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.

News and Events

SAAS Conference 2022

The Swedish Association for American Studies (SAAS) will hold its 11th conference in Örebro from mid-day October 6 to the afternoon of October 7, 2022. This year’s conference is aimed at SAAS members and will focus on both research and teaching in American studies in Sweden. Daniel Kane, professor of American literature at Uppsala University, will give a plenary lecture.

Call for contributions out now! Read more

New course: From The Harlem Renaissance to Afrofuturism: A Century of African American Women Writers

An upcoming Basic level course at Örebro University. Fall 2022. Read more

New course: African American Women’s Novels

An upcoming Master’s level course at Karlstad University. Fall 2022. Read more

Important Announcement on NAAS 2021

(September 12, 2020)
We regret to inform you that due to the pandemic, the NAAS 2021 conference in Uppsala has been cancelled. It will be replaced by a special one-day online symposium, the topic of which will be announced shortly

The regular NAAS 2023 conference will be held in Uppsala, and the submitted proposals for the conference in 2021 will automatically be considered for 2023, if submitters so wish.  This late announcement comes after careful consideration of the current travel restrictions to and in Sweden and predictions for the situation in the spring. The decision has been made jointly by the organizing committee in Uppsala and the boards of the Swedish Association for American Studies (SAAS) and the Nordic Association for American Studies (NAAS).

We are, of course, very sad to have to make this decision. But we encourage you to join the replacement online symposium in May, and are very eager to welcome you all, in person, to a full and exciting conference in Uppsala in 2023.

On behalf of SAAS and NAAS,

the NAAS 2021 organizing committee

NAAS Conference 2021

On May 20–22, 2021, the Nordic Association for American Studies will hold its 27th biennial conference at Uppsala University, Sweden, addressing the theme “What Happened? Continuities and Discontinuities in American Culture.”  Abstracts are now invited for individual papers as well as panels that explore this topical and broad theme. Deadline for abstract submission is September 15, 2020. For more information and the CFP, see the conference website: https://naas2021.com/.

Making Sense of the 2020 Election: Political and Cultural Consequences
On May 21, 2021, SAAS together with The Swedish Institute for North America Studies (SINAS), Uppsala University, and The Nordic Association for American Studies (NAAS) organised a digital symposium.

SAAS Newsletter 2020

The second edition of the SAAS Newsletter has been published. The newsletter contains an overview of the “State of the Field” of American Studies in Sweden for the year 2019. You find the newsletter archive here.

SAAS Graduate Student Workshop

On October 4–5, 2019, SAAS together with SINAS at Uppsala University arranged a Graduate Student Workshop at Stockholm University. The workshop was open to all PhD Students affiliated with a university in Sweden. The purpose of the workshop was twofold: to give students the chance of presenting their research and receive feedback from senior academics and other scholars, as well as to develop doctoral students’ awareness and knowledge of American Studies as a research field.

SAAS 2018 – The 10th Biennial Conference of the Swedish Association for American Studies

On September 28-30, 2018, we were happy to host 80 participants from sixteen countries during the 10th Biennial SAAS Conference in Stockholm. Thank you to our keynote speakers, paper presenters, student assistants, and attendees for making this event – the largest SAAS conference to-date – a both stimulating and memorable one. We hope to see you all in 2020.

For more information, please visit the 2018 conference website and see the conference program.


Call for Articles: American Studies in Scandinavia (ASiS)

ASiS is seeking exciting and vibrant articles from a broad range of scholarly fields relating to American Studies. For more information, see the ASiS Call for Articles or the ASiS website. Send your inquiries and manuscript submissions to the new editor Dr. Janne Lahti at janne.lahti@helsinki.fi. If you have a book to review or would like to review one, contact Prof. Pirjo Ahokas at pirjo.ahokas@utu.fi.