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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

Ann: Barclay Book Prize

Dear colleagues, 

The GSA is pleased to announce the establishment of the David Barclay Book Prize and welcomes nominations. 

The David Barclay Book Prize was inaugurated in 2020 to mark the occasion of Dr. David E. Barclay’s retirement from the German Studies Association’s Executive Directorship, a position he held for fifteen years. This annual prize recognizes both Dr. Barclay’s service to the Association and his scholarship as Professor Emeritus of History at Kalamazoo College. The award will be given to the best monograph (in English or German and published in 2019 or 2020) on the social, cultural, economic, political, or labor history of nineteenth-century and twentieth-century Germany or central Europe. Translations, edited collections, anthologies, memoirs, and books that have been previously published are ineligible for consideration for the Barclay Book Prize. Applicants may be non-US citizens as well as non-US residents. Applicants may apply for both the Barclay Book Prize and another GSA book prize in any given year, although no submission may ultimately receive more than one award.  

Nominations (as PDFs, or links to e-copies) and inquiries should be sent to the committee chair by 20 March, 2021. Note: Because of the pandemic, we request that books be sent to the committee chair as a PDF or a URL (e-book, shared... Read more

CfP Berlin Program Summer Workshop

CfP: Ninth Berlin Program Summer Workshop: June 30–July 2, 2021 ( Apply by March 17)                                                                                                                                                       



 

We are, maybe we have always been, “alone together.” And while the challenges of being “alone” and “together” have existed historically in various, often complex ways, the current moment of cultural extremism, of Brexit, of American unilateralism, and of a global pandemic, have given the challenge a new urgency. 

In her last New Year’s address to the nation on December 31, 2020, Chancellor Angela Merkel touched on the need to be “together” and “alone” simultaneously while urging the German public to cooperate with pandemic measures: “To me, this is an expression of what makes it possible to live... Read more

Extension 30 Jan, seminar application deadline

Dear Colleagues,

We will be extending the deadline for seminar enrollments to 11:59 PST on Saturday, January 30, 2021. Given all the COVID uncertainty and general state of universal exhaustion amidst the beginning of a new term, we hope that this extension will allow all members interested in seminars to submit an application.

Please see:

The Seminar Committee will make every effort to notify applicants of acceptance status by 11:59 PST on February 5. You may email our Operations Director Dr. Benita Blessing if you need any help in the application process (operations@thegsa.org)

With thanks for your continued support of GSA,

GSA Seminar Committee

Elizabeth Drummond | Loyola Marymount University | elizabeth.drummond@lmu.edu (chair)

Richard Langston | University of North Carolina |  relangst@email.unc.edu

 

ANN: Dissertations in German Studies

List, Dissertations in German Studies

(x-posted from H-Net)

Dear colleagues, 



The German Studies Association (https://www.thegsa.org) will post information in its spring newsletter about dissertations completed in any area of German (i.e., Austrian, German, Swiss, German diasporic) Studies (any discipline or interdisciplinary). If you received your Ph.D. in 2019, 2020, or 2021, you may be listed in our newsletter. If you have supervised a dissertation that was completed in 2019, 2020, or 2021 that has not already been listed, please encourage the author to submit a description following the guidelines below. 

Send an email to the GSA President, Dr. Janet Ward (president@thegsa.org) by 30 April, 2021. Please type “GSA dissertation list” in the subject line. Be sure to include, in this order: 

1. Name (last, first) 

2. Title of dissertation 

3. Institution and department in which it was defended 

4. Name of dissertation director(s)

5. Month and year of defense (or degree if no defense) 

6. Abstract of the dissertation of 200 or fewer words in either English or German. (150 words is desired length, 200 words an absolute limit.) 
... Read more

Annual Conference Submissions Now Open

GERMAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE

 

The German Studies Association (GSA) will hold its 45th Annual Conference from 30 September to 3 October 2021. We anticipate meeting in person at the Marriott Indianapolis Downtown in Indianapolis, Indiana. This is a rather long email, but it contains all important links and information about the forthcoming conference.

We look forward to the presentations postponed from 2020 and, in addition, the Program Committee cordially invites new 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 (though we discourage linked series of more than four panels). Individual paper proposals are also welcome.

The portal for submissions can be accessed *here.*

Important Tip for This Year

General Tips:

Submission Instructions, New and Returning (Postponed) Sessions 2021

Members can submit applications through our conference submissions portal *here* when it opens on January 5th 2021. 

Instructional videos

Due to the pandemic, a number of sessions and individual papers accepted for the 2020 conference later postponed their presentations until 2021 (they are now "returning" sessions). There are separate submissions tracks for "new" and "returning" submissions.

  • If you are submitting a new panel, roundtable, or individual paper for 2021, you will use the "new" track.
  • If you or your session postponed in 2020 in order to present in 2021, you will use the "returning" track. You do not need to resubmit abstracts for anything that was previously accepted, but you will be asked to provide the following information for the Program Committee to review:
    • Names of sessions members and titles of session and/or papers
    • Whether the submission has no changes at all from 2020, or
    • Whether the submission has minor changes, and to note them (changes in commentator/moderator, minor title edits, etc.)
    • Whether the submission has significant changes (not all participants will return, requests for a replacement presenter/paper) and a description of those changes (including titles and abstracts for significant changes or additions)

If you are a returning... Read more

GSA Seminars 2021

GSA SEMINARS 2021

The 45th German Studies Association Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, from September 30 to October 4, 2021 will again host a series of seminars in addition to conference sessions and roundtables (for general conference information see *https://www.thegsa.org/conference*).

Note: Applications for seminar participation are due by 11:59 pm PST on Saturday, January 30, 2021 (extended deadline).

Log in to the portal *here* and then click "Seminar Participant Application 2021 (new applications only)" to apply for a seminar."

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.

This year, the conference will include 13 seminars postponed from the 2020 conference, with many accepting new applications for participants (postponed seminars include information about the number of spots available for new applications; see below), and 15 seminars selected and approved... Read more

GSA Winter Newsletter

Dear Members and Friends of the GSA,

The winter newsletter is now available. You can find it here: Winter Newsletter 2020

It contains updated reports from the President and Executive Director, information on the 45th annual conference of the GSA in October 2021, reports on prize winners for 2020, information on the 2021 prize competitions, a variety of additional reports, and an In memoriam section.

I hope that all of you have a safe and healthy holiday season, and that 2021 will be a better year for all of us!

Best regards,

David E. Barclay

Executive Director Read more

Executive Council sends letter to Dean Falls of UVM

December 10, 2020



Dr. William Falls, Dean

College of Arts and Sciences

University of Vermont

Burlington, VT 05405



Dear Dean Falls,



The Executive Council of the German Studies Association urges the University of Vermont at Burlington to reconsider its recent proposal to close a dozen of the university’s 56 undergraduate majors, including German, along with 11 minors and 4 MA programs. Since the University of Vermont states in its strategic plan that it “benefits from the powerful combination of a liberal arts core and the comprehensive academic resources of a major research institution,” it makes no sense that that same institution would then wish to cut over 17% of the majors in this core. The impacted programs clearly need to be part of the conversation on how to move forward.



If the University of Vermont is like so many nationwide, faculty in the affected disciplines perform valuable teaching not only in their own degree programs but also in the areas of general education, basic languages, writing and composition, and in prerequisite courses for other degree streams, all while their research costs are relatively low. They often provide personalized, humanistically grounded teaching, mentoring, and advising, which has been documented to improve graduation and... Read more

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 (www.thegsa.org) 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... Read more

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.

Sincerely,

David E. Barclay Outgoing... Read more

CfP: GSA 45th Annual Conference

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: GERMAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION 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 (www.thegsa.org) 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