The 44th German Studies Association Conference in Washington, D.C., from
October 1-4, 2020 will continue to host a series of seminars in addition to
conference sessions and roundtables (for general conference information see

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 and any auditors.
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 different approaches; the coming together of scholars
seeking to develop an anthology; or the in-depth discussion of a political
or public policy issue, novel, film, poem, musical piece, painting, or
other artwork. Conveners are strongly encouraged to structure their
seminars around creative and engaging forms of  intellectual exchange;
lengthy individual presentations are discouraged as they imitate
“traditional” panels and may hamper discussion, collaboration, and
innovative thinking.

In order to facilitate extended discussion, seminar conveners and
participants are required to participate in all three seminar meetings.
Please note that both seminar conveners and seminar applicants who have
been accepted for seminar participation will not be allowed to submit a
paper in a regular panel session. However, they may take on one additional
role in the conference independent of their role in a seminar – as
moderator or commentator on another session or as a participant in a
roundtable. In addition, seminar conveners must come from different
institutions (where there are more than two conveners, no more than two may
come from the same institution).

Although the GSA does accept proposals from conveners who have directed a
seminar during the past two consecutive years, the GSA’s Seminar Committee
gives preference to newcomers and thus encourages the rotation of seminar
conveners in similarly-themed seminars. We further recommend that conveners
contact the coordinators of the Interdisciplinary Network Committee,
Professors Heather Mathews ([log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>) and
Winson Chu ([log in to unmask]), to connect with GSA Networks close to their

Starting in 2020, seminar conveners will have the opportunity to propose a
cluster of pieces representing the work of the seminar for publication in
Konturen, a peer-reviewed, online, open-access journal of international and
interdisciplinary German Studies (see
for more information). Please note: although the portal for applications
for publication in Konturen will only open in October, 2020 (after the
conference is over), conveners may address their interest in this project
in their seminar description.

Applying to convene a seminar is a two-step process. Initially, the Seminar
Committee invites GSA members to submit a preliminary proposal that
includes the following items:


   Title of proposed seminar

   Names, ranks, and institutional affiliations of conveners

   A 150-word description of the seminar's subject (which will eventually
   be used in the call for participants, the printed program, and the online
   program/mobile app)

   A 50-word description of the seminar’s format (which will appear in the
   call for participants, etc.)

   A 200-word statement of seminar goals and procedures.

These items are due by November 22, 2019, by 11:59 pm EST. Please submit
your application online at Your username and
password are the same as those you use to log in to your GSA profile at Please note that you must be a current
member of the GSA to submit a proposal. If your password needs to be reset,
please contact Ms. Ursula Sykes ([log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>)
at Johns Hopkins University Press. If technical questions or problems arise
with the submission interface itself, please contact Benita Blessing (
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Following the submission of preliminary proposals, the GSA Seminar
Committee will provide suggestions and assistance for the final submission,
which is due by December 6, 2019, 11:59 pm EST to the same website. The
Committee will then review seminar proposals and post a list of approved
seminars and their topics on the GSA website by January 6, 2020. Conveners
may then enlist participants to join the seminar. A call for auditors (who
may observe but who are not considered formal participants) will be issued
later in the year, once the final conference program has been published.

The GSA Seminar Committee consists of:

Joe Perry (Georgia State University) | [log in to unmask] (chair)

Elizabeth Drummond (Loyola Marymount University) |
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Richard Langston (University of North Carolina) | [log in to unmask]
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Please direct inquiries to all three of us.  Thank you for your support of
the GSA’s seminar program!

Elizabeth A Drummond
Associate Professor & Chair

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