Call for Self-Nominations

Open Positions as Co-Editors of COPAS

At the e-journal COPAS (Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies), we are currently looking for up to two new members to join our team. We welcome self-nominations by doctoral students 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).

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, the latest being a special issue on “White Supremacy in the United States and Beyond” published this year.

At COPAS, we strive for heterogeneity in our team’s methodological angles, research foci, as well as regional and institutional affiliation. We especially encourage BPoC and/or otherwise marginalized doctoral students 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—in terms of methodology, cohesiveness of argument, structure, and form—with up to four articles per editor in the course of a year and participation in up to two online meetings per month.

We look forward to welcoming new editors 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 by September 30, 2020. 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
Cedric Essi, Paula von Gleich, Stephen Koetzing, Samira Spatzek, and Gesine Wegner