GSA Conference Luncheon and Banquet Events: New Formats!

GSA Conference Luncheon and Banquet Events: New Formats!

We hope that as many of you as possible are planning to attend this year’s conference of the GSA, scheduled to take place from 3 to 6 October in Portland, Oregon, at the Hilton Portland Downtown and the Duniway Portland (an adjacent Hilton property).  

We hope to go online this week with conference registration and hotel reservations. When we do, we’ll send you an email with details. This year we’re planning some new formats for our luncheons and our Friday-evening banquet. You’ll be able to register for these important events at the same time that you register for the conference.

FRIDAY, 4 OCTOBER, 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

“Food for Thought”: A New Showcase Event

Interested in finding out where German Studies scholarship is headed these days? Curious about new topics that you haven’t had time to explore in panel and seminar sessions? Eager to try out different presentation formats? Then join us for lunch on Friday, when the GSA will pilot a new kind of plenary session that we’re calling “Food for Thought.” In an effort to switch up the lecture formats and reinvigorate the luncheon conversation, we have asked eight colleagues to offer... 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


2019 Prize Competitions Announced

The GSA is pleased to announce our three book prizes for 2019:

The deadline for all three prizes is 20 February 2019. Information on eligibility and nomination procedures is available at the page for each prize.

We are also accepting submissions for the GSA Prize for the Best Essay in German Studies by a Graduate Student, for unpublished essays written in 2018. The deadline for submission is 15 March 2019.

We look forward to receiving your nominations! Read more


Conference Submissions Now Open

The GSA is now accepting submissions of panels, papers, and roundtables from January 5 to February 15. Seminar participant applications will be accepted until January 26. You can also volunteer to be a moderator or commentator on an as-needed basis.

The submission site is at You will use your username and password. Submitters must be current (2019) members.

For more information on submissions, check the links below. If you have any technical difficulties, or you can't find the answer to your question, you can contact Elizabeth Fulton at We look forward to your submissions!


Call for Seminar Applications

The 43rd GSA Conference in Portland, Oregon from October 3-6, 2019 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 or second morning slot to foster extended discussion, rigorous intellectual exchange, and intensified networking. They are led by two to four conveners and consist of 10 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 submission site is at You will use your username and password. Submitters must be current (2019) members. Please apply to only one seminar at a time. The deadline is January 26, 2019, at midnight Eastern Standard Time. For more information, visit our current conference page.

The following seminars have been selected and approved for enrollment at the 2019 GSA Conference:

01 Asian German Studies

02 Beyond the Racial State: New Perspectives on Race in Nazi Germany

03 Beyond Versailles: From Brest-Litovsk to the End of the World War in East Central Europe (co-sponsored by the... Read more


Call for Papers: German History Society Annual Conference

King’s College London, Tuesday 3 September- Thursday 5 September 2019

The German History Society in the UK and Ireland, which publishes the journal German History, is inviting proposals for its twelfth Annual Conference. The 2019 conference will be hosted by King’s College London. The keynote speakers will be Felicitas Schmieder (Hagen), Rebekka von Mallinckrodt (Bremen) and Johannes Paulmann (Mainz).

The Society invites historians of Germany from all parts of the world to submit panel proposals on their research topics in German history broadly conceived, including the history of German-speaking people within and beyond Europe, from the medieval period to the present day. Panels will last for 90 minutes and should have three speakers and a chair. Each paper should be no longer than 20 minutes.

Proposals for round table format panels, and for panels that address specific methodological problems, problems of source criticism, or problems of public history and education in the field of German history, are also welcome. These, too, should involve three speakers and a chair, and should last 90 minutes, with each paper 20 minutes in duration.

Proposals for individual papers will also be accepted, with the proviso that the conference organisers will seek to group individual papers into groups of three for the purposes... Read more


Call for 2019 Proposals

The GSA will hold its 43rd Annual Conference from 3 to 6 October 2019 at the Hilton Portland Downtown in Portland, Oregon (USA).

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 discourage thematic series of more than four panels). Individual paper proposals are also welcome. The call for seminar proposals has been distributed separately.

Please see the conference page for information about the submission process for "traditional" papers, sessions, and roundtables, which will open on 5 January 2019. The deadline for proposals is 15 February 2019.

Please note that all proposed 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:

1.  No individual at the GSA conference may give more than one paper or appear on the program in more than two separate roles. Participating in a seminar counts as delivering a paper.

2.  If... Read more


GSA Statement on Pittsburgh Shootings

The German Studies Association is horrified and saddened beyond words by the attack on the Tree of Life synagogue, and expresses its deepest sympathy to all those affected by this atrocity.  Our annual conference took place in Pittsburgh just a few weeks ago, and we feel a special attachment to that city. As scholars of German Studies and as human beings, we have a special obligation, given the history of the German-speaking world, to resist all forms of antisemitism. Read more