Annual Meeting Call for Papers


SGAS 2020 

The Society for German-American Studies will hold its 44th Annual Symposium in Georgetown, a historic neighborhood of Washington, D.C., April 23–25, 2020.

Symposium theme and how to submit a proposal:

“Germans in the Americas: Social, Scientific, and Cultural Encounters”

A thematic focus of the Symposium will be on individuals and groups from German-speaking lands and their descendants, their contact and collaboration with others, and their resulting impact on life in the Americas, both past and present. We invite presentations concerning social and political structures, theoretical and practical science, education, religion, language, the arts, and more.

However, as is our tradition, we also accept proposals dealing with other aspects of German-American studies, including comparative topics with a German-American component.

Membership in the Society for German-American Studies is required of those whose papers are presented. Jointly authored proposals are welcome, but only the names of authors who are present at the Symposium will be listed in the program.

Please submit to Cora Lee Kluge an abstract of your proposed presentation (not more than 250 words), preferably in electronic form, by January 2, 2020. Include your paper title, your full name as you wish it to appear in the program, your email address, your complete mailing address, and your academic affiliation, if any.

Email address:   Cora Lee Kluge <>  Please include SGAS in the subject line.

Postal address:

Cora Lee Kluge, President
Society for German-American Studies
121 South Owen Drive
Madison, WI 53705


Graduate Student Grants

If you are a graduate student and are interested in applying for one of the four $750 Graduate Student Symposium Grants, please have a look at the bottom of the grants page.

Venue/Hotel Information (Also available on the registration page)

Georgeto​wn University Hotel and Conference Center
3800 Reservoir Rd NW, Washington, D.C. 20057
Phone: 202-687-3200 | Fax: 202-687-3297 | Reservations: 888-902-1606

This is a direct link to hotel reservations at the special SGAS rage of $189/ night: