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General Information

Forty-Fifth Annual Conference, Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 2021, Indianapolis, IN

Please check back frequently for new updates.

Update (April 5): Conference Format: Our conference will consist of both in-person and virtual panels, seminars, and roundtables. All panels, seminars, and roundtables, must be wholly virtual or entirely in-person. The GSA Executive Council is closely monitoring local and international public health policies and guidelines. Should conditions necessitate that conference plans and formats change, we will announce updates to members via email and this website.

All conveners of roundtables and panels are asked to confer with their fellow panelists and reach a consensus about the format in which they wish their group to present. Once that is decided, please respond to THIS FORM letting the Executive Director know of that decision. Individual paper presenters should fill out the same form. This form is for scheduling purposes only.

Applications are open for the Community Fund.

The call for submissions, including seminar applications, is open (link below). Please check back for updates.

  • Applications for seminar participation are due by 11:59 pm PST on Monday, January 25, 2021. 
  • Applications for all other submissions are due by 11:59 pm PST on Monday, February 15, Monday March 1, 2021.

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Information for Submissions

2021: There will be separate submission tracks for new sessions and returning sessions (i.e. those sessions accepted for GSA 2020 that did not present virtually and postponed until 2021). You can find an explanation in the Quick Links above, and directions on the conference submission website that will open on January 4th for panels, roundtables, and individual paper submissions. We recognize that plans change, and appreciate your help in updating the program for 2021. 

Information for Presenters 

  • All presenters need to email advance copies of their completed papers to the commentator, and a brief paragraph on their research to the moderator, by the first week of September.
  • In two-hour panels, presenters are expected to limit their presentations to twenty minutes. Should four presenters be scheduled for a 105-minute panel, the time limit is fifteen minutes.
  • Commentators should speak for no more than ten minutes. Please note that any commentator who does not receive a completed paper by the deadline is under no obligation to offer a response on that paper at the conference.
  • Moderators are urged to let speakers know when they have only a minute or two left and then to intervene if they exceed their allotted time.
  • Withdrawals GSA 2021, Indianapolis: If for any reason you are unable to participate as planned, please contact Operations Director Dr. Benita Blessing at as soon as possible. We ask also that you inform your fellow session participants. Should changes in your situation necessitate your withdrawal, even last-minute, please inform Dr. Blessing as soon as possible before, or if necessary, after the conference so that we may keep accurate records. For more information, please see our Submission Guidelines.
  • At present, our conference is scheduled to be in-person. We anticipate including a hybrid/virtual component and will release more details soon. The GSA Executive Council is closely monitoring local and international public health policies and guidelines. Should conditions necessitate that conference plans and formats change, we will announce updates to members via email and this website.
  • Refunds: You may cancel your 2021 conference registration before July 1st, 2021 for a full refund. Cancellations between July 1st and September 21st will be refunded, but will incur a 50% cancellation fee. No refunds are available for cancellations after September 21st, 2021. For more information, contact Dr. Benita Blessing ( 
  • Accommodation requests related to a disability should be directed to Dr. Benita Blessing (

Important for Foreign Participants: The Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 has imposed additional restrictions for nationals of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries. Any national of a VWP country who is also a national of Iraq, Iran, Sudan, or Syria, or who has traveled to any of these four countries since March 2011, is no longer eligible to travel under the VWP and must obtain a regular US visa. As of January 21st, 2016, the Electronic System for Travel Authorizations (ESTAs) of travelers who hold dual nationality with one of the above four countries will be revoked. Exceptions can be made in certain circumstances; please see the US State Department's website for more information.