GSAI Annual Conference 2014: Programme Announcement

The German Studies Association of Ireland (GSAI) is pleased to announce the detailed programme for its upcoming conference to be held on 14 and 15 November, 2014 at the Trinity Long Room HubTrinity College Dublin.

Please click here for the programme.

Those wishing to attend should email Dr. Caitriona Leahy by 3 November; those wishing to attend the conference dinner should also email Caitriona to confirm this:

Call for Papers: Germanistik in Ireland Vol 10, 2015

The forthcoming thematic section of Germanistik in Ireland, Vol 10 will be devoted to constructions of happiness in the German-speaking world. We are currently seeking proposals for essays on any period of German-language culture. Please click here for more details and the official Call for Papers.

For the non-thematic section of the Yearbook, we invite, as usual, contributions on current research in the broad discipline of German Studies. Please indicate your interest in contributing by Monday October 20th, 2014 by sending an email to both editors (, Attached to your e-mail please provide an abstract for the proposed article of no more than 300 words and state your current or most recent affiliation. The deadline for submission of completed articles is Friday January 16th, 2015. Articles should not exceed 6000 words

Making the most of your language degree: a workshop on freelance translation

The German Studies Association of Ireland (GSAI) will host a career skills workshop on freelance translation work on Friday, 14 November 2014, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin.

The workshop precedes the association’ s annual conference (14-15 November 2014) and will be held in English. It is open to GSAI-members, postgraduate students in the field of German, other modern languages and related fields, as well as to anyone with an interest in translation work, i.e. to beginners as well as those with a degree in Translation Studies.

The workshop will discuss how to

  • use the skills you acquired while obtaining your current degree
  • get an idea of whether (freelance) translating might be something for you
  • find organisations, networks and communities, tools etc. on the internet
  • find translation jobs and identify ‘hands-off’ offers.

The instructor of the workshop will be Dr. Simone Schroth, Teaching Fellow in German Studies and Translation Studies at the University of Birmingham. Dr. Schroth’s thesis on translations of Anne Frank’s Het Achterhuis was published in 2006 (Waxmann, Münster). She works regularly as a freelance translator (Dutch and English into German).

Participation in the workshop is limited to 30 people, with enrolment on a first come, first served basis.

The admission fee for the workshop is  €5, payable in cash on the day. GSAI members and those (re-)registering with the GSAI during the conference are, however, exempt from the fee.

To register and for further information, please e-mail Britta C. Jung, GSAI Postgraduate Representative, at