anabaptistWe are delighted to announce the 3-day international symposium: “Anabaptist Roots in North American Landscapes: The Plain People Today.” It will be held at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany, from 2-4 July 2015. The aim of the Plain People conference is fourfold: first, to challenge our knowledge of the Plain People as the Other, i.e. people who are simultaneously demonized and exoticized; second, to shift the focus from neo-evangelic and Islamic fundamentalist discourses – especially prevalent in North America after 9/11 – to the study of religious groups who appear to be the exact opposite of fundamentalism; third, to build a network of European scholars from various disciplines dealing with the Plain People; and fourth, to support teachers who work in the areas of religious studies and English (with an emphasis on Amish, Mennonite and Hutterite life-writing).

Special contributors include: Donald Kraybill, Distinguished Professor and Senior Fellow in the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, PA; Susan Trollinger, Associate Professor of English at the University of Dayton, Ohio; Bill Trollinger, Professor of History and Religious Studies at the University of Dayton, Ohio; and Ira Wagler, author of the New York Times Bestseller, Growing Up Amish.

For conference program details and registration, please see:
Any questions may be addressed to the conference organizers, Maryann Henck,
Maria Moss, or Sabrina Völz at