GSA Giving Tuesday 2020

Dear members and friends of the GSA,

Tuesday, 1 December, is being observed throughout the United States as Giving Tuesday. Even as we have had to reinvent ourselves from the ground up this year, we’ve heard from many members how important the German Studies Association remains to you as a space for sharing work, for scholarly community and advocacy, and for thinking together about the future of the field. 

This is the work to which the GSA remains committed, and we could not do it without your help. If you are able this year, please consider donating on Giving Tuesday to support our efforts to foster and maintain an open, inclusive, and accessible community of scholarship. Our *donations page* lists the most important funds and initiatives; in this time of need, we would draw your attention in particular to the recently launched GSA Community Fund, which helps defray costs of conference participation for graduate students and precariously employed faculty.

On behalf of the GSA, we are deeply grateful for your support and wish you a peaceful and healthy holiday season.


David E. Barclay Outgoing Executive Director

Johannes von Moltke Outgoing President

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CfP: GSA 45th Annual Conference


The German Studies Association (GSA) will hold its 45th Annual Conference from 30 September to 3 October 2021 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Program Committee cordially invites proposals on any aspect of German, Austrian, or Swiss studies, including (but not limited to) history, Germanistik, film and media studies, art history, political science, anthropology, pedagogy scholarship, musicology, economic studies, religious studies, sociology, and cultural studies.  

Proposals for entire sessions, for interdisciplinary presentations, and for series of panels are strongly encouraged (although 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 GSA website ( for information about the submission process for ‘traditional’ papers, sessions, and roundtables, which will open on 4 January 2021. The deadline for proposals is 15 February 2021. 

Separate submission tracks have been set up for returning proposals that were postponed from 2020 and new proposals. There is more information about this on the GSA website, and instructions will also be available on the submission interface when it opens.

Please note that all proposed presenters must be members... Read more

CfA: GSA Emerging Scholars Workshop (ESW) 2021

Nov. 13, 2020 

Call for Applicants

GSA Emerging Scholars Workshop (ESW)


We are excited to issue this call for the Emerging Scholars Workshop (ESW) to be hosted for the second time at the 45th German Studies Association Conference in Indianapolis, from September 30-October 3, 2021. This workshop is exclusively for graduate students. 

The Emerging Scholars Workshop (ESW) will run parallel to the established seminars and in addition to regular conference sessions and roundtables (for general conference information see

Over the past ten years, graduate programs across the country have contracted. Fewer graduate students now encounter fewer regular graduate courses that have often also become more general in content in order to produce satisfactory enrollment. As a result, much of the specialized but crucial field training has moved into one-on-one tutorials and directed readings. The new Emerging Scholars Workshop seeks to give the up-and-coming cohort of scholars access to the leading faculty in their field, increase the advice and mentoring they receive, and allow them to come together for sustained professional conversations. The goal is to enable the next generation of Germanists and Historians to produce their best possible work, be competitive across fields, and contribute to the... Read more

CfA: Berlin Program Fellowships, due Dec. 1

The Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies is soliciting applications for our fellowship competition 2021/22. We are now accepting applications. Please spread the word about this great opportunity. 

The Berlin Program offers up to one year of dissertation or postdoctoral research support at the Freie Universität Berlin, one of Germany’s leading research universities. It is open to scholars in all social science and humanities disciplines, including historians working on German and European history since the mid-18th century.

The program accepts applications from nationals, permanent and long-term residents from the U.S. and Canada. Applicants for a dissertation fellowship must be full-time graduate students enrolled at a North American university who have achieved ABD status by the time the proposed research stay in Berlin begins. Also eligible are U.S. and Canadian Ph.D.s who have received their doctorates within the past two calendar years from a North American university.

Located in one of the densest and most innovative academic regions in Europe, a Berlin Program Fellowship offers extraordinary research opportunities. Each semester, our colloquium serves as the central meeting point to share, discuss and support... Read more

GSA Annual General Meeting, 20 November

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Dear Members and Friends of GSA,

As we announced during our virtual conference, we decided to decouple our annual general meeting from the busy days of the conference itself. Now that we have all had a chance to regroup, we hope you will be able to join us next week Friday, 20 November 20, from 12 noon to 1:30 pm Eastern Standard Time (North America).

We look forward to debriefing you about the conference and to sharing news from the Executive Board, which meets later this week. The general meeting will be conducted as a Zoom webinar. Executive officers and members of the Board will be on hand to report on this year’s activities, as required by our bylaws. As we did last year, we will reserve time for an open session that we’ll conduct as a town hall. This will provide members the opportunity to ask questions and raise issues they would like the Board and Executive Council to consider.

Registration is required, and you’ll find the details below. To join

CfA: GSA Seminar Applications 2021



The 45th German Studies Association Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, from September 30 to October 4, 2021 will continue to host a series of seminars in addition to conference sessions and roundtables (for general conference information see **). With 13 seminars postponed from the 2020 conference (click *here* for those seminar topics), we will have space for approximately 15 new seminars, for a total of about 28 seminars in Indianapolis.


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 conveners (in special cases, there may be four conveners) and must consist of a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 participants, including the conveners themselves. Conveners are expected to make every effort to aim for broad diversity and include scholars from different disciplines and at different career stages, including graduate students. 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... Read more

Book Launch: Beatrice de Graaf, Fighting Terror after Napoleon How Europe Became Secure after 1815 (Cambridge UP)

Start Time: 10/2/2020 11:00 AM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))

Book launch, special event at the GSA Virtual Conference 2020

2 October 2020, 11am EST

Please join us to celebrate the publication of Beatrice de Graaf's book, Fighting Fighting Terror after Napoleon: How Europe Became Secure after 1815, hot off the presses from Cambridge University Press. The author will provide an over view of her work and be available for a Q&A. Bring a beverage and snack for this first-ever GSA Virtual Book Launch! 

Information: After twenty-six years of unprecedented revolutionary upheavals and endless fighting, the victorious powers craved stability after Napoleon's defeat in 1815. With the threat of war and revolutionary terror still looming large, the coalition launched an unprecedented experiment to re-establish European security. With over one million troops remaining in France, they established the Allied Council to mitigate the threat of war and terror and to design and consolidate a system of deterrence. The Council transformed the norm of interstate relations into the first, modern system of collective security in Europe. Drawing on the records of the Council and the correspondence of key figures such as Metternich, Castlereagh, Wellington and Alexander I, Beatrice de Graaf tells the story... Read more

The GSA Community Fund

9/28: If you are a recipient of the Community Fund grant, you can log in using your GSA ID and password.

*GSA Virtual Conference*



Dear GSA Colleagues and Friends,

Earlier this year, generous members of the German Studies Association established The GSA Community Fund, which is meant to assist individuals financially affected by the COVID-19 outbreak in their efforts to participate in the GSA's virtual conference from 29 September to 4 October 2020.

We write to share specific application and deadline information for The GSA Community Fund, below, and ask that you share this information widely.

Many thanks to the generous donors who have made The GSA Community Fund possible.


The GSA Community Fund Selection Committee



To assist individuals who have been financially affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, generous members of the German Studies Association established in early 2020 The GSA Community Fund:

Awards from The GSA Community Fund are reserved for individuals participating in the GSA’s 2020 virtual conference from 29 September to 4 October 2020.

Grants from The GSA... Read more

GSA Conference Survey and Election Results

Please note: the survey will close July 3, 2020, 5pm EDT. 

Dear GSA Members,

As promised in our Spring Newsletter, we write to you today in the wake of a special GSA Executive Board meeting: on June 15th, Board members convened on Zoom to discuss various options for our conference in the fall, originally scheduled for October 1-4 in Washington, DC. We realize that many of you are anxious to hear whether, and in what form, that conference will take place. While we are still in discussions with the hotel and with providers of online conferences, we can assure you that we have every intention of holding our conference, even if the exact format is yet to be finalized. For this purpose, we are also seeking your input by way of this brief six-question survey, which we would ask you to complete by the end of June. In return, we plan to provide you with further details of our fall conference planning by the middle of July.

Please contact Dr. Benita Blessing ( if you have any questions about the survey. The survey will also be sent to members' email addresses and made available through social media.... Read more