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 Republic of Germany has provided a welcoming home to millions of refugees from political persecution in Europe and elsewhere. At the same time, we are keenly aware of the failure of US authorities to provide a haven to many Jewish refugees during the years of the Nazi dictatorship. That, too, leads us to call for this Executive Order to be rescinded immediately.

The GSA is a member of the American Council of Learned Societies, and wholeheartedly supports the statements of many fellow ACLS societies, which together represent tens of thousands of educators calling for the immediate reversal of this unwarranted decision.

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 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 ( at Johns Hopkins University Press. All other questions or issues can be directed to Elizabeth Fulton (

Further conference information can be found at 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 its effects. We are also seeking to foster collaboration among several academic societies that are interested in these questions. To that end, we encourage interested GSA members to submit proposals to the American Academy of Religion (AAR), the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC), and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). We are waiving our respective conferences’ registration fees for the members of the other societies. Please go to their websites for additional information.

Our members might be particularly interested to note that the SBL will meet in Berlin from 7 to 11 August 2017, and among the topics to be considered are the Reformation anniversary and 800 years of Berlin religious history. Proposals for the Berlin conference of the SBL must be submitted by 1 February. The call for papers is here, and SBL session submission forms are here.

We hope that members of the GSA and our fellow societies can participate in sessions at each others’ conferences, creating an interdisciplinary dialogue that could result in later workshops, seminars, and publications.

Atlanta is also the home of the Pitts Theology Library at Emory University. The library contains the Kessler Reformation Collection, one of the most remarkable of its kind in the world. We hope to organize regular shuttles from the conference venue at the Sheraton Downtown to the library, which will be holding a special Reformation exhibition.

And of course, as always, the GSA encourages proposals from all disciplines and all topics interested in German Studies. We look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible to Atlanta in October 2017!

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. Phenomenology to the Letter: Husserl and Literature
  15. Philosophy in Literature, Literature as Philosophy
  16. Photographs in German Cinema
  17. (Post)Migrant Theater: Now and Then
  18. Reading the Human Soul: A History of Technologies
  19. Religious Revivals in 19th and 20th Century Germany
  20. Rethinking Jewishness in Weimar Cinema
  21. Sights and Sounds: Mediating the Senses in German-Speaking Europe
  22. Stranger Things – Constructing Difference in German Culture
  23. Strategies for Strengthening Small Undergraduate German Programs
  24. Technologie: Readings in a Neglected Discipline
  25. The Demos and the Market: Economic Populism and Popular Economism as Past and Future
  26. The Future of the Past: New Approaches to Germanic Studies before 1750
  27. The Swiss Reformation and Its Heritage
  28. The Tragic Today
  29. Transnational Aesthetic Trends in Cultural Criticism of the German Democratic Republic
  30. Women on Men: Female Filmmakers Look Back

For detailed descriptions and the names and email addresses of the conveners, please see the seminar listing at

If you wish to participate in a seminar, please visit the GSA website and apply electronically at: The login information for this site is your GSA website username and password.

Participation in a seminar involves intellectual work akin to preparing a paper and will thus count as such. All seminar participants will be listed by name in the program. If you are accepted to be an active participant in a seminar, you are not allowed to give a paper in panel sessions, nor may you withdraw from a seminar in order to present a paper instead. However, you may moderate or comment on a panel or participate in a roundtable.

You may choose to be a silent auditor in a seminar. Slots for auditors are limited; the enrollment process for interested auditors will only take place after the entire GSA program is set.

Applications for enrollment are due by January 26, 2017. The conveners of the seminars will make their determination of the membership of their seminars by February 2, 2017. The GSA Seminar Program Committee will inform applicants by February 5, 2017 whether they have been accepted or not.

Please direct all inquiries to the conveners of your seminar.

The GSA Seminar Program Committee:
Heikki Lempa (Moravian College)
Carrie Smith-Prei (University of Alberta)
Maria Mitchell (Franklin & Marshall College)

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 reiterate two extremely important guidelines here (the full list of guidelines is available here):

1. No individual at the GSA Conference may give more than one paper or participate in more than two separate capacities.

2. All rooms will be equipped with projectors, but it is the responsibility of the submitter of proposed panels to ensure payment of the AV fee for use of this equipment. If the paper proposal requires separate sound equipment, that justification must be made in detail at the time of submission.

For more information, visit our conference page here or contact members of the 2017 Program Committee.

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 be published in the German Studies Review.

Nominations and submissions should be sent to the committee chair, Professor Almut Spalding (Illinois College). The other members of the committee are Professors Margaret Lewis (University of Tennessee, Martin) and Jeffrey Luppes (Indiana University, South Bend).

2017 Milton Book Prize

The Sybil Halpern Milton Book Prize will be awarded in 2017 for the best book in Holocaust Studies published in 2015 or 2016. Submissions should be sent to the committee chair, Professor Donna Harsch (Carnegie Mellon University), by 20 February 2017. The other members of the committee are Professors Jonathan Skolnik (University of Massachusetts – Amherst) and Reinhard Zachau (University of the South).

For more information on the above competitions, please visit our prizes page here.

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, 1770-1815 was 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 question, Erlin’s approach prompts a useful rethinking of long-held assumptions.

2016 DAAD Article Prize

The DAAD and the GSA are proud to announce that Professor George S. Williamson (Florida State 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 2014 and 2015. His article, "'Thought Is in Itself a Dangerous Operation': The Campaign Against 'Revolutionary Machinations' in Germany, 1819-1828," appeared in the GSR, volume 28, no. 2 (May 2015).

Here is the text of the committee’s laudatio:

Professor Williamson's article, "'Thought Is in Itself a Dangerous Operation': The Campaign Against 'Revolutionary Machinations' in Germany, 1819-1828," examines the ways the state apparatus was deployed to locate and disrupt revolutionary groups in Vormärz Germany. It focuses on the means and ends of the logic of surveillance and thus provides important historical context for our own confrontations with political violence. Professor Williamson's essay was included in a special issue of the the GSR dedicated to the problem of "surveillance and German studies."

2016 Graduate Student Paper Prize

The GSA is proud to announce that this year's Graduate Student Paper Prize for the best paper in German Studies written in 2014-15 is awarded to Ariana Orozco, University of Michigan (now at Kalamazoo College): "The Objects of Remembrance: Jenny Erpenbeck’s Short Stories Alongside Contemporary Exhibitions of East German Material Culture." The essay will be published in a future issue of the German Studies Review. The GSA congratulates her for her excellent achievement and thanks the selection committee for its outstanding work.

Here is the text of the committee's laudatio:

Ariana Orozco's well-argued and well-formulated essay, “The Objects of Remembrance: Jenny Erpenbeck’s Short Stories Alongside Contemporary Exhibitions of East German Material Culture” compares memory practices and objects of everyday life in museum exhibits and literature. Contrasting the 2012 exhibit “Fokus DDR” at the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin and the 2011 exhibit “aufgehobene Dinge” at the Dokumentationszentrum Alltagskultur der DDR in Eisenhüttenstadt, the essay also demonstrates how Jenny Erpenbeck's two short story collections Tand (2001) and Dinge, die verschwinden (2009) narrate everyday life in East Germany through material culture and the intrusion of personal memory.

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 undertaken. Invited participants do not make any commitment until they officially apply for the seminar after its approval. It is important to note that application to all approved seminars will be open to all GSA members and that there is no guarantee that invited participants will be accepted. The conveners’ decision on which applicants will be accepted or might be rejected will be based on a) the quality of the applicants’ proposals, b) a balanced proportion of professors at different career stages and graduate students, and c) the disciplinary diversity of the seminar.

In order to reach the goal of extended discussion, seminar conveners and participants are expected to participate in all three installments of the seminar. We ask seminar conveners to monitor attendance and inform the program committee about no-shows during the conference. 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 moderate or comment on another session independent of their enrollment in a seminar.

Although we accept proposals from conveners who have directed a seminar during the past two consecutive years on a topic or two separate but closely related topics, we recommend that they also contact the coordinators of the interdisciplinary Networks, Professors Jennifer Evans ( and Pamela Potter (, to establish an official GSA Network on their topic.

The application process has two steps. We invite you to submit a preliminary proposal that includes the title and a 100-word description of your seminar by November 21, 2016. The committee will then provide suggestions and assistance for the final submission which is due by December 8, 2016. Please submit your application online at Please note that, despite the new screen "look," your user name and password remain unchanged.

If technical questions or problems arise, please contact Elizabeth Fulton at

For your application you need:

  1. A 500-word description that addresses:
    a. the intellectual goals of the seminar
    b. briefly whether participants will be asked to write and read pre-circulated papers and, if so, of what length;
    c. briefly whether you will assign additional readings;
    d. briefly your communication with seminar participants in the months leading up to the conference;
    e. briefly the role of the conveners.
  2. A list of invited participants, their institutional affiliations, discipline, and academic rank.
  3. Mini-biographies of all conveners of no more than 250 words each.

The GSA Seminar Committee will review seminar proposals after December 8, 2016, and it will post a list of approved seminars and their topics on the GSA website by early January 2017. Between January 5 and January 26, 2017, the GSA members will be invited to submit their applications for participation in specific seminars. The conveners will then select the participants and submit their fully populated seminars to the GSA Seminar Program Committee for the final approval. The GSA Seminar Committee will inform seminar conveners and applicants on February 5, 2017, about the final makeup of the seminars. (These deadlines have been chosen to allow time for those not accepted to submit a paper proposal in response to the general call for papers.)

The GSA Seminar Committee consists of:

Heikki Lempa (Moravian College) |
Maria Mitchell (Franklin and Marshall College |
Carrie Smith-Prei (University of Alberta) |

Please direct all inquiries to all three of us.

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 podcast page.

GSA Announces Fundraising Effort

The German Studies Association is embarking on a fundraising effort and seeks contributions from members and non-members alike to help grow its Endowment Fund. This will help ensure a healthy future for the 2,100 member organization and its numerous activities and benefits, including a robust annual conference, its scholarly journal, travel grant program, enhanced technology, expanded collaboration and communication opportunities, a sound administrative structure, and more.


The GSA also welcomes contributions to ongoing activities and programs, such as those listed below. Visit our secure Contribution page to make your donation.

You will find a number of contribution categories available:

  • GSA Endowment Fund: To build an Endowment of $5 million by 2020 and thereby provide adequate funding for the Association’s continuing vitality in its next 40 years (the GSA celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2016).
  • General Fund/GSA Operations: To help cover some of the increasing costs of operating the GSA throughout the year without having to raise significantly member dues.
  • Sybil Halpern Milton Prize Endowment: To provide funds permanently for the prize, named after a long-time GSA member and important scholar, in the field of Holocaust Studies.
  • Annual Conference Fund: To help defray the costs of the Annual GSA conference, including traditional (speaker) and new programs (seminars, networks, exchanges, new technology)
  • GSA Travel Fund: To assist members without institutional or other travel funding to participate in the GSA conference in greater numbers.
  • Publications Fund: To support the GSA journal, German Studies Review, as well as its book publication program, Spektrum.
  • Sustaining Membership: A set amount ($50) to help support the Association in all of its activities, both current and new.

All contributions to the GSA, which is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization according to U.S Federal Law, are tax deductible to US tax payers.

The GSA can also make arrangements for recurring contributions or estate planning. For information on these programs or to discuss the priorities for this fundraising effort, contact GSA Secretary-Treasurer Gerald Fetz.

Conference Program Available

The 2016 GSA Conference program is now available.

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 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 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 will close on 1 September.


  • Friday luncheon, September 30: $34.00
  • Friday banquet, September 30: $44.00
  • Saturday luncheon, October 1: $34.00

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.  



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.



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.



Once again we have an exceptional group of luncheon and banquet speakers. We hope that as many of you as possible will attend these important events!



In 2017 we will commemorate the five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation with a series of special events. In anticipation of that commemoration, we are planning a special event at the fortieth anniversary conference in San Diego. Please watch for a detailed announcement!




Please book your travel so that you can join us for the GSA Fortieth Anniversary Arts Night on Thursday evening, September 29! Inspired by “First Night” celebrations on December 31st in many cities, this will be our second annual Arts Night, celebrating the creative and performing arts as an important part of German studies.

Session One (Thursday 7-7:50pm) will have three simultaneous offerings. You can choose to watch recent award winning Austrian short films (sponsored by the Austrian Cultural Forum New York), a special selection of short DEFA films (sponsored by the DEFA Film Library at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst) or attend a reading and discussion with author Keratin Hensel (sponsored by DAAD, GSA and the University of Wisconsin--Madison). Session Two (Thursday 8-9pm) will have a special celebrity guest. We’ll keep you posted. You won’t want to miss Arts Night 2016!




Our Friday luncheon speaker is Professor Helmut Walser Smith, Martha Rivers Ingram Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. He will speak on “The Surface and the Interior: What Eighteenth Century Travelers Saw in the German Lands.” An historian of modern Germany, with particular interests in the history of nation-building and nationalism, religious history, and the history of anti-Semitism, he is the author and editor of many books, among them German Nationalism and Religious Conflict, 1870-1914 (Princeton, 1995), The Oxford Handbook of Modern German History (Oxford, 2011), Protestants, Catholics and Jews in Germany, 1800-1914 (Oxford, 2001), the prize-winning The Butcher’s Tale: Murder and Anti-Semitism in a German Town (New York, 2002), The Oxford Handbook of Modern German History (Oxford, 2011), and The Continuities of German History: Nation, Religion, and Race across the Long Nineteenth Century (Cambridge, 2008). He is presently working on a book on German conceptions of nation before, during, and after nationalism. His research has been funded by the NEW, the German Academic Exchange Service, the Volkswagen Foundation, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. At Vanderbilt, he has served as Director of the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities and the Max Kade Center for European and German Studies.




The President of the German Studies Association, Professor Irene Kacandes, will present her Presidential Address on “Die Ungnade der späten Geburt: Challenges in the Twenty-First Century for Central Europeans.”  The Dartmouth Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College, Professor Kacandes chaired the Department of German Studies from 2008-2011. She studied at the Free University of Berlin and as a Fulbright Scholar at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki. In 1991 she completed her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Harvard and taught at the University of Texas before coming to Dartmouth in 1994. Her interests in German range from Goethe and Kleist to Grass and Christa Wolf, and she has also published studies on Modern Greek literature. Specializing in narrative theory, cultural studies, and life writing, she has written articles concerning orality and literacy, feminist linguistics, trauma and memory studies, the Holocaust and Holocaust memoir, and experimental memoirs. In 2001 The University of Nebraska Press issued her Talk Fiction: Literature and the Talk Explosion as part of its “Frontiers of Narrative Series,” and in 2009 it published Daddy's War: Greek American Stories. A Paramemoir. With Steve Gordon she co-authored Let's Talk About Death: Asking the Questions that Profoundly Change the Way We Live and Die (Prometheus Books, 2015). She is the co-editor of A User's Guide to German Cultural Studies (1997); with Marianne Hirsch, of Teaching the Representation of the Holocaust, published by the Modern Language Association in 2004, and with Kathryn Abrams of a special issue of Women's Studies Quarterly on “Witness.” Professor Kacandes has served in a number of international leadership positions, including with the International Society for the Study of Narrative and in her current capacity as President of the German Studies Association. She directs a book series on "Interdisciplinary German Cultural Studies" published by de Gruyter Verlag in Berlin. Her current research concerns narrative medicine and medical humanities.




As we approach the seventieth anniversary of the European Recovery Program, we are pleased to welcome Professor Günter Bischof, who will speak on “American Nation-Building and Postwar Reconstruction: The Marshall Plan in Austria.” He attended the University of Innsbruck where he studied English/American Studies and History/Ancient History. He was the first Innsbruck student to get a scholarship at the University of New Orleans, where he completed an MA in American History under the tutelage of Stephen Ambrose. After teaching high-school English in Austria, he returned to the U.S. for a PhD at Harvard University. Mentored by Ernest May and Charles Maier, his dissertation was published as Austria in the First Cold War, 1945-55: The Leverage of the Weak (Basingstoke: Macmillan 1999). He has taught international history at the University of New Orleans since 1989, where he is also Director of Center Austria: The Austrian Marshall Plan Center of European Studies. He has also served a co-editor of Contemporary Austrian Studies since the inception of this annual publication in 1993 (25 volumes, published jointly by UNO and Innsbruck University Press) and also edits the book series TRANSATLANTICA (10 volumes, StudienVerlag Innsbruck) and Central European Studies of History, Culture and Literature (2 volumes with UNO Press). He is the co-editor of three volumes on the Marshall Plan: with Charles S. Maier, The Marshall Plan and Germany: West German Development within the Framework of the European Recovery Program (1991, German ed. 1992); with Dieter Stiefel, 80 Dollar: 50 Jahre ERP-Fonds und Marshall-Plan in Österreich 1948-1998 (1999, English ed. 2000); with Stiefel and Hannes Richter, Images of the Marshall Plan: Film, Photographs, Exhibits, Posters (2009).

We look forward to welcoming you to San Diego!

Best regards,

David E. Barclay
Executive Director, GSA

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

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.

A Closer Look at the GSA

The Johns Hopkins University Press recently produced a video to promote the work of the GSA. Executive Director David Barclay spoke about the association's history and mission. Please feel free to share this video to help spread the word about the association.



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.