Silent Auditors for Seminars

This year’s GSA Conference in Portland, Oregon will again feature a number of three-day seminars. As in the past, this year’s conference will also allow for a limited number of auditors to attend individual seminar streams. Auditors attend the seminar but are not formal participants, so they may take on other presenting roles at the conference. Please note that the specific roles and rules for auditors will be defined by the respective seminar conveners. 


If you are interested in auditing a seminar, please contact and apply to the seminar’s convenors directly. Below you will find a list of seminars available for auditors. Due to space restrictions and other considerations, we must ask convenors not to admit more auditors to their seminars than the number specified. The number of auditors is limited to six regardless of the number of conveners and active participants. The full list of seminar topics including active participants can be found in the GSA Conference Program.


005, 140, 278. Asian German Studies (5)

Fri, Sat, Sun 8:00 - 10:00 AM   Pacific Empire


Conveners: Bettina Brandt, Penn State University,

Lydia Gerber, Washington State University,... Read more


Job Posting: Operations Director

The German Studies Association is the multi- and interdisciplinary association of scholars in German, Austrian, and Swiss history, literature, culture studies, political science, and economics. GSA holds an annual conference and publishes a scholarly journal, the German Studies Review. Members are generally professors and advanced students at universities and colleges in North America, although there are several hundred members in Europe and Asia. Membership is open to anyone. Member of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS).

The GSA’s main activity is the annual conference, where over 1,300 academics come together to share their research and collaborate on new and exciting projects. The Operations Director’s job is to make that conference happen. The OD supports our members as they submit through our web-based conference system, X-CD. Then, they assist our volunteer Program Committee with evaluating those submissions and the Program Director with scheduling. Working with the conference hotel, the OD coordinates exhibits, events, and receptions. At the conference itself, the OD manages the registration desk and works with hotel staff to make our attendees’ experience smooth and enjoyable.

Other responsibilities include updating the GSA’s website with Drupal, editing and assembling the biannual newsletter, and answering member questions with the... Read more


Conference Registration and Program

Online conference registration, meal reservations, and hotel reservations for the 43rd annual conference of the GSA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, are now open at

When you pay your registration fee, you will be able to purchase meals at the same time. After September 1st, all registrants will pay an additional $20 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 of US $159.00 per night at the Hilton Portland Downtown. Please note that you can only reserve a hotel room at the conference rate by using the link you receive after registering.

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
  • Exhibitors: $250.00 / table

After 1 September, prices for all registration categories will increase... Read more


Moderators and Commentators Wanted!

Every year, the Program Committee looks for volunteers who are willing to step in as moderators and commentators for incomplete panels. This year, we have a form to fill out on the submission site!

Please click here: Moderator and Commentator Application (

You'll need to be a 2019 member to apply.

There are two important rules to remember:

  1. You can only have two roles in the conference. This includes moderating, commenting, and any kind of presentation. If you've already applied for two roles in the conference, please don't fill out this application.
  2. Graduate students can't be commentators. This applies to people who will be students at the time of the conference. If you're a student now but you'll have your degree in October, you're welcome to comment!

The official form will be available until 1 May 2019 at midnight Eastern Standard Time, though we hope you'll apply as soon as possible -- the sooner you apply, the more chance you'll have of being included. If you aren't selected as part of the program initially, however, we may still ask you to substitute for a late withdrawal.

Thanks so much for your help, and we'll see you in October!... Read more


Berlin Program Summer Workshop - Deadline April 1




Once again, Europe and Germany are dealing with extraordinary political, economic, cultural, and administrative crises. Britain is leaving Europe. Other countries are also considering their own exit. There is potentially another global financial crisis on the horizon. Nationalism is on the rise throughout the region. The largest minority party in Germany’s parliament is now the neo-nationalist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD). The #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter movements have galvanized attention around sexual assault and racial violence.

And if these issues are not disorienting enough, there are the overarching challenges of global warming and immigration, and the European project itself is seriously at risk of disintegration. This list, by no means comprehensive, identifies some of the most important issues facing Germany and Europe politically, culturally or economically in the present moment.

Yet periods of cultural, social, political, and personal confusion often lead to opportunities for substantive reflection and even radical interventions into prevailing assumptions and norms. How do moments of upheaval create spaces for political and cultural engagement? How do disruptions, social anxieties, cultural conflicts, gender troubles, racial reflections, calls of conscience, transformations in technologies, and the indeterminacy of language allow for restructuring, aesthetic evolutions, even transformations in collective sensibilities?... Read more