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.  Things to do in Minneapolis.

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 closed on February 15, regular registration closes 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.” 7 pm Thursday May 11 Hyatt Hotel Minneapolis, on the Nicollet Mall.

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.

Excursion to St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN:  Noon to 5:00 PM, Thursday, May 11th

 Cost $25, for round-trip bus transportation

Located about 45 minutes from downtown Minneapolis, St. Olaf is the home of Rolvaag Memorial Library, with its college archives, the Norwegian-American Historical Association archives, the Kierkegaard Library, and the St. Olaf Special Collections.

Participants will have guided tours of all four, and will also have time for independent exploration of both the collections and the college.

The ARCHIVES at NAHA (Norwegian-American Historical Association)

The heart of the NAHA archives is its extensive manuscript collection, which includes letters, diaries, journals and ledgers, newspaper clippings, obituaries, congregational records, family and local histories, and other resources related to Norwegians in America. The archival collection also includes photographs illustrating all aspects of Norwegian-American history.

The Howard and Edna Hong Kierkegaard Library, A Center for Research and Publication

The Kierkegaard Library is a special collection that serves students, scholars and anyone interested in the writings and ideas of Søren Kierkegaard, the 19th-century Danish philosopher, and related thinkers.

The Rolvaag Library Special Collections Department

The College special collections department offers students and scholars access to printed materials from the 15th century to the present. Our primary collections include:

  • Nordic-American imprints with an emphasis on Norwegian-American imprints
  • A teaching collection on the history of the book
  • The O.E. Rølvaag Book Collection
  • The Bodman-Lang East Asian Collection
  • Artists’ books and fine press books

The Shaw-Olson Center for College History— also known as the College Archives — is one of three special collections housed in the second floor of the Rolvaag Memorial Library on the St. Olaf campus. The College Archives is a repository of historical materials relating to the founding and growth of the institution: correspondence, minutes, reports, publications, photographs, audio tapes, video tapes, artifacts and related materials.