German Mega-Brothel Study Topic of Next SUNY Potsdam Women's & Gender Studies Lecture Series Talk


The SUNY Potsdam Women’s and Gender Studies Anne R. Malone Lecture Series will continue with a talk given by a Clarkson University professor.

Dr. Annagret D. Staiger of Clarkson’s humanities department will give a presentation entitled “Inside a German Mega-Brothel: What the New Legal Regimes Tell Us About Sex and Commerce,” at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 5 in the Raymond Hall eighth floor dining room on the SUNY Potsdam campus.

Staiger will discuss a research project she began in 2007 on prostitution in Germany. She went from interviewing and writing about sex trafficking victim advocacy groups for the Johns Hopkins University Protection Project to conducting field interviews with various brothel operators in 2008 and 2009. Staiger eventually gained access to a German mega-brothel, the fastest growing type of prostitution establishment in that country, where she conducted two months of ethnographic fieldwork this summer.

The Women’s and Gender Studies Lecture Series is sponsored by a grant from the Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley and is given in memory of Dr. Anna Malone. Upcoming talks will focus on poetry of the Spanish Civil War, how minority instructors confront race issues in the classroom, Amish women in business, love and identity in the age of Obama and community service learning.

For more information, contact Dr. Liliana Trevizan, professor of modern languages at SUNY Potsdam, at, or visit

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 100 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training, and leadership in the performing and visual arts.