|NAAS • Nordic Association for American Studies|
DAAS • Danish Association for American Studies
President: Prof. Maria Holmgren Troy
Board Member from Denmark: Jørn Brøndal
Board Member from Finland: Mikko Saikku
Board Member from Iceland: Julian d'Arcy
Board Member from Sweden: Jenny Bonnevier
Editor: Ari Helo
University of Oulu, Faculty of Humanities, History of Science and Ideas, P.O. Box 1000, FIN-90014 University of Oulu, Finland
Phone: +358 044-280 3885
2012: The seventh biennial SAAS conference was held at Uppsala University, Sweden, on September 20-22, 2012. The plenary speakers were Winfried Fluck, Monica Siebert, Danuta Fjellestad, and Fulbright Professor Susan Hegeman.
The annual FASA Seminar on North-American Studies took place on September 28, 2012. in Helsinki, Finland.
The 37th annual ASANOR conference was held at Østfold University College, Halden, Norway, on October 20-21, 2012. The theme was “Crossroads: American Directions,” and the conference brought together American Studies scholars from the United States, Norway, the UK, and Germany. In conjunction with the conference, ASANOR organized a day-long Teachers Seminar that took place on October 19. Entitled “American Insights,” this seminar, with particular focus on forms of education and instruction, also celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Fulbright Roving Scholars Program.
The Norwegian Student American Association for American Studies (NORSAAS) held an Expanding Horizons conference in March, 2012.
2013: The 23rd biennial NAAS conference – on the theme “Currents and Countercurrents” – took place on May 24-May 26, 2013, at Karlstad University, Sweden. There were 87 registered participants, representing 14 different countries. Two renowned American scholars gave two of the six plenary talks: Matthew Frye Jacobson (Yale University), the President of ASA 2011-2013; and Caroline Levander (Rice University), who is currently on the international editorial board for the Journal of American Studies. The Nordic national associations (FASA, DAAS, ASANOR, and SAAS) had appointed one distinguished member each to give the remaining four plenary talks. The conference organizers, Maria Holmgren Troy and Magnus Ullén, will edit an anthology entitled “Currents and Countercurrents in American Studies” with a selection of developed papers from the conference and submit it to a well-established European press in 2014.
The annual FASA Seminar on North-American Studies was held on September 27, 2013, in Helsinki, Finland.
The 38th ASANOR annual conference will take place at Rica Hotel Helsfyr, Oslo, Noway, October 25-27, 2013. The theme is “Constitutive Texts in North American Studies.” ASANOR has organized the conference together with the Nordic Association for Canadian Studies.
NORSAAS organized an annual Expanding Horizons conference on February 25, 2013, on American Studies and career opportunities.
2014: The Eight Biennial SAAS Conference will take place at Örebro University, Sweden, 26-27 September, 2014.
The annual FASA Seminar on North-American Studies will take place in September, 2014.
The CFP for the biennial NAAS Conference of 2015, which will be held at Oulo University, Finland, will be published in February 2014.
2012: DAAS rarely organizes its own independent conferences, but most American Studies activities in Denmark are arranged by members of DAAS. Below are some important American Studies events that took place in Denmark 2012, listed by university:
University of Copenhagen:
March 6, 2012: Super Tuesday event featuring Professor Russell Duncan of the University of Copenhagen, Journalist Torsten Janssen, and commentator (and son of former Prime Minister and present Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen) Henrik Fogh Rasmussen.
The Center for Transnational American Studies Research Seminar, Fall 2012:
October 12, Dave Struthers (Copenhagen Business School);
November 2, Elizabeth Fielder (University of Mississippi/Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Copenhagen);
November 16, Helle Porsdam (The SAXO Institute, University of Copenhagen);
November 30, Peter Bjelskou (SUNY Buffalo);
December 14, Rasmus Andersen (Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Copenhagen).
November 6, 2012, “The Oval Office: Obama Or Romney?” Seminar on the US presidential election featuring US Ambassador to Denmark Laurie Fulton, MP and former Foreign Minister Lene Espersen, MP Dan Jørgensen, and Professor Russell Duncan, University of Copenhagen.
Center for American Studies, University of Southern Denmark:
March 15, 2012, guest lecture by Andrew Rudalevige, Dickinson College.
May 2, 2012, guest lecture by Robin Herr.
September 1, 2012, launching of a new BA program in American Studies
September 7, 2012, Honora Rankine-Galloway Address by American author Ron Rash.
September 19, 2012, visit by US Ambassador to Denmark Laurie Fulton at the Center for American Studies
September 21, 2012, guest lecture by Michael Burton, Ohio University.
October 24, 2012, guest lecture by Thomas F. Jackson, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
November 30, 2012, guest lecture by John L. Allen, Jr., journalist and analyst for CNN and NPR.
Center for the Study of the Americas, Copenhagen Business School:
March 16, 2012, guest lecture by Andrew Rudalevige, Dickinson College
March 29, 2012, seminar on US elections and politics featuring Associate Professor Niels Bjerre-Poulsen, University of Southern Denmark, and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen
April 13, 2012, guest lecture by Richard Millett, former Fulbright Chair at CBS.
September 24, 2012, guest lecture by Michael Burton, Ohio University.
October 1, 2012, closing down of the Center for the Study of the Americas.
Danish Institute for International Studies:
November 9, 2012, lecture by Mark Danner, UC Berkeley.
2013: The NAAS general meeting was held on May 25, 2013 as part of the NAAS conference. In his report, the President of NAAS Jørn Brøndal, among other things, brought up membership numbers; the proposal to digitize more issues of American Studies in Scandinavia (NAAS peer-reviewed journal); the problems of the NAAS treasury; and the frustration within the EAAS with the two-year instead of four-year board membership. The editor of American Studies in Scandinavia (ASiS), Anders Olsson (SAAS), gave a report on the journal. He will stay on as editor until the end of this year during the hand-over to the new editorial team. ASiS new editorial team, from January 2014 onwards, was elected and comes from FASA: Ari Helo (University of Oulu, History), Mervi Miettinen (University of Tampere, Literature), and Pirjo Ahokas (Univ. of Turku, Book Review Editor). The new NAAS president was elected: Maria Holmgren Troy (Karlstad University, Sweden). The venue for the next NAAS conference (2015) was decided: Oulu University in Finland.
FASA has a Facebook site as well as its own website. Information on all our activities can be found at the FASA Website at: https://sites.google.com/site/fasafinnishamericanstudies/
FASA also joined the League of Finnish Learned Societies in 2013.
DAAS American Studies Activities 2013:
Center for American Studies, University of Southern Denmark:
April 17, 2013, a lectureby Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the University of Southern Denmark, June Howard, and a lecture by David Shumway, Carnegie Mellon University.
June 6, 2013, (together with the Center for War Studies), seminar on God, War, and American Politics featuring Ray Haberski, Marian University, and Matthew Sutton, Washington State University.
June 13, 2013, guest lecture by Walter Russell Mead, Bard College.
August 28, 2013, seminar on “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and His Dream,” featuring Cultural Attaché Emily Ronek of the US Embassy in Copenhagen, Fulbright Distinguished Chair Andrew Hartman, Professor David Nye, Associate Professors Niels Bjerre-Poulsen, Jan Nordby Gretlund, and Jørn Brøndal, and PhD Student Anne Mørk.
University of Copenhagen:
May 10, 2013, guest lecture by Paul W. Kahn, Yale University.
Center for Transnational American Studies, Fall program:
August 12, Dr. Leigh Anne Duck (University of Mississippi);
September 6, Prof. Candace Waid (University of California, Santa Barbara);
September 24, Prof. Christine Bold (University of Guelph/Free University, Berlin);
October 22, Prof. Peter Cole (Western Illinois University);
November 22, Dr. Silvia Schultermandl (University of Graz).
Page updated April 6, 2014
Örebro, September 26-27, 2014
Abstracts by May 8, 2014
The 49th International Conference, American Studies Association of Korea (ASAK)
Lorient (Brittany), France, October 3-4, 2014
3rd International Conference
University of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, Oct. 8-10, 2014
Send 300 word abstracts by April 30, 2014
European Views of the United States is the official book series of the EAAS. We are proud to announce volume 6 of the series: The Health of the Nation, eds. Meldan Tanrisal and Tanfer Emin Tunç, vol. 6, 2014 (Izmir Conference 2012)
The European Journal of American Studies is the official journal of EAAS. It welcomes contributions from Americanists in Europe and elsewhere and aims at making available state-of-the-art research on all aspects of United States culture and society.
Read more at http://ejas.revues.org/.