Whether you’re a first- or an long-timer, here is some useful information about the Women in German conference:

PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY: If you want to have a say in what we do in the organization and how we do it, attend the Business Meeting on Saturday morning! This meeting is for everybody! That’s where important decisions are voted on, including panels for future conferences (WiG, AATG, GSA, MLA).

Propose panels for future conference by writing your suggestions on the designated flip charts. If you submit a proposal for the panel, you must be willing to organize and moderate the session, but you can’t give a paper during your panel. If you’d rather give a paper on the topic of your choice, get someone else to organize the session.

INVITED GUEST NOMINATIONS: At the Business Meeting, we also decide on future guests (authors/artists/academics) to be invited to the conference. There is a two-year lead time on such invitations. Please note that nominations must be made in advance of the conference, the nominator must have contacted the prospective guest to ensure her/his willingness and availability, and should inform the membership about the guest (through an info sheet and a brief presentation at the Business Meeting). The person who nominates a guest also has to be able to secure financial support for the guest (e.g., from DAAD, from their university) and arrange travel. Therefore: no spontaneous nominations from the floor, please!

STEERING COMMITTEE: The Steering Committee is a group of six elected members serving a three-year term. They run the organization and the conference in coordination with other important WiG leaders, such as the journal editors, the newsletter editors, the webeditors, the conference organizers, the treasurer, the membership coordinator, the fundraising coordinator,  and of course the prez and vice-prez. Each year, we elect two new members. If you’d like to nominate someone for the SC, gain her/his consent, and write down her/his name on the designated flip-chart. The person needs to give a 1-minute stump speech at the Business Meeting and commit to attending the conference for the following three years if elected.

GRADUATE STUDENT FUNDING: Graduate student funding is provided by proceeds from the raffle held during the conference; amounts reimbursed depend on the number of applicants and the money available. Priority is given to students presenting or organizing a panel during the conference. Details on submitting receipts for partial reimbursement will be provided during the conference (bring your receipts with you!)

RAFFLE: Consider donating your recently published book or other prized possession to the WiG raffle, which helps finance student travel. You can also purchase 1-year graduate student WiG memberships and 1-year memberships for contingent faculty to contribute to the raffle. You can do this anytime during the conference.

AIRPORT SHUTTLES: You can sign up for a ride to and from the airport when submitting your travel information either via a link on the conference website or by contacting the conference organizer.

CABARET: If you have a sense of humor and/or want to be a star, join the cabaret troupe (look for the table)!