Becoming a member
Interested in becoming a member of the DGfA/GAAS? Nothing is easier than that: please just fill in the online application form and the direct debit authorization below.
Membership Fee Structure
As of January 1, 2020, the membership fee structure is as follows:
|Income||Membership Fee||Partner Fee||Institution Fee|
|up to 1500 Euro
Bis 1.500 €
|40 Euro||30 Euro||40 Euro|
|up to 3000 Euro
1.501 – 3.000 €
[halbe TVL obere Erfahrungsstufe;
up to 5000 Euro
over 5.001 €
Dt. Ges. für Amerikastudien
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 inquiry 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. 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.
4. The GAAS is a registered association under German association law. Membership gives you voting rights in the annual meeting. In contrast to American organizations (e.g. OAH and ASA), non-payment of membership fees does not constitute a termination of your membership. Should you wish to terminate your membership, you need to write an e-mail to the Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org). Your membership then ends on December 31 of the given year.
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 part in 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.
If you want to apply for membership please indicate your membership category according to the box listed above.
Already a Member?
If you would like to update your personal data (change of address, affiliation, etc.) or your direct debit authorization please send an e-mail to executive director of the GAAS.
If you wish to terminate your membership please inform the executive director no later than December 31st (of the preceding year).