Becoming a Member

Nothing is easier than that: just download the application for membership form and the direct debit authorization, print the forms, fill them out and mail them to the executive director of the DGfA (Prof. Dr. Catrin Gersdorf, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Neuphilologisches Institut, Lehrstuhl für Amerikanistik, Am Hubland, 97074 Würzburg). If you prefer, our executive director will also be happy to send the forms to you by regular mail. We want to point out that an application for membership sent in by e-mail, fax or by phone will have to be completed by the original application for membership form signed by you and sent in by mail. This policy also applies to direct debit authorizations, which we cannot process until we have the complete form signed by you.


Membership Fee Structure

Income Membership Fee Partner Fee Institution Fee
up to 1000 Euro 40 Euro 30 Euro 40 Euro
up to 2000 Euro 60 Euro
from 2000 Euro 100 Euro

Bank information
: Dt. Ges. für Amerikastudien
Commerzbank Halle
Kontonummer: 127 598 100
BLZ: 800 400 00
IBAN: DE81 8004 0000 0127 5981 00


1. The amount of the membership fee correlates with the gross income of members, i.e. the amount of one’s income before taxes and other deductions are subtracted. Members assign themselves to the respective class of membership. It is not necessary for members to hand in income statements. However, the GAAS reserves the right of a possible enquiry and of demanding further information. Any change of income is to be reported to the executive director. The executive director can then determine additional payments or refunds even during the current fiscal year according to the date of change.

2. In case your partner is a fully paying member of the GAAS, there is the possibility of a reduced partner membership fee. The partner membership is equivalent to the regular membership but does not include a subscription to the journal Arnerikastudien/American Studies. If you want to make use of this option, please fill out our regular membership form but note that you wish to apply for partner membership. Please also provide us with the name of your partner; without this information, we will have to charge regular membership fees.

3. The GAAS also offers membership to university departments, research institutions, and companies. The departmental fee includes the subscription to our Information Booklet, our circular letters, and other informational material but does not include the subscription to our journal Amerikastudien/American Studies.


Terms of payment

Membership fees are due at the beginning of each calendar year in full amount. Provided that you have a bank account located in Germany, please fill out both our membership form and the attached direct debit authorization so that you can take partin our convenient direct debiting system. If this does not apply to you, please transfer your fees to our membership account. Please refrain from sending in checks or cash. Unfortunately, we cannot accept credit card payments.