from the Editor
Two important contributions from the feature series on American Studies at Scandinavian Universities enrich this issue, one by Jopi Nyman which provides a fascinating overview ofinstitutional structures and individual specialties in American subjects at the University of Joensuu—and another, a kind of annual report by Jørn Brøndal at the Center for American Studies at the University of Southern Denmark, which gives a shining example of the potential such centers have for contributions to the field.
The Newsletter’s newly inaugurated second feature series, Books by NAAS Members, is unfortunately not represented in this issue. No one sent in information about publications. With our mutual edification and advantage in mind, please do not be shy. Send information about your books, articles and research projects by the October 1 deadline for the next issue of the Newsletter.
Perhaps many members have been too busy planning conferences and conference papers to take time for sending in bibliographic information about their research. This issue features information on a cornucopia of conferences, a larger number of upcoming events than has ever been noted before.
- David Mauk
Table of Contents
From the NAAS President, …………………………………………………….………….…….……........3
Feature Series: American Studies at Scandinavian Universities
American Studies at the University of Joensuu ……………………………………………………………4
A Productive Year at the Center for American Studies, University of Southern Denmark ……………….6
From the National Organizations:
From the DAAS e-newsletter ……………………………………………..……………………………… 8
Copenhagen Business School, Center for the Study of the Americas
The University of Southern Denmark, Center for American Studies
Århus University, American Studies Center
The News from ASANOR ……………………………………………………………………………...... 10
The ASANOR Endowment Fund, 2004 Report
Nominations for the ASANOR Endowment Fund Board, 2005 - 2010
Diasporic Narrative and the Ethics of Representatrion, University of Turku ............................................ 11 Democratic Values: Past, Present & Future,University of Tampere .........................................................13
North-American Contexts: Studying the U.S.A. & Canada (ASANOR & NACS/ANECS) ..................... 13 Migration and Memory: Norwegian-American Dimensions (NAHA-NORWAY) ................................... 14
The UpcomingNAAS 2005 Conference, a status report ....................................................................... 15
European Association of American Studies (EAAS) Conferences and Events
EAAS Biennial Conference 2006, Cyprus …………………………………………………………….. 18
Events in other EAAS national organizations …………………………………………………………… 18
THE NAAS NEWSLETTER IS A PUBLICATION OF THE NORDIC ASSOCIATION FOR AMERICAN STUDIES
Editor: David Mauk
Editorial Board: The Board of the NAAS
Editorial Address: The NAAS Newsletter, c/o David Mauk, English Department,
NTNU, N-7491 Trondheim, Norway. email@example.com
The editor uses Word 97 on IBM compatible computers. Contributions of more than one or two short paragraphs can only in previously agreed on circumstances be accepted without an accompanying diskette.
Deadline for contributions to Spring and Fall Issues: March 1 and October 1
The NAAS Newsletter is sent to all registered members of the NAAS, a Nordic association with chapters in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. There is a national chapter in each country, and the national chairpersons together constitute the Board of the Nordic Association for American Studies. The national chairpersons arrange to have the NAAS Newsletter sent to members of the national organizations by e-mail or regular post. To read the newsletter on the internet, visit the ASANOR website: at http://asanor.com .
The NAAS is a member of the European Association for American Studies (EAAS), a federation of regional and national American Studies associations. You may become a member of the NAAS by joining one of its national chapters and paying national dues and may then subscribe to the NAAS journal, American Studies in Scandinavia.The annual subscription fee for the journal is 200 Danish crowns ($35.00). Outside Scandinavia the fee is DKK 250 or $50.00. [CHANGE?] American Studies in Scandinavia, Odense University Pres, Campusvej 55. DK-5230 Odense M, Denmark, Fax: int+45 66 15 81 26
The Nordic Association for American Studies (NAAS)
President, Dag Blanck, Center for Multiethnic Research, Uppsala University, Box 514, SE-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden, Tel: +46-8 471 71 99Fax +46-8 471 23 firstname.lastname@example.org
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For Finland, Jopi Nyman, University of Joensuu, P. O. Box 111, FIN-80101 Joensuu Tel: +358-13-251-431 Fax. +358-251-4211 firstname.lastname@example.org
For Iceland, Julian d’Arcy, Department of English, University of Iceland, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland. Fax: +354 525 email@example.com
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For American Studies in Scandinavia,
Per Winther, Editor, Department of British and American Studies (IBAS), University of Oslo, P. O. Box 1003, Blindern, N-0315 Oslo, Norway Tel: +47 22 85 69 73 Fax: +47 22 85 68 04 email@example.com
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From the NAAS President
Dear fellow NAAS members,
Spring is finally on its way here in Uppsala, and the snow on the ground is melting as I write. I hope that you are having a productive term, and that your teaching and research in our common area of interest is going well.
I am sure that many of us who teach and do research in American Studies sometimes encounter reactions to our field of study that colleagues who are interested in other countries and their cultures may not always get. The reasons for these reactions are many and are partly related to the general view of the United States in our respective countries. The U.S. has, of course, also come to occupy an even more predominant position in the world in recent years, and has assumed an important position in many aspects of our lives. As a result, many opinions of the U.S. are voiced.
The academic study of the U.S., its literature, culture, politics, and history provides a good opportunity to achieve clarity in the ongoing discussions of the U.S., and we are well positioned to make important contributions in this respect. Academic conferences are one important arena where we come together for this purpose. I thus encourage you all to attend our own upcoming NAAS conference at Växjö University and Blekinge Institute of Technology May 26-29 (see further information in this issue of the Newsletter,) as well as heeding the advice of Ole Moen to participate in the conference of the European Association of American Studies on Cyprus in 2006.
Diversity is one aspect of American society that has attracted the attention of non-Americans ever since colonization of the North American continent. Just recently I attended a defense of a doctoral thesis at the University of Stockholm dealing with Swedish travelers´ accounts of the U.S. during the post-war era,in which the Swedish fascination with this aspect of American society clearly comes through. During the defense I was again reminded of how American experiences in this field sometimes become important points of references in the discussions of immigration and ethnic diversity in our own societies. The role of diversity in American society over time is plainly one field of study where we as Americanists can provide insights and an expertise that at times seem much needed, at least in the Swedish context.
With these words, I wish you all a happy continuation of the semester, and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our NAAS conference in Växjö in May! If you have any comments or ideas that you would like to share with me, please do not hesitate to contact me. My e-mail is Dag.Blanck@multietn.uu.se
Dag Blanck, NAAS President
American Studies at Scandinavian Universities
American Studies at the University of Joensuu
By Jopi Nyman
The University of Joensuu is a multidisciplinary research university in Eastern Finland near the Russian border. Founded in 1969 as the successor to a local teacher training seminar, the university now has six faculties and two campuses (Joensuu and Savonlinna). Current enrollment is ca. 7.700 and there are 1,200 members of staff. Even though we do not have an American Studies programme as such, the teaching of American Literature and History plays a significant role at the Departments of English and History. Both departments have produced PhD dissertations in American Studies and students regularly choose American topics for their MA theses. Both the English Department and the History Department contribute to the National Graduate School for the Study of the Americas coordinated by the University of Helsinki.
American Studies and English
At the Department of English, which is a section within the larger Department of Foreign Languages, American literature is taught widely as a part of the English syllabus. This will be the case also after the implementation of the new degree system in fall 2005. In their first year, all students will take a compulsory course in American Studies and an introduction to Literature in English under the title Fiction 1. The focus of this introductory course is on American Literature. While other compulsory literature courses at the BA level focus on other forms of English-language literature, at the MA level students are able to choose from a variety of electives. The list of course offered ranges from American Realism and Naturalism and Contemporary American Fiction to Jewish American Literature and Culture and Cultures of Crime. All courses are not taught every year but usually every second year. Since the teaching staff involved in the teaching of American literature includes only Roy Goldblatt and Jopi Nyman, course offerings are complemented by ERASMUS contracts. In this the courses offered under the auspices of the Joensuu International Summer School (organized annually since 2002) have been important as its focus has been on American Studies (see Roy’s piece below).
In research, the main areas of specialization include American Ethnic Literatures, American Crime Fiction, American Modernism, and Race and Culture. Two PhDs have been completed: Jopi Nyman’s Men Alone: Masculinity, Individualism and Hard-Boiled Fiction (1996) and Roy Goldblatt’s Payment Is Extracted: Mechanisms of Escape into America in Immigrant and Post-Immigrant Jewish American Fiction (2002). There are three current PhD students working on various aspects of American literature and culture: Sirpa Salenius is writing her thesis on the image and role of Florence in 19th-century American literature, Hanna Reinikainen on the black body in Toni Morrison’s fiction, and Pekka Kilpeläinen is working on Fredric Jameson and James Baldwin. In addition, Minna Haapio is completing her English linguistics thesis on metaphors in Country & Western songs. It should also be mentioned that Professor Pekka Hirvonen at the English Department has carried out extensive research in the field of language contacts with particular emphasis on the languages of Finnish Americans. A significant number of MA theses have been written on American topics (literature, language, translation) over the years.
The department is currently in charge of an American Studies research project funded by the Academy of Finland and directed by Jopi Nyman. The project “Reconstructing ‘America’: Racial, Gendered and Diasporic Identities” focuses on current reconstructions of identity in contemporary ethnic American fictions. Jopi Nyman examines questions of home, nation and migration in Black, British and contemporary US fictions, Joel Kuortti studies America-based diasporic Indian authors, Hanna Reinikainen African American fiction, and Jenni Valjento (University of Helsinki) focuses on South Asian (American) literature. Questions of cultural identity were also the focus of the international conference “Close Encounters of an Other Kind: New Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity and American Studies” organized by the Department in 2003. A volume edited by Roy Goldblatt, Jopi Nyman, and John A Stotesbury consisting of selected papers from the conference will be published in June 2005. Other recent American studies volumes published include Animal Magic: Essays on Animals in the American Imagination, ed. Jopi Nyman and Carol Smith (Joensuu 2004) and eros.usa: essays on the culture and literature of desire, ed. Cheryl Alexander Malcolm and Jopi Nyman (Gdansk 2005).
American Studies and History
At the Department of History, American history is taught as a part of the history syllabus. The current members of staff with qualifications in American history include Osmo Kiiskinen, Pasi Tuunainen and Marko Junkkarinen. Their areas of research include 18th-century American history, Diplomatic History, and Political History. While Osmo Kiiskinen wrote his dissertation on 18th century American privateers in European waters, Pasi Tuunainen’s focused on the role of Presidential advisory systems in the Eisenhower Era, particularly the National Security Council and Vietnam. Marko Junkkarinen is currently completing his doctoral thesis with the preliminary title “Reconstructing the Eighteenth-century World View: The Case of Robert Morris.” While the profile of the department does not emphasise American history, courses in American history have been offered and it has been possible for students to write MA theses on American topics.
Apart from these two departments, interest in American topics at other departments is occasional. The curriculum of the English section at the Savonlinna School of Translation Studies includes a compulsory first-year course in American Studies taught by Stephen Condit. At the Department of Literature in Joensuu, Samuli Hägg recently presented his doctoral thesis on the narratologies of Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow (Joensuu 2004).
American Studies is not among the areas highlighted by the University, as the current profile stresses – in addition to forestry and high technology – the role of Russia in the humanities and social sciences. However, questions of race, migration and diaspora emphasised in contemporary American Studies can be linked to the University’s expressed interest in the social and cultural development of border and fringe areas in general. In the English Department the links between American Studies and Postcolonial Studies have been strong. Thus it seems highly possible to continue expanding the field. Similarly, a number of developments in teaching have been made possible through utilization of teaching networks funded by the European Union (ERASMUS). In this era of tight budgets and further demands for cost-efficiency, increased development of collaborative teaching and research networks is not only welcome but absolutely necessary, especially from the perspective of a regional university with limited resources.
A Productive Year at the Center for American Studies, University of Southern Denmark
(from the DAAS e-Newsletter)
byJørn Brøndal, Chair, Center for American Studies, University of Southern Denmark
The past year has been a very productive one for the Center for American Studies in Odense. All the permanent members of the faculty published books or had books forthcoming; the Center also welcomed new members of staff; and students continued to enroll in the pioneering American Studies MA program.
Together with Russell Duncan, Clara Juncker published the book Transnational America: Contours of Modern US Culture, Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press (2004), an interdisciplinary analysis of the interaction between today’s globalization and Americanization, a book containing contributions from specialists from North and East Europe, the United States and Nigeria, and dealing with such diverse topics as immigration, religion, gender and class distinctions, media, myth formations and urbanization.
David Nye’s America As Second Creation: Technologies and Narratives of New Beginnings, Boston: MIT Press (2004), also came out and was promptly nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. In this book, Nye draws on popular literature, speeches, advertisements, paintings, and many other media to create a history of American foundation stories. He shows how these stories were revised periodically, as social and economic conditions changed, without ever erasing the earlier stories entirely. The image of the isolated frontier family carving a homestead out of the wilderness with an axe persists to this day, alongside later images and narratives. In the book’s conclusion, Nye considers the relation between these earlier stories and such later American developments as the conservation movement, narratives of environmental recovery, and the idealization of wilderness.
Together with Per Olsen, Christen Kold Thomsen edited Frigørelsens Hylen: En bog om den amerikanske beatgeneration, Odense: University Press of Southern Denmark (2004), the first Danish collection of essays and articles about the American beat generation. The book contains analyses, texts, personal recollections, and interviews and not only grapples with the literature, the jazz music, the movies, and other cultural expressions of the era, but also focuses on the paths leading to Denmark and to Europe generally.
The most recent book published by a member of the Center for American Studies is Jan Nordby Gretlund, ed., Madison Jones’ Garden of Innocence, Odense: University Press of Southern Denmark (2005), an essay collection on Madison Jones containing contributions from American and European scholars. Another book by Gretlund is forthcoming in 2005, this one on another Southern literary icon, Flannery O’Connor and her radical reality.
A book edited by Helle Porsdam, ‘Coming to a Movie Near You’: Det moderne USA set gennem film, Odense: University Press of Southern Denmark, is forthcoming in 2005. This essay collection focuses on various aspects of contemporary American society and culture through American movies. The book, which aims at the enlightened public, including highschool students, includes contributions not only by a number of Americanists but also by the present Minister of Culture, Brian Mikkelsen. Another book by Helle Porsdam, in cooperation with Carl Pedersen, is forthcoming, USA i det 21. århundrede.
Finally, Jørn Brøndal published Ethnic Leadership and Midwestern Politics: Scandinavian Americans and the Progressive Movement in Wisconsin, 1890-1914, Northfield: Norwegian-American Historical Association; Urbana and Chicago: Distributed by the University of Illinois Press (2004), a book that investigates the notion of ethnic identity as it relates to Scandinavian Americans and political affiliations in Wisconsin. In the book, Brøndal traces the evolution of their political alliances as they move from an early patronage system to one of a more enlightened social awareness, prompted by the Wisconsin Progressives led by Robert M. La Follette.
Besides all this publishing activity, the Center for American Studies has seen two new Ph.D. students enter the program, Thomas Ærvold Bjerre, who is writing a dissertation on “Cowboy Crackers: The Influence of the American Western on Contemporary Southern Fiction;” and Torben Huus Larsen, who plans to investigate the cultural geography of the Tennessee Valley since the Great Depression. Huus Larsen was recently awarded the university Gold Medal for his MA thesis.
Moreover, we have had the honor and pleasure of having Thelma Foote, University of California, Irvine, author of Black and White Manhattan: The History of Racial Formation in Colonial New York City, New York: Oxford University Press (2004), work with the Center for American Studies as a visiting scholar. Also, the Center for American Studies is happy to announce that as of February 1, Tom Buk-Swienty, the noted US correspondent for Weekendavisen and author of the well-received Amerika Maxima and of an upcoming biography of Jacob Riis (Gyldendal and Norton, 2005), has joined the Center, offering a course on Jacob Riis and the Other Half in the upcoming semester. And next summer, the noted art historian Erika Doss, University of Colorado at Boulder, will join the Center as our Fulbright Chair.
Finally, the Center for American Studies’ MA program is progressing according to plan, with 43 students having enrolled in the program and the first class of MAs completing their degree this summer.
From The National Organizations
From the DAAS e-Newsletter, Spring 2005
Center for the Study of the Americas (at Copenhagen Business School) Dalgas Have 15, 2000 Frederiksberg,3815 3389, email@example.com
More information about the events: http://frontpage.cbs.dk/americas
Insights on Latin America
Thursday March 3rd, 15.20, Dalgas Have 1Ø-001: Vanessa Prytz, (CBS):
Brazil’s Growing Ambitions in World Politics and Trade.
Wednesday March 16th, 14.30, Dalgas Have SV-052: Birgitte Holten, (CBS): Why Latin America is a forgotten continent – and what we loose forgetting.
Thursday April 14th, 11.40, Dalgas Have 1V.071: Jens Lohman (freelance journalist): Mexikansk humor (in Danish).
Lectures on the USA
Tuesday April 5th, 13.30, Dalgas Have 1V-001: Professor John Dumbrell (University of Leicester): US Foreign Policy, the 2004 Presidential Election and Prospects for the Bush Second Term.
Wednesday April 20th, 12.35, Dalgas Have 2Ø.074: Tom Buk-Swienty (US correspondent at Weekendavisen): The Life of a Danish Journalist in America.
Wednesday April 13th, 14.30 – 16.30, Dalgas Have 1V.044: The United States in the World, research seminar on the shaping of American foreign policy since 1945, with Professor Bruce Kucklick (University of Pennsylvania) and Professor Gary B. Ostrower (Alfred University).
Thursday May 19th, 10 – 19, Dalgas Have SV-089: Utopia, Memory and Globalization - political and cultural perspectives on Latin America.
Friday June 3rd: Seminar with David Blankenhorn (President of the Institute for American Values) on Marriage, the Family and Moral Values in Denmark and the USA.
American Studies Center Aarhus
c/o Department of English, Institute for Language, Literature, and Culture, University of Aarhus, Building 467, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 7, 8000 Århus C, Phone: +45 8942 6537
“The Twenty-First Century US Family's Stalled Revolution.” Professor Karen Hansen,
12 April 13:15-14
Room 415, Building 467
Tom Buk-Swienty will speak at an ASCA event on 13 April at 12:15-14. Details forthcoming.
For information on Tom Buk-Swienty’s talk and other events scheduled at Aarhus University through the American Studies Center Aarhus (ASCA), visit the ASCA web site at
University of Southern Denmark
Seminar on Race and Ethnicity in America
Monday, February 21, 2005
10:25-11:15 Jørn Brøndal, Associate Professor of History, University of Southern Denmark, “Ethnicity and Politics: Scandinavian Americans and the Progressive Movement.”
Introduction: David Nye.
11:15-12:15 Maryemma Graham, Professor of English, University of Kansas, “The Long Journey: The African American Novel.” Introduction: Clara Juncker.
1:15-2:15 Torben Grøngaard Jeppesen, Director, Odense City Museums, “Danish Immigrants and their Descendants in the US, 1850-2000.” Introduction: Jørn Brøndal.
Thelma Foote, Associate Professor of History, University of California, Irvine, presently Visiting Scholar, University of Southern Denmark, “Writing against the Grain of Racial Discourse: Recent Debates in African American Studies.” Introduction: Thomas Bjerre.
Sponsored by Center for American Studies, University of Southern Denmark and the U.S. Embassy, Copenhagen
NEWS FROM ASANOR
Strike the Gong and Count the Rods!
ASANOR’s Endowment Fund Sets a New Record
“One pleasant morning after a cold night, February 24th, 1850, having gone to Flint’s Pond to spend the day, I noticed with surprise, that when I struck the ice with the head of my axe, it resounded like a gong for many rods around, or as if I had struck on a tight drum-head.”
On a similarly cold February night 155 years after Henry David Thoreau’s adventure, the ASANOR Endowment Fund has struck the icy world of money and found (not exactly with surprise), that its gong rang loudly and triumphantly for many gratifying rods around.
How many rods?NOK 788.642, a gain of NOK 74,243 or 10.4 % since our annual report on Sept. 1, 2004, showed assets of kr. 714,399.We’ve made a year’s gains in six months, and yet we hope to pass NOK 800,000 by September, 2005.
We’ll try to achieve that mark through the diversity of our 16 fund holdings (eight in dollars, eight in kroner, including money market funds).During the past four months we have added Vanguard Inflation-Protected Securities (U.S. government bonds), a Liberty Ermitage hedge fund (each for $10,000 at an exchange rate of about 6.12), plus three new Nordea funds: Avkastning (kr. 20.000), Norden (kr. 25.000), and our star, Eastern Europe (kr. 40,000), all of which have yielded solid returns since their purchase.The Nordea Aktiv holding was reduced by kr. 20.000 because it wasn’t.
No one can predict the market (and we are fully invested in equities up to our 60% limit), but three elements suggest optimism in reaching our NOK 800.000 goal by September: (1) As always, the year’s grants were paid after the Sept. 1, 2004, statement; (2) today’s figure include the transfer and up-front expenses for new holdings; (3) our Sept. 1 total was calculated at an exchange rate of 6.8 to the dollar.This February, 2005, report was made using the current rate of 6.43, which of course detracted from our (paper) result.If the dollar rises, we gain because the Fund holds about NOK 390.000 in dollars today.Don’t take that too seriously, since our dollar investments are very long-term and the exchange is crucial only when placing fresh money.We hope we got the timing on the latter right with the placement of $30,000 in the last six months with a weak dollar.
As always, be prepared for a tight drum-head in the 2005 markets.Short-term reverses are certain, the dollar may decline in value, and we may break an axe or two.At the same time, remember the quotation that has introduced every Endowment Fund report since its inception:“Advance confidently in the direction of your dreams, and you will be rewarded with success unexpected in common hours.”That thought warms a February night.
NOMINATIONS FOR THE ASANOR ENDOWMENT FUND BOARD, 2005 - 2010
According to ASANOR regulations, the Board of the Endowment Fund is up for election this fall, and the nominations must be published six months in advance. In the opinion of the ASANOR Nominations Committee, the present Board of the ASANOR Endowment Fund has done an outstanding job in securing and expanding the financial base of our organization.
The Nominations Committee therefore recommends that the present Board of the ASANOR Endowment Fund be reelected for the coming term. They have all consented to this; the Committee consequently proposes that the following candidates be nominated for election to the Board of the ASANOR Endowment Fund 2005-2010:
The Nominations Committee: Eva Fredborg, Øyvind Gulliksen, Fredrik Chr. Brøgger
Webster's correction: Per Winther has served on the Endowment Fund board since 2000. Robert Mikkelsen has been nominated to take his place in September, 2005, and has already begun to help the cause.
NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES AND CALLS
Call for Papers
Diasporic Narrative and the Ethics of Representation
Conference at the University of Turku, Finland
September 30 - October 1, 2005
- Alison Donnell, Nottingham Trent University, UK
- Tabish Khair, University of Aarhus, Denmark
- Maria Olaussen, Växjö University, Sweden
- Justine Tally, University of La Laguna, Spain
The term ‘diaspora’ has been used to refer to the Jewish diaspora (both the earlier dispersal and the more recent displacement in the context of the Holocaust) and the movements of people launched by the era of post/colonialism and globalization. In recent theoretical debates, diaspora has been connected with the constructed and transnational nature of identity formation. It has also been related to concepts like mestizaje, creolisation and hybridisation. Essentially, the concept of diaspora refers to the voluntary and involuntary migrations and movements resulting from shifting power structures. Contemporary ethical criticism, here brought into contact with issues of diaspora, is closely linked with discussions of otherness. It examines the questions of how to represent otherness in a text, how to respond to the other and how to bring the concept of otherness to bear on the experience of reading. Narrative representations of diasporic communities are fertile ground for ethically informed analysis. The mixing of different cultures brings to the fore various ways of responding to encounters with people from various cultural backgrounds and of constructing narrative strategies that dismantle such binaries as ethical-political or local-global.
How are power structures represented in diasporic narratives? Can there be an ethical way of representing these structures? How are scattered nations and identities represented in diaspora literature? How are issues of subject formation and agency represented within this field and what are the ethical approaches to them? Furthermore, how are issues like belonging, home, community and locality addressed in diasporic representations? The conference will explore the above questions in narratives of displacement or belonging, nationalist narratives of exclusion and borderline narratives. We invite proposals that examine literary and cultural representations of diasporic experience.
Papers addressing questions of diaspora in the contexts of the following issues are particularly welcome:
-Creolization-Gender and transnational feminism
-Diasporic subject formations-Migration and migrant bodies
-Ethics and encounters
-Ethnicity and hybridity
-Queer and the borderlines of sexuality
The language of the conference is English. Please submit an abstract (max. 250 words) by May 31st, 2005.
Abstracts are to be sent to Outi Hakola (firstname.lastname@example.org) For further information, please contact: Tuomas Huttunen (email@example.com)
Links to local hotels and other additional information will appear on www-pages bearing the conference title soon.
The conference is organized by the following research projects funded by the Academy of Finland: Disturbing Differences. Feminist Readings of Identity, Location and Power, University of Turku; Fictional Constructions of Cultural Identity, University of Turku; Fragments of the Past: History, Fiction and Identity in the New English Literatures, University of Turku; Reconstructing 'America': Racial, Gendered and Diasporic Identities, University of Joensuu.
Democratic Values: Past, Present and Future
On May 18-20, 2005, the Center for North American Studies at the University of Tampere will organize the tenth multidisciplinary Tampere American Studies Conference on the theme Democratic Values: Past, Present and Future. The structure of the conference will be organized around keynote lectures by distinguished speakers and theme sessions organized for scholars in American Studies and all related disciplines and specifically Ph.D. students and post-doctoral scholars. The conference is open to public and free of charge. For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org, +358 (0)3 215 8964, or visit our website at http://www.uta.fi/conference/nam2005/
Studying the U.S.A. and Canada
Call for Papers
ASNOR and NACS/ANECS, Norway
Joint Conference, Oslo, October 14 – 16, 2005
The American Studies Association of Norway and the Norwegian Chapter of The Nordic Association for Canadian Studies/L'Association Nordique des Etudes Canadiennes are co-hosting a conference on American & Canadian Studies in Oslo, October 14 – 16, 2005.
This is the first conference of its kind in Norway, and while contributions may be on any aspect of American and/or Canadian society and culture, papers with a comparative focus are particularly welcome.
Please send paper proposals, including a brief abstract, to either
Per Winther, President of ASANOR, Department of Literature, Area Studies, and European Languages
University of Oslo, P.O. Box 1003 Blindern, N-0315 Oslo, Norway (email@example.com); or contact
John Erik Fossum, Chair of the Norwegian Chapter of NACS/ANEC, ARENA, University of Oslo, P.O. Box 1143 Blindern, N-0318 Oslo, Norway firstname.lastname@example.org
The exact venue is yet to be decided, but further information about the conference will be posted on the web sites of ASANOR (www.asanor.com) and
CALL FOR PAPERS – NAHA-NORWAY
Migration and Memory
Telemark University College
Bø i Telemark, Norway
June 21–23, 2006
The ninth seminar of the Norwegian-American Historical Association, Norway Chapter, entitled “Migration and Memory: Norwegian-American Dimensions” will be held on June 21–23, 2006, at the Department of the Humanities and Cultural Studies, Telemark University College, Bø i Telemark, Norway.As its theme title suggests, the seminar organizers welcome a wide range of topics within Norwegian-American studies. We are particularly interested in papers on subjects related to emigration / immigration and the construction of memory.
NAHA-Norway encourages seminar contributions based on many academic traditions.Topics related to literary, linguistic, and religious studies, to history, social science, fine and folk arts, and cultural studies—as well as multi- and interdisciplinary approaches—are appropriate.NAHA-Norway also emphasizes the need to see Norwegian-American Studies in the context of international migration and ethnic studies in general.Presentations may be delivered in English or Norwegian and, except for invited lecturers, should not exceed twenty minutes.
Prospective speakers are invited to submit a half-page proposal and a one-page CV to NAHA-Norway Chairperson Dina Tolfsby, Norwegian-American Collection, National Library of Norway, Oslo Division; P.O. Box 2674 Solli, N-0203 Oslo; Norway, (email@example.com) or Associate Professor Øyvind T. Gulliksen, Telemark University College, N-3800 Bø i Telemark (firstname.lastname@example.org), by November 1, 2005. For further information please contact Dina Tolfsby or Øyvind T. Gulliksen.
Those who wish to attend the seminar without giving a paper should also notify NAHA-Norway or Telemark University College at the above addresses to receive information (program, accommodations, registration).
The Upcoming NAAS Conference
a status report…..
Many proposals for workshops and individual papers have reached the planning committee, and we are now working to finalize the program. We expect close to 150 different presentations, and the final program will be posted on the conference website within a few weeks. It is going to be an exciting four days with sessions covering topics in the traditional American Studies-fields of literature, history and popular culture, as well as politics, film, migration, linguistics and Native American studies. Our special keynote speaker is Karen Ordahl Kupperman, New York University. She is Silver Professor of History at NYU and her scholarship focuses on cultural encounters in the Atlantic world in the 16th and 17th centuries. In her research and teaching in American colonial history she consistently places events and processes in the larger scoper of the Atlantic world. Professor Kupperman has also participated in the Bellagio conferences aimed at rethinking American History. We will hear a guest lecture from Robyn Wiegman, Duke University. She is Margaret Taylor Smith Director of Women’s Studies and her research focuses on feminist, queer, and critical race theory, as well as American Studies. Our Nordic plenary speakers are Clara Juncker (Denmark), Mikko Saikku (Finland), Orm Øverland (Norway), and Danuta Fjellestad (Sweden).
Plenary Lecture titles
Karen Kupperman, “Falling Into Empire: England in North America”
Robyn Wiegman, “Outside American Studies: On Internationalization and Critical Exceptionalism”
Clara Juncker, “New American Voices”
Mikku Saikku, “William Faulkner and the Environment: Fact and Fiction Come together in the Delta”
Orm Øverland, “Studying Myself in the United States – Studying the United States in Myself”
Danuta Fjellestad, “Translating America”
Preliminary Program for the 2005 NAAS Conference
Växjö University and Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, May 26-29, 2005
The outline for the conference follows:
Preliminary Program for the 2005 NAAS Conference
Växjö University and Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, May 26-29, 2005
The outline for the conference follows on the next page.
Thursday May 26
Registration (Växjö University)
Welcome and introductions
Followed by the plenary speaker from Norway
Light meal/buffet at Svenska Emigrantinstitutet (Swedish Emigrant Institute)
Greetings and words of welcome
Keynote address by Professor Karen Ordahl Kupperman, New York University: “Falling Into Empire: England in North America.”
Friday May 27
Plenary speaker from Denmark
Plenary speaker from Finland
NAAS’ general meeting
Saturday May 28
Departure by bus, from Växjö to Karlskrona