IASGP Annual Conference

43rd Annual Conference of the International Association for the Study of German Politics (IASGP)

Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

30-31 May 2017


Tuesday 30th May

Registration and Coffee                                                                                    10:00 – 10:30

Welcome from the IASGP Chair                                                                     10:30 – 10:45

Panel 1: German Foreign Policy In Challenging Times (1)                     10:45 – 12:00

Chair: Dan Hough

  • Vladimir Handl (Charles University, Prague) and Jakub Eberle (Charles University, Prague) – Coping with(out) Russia: Ontological security in Germany’s policies towards Russia
  • Ruth Wittlinger (University of Durham)- The Dynamics of Collective Memory in German-American Relations


Panel 2: Round Table. The German Election of 2017                               12:00 – 13:00

Chair: Ed Turner (Aston University)


  • William Paterson (Aston University)
  • Dan Hough (University of Sussex)
  • David Patton (Connecticut College)
  • Katja Schroeter (Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, London)


Lunch                                                                                                                      13:00 – 14:00

Panel 3: Politicians and Parties                                                                      14:00 – 15:15

Chair: TBA

  • David Patton (Connecticut College) – Moving Away from the Center: The AfD’s Programmatic Right Turn in Comparative Perspective
  • Joyce Mushaben (University of Missouri, St Louis) – Leadership in Hard times: How Angela Merkel learned to love the European Union

Coffee                                                                                                                     15:15 – 15:30

The German Politics Lecture                                                                          15:30 – 16:30

Chair: Dan Hough, Sussex

Speaker: TBC

IASGP Reception (sponsored by Taylor and Francis)                             16:30 – 18:00

Annual Dinner                                                                                                    19:00 onwards

Wednesday 31st May 

Panel 4: Germany and the European Economy                                        10:00 – 11:30

Chair: TBA

  • Lothar Funk (Hochschule Duesseldorf) – Is Germany’s current account surplus unfair?
  • Sidney Rothstein (University of Pennsylvania) – The necessity of worker mobilization to protecting job security in Germany and the United States
  • Mark K. Cassell (Kent State University) and Anna Hutcheson (Kent State University) – An Incomplete Banking Union: Why Germany Says “Nein” to European Deposit Insurance

Annual General Meeting                                                                                  11:30 – 12:15

Lunch                                                                                                                     12:15 – 13:15

Panel 5: Policy Challenges                                                                               13:15 – 14:45

Chair: TBA

  • Iris Reus (Bamberg) – More federal policy-making or harmonisation as before? The impact of the Federalism Reform of 2006 on the German Länder
  • Dan Hough (University of Sussex) – Corruption and anti-corruption in Germany; Good, but could do better
  • Ed Turner (Aston University) – Housing policy in the German Länder: territorial policy differentiation and its drivers


Panel 6: German Foreign Policy In Challenging Times (2)                    14:45-16:00

  • Jakub Eberle (Charles University, Prague) – Forget geo-economics: Why geo-economic power does not explain German foreign policy
  • Zirahuén Villamar (FU Berlin) – New foreign policy, new partners: Germany and Latin American countries in the age of global power shift


All participants (speakers and non-speakers) must be a member of the Association. If you are not a member then please add the appropriate fee below.

Bookings received after 30th April 2017 will be subject to a £40/€55 late booking fee

All registrations are binding

Please return notify Katja Somasundaram (kcs25@sussex.ac.uk) if you would like to attend. Please also include the following information when doing so.

Dietary/Other Requirements:
Payment Method online or on the spot
Signature and Date


There are two ways to pay your fee; online and on the spot


Category Payment


Tick as appropriate
STANDARD MEMBER Conference rate (30/31 May, includes registration fee, two lunches, refreshments and reception) £60.00
GRADUATE/RETIRED MEMBER Conference rate (same as above) £30.00
Non-members – please add membership fee; Full rate £31.00
Postgraduates £8
Total Payable

There are two ways to pay your fee


Option 1: Online


For those with UK and European bank accounts, you’re encouraged to transfer the funds electronically. The Association’s bank account details are:

**IMPORTANT** Please put your name in the ‘subject’ section so that we know who the money is coming from!

Account holder’s name: International Association for the Study of German Politics (IASGP)

Intra-UK transfers:

Sort code: 40-08-42

Account number: 81556916

European/overseas transfers:

IBAN: GB69MIDL40084281556916

Bank branch details:

HSBC, 61 High St, Staines-upon-Thames, Staines-upon-Thames, Staines TW18 4QW


Option 2: on the spot


US-based members in particular may also pay on the spot as wire transfers sometimes cause a problem. We will, however, invoice conference participants who have stated that they wish to pay in this way and yet do not show up.


All enquiries should be addressed to Katja Somasundaram at kcs25@sussex.ac.uk


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