Participant Guide

To help you get the most out of your stay in Berlin and attending the GSNAS Conference 2019, we have put together a participant guide with practical information.

Accommodation | Conference Venue | During the Conference | Things to Do and See in Berlin | Questions



Conference Venue



The conference will be hosted at the John-F.-Kennedy-Institute at Freie Universität Berlin, Lansstraße 7-9, 14195 Berlin. The John F. Kennedy Institute is renowned for its innovative interdisciplinary research; it brings together scholars from six disciplines: culture, economics, history, literature, political science, and sociology. Founded in 1963 by the political scientist Ernst Fraenkel, the institute is dedicated to the study of the United States and Canada in all its facets. The disciplinary and national diversity of JFKI students and scholars creates a unique academic environment that highly values the continuous and open exchange of ideas.

The can be easily reached by public transportation. Bus lines X11 and X83 and the subway line U3 all stop at Dahlem Dorf, which is 250m away from the institute.

During the Conference

The conference hashtag is #GSNAS2019.

We encourage participants to share their presentation slides online on Figshare, Slideshare, or wherever they prefer.

Things to Do and See in Berlin

If you have some spare time, we encourage you to explore Berlin! For ideas see the Wikitravel on Berlin or Atlas Obscura to go off the beaten path. Below is a list of the Organizing Committee's favorite things to do.

  • Ali: If you are into history, you should definitely pay a visit to the German History Museum and wander around its magnificent collection. For contemporary art fans, I would suggest Berlinische Galerie and Hamburger Bahnhof owing to their diverse collections ranging from the works of Joseph Beuys to Andy Warhol. Concerning food, Berlin has something to offer at each and every quarter, but I would say that a walk on Weserstrasse and Sonnenallee in Neukölln might be inspirational for a gastronomical adventure.
  • Anna: Berlin has lovely independent cinemas (Neues Off or fsk Kino), and Salle Boulez at Französische Straße 33d offers wonderful concerts ranging from classical to jazz to experimental music. If you stay for the weekend and want to happily spend a Saturday morning eating, go to the market at Boxhagener Platz. And if you'd like a souvenir to wear, check out the different Humana second-hand stores!
  • Cameron:For a wonderful variety of museums with collections ranging from Medieval German painting to contemporary fashion design, I would recommend a visit to the Kulturforum, which is just right down the street from Potsdamer Platz. While you're there you might also want to check out what's playing at Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e. V.
  • Fabian: Need a break from the conference? Just across the street at "Domäne Dahlem" you can enjoy some downtime in the park - and stroke some goats.
  • Francesco:You can't visit Berlin and miss the Hamburger Bahnhof. The museum has an incredible collection of contemporary art. The name refers to the building's original function of the first terminal stations of the rail system in Germany.
  • Guido: If you have the chance, go on a guided tour of the many bunkers in Berlin that are still intact. Berliner Unterwelten do an amazing job.
  • Lisa: Anything that involves food (Makoto Ramen) & coffee (Silo), and Berlin Cathedral.
  • Simone: I would suggest a day trip to Wannsee lake and Pfaueninsel, the "Peacock Island".


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