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Call for Auditors, GSA 2021

CALL FOR AUDITORS

Dear Colleagues:

This year’s GSA Conference in Indianapolis 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, including information about whether the seminar is in-person or virtual. 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. 

Sincerely yours,

Margaret Eleanor Menninger, Executive Director of the GSA

Vance Byrd, 2021 GSA Program Director

Elizabeth Drummond, Chair of the GSA Seminar Committee

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Summer newsletter

Dear GSA members and friends,

Our first-ever *Summer Newsletter* has arrived. It will arrive in members' email inboxes shortly, or you can read it *here*. Read more

GSA Preliminary Schedule, 45th Annual Conference

Dear Friends and Colleagues of the GSA:

Here is a *preliminary schedule with the times*, and names of panels/seminars/roundtables and the names of the participants. Please check it carefully and let us know of corrections on this *change form* by August 10. The final program is due shortly thereafter and we will be unable to make changes to the printed program after that point.

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

  • All session times are parallel. That is to say, there are virtual AND in-person sessions in each time slot because some attendees in Indianapolis are also participating in virtual sessions.
    • All session times are Eastern Daylight Time. You can check what time it will be for you during the conference using a time zone converter such as this one: *Time and Date*
  • We have done our best to comfortably accommodate presenters in as many time zones as possible. It is not possible to avoid all late nights or early mornings. This may also mean that the order of some panel series has changed; this was unavoidable and we will renumber the panels to reflect their new order.
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Exhibitor/Publisher Information, GSA 2021

12 July 2021

Dear publishers and exhibitors,

As you may know, German Studies Association will be holding both an in-person conference and a virtual conference this year. Our in-person conference will be at the Marriott Downtown Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana. Both our new Executive Director Margaret Menninger (director@thegsa.org) and I look forward to welcoming you in either or both iterations. Please add my email address (operations@thegsa.org) to your contacts to help reduce the possibility of GSA-related emails sent to spam. Thanks so much! Thanks, also, for your patience with us both as we try to set up two parallel conferences at the same time. You are a vital part of our community, and we know our members are looking forward to being able to peruse titles, discuss book projects with you, and purchase materials from you during the conference virtually or face to face.

The conference will begin with kick-off events on Sept. 28, with sessions held October 1-3, 8am-6:15pm Eastern Time (in other words our usual schedule). We are scheduling the conference right now, and a tentative version will be available on our website as soon as possible (thegsa.org). You can... Read more

Conference updates, Indianapolis in-person and virtual

July 12, 2021

Thank you for your patience as we organize our first hybrid (virtual and in-person sessions) conference, September 30-October 3 2021. You can find the latest conference information on the current conference page

New: Publisher/Exhibitor letter and Exhibitor Form

Highlights:

  • We're looking for commentators and moderators for virtual and in-person sessions. You can volunteer by filling out the Commentator and Moderator Survey.
  • Conference registration is now open.
    • The conference rate for a standard room at the Marriott Downtown Indianapolis is $189 + taxes and fees/night (max. 4 people, valid Sept. 27-Oct. 4). You will receive a link to the hotel site with the conference rate in your email receipt after registering for the conference.
  • FAQs GSA 45th Annual Conference, in-person and virtual
  • Banquet Menus

Schedule notes:

  • Chairs of sessions should have received acceptances and notified all session members. Please do feel free to contact Operations Director Dr. Benita Blessing (operations@thegsa.org) if you did not receive notification - emails don't always make it to inboxes, and we want to make sure that everyone has been contacted. Thank you!
  • We are working with our conference
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Reminder: CfA, GSA Community Fund, Round 1 (June 1)

Dear colleagues, 

Please share widely this reminder for the CfA for the first round of *Community Fund applications* (June 1). 

Note: 

The GSA Community Fund seeks to support in particular recent PhDs and precariously employed and contingent faculty – including lecturers, adjuncts, non tenure-track colleagues, and visiting faculty – who are presenting at the annual GSA conference, which this year takes place from 30 September to 3 October 2021. Independent scholars and other educators in financially precarious positions are also eligible to apply. 

However, if funds are available, grants may be made to those individuals simply to attend the conference, with priority given to unaffiliated scholars and to graduate students in German Studies and related fields. 

Please also consider *donating to the fund* to help support GSA members for this year's and future conferences. 

Questions? Please email *community_fund@thegsa.org*.

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Letter of Concern to Georgia Convention and Visitor Bureaus

April 26, 2021

William Pate, President and CEO (wpate@atlanta.net) Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau

Joseph Marinelli, President (jmarinelli@visitsavannah.com) Visit Savannah

Jay Markwalter, Executive Director (Jay@GACVB.com) Georgia Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus

Dear Mr. Pate, Mr. Marinelli, and Mr. Markwalter:

The leaders of the undersigned learned societies and associations wish to register our alarm and disappointment about the passage of SB 202. Our organizations are planning to hold, have recently held, or will be considering holding conventions in Atlanta, Savannah, and other cities in Georgia. These conventions bring thousands of attendees to the state, along with millions of dollars in local revenue. However, the grave concerns we share about this legislation force us to reconsider whether we can in good conscience bring our meetings to your state.

The many scholars and teachers who participate in our professional conferences include experts who have made a life’s work of the study of democracies, elections, and social justice. Moreover, all of us are personal stakeholders in the American democratic process, and thus are affected by this legislation. One thing all of us have learned from the ongoing movement... Read more

Statement in Support of Faculty Members at William & Mary

Dear Provost Agouris, Dean Donoghue Velleca, Vice Provost Stock, Dean Longo, Dean Donohue, Dean Zeman, Dean Torczon, 

We were appalled to learn that Dean Maria Donoghue Veneca has informed at least twelve non-tenured faculty members from the Government, Modern Languages, Theatre, and other departments that the school is unwilling to commit to offering a contract for the next academic year. These departments, and the subjects they teach, are a core part of a strong liberal arts education; their faculty are key to the strong reputation William & Mary enjoys as an institution of excellence in undergraduate teaching. 

We stand in solidarity with the many members of the William & Mary student body, faculty, staff, alumni, and others who have called on the administration to issue contracts for these valued members of the William & Mary faculty. Delaying contracts increases the already serious employment and life insecurity for these workers, prohibits them from preparing adequately for their future employment, and harms instruction at the college by either eliminating courses or restricting the ability to prepare for courses. Moreover, these departments employ faculty who rely on visas to continue their work - and these visas are endangered... Read more

The GSA Spring Newsletter is here!

Dear colleagues, 

Please click to read or download our *Spring 2021 newsletter.* It includes information about the 2021 conference, elections, and other important news. We hope you enjoy the new format!

Sincerely,

David Imhoof        Margaret Menninger

GSA Secretary       GSA Executive Director Read more

Standing in Solidarity with the Faculty and Staff of the University of Kansas



This letter was recently sent to the Chancellor of the University of Kansas, and was written by the new joint Vision & Advocacy Working Group, composed of appointed representatives from the AATG, BGHRA, CAUTG, Coalition of WiG, DDGC, and the GSA, combined.

Dear Chancellor Girod, 

In solidarity with the faculty and staff at the University of Kansas, we urge you to decline to follow the new KBOR policy on suspension, termination, and dismissal, which would violate core academic principles of shared governance and academic freedom. We support KU faculty and staff in their demand to “recommit in word and action to existing KU policies pertaining to shared governance, especially in matters of tenure, dismissal and financial transparency, as well as the long-established national standards that are their basis.” The erosion of the principles of academic freedom and faculty governance would be a tremendous blow to the reputation and future of KU. We join allied organizations and the American Council of Learned Societies – of which KU is an Associate Member – in their call to respect and uphold the principles of academic freedom and tenure first articulated by the American Association of University Professors in... Read more

Conference update: deadline extended + member survey

Feb. 9, 2021

Dear Members and Friends of the GSA,

I hope all of you are settling in to the new year. We have heard from many of you with questions about this year’s conference. And we hear your concerns about the safety, logistics, and equity issues involved in meeting in Indianapolis as planned. Although the situation remains fluid and it remains too soon to make final decisions, we want to share the information below, and ask for your help as we consider our options. 

Submission Deadline: Extended

Based on your feedback, we’ve decided to extend the submission deadline for panels, papers, and roundtables to March 1. We hope that the extra two weeks will encourage you to take part in our annual conference and give those of you interested in submitting abstracts adequate time to do so.

Conference Planning: Survey

In order to help us to plan for this fall, we need to know more concretely how all of you as of right now envision your participation in the conference. The options open to us in terms of format vary widely in complexity and cost both to the wider membership and... Read more