The Society for German-American Studies will hold its 42nd Annual Symposium in Indianapolis, Indiana, 19–21 April 2018.
The theme of the program is: “World War I and Its Repercussions for German America: A Centennial Assessment.” If you are interested in submitting an abstract, please see the Call for Papers page for the 2018 symposium.


Annual Meeting and Symposium

Symposium Lodging

The Society for German-American Studies has reserved a block of rooms for the 2018 Symposium at the following hotels:

Courtyard Indianapolis at the Capital for $149 per night

Residence Inn Indianapolis Downtown on the Canal for $149 per night.

Clicking on either of these hotels will take you to the Marriott page so you can make your reservation at the SGAS special rate. If you are uncomfortable using the link, you can call and make your reservation at (888) 816-4091 for the Courtyard or (888) 811-8113 for the Residence Inn.

The last day to book is Thursday, March 22, 2018.


Symposium Registration Form

Click here for the registration form.


 Symposium Program

Click here to view and download the 2018 SGAS Symposium schedule of events.

The Gemütliches Beisammensein will take place Thursday, April 19, between 5:30 - 7:00 at St. Joseph's Brewery (540 N College Ave).

The 2018 Symposium (including the business luncheon on Friday) will take place at the Indiana Historical Society (450 West Ohio St).

The Saturday evening social hour with be held in the Max Kade Suite at the Athenaeum, and the Society's banquet/awards ceremony will be held in the Willkie Room of the Athenaeum (401 E.Michigan St).


Excursion Information

Saturday, April 21st from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Attendees who have registered for the tour should meet in the Residence Inn by Marriott parking lot at 1:15.

350 West New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202

The excursion will be a guided bus tour led by local architectural historian Bill Selm.  The tour will include several stops at historic German-American cultural centers and monuments in the Indianapolis area.

Sponsored by the IUPUI Max Kade German-American Center. 


Symposium Ambassador

This year, the Society for German-American Studies will host its 42nd Annual Symposium in Indianapolis, Indiana.  If you are a student, young professional, or first-time presenter who would like to forge valuable connections with fellow SGAS members, become more involved with the Society for German-American Studies, or simply familiarize yourself with Indianapolis, please contact Symposium Ambassador Janice Miller at the IUPUI Max Kade German-American Center.  Miller is a member of the SGAS Organizing Committee for this year’s Symposium, an experienced conference speaker, and a long-time Indianapolis resident.  She may be reached via telephone or email.



SGAS Outstanding Achievement Award

The Society for German-American Studies has established an award which is given each year to an individual who has distinguished him- or herself in the field of German-American Studies. Honorees are celebrated each year at the Annual Meeting and Symposium.

The membership of the Society for German-American Studies is invited to nominate individuals of merit. Nominations should be directed to the chair of the Nominations Committee no later than September of the year prior to the one for which the individual is nominated. The Nominations Committee will forward all nominations to the president for review at the fall meeting of the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee will select the awardee.

Achievement in the context of the award is broadly defined. The honoree may have published significant research in the field, may have served the Society and the field of German-American Studies in an outstanding fashion, or may otherwise have made an outstanding contribution to the field.

Awardees will be encouraged to attend the annual symposium to receive the award. All awardees will be awarded a Life Membership in the Society for German-American Studies. The Society will cover the housing and registration expenses of those who participate in the annual symposium.

Nominations for the Outstanding Achievement Award should be forwarded to the chair of the Nominations Committee no later than September 1 of a given year for consideration for the following year. All nominations should include a letter which specifies the reasons why the nominator feels the award is justified as well as a short précis of the nominee’s accomplishments.

The current chair of the Nominations Committee is William H. Roba