The Graduate Workshop in Transnational German Studies is an international graduate training collaboration in the field of transnational German Studies. This collaboration is a response to far-reaching developments that change our discipline. In a world marked by growing concern about processes of globalization, the disintegration of nation-states, new supranational institutions and expanding migration, the national parameters which have traditionally dominated research in modern languages, literatures and cultures increasingly prove to be inappropriate to answer the intellectual and political questions with which these disciplines are confronted. The resulting shifts in perspective have also stimulated new ways of thinking about past historical, cultural and social phenomena. Research in German Studies is increasingly concerned with issues of transnationalism and inter-cultural contact: minority cultures in history and in present-day German-speaking Europe, borderlands and immigration, colonialisms, imperialisms, cultural conflict as well as linguistic and cultural translation and exchange of knowledge. These challenges require a substantial reorientation, affecting methodological frameworks and the training of emerging scholars.