Call for Self-Nominations

Open Positions as Website Adminstrator and Co-Editors of COPAS

At the e-journal COPAS (Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies), we are currently looking for a website administrator and two new editorial members to join our team. For the open editorial positions, we welcome self-nominations by doctoral students and early career scholars who

  • have experience in editing or publishing—ideally with COPAS or another online journal,
  • are familiar with German(-speaking) academia,
  • and would like to be a part of COPAS for a longer period of time (circumstances
  • permitting).

For the position of website administrator, we welcome self-nominations by doctoral students and early career scholars who

  • have an interest in and/or experience with website administration (experience with CMS administration, ideally with OJS; knowledge of HTML and CSS; sensitivity for accessibility and privacy/data protection issues),
  • are familiar with German(-speaking) academia,
  • and would like to be a part of COPAS for a longer period of time (circumstances permitting).

COPAS is an open access, peer-reviewed, non-profit e-journal managed, edited, and published by an independent team of volunteers. Founded in 1999, the journal is dedicated to publishing research by early career Americanists. Each year, COPAS produces an issue featuring articles based on presentations held at the latest Postgraduate Forum conference. In 2013, the journal’s scope expanded to include (guest-edited) thematic issues.

At COPAS, we strive for heterogeneity in our team’s methodological angles, research foci, as well as regional and institutional affiliation. We especially encourage BIPOC and/or otherwise marginalized doctoral students and early career researchers to self-nominate. The work of the editorial team at COPAS is arranged around the deadlines of the respective issues each year.

On average, this means detail-oriented, respectful in-depth peer engagement with up to four articles per editor over the course of a year and participation in up to two online meetings per month—depending on the stage of editing. We look forward to welcoming new team members who would like to continue COPAS’s work as a catalyst for critical, new impulses in American Studies in Germany (and beyond). We offer a supportive, constructive, and good-humored peer environment. If you enjoy editing and getting to know other early career scholars and their work within American Studies at eye level, make sure to send us your self-nomination!

Please e-mail your self-nomination to copas@dgfa.de by July 10, 2022. We look forward to reading a few lines that briefly introduce you and tell us why you would like to join the team.

The COPAS editorial team—Paula von Gleich, Fenja Heisig, Juliann Knaus, Stephen Koetzing, Whit Frazier Peterson, Samira Spatzek, and Gesine Wegner