Annual Meeting Call for Papers

SGAS 2019

The deadline to submit a proposal for the 2019 Symposium has been extended until January 2.

The Society for German-American Studies will hold its 43rd Annual Symposium in Madison, Wisconsin, 11–13 April 2019.

Symposium theme and how to submit a proposal:

“German in America: Words, Sounds, and Images”

A thematic focus of the Symposium will be on the diverse expressions of German culture in America, past and present. We invite presentations on topics related to this country’s German backgrounds in texts, music, and visual culture, as well in education, religion, politics, journalism, commerce, and other areas. Presentations that focus on more specifically linguistic topics--structural and sociolinguistic aspects of heritage varieties of German in America, for example--are also welcome.

However, as is our tradition, we also accept proposals dealing with other aspects of German-American studies, including the history, language, literature, society, and culture of immigrants from German-speaking areas of Europe as they established themselves in and interacted with the situation and the people of their new homeland, as well as comparative topics with a German-American component.

Membership in the Society for German-American Studies is required for those who make a presentation at the Symposium.

Please submit to Cora Lee Kluge a 150-word abstract of your proposed presentation, preferably in electronic form, by 15 December 2018. 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. Please note that sessions are 90 minutes long and typically include three papers. Therefore, speakers should count on 30 minutes for their presentations, including time for discussion.

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

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.