Once a year, the SGAS organizes a symposium in different locations around the country.  Members are invited to present papers at the symposium. 

SGAS 2024 

The 48th Annual Symposium of the Society for German-American Studies will be held April 4-6, 2024, in Austin, Texas.  The theme of the Symposium will be “German Americans and Politics.” 

Germans and German Americans have long had a considerable impact on US politics.  For instance, in 1860 Heinrich von Struve and his brother Gustav excited ethnic Germans in New York and elsewhere to cast their ballots in favor of Abraham Lincoln, thus influencing a presidential election.  
We invite proposals for presentations across disciplines on the role of Germans and German Americans in US politics.  As is the Symposium’s tradition, we also welcome proposals on other areas of German American studies, including, but not limited to, literature, language, history, religion, culture, etc. 

Membership in the Society for German-American Studies is required of those whose papers are presented. Jointly authored proposals are welcome. A call for papers will be circulated in early fall 2023. 

If you have questions, please contact Marc Pierce, chair of the Organizing Committee, at [email protected]

The 47th Annual Symposium of the SGAS was held April 27–29, 2023, in Alexandria, Virginia. For the conference program click here.

For a list of earlier symposia and programs click HERE


Graduate Student Symposium Grants

Five symposium grants of $1,000.00 each will be available on a competitive basis to graduate students whose paper proposals have been accepted for presentation at the SGAS Annual Symposium, to defray travel and accommodation costs. 
For more information click HERE