Anniversary Podcast Series

40th Anniversary LogoThe Johns Hopkins University Press has developed a special podcast series to celebrate the German Studies Association's 40th anniversary.

The series examines the GSA’s founding, the success of the annual meeting and the organization’s future plans. Through interviews with current leaders and the organization's stalwarts, including founder Gerald Kleinfeld, the series showcases the pieces of the puzzle which make GSA a leader in its field.

You can listen to the six episodes below or download them to your computer or mobile device for later.

Episode 1: The German Studies Association Story

A conversation between a group of scholars at a conference in Arizona in 1976 led to the creation of the group we now know as the German Studies Association. Learn about the group's development and success from some of the key figures in its 40-year history.

Episode 2: The Program Committee

The GSA Annual Meeting features more than 300 sessions for around 1,400 scholars. Some of the association member swho have led this effort talk about the work which goes into creating the program each year.

Episode 3: The Social Network

Regular annual meeting attendees know that the real action can sometimes take place outside the meeting rooms. Association officials work hard to make sure the conversations which launch friendships and research alike flourish during the meeting.

Episode 4: Innovation

GSA has had a long tradition of finding new ways to welcome research and discussion. With the growth of the seminars program, this tradition is alive and well. Listen to some of the people involved in innovative programs over the years discuss their importance.

Episode 5: Serving Members

GSA started with a group of young academics who wanted to band together to increase their influence in the field. The commitment to that continues today as graduate students, new PhDs and those from smaller institutions play key roles in the association.

Episode 6: The Future of GSA

The association continues to grow in size and influence. Efforts are already under way to set the course for the next 40 years and beyond, including an innovative fundraising campaign.


GSA Announces Fundraising Effort

The German Studies Association is embarking on a fundraising effort and seeks contributions from members and non-members alike to help grow its Endowment Fund. This will help ensure a healthy future for the 2,100 member organization and its numerous activities and benefits, including a robust annual conference, its scholarly journal, travel grant program, enhanced technology, expanded collaboration and communication opportunities, a sound administrative structure, and more.


The GSA also welcomes contributions to ongoing activities and programs, such as those listed below. Visit our secure Contribution page to make your donation.

You will find a number of contribution categories available:

  • GSA Endowment Fund: To build an Endowment of $5 million by 2020 and thereby provide adequate funding for the Association's continuing vitality in its next 40 years (the GSA celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2016).
  • General Fund/GSA Operations: To help cover some of the increasing costs of operating the GSA throughout the year without having to raise significantly member dues.
  • Sybil Halpern Milton Prize Endowment: To provide funds permanently for the prize, named after a long-time GSA member and important scholar, in the field of Holocaust Studies.
  • Annual Conference Fund: To help defray the costs of the Annual GSA conference, including traditional (speaker) and new programs (seminars, networks, exchanges, new technology)
  • GSA Travel Fund: To assist members without institutional or other travel funding to participate in the GSA conference in greater numbers.
  • Publications Fund: To support the GSA journal, German Studies Review, as well as its book publication program, Spektrum.
  • Sustaining Membership: A set amount ($50) to help support the Association in all of its activities, both current and new.

All contributions to the GSA, which is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization according to U.S Federal Law, are tax deductible to US tax payers.

The GSA can also make arrangements for recurring contributions or estate planning. For information on these programs or to discuss the priorities for this fundraising effort, contact GSA Secretary-Treasurer Gerald Fetz.


A Closer Look at the GSA

The Johns Hopkins University Press recently produced a video to promote the work of the GSA. Executive Director David Barclay spoke about the association's history and mission. Please feel free to share this video to help spread the word about the association.