CfP: GSA Seminar 2020: “Centers and Peripheries in Central European History”

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German Studies Association: 44th GSA Conference in Washington, D.C., October 1-4, 2020


Application deadline: January 26, 2019


Successful applicants will be notified in early February.


Link to Seminar Page



What is Central Europe? And where? This seminar will explore the role of German-speaking people in the creation and definition of Central Europe as a geographical, cultural, and political concept from the early modern to the modern period. The possibility of Central Europe reemerged in the wake of communism, but linguistic, cultural, and state-based concepts of a region “between” had a much older lineage. Moreover, Central Europe is more than just German-speaking, and we are interested in interrogating the concept and position of “German Studies” beyond and within the German lands. The role of German communities and their contribution to the development of Central Europe (both materially and as a concept), as well as their interactions with other ethno-linguistic groups, are salient themes. This seminar will evaluate the importance of “German-ness” in understanding Central Europe and use that to explore the field’s position within the broader framework of “German Studies.”



The format of the seminar will be a mix of discussion of short pre-circulated papers and open-ended discussion. By one month before the conference, participants will submit either a short (~10 page) excerpt from their research or a similarly brief position paper (~5 pages) that tackles the theme. Whichever submission type an applicant chooses, the final draft will be due to the conveners by August 31.


To apply:

Submit a brief abstract (500 words) and short CV (500-1000 words) to:


From the GSA website:

“Seminars meet for all three days of the conference during the first or second morning slot to foster extended discussion, rigorous intellectual exchange, and intensified networking. They are led by two to four conveners and consist of 10 to 20 participants, at least some of whom should be graduate students. In order to reach the goal of extended discussion, seminar organizers and participants are required to participate in all three installments of the seminar.” Source


Contact info:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:


Rita Krueger,

Timothy Olin,

Categories: CFP
Keywords: Central Europe