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GSA Spring 2024 Newsletter

Dear Friends and Members of the GSA,

Our Spring 2024 newsletter has been published and may be read via our website. In it, you will find advance information about the 2024 election opening on April 29, find out about changes at the German Studies Review, and a link to our membership survey. More information about both the elections and the conference will be coming soon.

With all good wishes,

  • Margaret E. Menninger, Executive Director
  • Jennifer L. Jenkins, Operations Director


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CfA: GSA Treasurer

Call for Applications: GSA Treasurer

The German Studies Association invites applications for a five-year renewable position of Treasurer, beginning in the fall of 2024. As the GSA’s chief financial officer, the Treasurer is responsible for the Association’s financial well-being. Using QuickBooks, the Treasurer maintains the Association’s financial records, oversees revenue streams and pays bills, supervises grant and fundraising monies, and manages the Association’s endowments. In consultation with the Executive Director, the Treasurer prepares the Association’s annual budget for the Board’s approval. The Treasurer serves as a full, voting member of the Executive Council, an ex officio, non-voting member of the Executive Board, and an ex officio member of the Investment/Financial Committee. Each of these bodies meets several times a year. Although this position is based on voluntary service,... Read more

Announcement: Birgit Tautz new Spektrum editor

Announcement: Birgit Tautz new Spektrum editor



The GSA is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Birgit Tautz (German, Bowdoin College) as the new editor of the Spektrum book series published by Berghahn Books. Dr. David Luebke (History, University of Oregon) is passing the baton after over a dozen years representing the scholarly interests of the GSA, leading an interdisciplinary editorial board through the solicitation and review process, generously supporting authors and reviewers, working together with the editors at Berghahn Books, and connecting the GSA Executive Council and Board with both Berghahn and the series editorial board. In recognition of his substantial service and impact on the field, he will remain affiliated with the series as Founding Editor. 

Published under the auspices of the German Studies Association, Spektrum offers current perspectives... Read more

CfA: Seminar Participant Applications GSA 2024


The 48th German Studies Association Conference in Atlanta, GA, from September 26–29, 2024 will again host a series of seminars in addition to panels and roundtables (for general conference information, click here).

Seminars meet for all three days of the conference (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) 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.

Please note some important seminar application guidelines:

Call for Volunteers: GSA Treasurer Search Committee

Call for Treasurer Search Committee Members

After five years of dedicated service, Dr. Thomas (“Tom”) O. Haakenson will conclude his term as the German Studies Association’s treasurer at the end of 2024. As the first person to fulfill this role in its new iteration separate from the secretary position, Tom was instrumental in bringing the GSA’s Conference Community Fund program to life, strengthening other forms of monetary support for our members, establishing a finance committee to serve in an advisory capacity to the executive council, and streamlining the organization’s bookkeeping, banking and investment processes. 

Thank you, Tom, for your sound fiscal judgment and your positive collegial presence on the executive council and board!

With this vacancy approaching, the GSA is forming a search committee to identify our next treasurer. The treasurer, per the GSA bylaws, serves a five-year, renewable term. As such, the next term will begin in 2025 and their first term would end in 2029. 

If you have an interest in financial management and learned society administrative... Read more

CfA: GSA Emerging Scholars Workshop 2024

December 12, 2023

Call for Applications: GSA Emerging Scholars Workshop (ESW) 2024

We are excited to issue this call for the next Emerging Scholars Workshop (ESW) to be hosted at the 48th German Studies Association Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, from September 26–29, 2024. This workshop is exclusively for graduate students.

The ESW will run parallel to the established seminars, regular conference sessions, and roundtables. It will convene Friday through Sunday, 8am–10am. Participants must commit to participating in all three workshop meetings. For general conference information, see

Over the past decade or so, 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 ESW 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 to produce their... Read more