Welcome to the Swedish Association for American Studies

The Swedish Association for American Studies (SAAS) is an inspiring academic network that encourages scholarship in the multidisciplinary field of American Studies. SAAS seeks to develop a critical understanding of the role, place, and meaning of the United States and North America. In Sweden, research about the US/America is conducted in many different disciplines; SAAS thus functions as an important forum for interdisciplinary exchange and encounters between American Studies scholars.

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  • Call for Papers “Teaching American Studies in the Nordic Countries”

    Special Issue of American Studies in Scandinavia
    Editors: Jenny Bonnevier and Adam Hjorthén

    This special issue will survey and explore the teaching of American Studies in the Nordic countries, with the aim of developing a cross-national conversation about teaching, pedagogy, and curriculum in the field. We are seeking short (1,500-3,000 word) texts and thought pieces in a wide variety of styles and genres, to be part of the first published volume devoted specifically to teaching American Studies in the Nordic context.

    The deadline for abstracts is
    January 15, 2024. Contributors will be notified of acceptance by February 15, 2024.

    Read more here

  • American Studies in Sweden: PhD workshop at Uppsala University, February 29–March 1, 2024.

    The Swedish Institute for North American Studies (SINAS) and the Swedish Association for American Studies (SAAS) invite you to a workshop open to all PhD students affiliated with a Swedish university whose research broadly relates to the study of North America. The deadline for preliminary registration is Friday, December 15. Read the invitation here.

  • NAAS 2025 Conference – Call for presentations

    The 28th biennial Nordic Association for American Studies Conference 2025 will be held at the University of Turku, Finland
    between June 4-6, 2025. The conference is organized by the John Morton Center for North American Studies (JMC), University of Turku, and the Finnish American Studies Association (FASA).

    Call for papers is now open. We urge all scholars and students interested in American studies to apply for the conference. The organizers puts it as follows:
    We welcome proposals that think through, reflect upon, and reconsider the significance of Aspirations in the pasts, presents, and futures of the United States. Aspirational ideals and beliefs have always been at the crux of the United States’ national ethos, but they have also evolved during the course of history.

    Deadline: June 15, 2024. 

    Read more on the conference website

  • SASS 2024 Conference – Call for papers

    The 2024 Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study Conference will take place in Seattle, Washington at the Renaissance Seattle hotel, hosted by the University of Washington from May 9-11th. The presidential theme of this SASS meeting is movement.

    Please submit paper or pre-constituted panel proposals according to the instructions at the link below either to the general pool or to a thematic stream by December 1st, 2023.

    Read more here

  • Maple Leaf and Eagle Conference 2024 – Call for papers


    The 20th Maple Leaf and Eagle Conference will take place at the University of Helsinki from May 14th to May 17th, 2024.

    Deadline for submissions: October 29, 2023.

    Read more here

  • HCA Spring Academy 2024 – Call for papers

    The Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) invites applications for its annual Spring Academy on American Culture, Economics, Geography, History, Literature, Politics, and Religion to be held from March 18-22, 2024.

    The HCA Spring Academy provides 20 international Ph.D. students with the opportunity to present and thoroughly discuss their Ph.D. projects.

    They encourage applications that range broadly across the arts, humanities, and social sciences and pursue an interdisciplinary approach. Participants can present thesis projects on any subject relating to the study of the United States of America. Possible topics include American identity, issues of ethnicity, gender, transatlantic relations, U.S. domestic and foreign policy, economics, and various aspects of American history, literature, religion, geography, law, musicology, and culture.

    Deadline for applications: November 15, 2023

    Read more here