Founded in 1976, the German Studies Association is the multi- and interdisciplinary association of scholars in German, Austrian, and Swiss history, literature, culture studies, political science, and economics. GSA holds an annual Conference and publishes a scholarly journal – German Studies Review – as well as a Newsletter. Members are generally professors at universities in colleges in North America, although there are several hundred members in Europe and Asia. Membership is open to anyone interested in German studies. GSA is a member of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS).

GSA is a non-profit educational organization which promotes research and study of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The GSA Endowment Fund provides financial support to Association projects, the annual conference, and general operations. Gifts and donations to GSA are tax deductible contributions in the United States and many other countries.

The Conference of the Association is held in the Fall, generally between mid-September and mid-October. About 250 sessions, each with three scholarly papers, a moderator, and a commentator, are distributed among the main research areas of the Association. Papers may be offered in English or German.

German Studies Review is published three times each year, in February, May, and October. An issue generally contains six articles and 60 book reviews. Articles and book reviews in history, literature, culture studies, political science, as well as interdisciplinary themes, are published in English or German.

The Newsletter is published twice each year. Each issue is about fifty pages, and contains information about the profession, grants, computer use in German Studies research and teaching, archival reports, and information about conferences and events as well as news of importance to the membership.

The GSA is a co-sponsor, with the Free University of Berlin, of the Berlin Program in Advanced German and European Studies, a year-long program based in Berlin for which US graduate students and post-docs are eligible.

The GSA co-sponsors an annual book and article prize with the DAAD as well as the Sybil Halpern Milton Prize for the best book on the Holocaust.  It also provides an annual graduate student prize and a prize for the best GSA paper by a social scientist no mored than five years past the terminal degree.

Guidelines for curricula in German Studies are offered by GSA for assistance to universities, colleges, and high schools in planning programs in German Studies.

To learn more, visit GSA’s website:

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