2013 Conference

Executive Director Interviewed on Trojanow Visa Denial

On October 6, 2013, as the Denver conference of the German Studies Association was winding to a close, GSA Executive Director Professor David E. Barclay was interviewed on Deutschlandradio Kultur concerning the denial of a US entry visa to Ilija Trojanow. For reasons that have still not been revealed, Mr. Trojanow - who had been invited as a special guest to the GSA - was not allowed to enter the US on Monday September 30.

Douglas H. Shantz on the movement that changed Protestantism

Arising in late 17th century Germany, Pietism indelibly altered the Protestant Reformation. Not only did it inspire John Wesley's Methodist movement and Alexander Mack's Brethren movement, its tenets lie at the core of modern-day Evangelicalism.

But as University of Calgary Professor Douglas H. Shantz relates in his latest book, An Introduction to German Pietism, the history, roots, and impact of this reaction to Lutheranism are much broader, more nuanced, and darker than is generally understood.

Welcome to Denver!

Welcome to Denver, site of the 37th annual conference of the German Studies Association from October 3-6, 2013. As we all know, the greater Denver area and much of Colorado have recently suffered grievous losses as a result of devastating floods. The GSA extends its wishes for a speedy recovery to all who have been affected by this catastrophe.

Visa Denied to Speaker

On Monday, Sept. 30, we received word that United States authorities have refused a visa to our Saturday luncheon speaker, Mr. Ilija Trojanow. According to the German press, he was in Brazil on Monday and was trying to board a plane to this country when he was informed that he could not enter the US. Mr. Trojanow and his colleagues in Germany, among them Juli Zeh, believe that his visa denial is directly related to his public opposition to the surveillance activities of the US National Security Agency (NSA) in Europe and elsewhere.

List of Receptions at GSA

As usual, we are pleased to announce that a number of cash bars and receptions will take place at the 37th annual conference of the German Studies Association in Denver, Colorado. A list of scheduled cash bars and receptions (as of September 26, 2013) follows below, including sponsor, time and location. All events are scheduled to take place at the Denver Marriott Tech Center. We hope you can make it to as many as possible!



Special GSA Reception/Cash Bar to Highlight Interdisciplinary Networks

In addition to its usual cash bar just before the annual banquet of the German Studies Association on Friday, October 4, the GSA is also sponsoring a SECOND cash bar reception on Saturday, October 5, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to call attention to our interdisciplinary activities. This occasion will give GSA members a chance to network with our networks! The coordinators of the GSA's twelve interdisciplinary networks will be introduced at this reception.

2013 Conference Speakers Announced

The 2013 German Studies Association Conference will have another lineup of outstanding luncheon and banquet speakers. We hope that as many of you as possible can attend these important events. Each luncheon will cost $29, and the banquet costs $42. Tickets can be reserved at the same time that you register for the conference.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4: LUNCHEON SPEAKER: Professor David Blackbourn, "Honey, I Shrunk German History"