Digital Symposium, May 21, 2021
Making Sense of the 2020 Election: Political and Cultural Consequences

The Swedish Institute for North American Studies (SINAS), Uppsala University, The Nordic Association for American Studies (NAAS) and the Swedish Association for American Studies (SAAS) welcome scholars interested in the current developments in the United States to an afternoon of engaged discussion.

The discussion will be based on three lectures in which scholars from literature, history, and political science that will place the election and its outcomes in a larger perspective. The lectures are available online a week in advance. The program on May 21 includes brief presentations by the speakers, a choice of three zoom break- out rooms for discussions of the individual lectures, and a joint and concluding session.

Speakers and Topics
Lectures will be available online from May 14 , 2021

  • Frida Beckman, Professor of Comparative Literature, Stockholm University: “The Steal: Paranoia and the Repossession of White Male Agency”
  • Gunlög Fur, Professor of History, Linnaeus University: “Falling Apart Since 1607”
  • Steven Schier, Professor of Political Science, Carleton College: “Piercing the Fog: Perspectives on the 2020 US Elections”

Program May 21, 2021
: NAAS general meeting (for members of ASANOR, DAAS, FASA and SAAS). A separate link will be sent out to those who indicate that they are members when they sign up.

15.00-15.30: Welcome and introductory remarks from the three speakers.
15.30-16.15: Three parallel discussion sessions with the three speakers in separate meeting rooms. 
16.15–16.30: Break
16.30-17.00: Concluding remarks

SIGN UP by e-mailing naasinfo2021@gmail.com by May 10. Please state your name, affiliation, and if you are a member of a Nordic American studies association.

NAAS 2021 Conference Postponed
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

What Happened?
Continuities and Discontinuities in American Culture

The 27th biennial conference of the Nordic Association for American Studies (NAAS) will take place on May 20–22, 2021, in Uppsala, Sweden. The conference also serves as the 11th biennial conference of the Swedish Association for American Studies (SAAS).

Please see the CFP for more information on this years’s theme ”What happened? Continuities and Discontinuities in American Culture.” Although we encourage panel and paper proposals that engage with this theme, we welcome proposals on any topic related to American studies. The deadline for submission is September 15, 2020 [NOTE: deadline is cancelled]

The conference will take place at Uppsala University, Sweden’s first university, located some 70 kms north of Stockholm, easily accessible by train or by flight to Stockholm-Arlanda airport. The conference is open to scholars and students from all countries, but we offer lower registration fees to members of NAAS (Nordic Association for American Studies), EAAS (European Association for American Studies), and ASA (American Studies Association in the U.S.)

The NAAS 2021 Conference Committee,
Jenny Bonnevier (Jönköping University)
Dag Blanck (Uppsala University)
Markus Heide (Uppsala University)