IASGP Annual Conference 2019
45th Annual Conference – “All change in Germany?”
It continues to be a fascinating time to study German politics. Chancellor Merkel has announced she will stand down by the end of September 2021 at the latest, and by December 2018 the CDU will have a new leader. The German party system appears profoundly to be changing, with the AfD now being represented in every Landtag and also in the Bundestag, and the Greens often polling ahead of the SPD. The once-powerful alliance between France and Germany in leadership of the European Union appears to be faltering, with disagreements on the correct response to perceived “disintegration”. And Germany’s relationship with the USA, an important feature of the post-war world order, is clearly under pressure in the context of the Trump presidency and an “America First” doctrine.
In the light of those events the 45th annual conference of the International Association for the Study of German Politics seeks to understand whether it really is “All change in Germany”. The conference will feature our annual German Politics Lecture, and an informal reception and conference dinner. Taking part in the conference is a great opportunity to meet people working on German politics from a range of countries, career stages, and disciplinary approaches. Also, editors and reviewers of our peer-reviewed journal German Politics will be present.
This year, the IASGP is very honoured to receive Dr. Norbert Röttgen to deliver the German Politics Lecture. Dr. Röttgen is a Member of the German Bundestag and Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee.
As in previous years, the IASGP will keep the conference fee, including conference dinner and other refreshments, low. Travel bursaries will be provided to postgraduate students and others who would face a financial barrier to participation, to enable them to give papers. Furthermore, financial provision will be made available to those who need to organise childcare in London to facilitate attendance at the conference.