CfP: German American Revolutionary Crossings?

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April 27, 2023 to April 30, 2023
Virginia, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Atlantic History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, German History / Studies, Linguistics

47th Annual SGAS Symposium 

April 27–30, 2023

Alexandria, Virginia, Embassy Suites Hotel 


“German American Revolutionary Crossings?”

When revolutions (most prominently in 1848/49) failed in the German-speaking lands, their disillusioned participants often fled to the Americas. While many attempted to realize their ideas in the New World, others settled for pursuing the American Dream. Earlier, the ideals of the American Revolution had a profound influence on revolutions in Germany and beyond.

We invite proposals for presentations across disciplines on the influence of these ideas on both sides of the Atlantic. As is our tradition, we also accept proposals dealing with other aspects of German-American studies. This year’s symposium will feature a Saturday afternoon walking tour of German-American traces in Washington, D.C. on April 28. This will be followed by the SGAS banquet on Saturday evening.

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.

Using the subject line “SGAS Symposium 2023,” please email to SGAS Vice President Marcel Rotter an abstract of your proposed presentation (not more than 250 words) as a Word document by January 20, 2023. The abstract should 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.


Five symposium grants of $1,000 each will be available on a competitive basis to graduate students whose paper proposals have been accepted for presentation at the SGAS Annual Symposium. For more information and special submission requirements click HERE. [scroll down]

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Dr. Marcel P. Rotter

Associate Professor of German

Chair - Department of Modern Languages and Literatures 

University of Mary Washington

1301 College Avenue, 205 Combs Hall

Fredericksburg, VA, 22401 USA

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