SASS 2017 Minneapolis

May 11-13, 2017


SASS 2017 Presidential Theme: Nordic Connections Old and New

We’d like to extend our warmest invitation to SASS 2017, which will take place In Minneapolis, Minnesota, the traditional capital of Scandinavian America. While the late 19th and early 20th century connections between the Nordic countries and the Upper Midwest have always run long and deep, we faculty here in the Twin Cities area have in recent years been witness to something remarkable, namely what appears to be the birth of a new and vibrant Scandinavian American scene out of the foundation of the old immigrant-based community. Everywhere there are signs of new connections forming between young Minnesotans and their counterparts in Norden, in music, in the visual arts, in food and in design and in numerous other cultural endeavors.  And we have most certainly seen this in our classrooms as well, in an extraordinary infusion of young people from the widest variety of backgrounds who come together out of an abiding interest in all things Nordic, whether they originate from as long ago as the Viking Age or from the present- thus our 2017 Presidential Theme, “Nordic Connections: Old and New.”




Conference Hotel

The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, located on Nicollet Mall downtown.  We have negotiated a room rate of $169/night (including taxes), with up to four people in a room.  The reservations link is open now.


Minneapolis is a major city in Minnesota that forms  the “Twin Cities” with the neighboring state capital of St. Paul. Bisected by the Mississippi River, it is known for its parks and lakes. Minneapolis is also home to many cultural landmarks like the Walker Art Center, a contemporary art museum, and it’s adjacent Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, famed for Claes Oldenburg’s “Spoonbridge and Cherry” sculpture.

Important Links

The submission period for paper proposals has now closed. If you missed the proposal deadline and would like to inquire about the possibility of submitting a late proposal, please contact the program committee at:



Please note that all presenters must be registered SASS members; non-members must register at the non-member rate.

Early registration closes on February 15, regular registration on March 15, and late registration on April 30.

Early Regular Member: $160; Regular Member: $185; Late Regular Member: $215.

Early Non-Member: $200; Regular Non-Member: $225; Late Non-Member: $250.

Anatoly Liberman will deliver the Keynote Address on “Some (In)soluble Questions of Saga Origins.”

American Swedish Institute

The American Swedish Institute will host a private viewing of the Weather Diaries exhibit.

Pekka Kuuisto

Finnish composer and violinist Pekka Kuuisto will perform with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.