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The 45th German Studies Association Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana,
from September 30 to October 4, 2021 will continue to host a series of
seminars in addition to conference sessions and roundtables (for general
conference information see With 13
seminars postponed from the 2020 conference, we will have space for
approximately 15 new seminars, for a total of about 28 seminars in

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. 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.

To apply to convene a seminar, GSA members should submit a proposal through
the online portal ( by 11:59 pm EST on
November 30, 2020. The proposal should include the following items:


   Title of Proposed Seminar;

   Convener Information: names, ranks, institutional affiliations, email

   Seminar Description: a 150-word description of the seminar's subject,
   which will eventually be used in the call for participants and the final

   Format Description: a 50-word description of the seminar’s format, which
   will appear in the call for participants, etc.;

   Goals & Procedures: a 200-word statement of seminar goals and procedures.

   Audio/Visual: indicate whether your seminar will require a projector
   and/or sound (note that we might not be able to accommodate all requests,
   especially for sound, so please request it only if absolutely necessary);

   Auditors: indicate whether you will open the seminar to auditors (6
   maximum) should space allow.

The Committee will review seminar proposals and post a list of approved
seminars and their topics on the GSA website by January 4, 2021. 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.

Please note the following guidelines and additional information regarding


   You must be a current member of the GSA to submit a proposal.

   Seminar conveners must come from different institutions; where there are
   more than two conveners, no more than two may come from the same

   In order to facilitate extended discussion, seminar conveners and
   participants are required to participate in all three seminar meetings.

   Seminar participants, including conveners, 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

   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 topic.

   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.
   Please note: although the portal for applications for publication in
   Konturen will only open after the conference is over, conveners may
   address their interest in this project in their seminar description.

To access the XCD system to submit your proposal, use the same username and
password as you use to log into your GSA profile at 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 the GSA Operations
Director, Dr. Benita Blessing ([log in to unmask]
<[log in to unmask]>).

The GSA Seminar Committee consists of:

Elizabeth Drummond | Loyola Marymount University |
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Richard Langston | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill |
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Please get in touch with both of us if you have any questions about the
seminars or proposal process. Thank you for your support of the GSA’s
seminar program!

Elizabeth A Drummond
Associate Professor & Chair

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