Society for German-American Studies 45th Annual Symposium
Five-Day Live Virtual Conference in April 2021

 In Real Time: German-American Studies Around the Globe

The 45th Annual Symposium of the Society for German-American Studies will be held as a live virtual event over five days: Friday and Saturday, April 16 and 17; and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 22, 23, and 24, 2021.

We regret that because of the ongoing pandemic we will not be able to meet in person as planned in Madison, Wisconsin, but we are excited about the new opportunities a virtual conference offers. In particular, we look forward to connecting with people across the nation and around the world in real time.

To maximize involvement and reach, we are making a few changes to the symposium format. There will be no parallel sessions. All presentations will take place between 10:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time (Chicago time). Hour-long sessions devoted to specific topics will featuring three lightning (10-minute) presentations followed by a 30-minute discussion period.

We invite presentations on social and political structures, theoretical and practical science, education, religion, language, literature, the arts, history, comparative topics with a German-American component, and more.

  • Membership in the Society for German-American Studies and symposium registration are required of those whose papers are presented.
  • Jointly authored proposals are welcome, but only the names of authors who will present at the symposium will be listed in the program.
  • Each presenter will have to have the necessary technical set-up and be comfortable with giving a live virtual presentation similar to a Zoom webinar.

Please submit an abstract of your proposed presentation (not more than 250 words), in electronic form, by January 4, 2021. 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. Submissions will be selected for presentation according to the above criteria and with the new symposium format in mind. Presenters whose papers were accepted for the cancelled 44th SGAS Symposium in Georgetown are encouraged to resubmit their proposals.

Send your proposal to Mark Louden and include “SGAS 2021 proposal” in the subject line.

Questions? Contact Mark Louden or Antje Petty.