the 8:00 a.m. time block.

INTERDISCIPLINARY NETWORKS

As in previous years, many sessions and roundtables in 2016 will be sponsored by the GSA Interdisciplinary Networks. The GSA’s Interdisciplinary Committee coordinates the work of all our Networks, each of which in turn is organized by several hard-working coordinators. Networks sponsoring sessions this year are the Black Diaspora Studies Network, the Environmental Studies Network, the German Socialisms Network, the Law and Legal Cultures Network, the Memory Studies Network, the Music and Sound Studies Network, the Visual Culture Network, and the War and Violence Network.

CONFERENCE SPEAKERS AND SPECIAL EVENTS

Once again we have an exceptional group of luncheon and banquet speakers. We hope that as many... Read more

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Conference Registration Refund Policy Explained

You may cancel your 2016 conference registration before 1 July 2016 for a full refund. Cancellations between 1 July and 23 September will be refunded, but will incur a $50 cancellation fee. No refunds are available for cancellations after 23 September 2016. For more information, contact helpdesk@thegsa.org. Read more

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2016 GSA Election Information

The ballots for this year's election will be sent out in the week of April 25th, 2016. Members will be asked to elect a new vice-president and three positions on the executive board. Members will also be asked to approve changes to the Association's by-laws. Candidate biographies and an explanation of the by-law changes can be found here. Read more

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Three-Session "Thread" Limit Waived for 2016

Our recent announcement that "threads" or "strings" of thematically related conference topics would be limited to three sessions per topic has resulted in concern on the part of some of our members.

Accordingly, we've decided to waive that limitation for this year's conference, and revisit the matter at the next meeting of the Executive Board in late September.

The original decision to limit the number of thematically linked sessions was based on the concern that 'mini-conferences' might develop within the larger conference, and discourage the interdisciplinarity that is one of the hallmarks of our association.

Again, we're waiving the three-session limitation for 2016, and will revisit the issue later. Read more

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Call for Papers

The German Studies Association (GSA) will hold its Fortieth Annual Conference in San Diego, California, September 29-October 2, 2016.

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 and for interdisciplinary presentations are strongly encouraged. Individual paper proposals and offers to serve as session moderators or commentators are also welcome. The Call for Seminar Proposals is being distributed separately. Please see below for details; that deadline is November 23. Applications for participation in seminars will be opened on January 5.

The submission process for papers, sessions, and roundtables opens on January 5, 2016. ALL proposals must be submitted online; paper forms are not used. The deadline for proposals is February 15, 2016.

Please note that 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 on the GSA website):

No individual at the GSA Conference may give more than one paper... Read more

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Call for Seminar Proposals

In response to the success of the last two years' seminar programs, the 40th GSA Conference in San Diego, California (September 29-October 2, 2016), will continue to host a series of seminars in addition to its regular conference sessions and roundtables. 

Seminars to meet for all three days of the conference to 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 approximately 12 to 20 participants, including representation from different disciplines, a representative number of graduate students and faculty of different ranks. They may, for instance, enable extended discussion of a recent academic publication; the exploration of a promising new research topic; the engagement with pre-circulated papers; the opportunity to debate the work of two scholars with different approaches; the coming together of groups of scholars seeking to develop an anthology; the in-depth discussion of a political or public-policy issue, novel, film, poem, artwork, or musical piece.

Seminar proposers should design topics that will suit the three-day structure of the conference and also submit a list of potential applicants while providing enough room for other GSA members to... Read more

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President's Letter and Additional Responses

Dear Members and Friends of the GSA,

The "Letter from the President," written by Professor Irene Kacandes and published in the Winter 2015-16 issue of the GSA Newsletter, has generated a response from a number of colleagues. In the interest of encouraging democratic, open, and timely dialogue among our members, we are publishing the members' response to Professor Kacandes's letter, and Professor Kacandes's reply to it. 

Sincerely,
David E. Barclay
Executive Director, GSA

President's Letter
Member Response
President's Response
Dr. Joyce Mushaben's Response

President's Letter (written November 7, 2015)
GSA Newsletter Winter 2015-16

The President's semi-annual letter is usually a forum for updating members on developments in the GSA. I'll mostly leave that to the Executive Director this time, as I have the privilege of writing to you today from Berlin. You see, my home German Studies Department at Dartmouth College sends me here often to teach in and supervise our study program abroad. Though my primary residence is in New Hampshire, these approximately biannual three-month stays in Berlin (with study trips to Dresden and Vienna), along with my visits to family (by marriage) in Switzerland, and a few trips to the S'dtirol have provided me with... Read more

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GSA Arts Night

Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1 October 2015

Many of us are busy making plans to see friends and deciding which panels to attend. Please include in your schedule our new Arts Night Initiative.

Just in case you've missed the new development: we have put together a slate of four events featuring artists or the work of artists for Thursday evening, 1 October. Along the model of First Night celebrations in many cities, the events will run simultaneously and most will be repeated. Held in the main conference hotel, the sessions will run 7-7:50pm and 8-8:50pm.

Where would we be without the arts? Unlike our federal government, the GSA has decided to put more resources into the arts, not less. Please show your support by attending one or both sessions. 

SESSION ONE 7:00-7:50 pm

Session One 7:00-7:50pm, Room: JEFFERSON ROOM
DEFA Film Library DVD release: 'ARTS IN EXILE'

Erich Fried: The Whole World Should Endure (Die ganze Welt soll bleiben: Erich Fried, ein Portrait)
GDR, 1988, Dir. Roland Steiner, 30 min., color

Born to Jewish parents, author Erich Fried (1921-1988) left Vienna in 1938 and settled in London. In this film Fried, one of the most important poets of the 20th... Read more

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Conference Program Now Online

The program for the 2015 GSA conference in Washington, DC has been finalized and is now available here. Read more

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Conference Registration and Hotel Reservation Information

Online conference registration, meal reservations, and hotel reservations for the 39th annual conference of the GSA in Washington, DC, are now open. Please go to http://www.thegsa.org/members/conference to register.

When you pay your registration fee, you will be able to purchase meals and pay for A/V expenses 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 can only reserve a hotel room at the conference rate of $175.00 by registering for the conference. You will not be able to reserve a room at the conference rate by calling the hotel or by booking with an online agency. You must first register for the conference to be eligible for the rate.

Hotel reservations at the GSA conference rate will be available until 1 September or until rooms at the hotel sell out. Our primary hotels sell out well before the deadline every year. We may be able to arrange additional capacity at an overflow hotel, but we cannot guarantee that this will be the case. Please reserve your room(s) as soon as possible.

Once you have registered for the conference, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from Johns Hopkins University Press with the... Read more

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Tentative Conference Program Now Online

The tentative program of the 2015 GSA Conference has now been posted at https://www.thegsa.org/conference/documents/GSA_program_15.pdf. This first draft will remain online until 1 June, at which point it will be taken down as we edit the final program for printing and distribution to the membership. In reviewing it, please note the following points:

  1. The program is TENTATIVE. We reserve the right to make changes in the final program.

  2. We have tried to make every effort to accommodate reasonable special requests. However, please bear in mind that organizing an event of this nature is extremely complex, and we occasionally encounter difficulties. Please contact helpdesk@thegsa.org should you have questions or concerns.

  3. Should you encounter any matters that need to be changed, please inform us at helpdesk@thegsa.org'BY 31 MAY. We CANNOT make any changes after that date.

  4. Your name and your institutional affiliation are shown exactly as they appear in your membership profile. If you wish to change them, please do so by going to your profile and changing them there. Then please inform us of these changes by writing to helpdesk@thegsa.org, so that we can ensure they have been incorporated into the final program.

  5. ... Read more
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2015 Conference Information

The Thirty-Ninth Annual Conference of the German Studies Association will take place from October 1 to October 4, 2015, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway. Arlington, Virginia 22202. Many of our members will be familiar with the hotel, as this will be our fourth meeting there since 2001. For those members from outside North America who may be visiting the area for the first time, Arlington is directly across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. The hotel is located on a Metro line that is very convenient both to the Ronald Reagan National Airport and to downtown Washington.

This conference again promises to be one of the larger gatherings in our history. Following two years of successful experiments with a series of intensive, three-day seminars, this year we are offering twenty-five seminars on a wide range of issues in German Studies. As was the case last year, the seminars will run concurrently on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the 8:00 a.m. time block. Once again we are scheduling three Sunday time slots in order to accommodate the large number of excellent sessions reviewed by the Program Committee; the entire conference will end by 1:45 p.m. on Sunday.... Read more

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Conference Registration Refund Policy Explained

You may cancel your 2015 conference registration before 1 July 2015 for a full refund. Cancellations between 1 July and 24 September will be refunded, but will incur a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds are available for cancellations after 24 September 2015. For more information, contact helpdesk@thegsa.org. Read more

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Austrian Cultural Forum New York: Young Scholars Travel Grants

The Austrian Cultural Forum New York (ACFNY) and the German Studies Association (GSA) are happy to announce that there will be limited funds available to support selected young Austrian Studies scholars at this year’s conference of the German Studies Association in Washington, DC from 2 to 4 October 2015.

Only applications from scholars working in Contemporary Austrian Studies (since 1945) will be considered. Applicants must not be older than 35 years and must not have received any travel grant from the ACFNY in the past. Applicants who receive financial support from other institutions to cover travel and accommodation costs will not be considered.

The funds are intended for Austrian Studies scholars who are either completing an appropriate advanced degree or who have completed that degree within the past three years. Austrian Studies scholars from North America (Canada, Mexico, and the United States) as well as from outside North America are eligible to apply for these funds. Austrian citizenship or residency in Austria is not necessary.

Depending on the number of accepted applications and budgetary circumstances, the travel grant comprises $500 (for scholars from North America) and $1,000 (for scholars from outside North America) to offset travel costs.

Travel grants are... Read more

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2015 Executive Board Elections

Three positions on the GSA Board are up for election this year. Each board member will serve a two-year term. You will receive a ballot at the email address associated with your member account. 

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Berlin Program Summer Workshop June 18-19, 2015: Call for Papers

Deadline for Proposals: February 15, 2015
Violence, Oppression, and Civil Disobedience: From the Cold War Past to the Neoliberal Present

The year 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the unification of Germany as well as dramatic moments of civil disobedience across the globe. In the same year, for example, Mandela was freed from prison in South Africa and the Persian Gulf War started. The year 2015 is also the 50th anniversary of the end of the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trials in West Germany, a year that saw American troops arriving in Vietnam, the Watts Riots in LA, and Malcolm X's assassination. These events signify important transitional moments ' beginnings and endings ' in national and international histories and relations. At the center of each of these moments of civil disobedience are both violence and oppression.

The fourth annual workshop of the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies will look through German eyes at violence, oppression, and civil disobedience on a global scale from the Cold War past to the Neoliberal present. How have Germans'East, West, unified'engaged in or responded to violence and oppression in their own countries/country and abroad since 1945? To what extent does the Second World War... Read more

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2015 Conference: Site Now Open for Submissions

The GSA website is open for submissions for the 39th annual conference, which will take place in Washington, D.C., from 1-4 October 2015. For general conference information, visit the conference home page. There you will see a series of links, including our call for papers, conference submission guidelines, GSA Exchange information, 2015's approved seminars, and a link that will allow you to begin the submission process. Non-North American members may wish to inform themselves about the GSA travel fund, described at https://www.thegsa.org/prizes/travel_grants.html.

Please note three major points:

  • You must have paid your 2015 dues before you can submit a proposal.
  • The GSA only accepts online submissions. We do not accept paper submissions.
  • Please note that the deadline for submitting enrollment applications for the seminars is 30 January 2015.

The deadline for submitting all other proposals (individual papers, complete sessions, or roundtables) is 16 February 2015. Seminar applicants will be informed of the results of their applications by 6 February. The Program Committee will review all other proposals after 16 February. The complete, tentative program should be online by late April or early May 2015.

Technical questions about conference submissions should be directed to Ms. Elizabeth Fulton at the GSA... Read more

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2015 Seminars Now Open for Applications

The 39th GSA Conference in Washington, D.C. (October 1-4, 2015) will again host a series of seminars in addition to its regular conference sessions and roundtables.

Seminars meet for all three days of the conference during the first morning slot to foster extended discussion, rigorous intellectual exchange, and intensified networking. They are led by 2 to 4 conveners and will consist of either 12 to 15 or 16 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 expected to participate in all three installments of the seminar.

The following seminars have been selected and approved for enrollment at the 2015 GSA Conference:

1. The Berlin School and Its Global Contexts
2. (Re)tracing Cosmopolitanism: Weltliteratur, Weltb'rgertum, Weltgesellschaft in Modern Germanophone Cultures, ca. 1800 to the Global Present
3. Making Democratic Subjectivities
4. East German Cinema and TV in a Global Context: Before and after 1990
5. Imagining Europe: Assessing the 'Eastern Turn' in Literature
6. The Epic Side of Truth: Narration and Knowledge-Formation (Sponsored by the DAAD)
7. Experience and Cultural Practice: Rewriting the Everyday History of Post-War Germany

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Call for Papers: German Studies Association Thirty-Ninth Annual Conference

The German Studies Association (GSA) will hold its Thirty-Ninth Annual Conference in Washington, DC, October 1-4, 2015.

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 and for interdisciplinary presentations are strongly encouraged. Individual paper proposals and offers to serve as session moderators or commentators are also welcome.

The call for seminar topics went out in mid-October. That deadline is December 10. Applications for participation in seminars will be opened on January 6, 2015.

Learn about the submission process for 'traditional' papers, sessions, and roundtables, which opens on January 5, 2014. All proposals must be submitted online; paper forms are not accepted. The deadline for proposals is February 16, 2015.

Please note that presenters must be members of the German Studies Association. Get more information on membership.

In order to avoid complications later, the Program Committee would like to reiterate two extremely important guidelines here:

  • No individual at the GSA Conference may give more than one paper or participate in more than two separate capacities.
  • All rooms will be
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Call For Seminar Proposals

In response to the success of the last two years' seminar programs, the 39th GSA Conference in Washington, D. C. (October 1-4, 2015) will continue to host a series of seminars in addition to its regular conference sessions and roundtables.

Seminars are meant to meet for all three days of the conference during the first morning slot to 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 approximately 10 to 20 participants, including a representative number of graduate students.

Seminars may, for instance, enable extended discussions about an important recent academic publication; the exploration of a promising new research topic in a setting that is at once focused and interdisciplinary; the engagement with pre-circulated papers; the opportunity to meet and debate the work of two scholars with different approaches to a given subject; the coming together of groups of scholars seeking to develop an anthology and using the seminar as a platform to coordinate their research and writing; the in-depth discussion of a recent or not-so-recent political or public-policy issue, novel, film, poem, artwork, or musical piece in... Read more

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2015 GSA Prize Competitions

In 2015, the GSA will again make a number of awards. We hope that as many members as possible will make nominations and submissions. For the membership of the various prize committees for 2015, please see the committee appointments listed below.

In 2015, the DAAD/GSA Book Prize will be awarded for the best book in history or social sciences that has been published in 2013 or 2014. Inquiries, nominations, and submissions should be sent to the committee chair, Professor Will Gray(Purdue University), by 20 February 2015. The other members of the committee are Professors Jonathan Strom (Emory University) and Helga Welsh (Wake Forest University).

The DAAD Article Prize will be awarded for the best article in Germanistik or culture studies that appeared in the German Studies Review in 2013 or 2014. Inquiries, nominations, and submissions should be sent to the committee chair, Professor Peter McIsaac (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), by 20 February 2015. The other members of the committee are Professors Priscilla Dionne Layne-Kopf (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and Andrew Piper (McGill University)

The Sybil Halpern Milton Book Prize is awarded every other year, and will again be awarded in 2015 for the best book in Holocaust Studies published in 2013 and... Read more

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Report from Kansas City: The 39th Annual Conference of the GSA

The GSA Conference in Kansas City (September 18-21, 2014) was both intellectually stimulating and a great success. Over 1,300 German Studies scholars and advanced students participated in this year's annual conference, held in Kansas City, just down the street from the National World War I Museum, an appropriate location on the centennial of that conflict's outbreak. There were 326 sessions, panels, roundtables, and seminars held in the rooms of the Westin Kansas City Crown Center.

The conference opened with an especially thought-provoking plenary lecture on Thursday evening by historian Christopher Clark, author of the widely heralded study The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914. And a number of panels and sessions focused on World War I, such as those on 'Austria-Hungary 1914-1918,' 'Beyond the Schlieffen Plan,' 'Visualizing the Great War,' and 'Archive und der Erste Weltkrieg.' But since 2014 also marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, that more recent historic event was also well represented. One of the luncheon presentations was given by (then) Mayor of Berlin, Walter Momper, who held the crowd spellbound as he recalled the little known, behind-the-scenes communications between leading politicians in the East and West about an imminent lifting of restrictions... Read more

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GSA Announces 2014 Prizes

The German Studies Association is pleased to announce the winners of this year's prize competitions. Marco Abel(University of Nebraska'Lincoln) is the winner of the DAAD/GSA Book Prize for the best book published in Germanistik/culture studies in 2012 and 2013. Kira Thurman (University of Akron) is the winner of the DAAD/GSA Article Prize for the best article in history or social sciences published in the German Studies Review in 2012 and 2013. Amanda Randall is the winner of the Graduate Student Essay Prize for the best essay submitted in 2014. Her article will be published in the German Studies Review.

Heartiest congratulations to our three prize winners for their outstanding accomplishments! More details, including texts of the laudationes from the respective prize committees, are available at the Grants & Prizes page Read more

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Welcome to Kansas City!

Welcome to Kansas City for the 38th annual conference of the GSA! We hope that you will find your stay here to be both intellectually and personally rewarding. I'd just like to mention a few highlights here, in addition to those described in the first part of the printed conference program. More information will also be provided in the welcome packet that you'll receive at the conference registration desk in the Westin.

TRANSPORTATION: Let's begin with transport to the conference hotel, the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center (1 East Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108), and our overflow hotel, the Sheraton, located very close to it. Most of you will be arriving by plane, and we've arranged a discounted shuttle rate to the hotels. The GSA has made arrangements with Super Shuttle for reduced round-trip tickets from the airport to the hotel and back. Reservations can be placed by calling 1-800-BLUE VAN (258-3826) and providing the code 8T9US. Reservations can be made online. Three Super Shuttle kiosks are located in each terminal at Kansas City International Airport. They are staffed by Customer Service Representatives at each pick-up location.

The Westin and the Sheraton are located in the southern part of... Read more

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GSA Election Results Announced

The German Studies Association is pleased to announce the results of the recent elections to the Vice Presidency and the Board. The Vice President will serve for two years in that office (2015-16), after which she will automatically serve as President for the following two years. The newly elected Board members will serve for three years (2015-17).

Our Vice President-elect is Professor Mary Lindemann (History, University of Miami). The newly elected Board members are:

German Literature and Culture: Professor Jennifer Kapczynski (Washington University in St. Louis)

History and Social Sciences: Professor H. Glenn Penny (University of Iowa)

History and Social Sciences: Professor Jared Poley (Georgia State University)

In addition, the members approved a bylaws change that establishes the Fundraising Committee as a standing committee of the Association.

Our deep appreciation and gratitude go out to all those who agreed to serve as candidates in these elections. Without each of you, the German Studies Association simply could not function! We are very much in your debt! Read more

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Berlin Program GSA Distinguished Lecture 2014

Orientalism and the Classical Tradition in Germany

Suzanne Marchand, President, German Studies Association; Boyd Professor of History, Louisiana State University

It was a particular pleasure this year to have Suzanne Marchand, President of the German Studies Association and Boyd Professor of History at LSU, deliver the annual Berlin Program Distinguished Lecture. Her visit to Berlin underscores the transatlantic cooperation between the GSA and the Freie Universit't that the Berlin Program is founded on, and is also felicitous given the seminal role that research groups at the FU have played in her field of intellectual history or Wissenschaftsgeschichte.

In her talk, Professor Marchand described the formation of Orientalistik in the German-speaking world and its close relationship with the ever-popular study of ancient Greece. Critical of disciplinary histories that cull off one field and focus only on its internal debates, Marchand emphasized the importance of seeing Oriental philology in relation to larger cultural movements and the histories of other academic areas. As she puts it, Orientalism, like Classical Studies, was the child of Christian humanism, but one that was left behind when Classicism became secular around 1790. Her argument centered on two flowerings of the discipline that book-ended the 19th century, both... Read more

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Register for the Conference and Reserve Your Hotel Room

Registration for the thirty-eighth annual conference of the German Studies Association is now open. Once registration has been completed, you will receive an e-mail with a link to the conference hotel reservation page for the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center. Please do NOT lose this link. You can ONLY reserve a room at the conference rate by using this special link. To reserve at the conference rate, please do NOT telephone the hotel or the GSA office, or use one of the Internet booking services. Please be aware of the refund policy on conference registrations.

This will be our first meeting ever in Kansas City, and our first in the state of Missouri in over a quarter of a century. Renowned for barbecue, steak, jazz, Harry S Truman, Hallmark Cards, the country's first modern shopping center, and much else, Kansas City is a thriving, dynamic city with a vibrant cultural and artistic life.

Again, we are looking forward to an exceptional series of luncheon and banquet speakers this year, as well as a special Thursday evening event; we hope that as many of you as possible can attend these important events. Each luncheon will cost $31, and the... Read more

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Conference Registration Refund Policy Explained

Any registrations for the 2014 conference cancelled between July 1 and September 11 will be refunded, but will incur a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds are available for cancellations after September 11. For more information, contact helpdesk@thegsa.org. Read more

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Learn More About the Conference Hotel and Kansas City Attractions

The Thirty-Eighth Annual Conference of the German Studies Association will take place from September 18 to September 21, 2014, at the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 East Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64108. For those members from overseas who may be visiting the area for the first time, Kansas City is located on the state line between Missouri and Kansas. We are meeting on the Missouri side.

The Westin is located in downtown Kansas City, and is immediately adjacent to Hallmark's 85-acre Crown Center, a complex of stores, shops, and restaurants. (Kansas City is the headquarters of Hallmark Cards.) It is also adjacent to the beautifully restored Union Station, which this year is commemorating its own centennial.

And, as we all know, this year witnesses the centennial as well of the First World War, and thus it is especially appropriate that the German Studies Association is meeting in Kansas City. The Liberty Memorial, dedicated in 1926, is on a hill close to the hotel, and on the Memorial's grounds is the National World War I Museum, with which the German Studies Association has been cooperating in preparing for this year's conference. The museum is the country's official museum... Read more

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Austrian Prize for Innovative Research Call for Papers

In collaboration with the German Studies Association, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York and the Austrian Cultural Forum Washington D.C. will, for the first time, jointly award the newly established Austrian Prize for the Most Innovative Research Paper in Austrian Studies.

The prize of $1,500.00 will be granted to the most innovative research paper dedicated to Austrian Studies and presented at the GSA's 2014 Annual Conference. This year's thematic focus will be the World War I centennial and the 2014 year of commemoration (Gedenkjahr).

Research papers should make reference to any of the historic key dates in Austrian contemporary history (e.g., 1914, 1934, 1938, 1939, 1955, 1989).

Papers shall be submitted to the GSA (to the e-mail address below) no later than 1 July 2014. An independent jury from the GSA, in cooperation with the ACFNY/ACFDC, will select that paper which demonstrates the most innovative academic research from all disciplines.

Applicants should not be older than 35 years and must not have received a travel grant or any other stipend from Austrian cultural institutions in the US within the past five years.

A formal award ceremony will take place at the GSA's annual banquet to be held in Kansas City... Read more

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Austrian Cultural Forum New York: Young Scholars Travel Grants

The Austrian Cultural Forum New York (ACFNY) and the German Studies Association (GSA) are happy to announce that there will be limited funds available to support selected young Austrian Studies scholars who will participate in this year's conference of the German Studies Association in Kansas City from 18-21 September.

Only applications from scholars working in Contemporary Austrian Studies (since 1945) will be considered. Applicants must not be older than 35 years and must not have received any travel grant from the ACFNY in the past.

The funds are intended for Austrian Studies scholars who are either completing an appropriate advanced degree or who have completed that degree within the past three years. Austrian Studies scholars from North America (Canada, Mexico, and the United States) as well as from outside North America are eligible to apply for these funds.

Depending on the number of accepted applications and budgetary circumstances, the travel grant comprises $500 (for scholars from North America) and $1,000 (for scholars from outside North America) to offset travel costs.

Travel grants are for one person only and cannot be split among several applicants. Applications must be submitted to the Austrian Cultural Forum New York/ACFNY (desk@acfny.org), no later than... Read more

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GHI Conference Travel Grants for GSA Participants

The German Historical Institute (GHI) in Washington, D.C., is delighted to announce eight travel grants for young scholars (four from European and four from American institutions) in the field of German Studies for the 2014 German Studies Association (GSA) conference. Preference will be given to fellows whose projects fit into the GHI's research foci. We especially invite applications from doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars who will not receive funding from their home institutions.

The travel grant aims to improve the professional opportunities for outstanding, internationally orientated humanities scholars by enabling them to participate in the 2014 GSA conference in Kansas City, MO. Recipients will have to present their work at the 2014 GSA convention.

Successful applicants from European universities will receive a travel grant of 1,700.00 Euro. Successful applicants from US institutions will receive a travel grant of 1,200.00 USD.

The travel grant is open to all highly qualified, internationally orientated European and American scholars (must possess at least an M.A. degree or equivalent state examination). Successful paper contributions must have been accepted by the GSA review committee. Applicants should have already completed some research towards the project and Ph.D. holders must have finished their degree no more than five years previously to... Read more

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GSA Exchange Now Open for Conference Planning

The German Studies Association is pleased to announce a pilot program for the 2014 Conference: The GSA Exchange. The Exchange is an online forum for prospective participants to discuss the creation of sessions. It is specifically targeted at participants who have a paper proposal but are not already part of a formal panel or session. We hope that the Exchange will make it easier for scholars with similar interests to find their 'family' before the deadline for submissions to the 2014 conference (February 17).

The Exchange and its forums can be accessed at http://germanstudiesassociation.org/exchange/. Before accessing it, you will need to register an account. It is not possible at this time to link your Exchange account with your regular GSA online profile, but please register with the same e-mail address you use there. This will help speed up our verification process; we do want to limit access to the Exchange to those interested in participating in the GSA Annual Conference. If you are not currently a member of the GSA, please sign up at the main GSA website. Please bear in mind that only paid members of the GSA may submit proposals for the GSA conference.

Once you have... Read more

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GSA Seminars Now Open for Enrollment

The 38th GSA Conference in Kansas City (September 18-21, 2014) will again host a series of seminars in addition to its regular conference sessions and roundtables.

Seminars meet for all three days of the conference during the first morning slot to foster extended discussion, rigorous intellectual exchange, and intensified networking. They are led by 2 to 4 conveners and will consist of either 12 to 15 or 16 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 expected to participate in all three installments of the seminar.

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Call for Papers: Thirty-Eighth Annual Conference

The German Studies Association (GSA) will hold its Thirty-Eighth Annual Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, September 18-21, 2014. 

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 and for interdisciplinary presentations are strongly encouraged. Individual paper proposals and offers to serve as session moderators or commentators are also welcome. Applications for seminar topics went out a few weeks ago; that deadline is December 15. Applications for participation in seminars will be opened on January 6. 

Please see information about the submission process for "traditional" papers, sessions, and roundtables, which opens on January 5, 2014. ALL proposals must be submitted online; paper forms are not used. The deadline for proposals is February 17, 2014. 

Please note that presenters must be members of the German Studies Association. Information on membership is available on the GSA website.

In order to avoid complications later, the Program Committee would like to reiterate two extremely important guidelines here:

  • No individual at the GSA Conference may give more than one paper or participate in more than two separate
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Executive Director Interviewed on Trojanow Visa Denial

On October 6, 2013, as the Denver conference of the German Studies Association was winding to a close, GSA Executive Director Professor David E. Barclay was interviewed on Deutschlandradio Kultur concerning the denial of a US entry visa to Ilija Trojanow. For reasons that have still not been revealed, Mr. Trojanow - who had been invited as a special guest to the GSA - was not allowed to enter the US on Monday September 30.

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2013 GSA Prize Winners Announced

The GSA is pleased to announce the results of the 2013 prize competitions. They include the GSA/DAAD book and article prizes, the Sybil Halpern Milton Book Prize, and the Graduate Student Prize.

  • The DAAD and the GSA are proud to announce that Professor David Ciarlo (University of Colorado, Boulder) is the winner of this year's DAAD Book Prize for the best book in history or social sciences published during the years 2011 and 2012 for Advertising Empire: Race and Visual Culture in Imperial Germany.
  • The DAAD and the GSA are proud to announce that Professor Ari Joskowicz (Vanderbilt University) is the winner of this year's DAAD Article Prize for the best article in Germanistik or cultural studies published in the German Studies Review during the years 2011 and 2012. His article, "Heinrich Heine's Transparent Masks: Denominational Politics and the Poetics of Emancipation in Nineteenth Century Germany and France," appeared in the GSR, volume 34, no. 1 (February 2011).
  • The GSA is pleased to announce that, for the first time, two books and three authors are sharing the 2013 Sybil Halpern Milton Prize, awarded every other year, and this year for the best book or books on the Holocaust published in 2011 or 2012. The co-winners of the
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2014 Prize Competitions

In 2014 the GSA will again make a number of awards. We hope that as many members as possible will make nominations and submissions.

  • In 2013 the DAAD/GSA Book Prize will be awarded for the best book in Germanistik or culture studies that has been published in 2012 or 2013. The members of the selection committee will be announced soon in an e-mail to the members. Inquiries, nominations, and submissions should be sent to the committee members by 20 February 2014.
  • The DAAD Article Prize will be awarded for the best article in history or social sciences that appeared in the German Studies Review in 2012 or 2013. The members of the selection committee will be announced soon in an e-mail to the members. Inquiries, nominations, and submissions should be sent to the committee members by 20 February 2014.
  • The prize for the Best Essay in German Studies by a Graduate Student will again be awarded in 2014. The deadline for nominations and submissions is 20 March 2014. Papers should be 6,000-9,000 words in length. The winner will be published in the German Studies Review. The members of the selection committee will soon be announced soon in an e-mail to
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Douglas H. Shantz on the movement that changed Protestantism

Arising in late 17th century Germany, Pietism indelibly altered the Protestant Reformation. Not only did it inspire John Wesley's Methodist movement and Alexander Mack's Brethren movement, its tenets lie at the core of modern-day Evangelicalism.

But as University of Calgary Professor Douglas H. Shantz relates in his latest book, An Introduction to German Pietism, the history, roots, and impact of this reaction to Lutheranism are much broader, more nuanced, and darker than is generally understood.

JHU Press Journals Public Relations and Advertising Coordinator Brian Shea caught up with Professor Shantz at the German Studies Association annual meeting in Denver earlier this month to find out more about why he wrote the book and what he hopes it will accomplish.

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Call for Seminar Proposals

In response to the success of this year's pilot program, the 38th conference of the German Studies Association in Kansas City (September 18-21, 2014) will again host a series of seminars in addition to its regular conference sessions and roundtables.

Seminars are meant to meet for all three days of the conference during the first morning slot to 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 either 12 to 15 or 16 to 20 participants, including a representative number of graduate students.

Seminars may, for instance, enable extended discussions about an important recent academic publication; the exploration of a promising new research topic in a setting that is at once focused and interdisciplinary; the engagement with pre-circulated papers; the opportunity to meet and debate the work of two scholars with different approaches to a given subject; the coming together of groups of scholars seeking to develop an anthology and using the seminar as a platform to coordinate their research and writing; the in-depth discussion of a recent or not-so-recent political or public-policy issue, novel, film, poem, artwork,... Read more

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Welcome to Denver!

Welcome to Denver, site of the 37th annual conference of the German Studies Association from October 3-6, 2013. As we all know, the greater Denver area and much of Colorado have recently suffered grievous losses as a result of devastating floods. The GSA extends its wishes for a speedy recovery to all who have been affected by this catastrophe.

The conference will take place at the Denver Marriott Tech Center, 4900 South Syracuse Street, Denver, Colorado 80237. The Tech Center is located in the southern part of Denver, close to Cherry Creek State Park and Interstate 25. It is also very close to the inexpensive Denver light rail (Belleview Station), which takes 20-25 minutes to reach downtown. For schedules and other information, please visit http://rtd-denver.com.

We look forward to returning to the Rocky Mountains for the first time in many years. Famed as the 'Mile-High City' (or 1,609 meters for our non-US members!), Denver is, of course, a prime tourist destination, given its location close to the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. A vibrant city in its own right, with a lively city center, Denver is also the gateway to such attractions as Rocky Mountain National Park, Pikes Peak, Loveland... Read more

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Planning for the Next GSA Conference

The thirty-eighth annual conference of the GSA will take place September 18-21, 2014, at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 East Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108.

This will be our first meeting ever in Kansas City, and our first in the state of Missouri in over a quarter of a century. Renowned for barbecue, steak, jazz, Harry S Truman, Hallmark Cards, the country=s first modern shopping center, and much else besides, Kansas City is a thriving, dynamic city with a vibrant cultural and artistic life.

Our conference will take place close to the Liberty Memorial, dedicated in 1923 in the presence of General John J. Pershing and Marshal Ferdinand Foch. Adjacent to the Liberty Memorial is the extraordinary National World War I Museum, one of the largest collections of its kind in the world. We will be observing the centennial of the outbreak of the First World War in 2014, and we hope that our members will take advantage of the opportunity to visit the museum.

The Call for Seminar Proposals can be found on this website. In response to our overwhelmingly successful pilot program of seminars at the October 2013 conference in Denver, we have decided to... Read more

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Visa Denied to Speaker

On Monday, Sept. 30, we received word that United States authorities have refused a visa to our Saturday luncheon speaker, Mr. Ilija Trojanow. According to the German press, he was in Brazil on Monday and was trying to board a plane to this country when he was informed that he could not enter the US. Mr. Trojanow and his colleagues in Germany, among them Juli Zeh, believe that his visa denial is directly related to his public opposition to the surveillance activities of the US National Security Agency (NSA) in Europe and elsewhere.

As soon as we know the details of what exactly happened, the German Studies Association will take appropriate and vigorous action in response to this situation. Certainly it will be discussed at our Board meeting on Thursday, and we'll proceed from there.

In the meantime, we have to formulate a practical response for those of you who have purchased lunch tickets for Saturday's luncheon, at which Mr. Trojanow was going to perform part of his most recent work.

In view of what has happened, we are organizing a panel of experts to lead a discussion, at the end of lunch, concerning the NSA's activities and their consequences... Read more

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List of Receptions at GSA

As usual, we are pleased to announce that a number of cash bars and receptions will take place at the 37th annual conference of the German Studies Association in Denver, Colorado. A list of scheduled cash bars and receptions (as of September 26, 2013) follows below, including sponsor, time and location. All events are scheduled to take place at the Denver Marriott Tech Center. We hope you can make it to as many as possible!

THURSDAY, 3 OCTOBER

 

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

DAAD reception (Please RSVP to DAAD if planning to attend. See email from DAAD for address.)

Evergreen A/B

FRIDAY, 4 OCTOBER

 

5 p.m.

Join Professor Konrad Jarausch to mark the publication of the new book, United Germany

Berghahn Books Exhibit Stand

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

GSA Cash Bar

Outdoor Patio, Rocky Mountain Event Center

Immediately after banquet to 10:30 p.m.

American Friends of Marbach

Larkspur

Immediately after banquet to 11 p.m.

DEFA Film Library

Conifer

SATURDAY, 5 OCTOBER

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Special GSA Reception/Cash Bar to Highlight Interdisciplinary Networks

In addition to its usual cash bar just before the annual banquet of the German Studies Association on Friday, October 4, the GSA is also sponsoring a SECOND cash bar reception on Saturday, October 5, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to call attention to our interdisciplinary activities. This occasion will give GSA members a chance to network with our networks! The coordinators of the GSA's twelve interdisciplinary networks will be introduced at this reception. You will get a chance to start thinking about interdisciplinary initiatives for the 2014 conference in Kansas City.

The cash bar/reception will take place in the Private Dining Room at the Denver Marriott Tech Center. Despite its name, the room will be open to GSA members! It is located west of the Summit Tower entrance and elevators on the north end of the building. We look forward to seeing many of you there! Read more

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Transportation to and within Denver

As we've noted in several places, the Denver International Airport is quite far from downtown Denver, and twenty-five miles from the Tech Center. You'll need to take account of that distance in planning your transportation to and from the hotel.

We noted in the printed conference program that Super Shuttle is providing a group discount for GSA members. PLEASE NOTE: That information has now been corrected and updated with a new link. Super Shuttle is providing a discount of $3.00 per ride for advance reservations. For information and reservations, go to http://www.supershuttle.com/?gc=GER13&port=DEN&Property=5198&Direction=RF&aType=M

The Discount Coded to enter is GER13.

Airport taxis charge a flat rate of $61.15 from the airport to the Tech Center.

Once you are at the Denver Marriott Tech Center, downtown can easily be reached by using Denver's outstanding and reasonably priced light rail system. The Belleview Station is an easy walk from the hotel. It will be indicated on the map that we distribute at the conference registration desk. Depending on the day and time of day, and the line you take, downtown can be reached in twenty to twenty-five minutes. For information and schedules, go to http://rtd-denver.com.

We look forward to seeing you in Denver!

Best regards,

David E. Barclay
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GSA Celebrates Cooperation with Berlin Program: Event on July 3

Any GSA member who is in Berlin on Wednesday, July 3, is invited to attend an event in celebration of the Association's many years of cooperation with the Free University of Berlin and especially the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies. It will also take place in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's memorable visit to Berlin.

Professor David E. Barclay, GSA Executive Director, will speak at 6:00 p.m. in Room L 115 (Seminarzentrum) in the "Silberlaube" of the Free University on "Old Glory und Berliner B'r. Die USA und West-Berlin 1948-1994." The talk will be introduced by Professor Harald Wenzel, Free University of Berlin, and moderated by Professor Andreas Etges, University of Munich. It includes commentaries by Walter Momper, former mayor of Berlin; Professor Dorothee Brantz, Technical University of Berlin; and Dr. Klaus Dettmer, Landesarchiv Berlin.

A reception will follow. Please reply to Karin Goihl (bprogram@zedat.fu-berlin.de) if you plan to attend. Read more

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Conference Program Now Available for Denver 2013

The tentative program of the 37th Annual Conference of the German Studies Association has now been prepared. The conference will take place October 3-6, 2013, at the Denver Marriott Tech Center in Denver, Colorado.

We have uploaded four files:

The TENTATIVE program will be posted on the GSA website until 1 June, at which point it will be taken down as we edit the final program for printing and distribution to the membership. In reviewing the TENTATIVE program, please note the following points:

  1. The program is TENTATIVE. We reserve the right to make changes in the final program.
  2. We have tried to make every effort to accommodate reasonable special requests. However, please bear in mind that organizing an event of this nature is extremely complex. We make every effort to avoid thematic overlaps and to avoid inadvertent “double-bookings,” but this is not always possible in this first draft of the program. Please contact helpdesk@thegsa.org should you have questions or concerns.
  3. Please note that our software doesn’t take account of italics and
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Conference Registration Now Open for 2013

Online conference registration, meal reservations, and hotel reservations for the 37th annual conference of the GSA in Denver, Colorado, are now open. Please visit the Member Services section and select Conference Registration in the left column to proceed.

The online conference registration and hotel reservation link will be available until 10 SEPTEMBER or until rooms at the hotel sell out. Anyone who registers for the conference after 10 September will be required to pay an additional $10 fee.

Please note that you can ONLY reserve a hotel room at the conference rate of $169.00 AFTER you have registered for the conference itself. You will NOT be able to reserve a room at the conference rate by calling the hotel or by booking with an online agency. You must first register for the conference to be eligible for the rate. Once you have registered for the conference, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from Johns Hopkins University Press that will contain the link to the special hotel reservation page. DO NOT DISCARD OR LOSE THIS E-MAIL, AS IT WILL CONTAIN THE HOTEL RESERVATION LINK.

Please note as well that you can make meal reservations at the same time that you register for the conference. As a reminder, our... Read more

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2013 Conference Speakers Announced

The 2013 German Studies Association Conference will have another lineup of outstanding luncheon and banquet speakers. We hope that as many of you as possible can attend these important events. Each luncheon will cost $29, and the banquet costs $42. Tickets can be reserved at the same time that you register for the conference.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4: LUNCHEON SPEAKER: Professor David Blackbourn, "Honey, I Shrunk German History"

We are pleased to welcome Professor David Blackbourn as our Friday luncheon speaker. The topic of his talk is “Honey, I Shrunk German History.” On the faculty of Harvard University for many years, he is now Cornelius Vanderbilt Distinguished Chair of History at Vanderbilt University, where he teaches a variety of courses in modern German and European History. Among Professor Blackbourn’s many books are Marpingen: Apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Nineteenth-Century Germany (1994), The Long Nineteenth Century: A History of Germany, 1780-1918 (1997), and The Conquest of Nature: Water, Landscape, and the Making of Modern Germany (2006). He is currently completing a book on Germany in the world.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4: BANQUET SPEAKER: Professor Ruth Kl'ger , "The Future of Holocaust Literature"

Our distinguished banquet speaker is Professor Ruth Kl'ger, who will speak on “The Future of Holocaust Literature.” A celebrated author of... Read more

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GSA Dissertation List: Submissions Requested

The GSA posts information in the spring newsletter about dissertations completed in any area of German (Austrian, Swiss, German diasporic) Studies (any discipline or interdisciplinary). If you received your Ph.D. in 2011 or 2012 or have already defended in 2013, you may be listed in this year’s Spring newsletter. (No repeats, however!) If you have supervised a dissertation that was completed in 2011 or 2012 that has not already been described here, please encourage the author to submit a description following the guidelines below.

Send an email to GSA Vice President, Irene Kacandes, by March 25 at Irene.kacandes@dartmouth.edu Please type “GSA dissertation list” in the subject line. Please forward this notice to any institutions or individuals for whom you believe it is relevant. In your submission, be sure to include:

  1. Name
  2. Title of Dissertation
  3. Institution and department in which it was defended
  4. Date of defense
  5. Name of dissertation director
  6. 150-word abstract of the dissertation in either English or German. (Longer abstracts will be shortened, so please get it the way you want it at the right length!)
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Travel Grants in Austrian Studies to Attend GSA

The Austrian Cultural Forum New York (ACFNY), the Austrian Federal Ministry for Science and Research (BMWF), and the German Studies Association (GSA) are happy to announce this year's special travel fund in Austrian Studies for scholars who will participate in this year's conference of the German Studies Association in Denver, Colorado from 3 to 6 October.

Preference will be shown to applications from scholars working in Contemporary Austrian Studies (since 1945). The funds are intended exclusively for scholars who are either completing an appropriate advanced degree or who have completed that degree within the past five years. Scholars from North America (Canada, Mexico, and the United States) as well as from outside North America are eligible to apply for these funds. North Americans are eligible to receive US $500 to offset travel costs (within the United States) to attend the GSA. Participants from outside North America are eligible to receive a stipend of US $1,000 for the same purpose.

Travel grants are for one person only and cannot be split among several applicants. Applications from Austria and elsewhere are encouraged, and must be submitted to Mag. Andreas Stadler, Director of the ACFNY, no later than May 31, 2013. Applications should send... Read more

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German Studies Review Redesign Honored by Editor's Group

The redesign of the German Studies Review recently received the 2012 Best Journal Design award from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. The award honors a journal that launched a new design between 2010 and 2012. The Johns Hopkins University Press, which began publishing the journal with the 2012 volume, worked collaboratively with Editor Sabine Hake on the new design.

“This award marks yet another milestone in the brief partnership between the Press and the GSA,” says JHUP Journals Publisher Bill Breichner. The new website for the association was recognized by The MARCOM Awards in late 2012. “We’re happy the CELJ recognized this impressive transformation for GSR.

Designer Laura Lindgren used a sans serif type font inspired by typographer and designer Jan Tschichold and created a cover which allows for changing colors (yellows for 2012, blues for 2013), an homage to the rainbow colors of the edition Suhrkamp books, the most famous book series of postwar West German publishing.

“The stylish new contemporary design was chosen to reflect better the forward-looking disciplinary orientation of the association and its commitment to cultural studies,” says Hake, Texas Chair of German Literature and Culture at the University of Texas at Austin. “More specifically, key elements were chosen based on their association with... Read more

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12 GSA Conference Seminars Ready for Enrollment (Deadline: Feb. 1)

We are excited to announce a pilot project adding twelve seminars to the program structure of the GSA Conference in Denver 2013. Seminars meet for all three days of the conference during the first morning slot to foster extended discussion, rigorous intellectual exchange, and intensified networking. They are led by 2 to 3 organizers and will consist of 15 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 expected to participate in all three installments of the seminar.

The following seminars have been selected for the pilot program. Download extended descriptions and participation requirements

Seminar 1: Global History, Literature, and Culture from a German Base
Seminar 2: Transnationalisms: Sexualities, Fantasies, and the World Beyond
Seminar 3: What Was Politics in "1968"?
Seminar 4: Why We Read (German) Fiction - And How: Cognitive Studies and German Studies
Seminar 5: Germany or Europe? The European Union and the German Question
Seminar 6: The Challenge of Ethnography in German Studies
Seminar 7: Revisiting the Study of Emotions in German Studies
Seminar 8: Not So Quiet on the Eastern Front:... Read more

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2013 Award Programs Announced

In 2013 the GSA will again make a number of awards. We hope that as many members as possible will make nominations and submissions.

The DAAD/GSA Book Prize will be awarded for the best book in history or social sciences that has been published in 2011 or 2012. Inquiries, nominations, and submissions should be sent to the committee chair, Professor Carl Caldwell, Rice University, by 15 February 2013. The other members of the committee are Professors Monica Black (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) and Ben Marschke (Humboldt State University).

The DAAD Article Prize will be awarded for the best article in Germanistik or culture studies that appeared in the German Studies Review in 2011 or 2012. Inquiries, nominations, and submissions should be sent to the committee chair, Professor Jennifer Kapczynski, Washington University in St. Louis, by 15 February 2013. The other members of the committee are Professors William Collins Donahue (Duke University) and John Pizer (Louisiana State University).

The Sybil Halpern Milton Book Prize is awarded every other year, and will again be awarded in 2013 for the best book in Holocaust Studies published in 2011 and 2012. Submissions should be sent to the committee chair, Professor Jeffrey Herf, University of Maryland at College Park, by 15 February 2013. The other members... Read more

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Seminars to be Added to 2013 GSA Conference

We are excited to announce a pilot project adding a small number of seminar modules to the program structure of the GSA Conference in Denver 2013.

Seminars are meant to meet for all three days of the conference during the first morning slot to foster extended discussion, rigorous intellectual exchange, and intensified networking. Seminars should be proposed and led by 2 to 3 organizers and consist of 15 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 expected to participate in all three installments of the seminar.

We assume these participants will submit some form of written communication to the seminar ahead of the conference, which will count as the equivalent of an ordinary paper presentation. That is to say, those who are accepted as seminar participants (or organizers) will be listed in the program as such and will not be allowed to present another paper at the conference. However, any participant or organizer may also serve as moderator or commentator for normal sessions. We envision making it possible for others to sit in on seminars; such persons would not be counted as... Read more

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Honoring Prof. Friedlander

The GSA has lost a close friend. Professor Henry Friedlander (President 2001-02) died Thursday, Oct. 18. Some years ago, he created the Sybil Milton Book Prize in honor of his late wife. To honor his memory, the GSA would like members and friends to consider a donation to the Milton Prize fund to ensure the financial footing of the honor. (The $1,000 prize is awarded every other year.)

Visit our Contribute page to support the Milton Prize in honor of the late Henry Friedlander and the late Sybil Milton.

Donations may also be sent as paper checks to Professor Gerald Fetz, GSA Secretary/Treasurer, Dean Emeritus, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812. Read more

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GSA Website Recognized

The re-design of the GSA website recently won honorable mention in the Website/Association category of the 2012 MarCom awards. The JHU Press Journals Marketing Department submitted the site for the award in this international competition which recognizes outstanding creative achievement by marketing and communication professionals. There were over 6,000 entries from throughout the United States, Canada, and several other countries in the 2012 competition, which featured a number of categories.

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Election Results Announced

Elections recently took place for the GSA Vice Presidency and for three positions on the GSA Board. The new Vice President will assume of?ce on 1 January 2013 and will become President on 1 January 2015. The Board positions are for three-year terms and will begin on 1 January 2013.

The Vice President-elect is:

  • Irene Kacandes, Dartmouth College.

The new Board members are:

  • German Literature and Culture (one position): Elizabeth Ametsbichler, University of Montana
  • History (one position): Janet Ward, University of Oklahoma
  • Political and Other Social Science (one position): Alice H. Cooper, University of Mississippi

The membership also approved the proposed change to the GSA bylaws, concerning the Interdisciplinarity Committee.

As always, the GSA is deeply grateful to all members who volunteer to be candidates for elective of?ce and who volunteer or agree to serve on our various committees. Without you, the GSA would simply cease to exist. Read more

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Central European History Editorship

The current Editor of Central European History, published by Cambridge University Press for its owner, the Central European History Society [formerly the Conference Group for Central European History] of the American Historical Association, has announced his intention not to serve beyond his second five-year term, which ends on June 30, 2014. The Society invites applications and nominations of outstanding scholars for the position of Editor.

Applicants should be members of the Society resident in North America, who are accomplished historians of German-speaking Central Europe, have the intellectual range to work with manuscripts from different periods and regions in the history of German-speaking Central Europe, and who are conversant with the wide range of historical methodologies and topics currently represented among scholars of the history of German-speaking Central Europe. The institutional support required for the position is subject to discussion.

The Editor's responsibilities include soliciting manuscripts in all fields of the history of German-speaking Central Europe, shepherding submitted manuscripts through the peer review and editorial processes, working with the journal's print and electronic publisher, Cambridge University Press, working with the Executive Secretary/Treasurer of the Society, and maintaining collaborative relations with the Board of Editors of the journal and the Executive Board... Read more

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Dissertation List Planned

The German Studies Association plans to post a list of dissertations completed in 2011 in its Spring 2012 newsletter, to be posted on the new website. The lists for 2009 and 2010 give a good overview of trends in German Studies and are available online within the Spring newsletters for those years. Brief abstracts are invited in all German Studies fields, from literature, history, and political science to musicology, art history, visual studies. Abstracts should include:

  • Name of the author
  • Title of the dissertation
  • Institution where the dissertation was written and approved
  • Name of dissertator supervisor
  • Year the dissertation was approved
  • A very brief abstract of no more than 150 words, in English or German

Any institutions that missed being included in the Spring 2011 newsletter may add dissertations from 2009-2010. Abstracts should be sent to Suzanne Marchand and should arrive no later than March 10, 2012.... Read more

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2012 Prize Competitions Announced

In 2012 the German Studies Association will award three prizes: the DAAD/GSA Book Prize, the DAAD/GSA Article Prizeand the GSA Graduate Student Essay Prize. Information on submission requirements are available on the individual prize pages. All entries must be received no later than February 20, 2012. Please note that the Sybil Halpern Milton Prize will not be awarded in 2012. It will be awarded again in 2013. Questions may be directed to GSA Executive Director Professor David E. Barclay. Read more

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Dues Increase for 2012

At its meeting in Louisville in September 2011, the GSA Board approved a modest dues increase for 2012, our first in seven years. Regular dues for North American members will increase from $50 to $70 annually, while dues for non-North American members will increase from $65 to $80 a year. Joint memberships will increase from $80 to $90. All other dues will remain unchanged, and conference registration fees are not being increased. Please visit the Member Services section for information on the new rates. Read more

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2011 Prize Winners Named

Winners of annual prizes sponsored by the GSA were announced at the annual conference in October 2011. Ann Goldberg (University of California, Riverside) received the DAAD Book Prize for her publication Honor, Politics, and the Law in Imperial Germany. The DAAD Article Prize went to Jennifer M. Kapczynski (Washington University in St. Louis) for “Postwar Ghosts: Heimatfilm and the Specter of Male Violence. Returning to the Scene of the Crime?,” which appeared in the German Studies Review, volume 33, no. 2, in May 2010. Jeffrey Herf (University of Maryland, College Park) is the recipient of the 2011 Sybil Halpern Milton Prize, awarded for the best book in Holocaust Studies published in 2009 or 2010 for Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World. The final award, the Graduate Student Paper Prize for the best paper in German Studies written in 2010-11, went to Kira Thurman (University of Rochester), for her paper on “Black Venus, White Bayreuth: Race, Sexuality, and the De-Politicization of Wagner in Post-War West Germany.” The paper will be published in a future issue of the German Studies Review. Read more

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New Editor Announced for German Studies Review

The German Studies Association is pleased to announce that Professor Sabine Hake has agreed to serve as editor of the German Studies Review beginning with the February 2012 issue. Professor Hake (pictured at right with GSA Executive Director Prof. David E. Barclay) is a truly distinguished scholar of German Studies with wide-ranging, interdisciplinary interests and a deservedly international reputation. She will bring exceptional credentials to her new task.

She is Texas Chair of German Literature and Culture in the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and is the author of five monographs, including German National Cinema (2008, second revised edition) and Topographies of Class: Modern Architecture and Mass Society in Weimar Berlin (2008). She has also published numerous articles and edited volumes on German film and Weimar culture. Her current book project is titled Political Affects and deals with the fascist imaginary in postfascist cinema.

GSR also has new book review editors: Professor Carl Niekerk, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Professor Andrew I. Port, Department of History, Wayne State University. Special thanks goes to outgoing Book Review Editor Liz Ametsbichler, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, University of

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