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GSA 2022 Conference Program

Forty-Sixth Annual Conference, Sept. 15-18 2022, Houston, TX


Conference program


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DAAD/AvH Cuts: German Studies Advocacy Letter

The GSA joins our colleagues world-wide in urging the

German Minister of Foreign Affairs and the members of the Bundestag

to reconsider the proposed cuts to the DAAD and AvH:

Arts Night at GSA 2022!

GSA 2022 Arts Night

Thursday, September 15 and Saturday, September 17

After two years of virtual events, Arts Night returns to the GSA in person. In collaboration with the DAAD, the DEFA Film Library, and the Black German Heritage and Research Association (BGHRA), this year’s Arts Night Committee is thrilled to present three events to kick off this year’s conference - a photography exhibit, a literary reading, and a film screening. Here’s an overview of the schedule, with descriptions linked below. We hope you will join us.

Thursday, September 15

Saturday, September 17


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GSA Elections July 1-31; Vice President "Meet the Candidates" Webinar Recording

Elections for GSA offices will take place online between Friday, July 1 (12:00 am EDT), and Sunday, July 31, (11:59 pm EDT).  All current GSA members are eligible to vote using their GSA log-in credentials to access the ballot via an email sent to the address associated with their membership at 12:00 am EDT on July 1. You will vote for a new Vice President, who will take office on 1 January 2023 and serve for two years, at that point succeeding to the presidency for another two-year term; and four new members of the Board, whose three-year terms (two years in the case of the graduate student member) will also begin on 1 January 2023. Please refer to the biographies of the candidates here.

A recording of the Vice President "Meet the Candidates" Webinar, which took place on June 29, is available here. Read more

GSA Distinguished Lecture, July 6, 2022 4-6pm CEDT (Freie Universität Berlin)

GSA Distinguished Lecture, "Normality as a Serious Matter and True Joy"

Dr. Margaret E. Menninger (Texas State University/GSA)

(Registration deadline July 1)

What can the nineteenth century have to say about what is normal in the twenty-first? What is normal in the first place; how will we know when we have returned there? Or, perhaps more aptly put, how does society arrive at consensus about what constitutes “normal?” Remember, normality, too, has a history. What we now perceive as normal has not always been so, as the histories of our now-familiar institutions of high culture can show. There was a time when the public museum did not exist, and it was by no means normal to visit a city and spend time in a building dedicated to art or archaeology. These institutions and their histories also remind us that we will know when normal has returned or been established because it will feel right; it will have an emotional component. Indeed, perhaps finding joy is the best first step back, and art culture is a time-tested pathway. As museums, concert houses, and other cultural nexus points reopen around the globe, we can understand how the... Read more

GSA Spring/Summer Newsletter

Dear Friends and Members of the GSA,

Our Spring/Summer 2022 newsletter has been published and may be accessed here. In it you may meet the new GSA team, find advance information about our upcoming elections, and review details about the conference. 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

Nina Mondré Schweppe, Communications and Strategic Initiatives Manager Read more

GSA Preliminary Schedule, 46th 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 June 30. 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:

  • The full listings for the seminars are on a second page, you may click on that at the bottom of the spreadsheet.
  • We have worked hard to accommodate all accumulated requests regarding scheduling, placement in rooms with sound equipment, and honoring the order of panels in series.
  • If you made a scheduling request because of religious or family obligations and it is not reflected in the preliminary program, please let us know on the *change form*.
  • If you have changed affiliations and/or email addresses from the ones we have on file, please let us know and make the correction on your GSA account (this last item is not something we can do) under “*member services*.”
  • *Register*
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2 June 2022: 46th Annual GSA Conference updates: registration open, preliminary program

Dear colleagues,

You can now register for the conference under the "member services">>"conference registration" menu.


  • After registering, you will receive an email confirmation from our partners at Johns Hopkins UP with the conference hotel registration link. Check your spam folder if you don't see it.
  • When you reserve the dates for your hotel room, you will see more information on the next page, including the option to reserve an accessible room.

We will post the preliminary schedule on our website on Monday, June 6. Look for an email soon after with further information!

Margaret Menninger, Executive Director

Kevin Amidon, Program Director

Jennifer L. Jenkins, Operations Director Read more

GSA Call for Nominations

Dear members of the GSA,

I write to you on behalf of this year’s nominating committee to seek your input and involvement as we prepare for our next round of GSA elections.

Have you ever asked yourself how to become more involved in the GSA? Are there other members whose voices you’d like to see amplified? This year, as per our bylaws, we are seeking to fill a total of five positions, including our next Vice President and four board members. The Vice President serves for two years, after which they become President for another two-year term (followed by two years as Immediate Past President). Board members serve three-year terms. For details, please refer to the GSA Bylaws.

As nominating committee, we are charged with generating separate slates with two candidates for each open position (for reasons to do with the pandemic, the slate for the graduate student board member is already set and carries over from last year).

This is where you come in: please use this form to let the nominating committee know of anyone you would like to suggest for an open position – including yourself! We... Read more