SASS encourages a variety of presentation formats, which aid in creating a lively, dynamic, and intellectually stimulating conference. Please follow the submission guidelines below for the different presentation formats.
* individual 15 or 20-minute papers (submit a 300 word abstract and a 100 word speaker biography)
* posters (submit a 300 word abstract and a 100 word speaker biography)
* pre-constituted panels with 3-4 speakers (submit all individual abstracts, speaker biographies, and a 100-word rationale for the panel)
* roundtables of 4 or more presenters and a moderator, each of whom will speak no more than 5 minutes to allow for discussion and participation by the audience (submit a 400-word rationale for the roundtable that includes specific mention of speaker expertise in relation to the roundtable topic). For individual proposals, indicate as you submit your proposal what presentation format you would prefer (paper or poster), though the organizers may in some cases alter formats to the benefit of the conference as a whole. Please indicate clearly if your proposal is responding to a Stream (see below).
Submit all proposals directly to the SASS conference organizers at SASSin2015@gmail.com by November 1, 2014; please put your last name and a keyword from your proposal in the subject heading of the email. If you are proposing a paper in response to a Stream, please indicate the stream number in the subject heading of the email.
Notifications of acceptance are expected to be issued in early December 2014.
Graduate students and PhD candidates presenters should include a letter of endorsement from their principal advisor; undergraduate students can be included in the program if co-presenting with a faculty advisor. Streams Building on the successful “Stream” model of SASS 2012, 2013, and 2014, we again encourage presenters to consider proposals that connect with targeted thematic and methodological approaches proposed by SASS members. As has been the case in the past at SASS, participation in a stream is by no means required; indeed, a majority of presentations in the conference continue to be submitted as individual proposals. If interest in one or more of the thematic streams listed here turns out to be more limited and specialized, papers submitted for such streams may appear at the conference in the context of one or several panels that are not identified as a conference stream. Please contact the stream organizers directly for inquiries and questions about the topics. Submit all proposals as 300 word abstracts directly to the SASS conference organizers at email@example.com by November 1, 2014 (put the Stream number, your last name, and a keyword from your proposal in the subject heading of the email). Once received at this address, conference organizers will forward all proposals to the Stream organizers, who will make a selection of presentations and organize them into panels and poster sessions. Any proposals rejected by Stream organizers will be returned to the general pool and considered for inclusion in the conference as a regular proposal.
STREAM 1:Presidential Theme–Indigenous Discourses, Methodologies, and Histories in the Nordic Region and Beyond This stream seeks proposals that engage with contemporary and historical inquiries into indigenous discourses, methodologies and histories in the Nordic region and through Nordic engagements and presences in other parts of the world. We invite contributions that address Sámi, Greenlandic, Inuit, and First Nations history, cultural practices, languages, politics, representations, and modes of agency and activism, as we also seek to address repercussions of past and current instantiations of Nordic colonialism. In particular, the stream aims to promote renewed inquiry within the globally engaged and interdisciplinary field of Scandinavian Studies into:
a) processes and meta-perspectives of Indigenous knowledge paradigms;
b) conceptualizations and the relevance of post- and neo-colonialist theories for Scandinavian Studies;
c) epistemologies of activist, collectivist, contextual, oral and place-based scholarly approaches;
d) ethics and relational sensibilities in research and pedagogy;
e) practices and examples of collaborative projects that engage both traditional (Western) scholarship and indigenous knowledge creation and dissemination;
f) policy and politics of statehood, EU, and UN status classification, e.g., ’indigenous,’ ’multicultural,’ and ’minority’;
g) comparative and interdisciplinary approaches in global, Nordic, and North American indigenous studies; and h) the teaching and pedagogy of indigenous studies both within and alongside Scandinavian Studies. Submit proposals as 300 word abstracts in response to the stream directly to the SASS conference organizers at SASSin2015@gmail.com by November 1, 2014.STREAM 2:Scandinavian Crime Fiction in the 21st Century In recent years, the international interest in Scandinavian crime fiction has grown tremendously. Authors like Stieg Larsson, Camilla Läckberg, Karin Fossum, Jo Nesbø , Arnaldur Indriðason, Leena Lehtolainen, and Jussi Adler-Olsen – together with television series like The Bridge and Wallander, and films like Insomnia and Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – are now familiar to readers and viewers over the world. For many people crime fiction is an important source of knowledge about Scandinavia today. Additionally, crime fiction is a growing and important topic of academic research and teaching, something that has also been shown by the number and popularity of crime fiction panels at previous SASS conferences. This stream wants to bring together Scandinavian Studies scholars with a wide range of approaches to the field, in order to promote a multifaceted discussion of Scandinavian crime fiction in literature, film, and other media from the last decades. Paper proposals including, but not limited to, the following topics are encouraged:
1. Scandinavian crime writers, novels, and genres;
2. Scandinavian crime fiction and gender;
3. the portrayal of Scandinavian society in crime fiction;
4. adaptations of Scandinavian crime novels for film, television, and other media;5. the translation of Scandinavian crime fiction;
. Scandinavian crime fiction publishing and marketing;
7. the reception of Scandinavian crime fiction internationally; and
8. the use and definition of concepts of Nordic Noir, Scandicrime, Le Polar Polaire, Schwedenkrimi, etc.
For questions and more information about the stream, please contact Dr. Kerstin Bergman, Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University, firstname.lastname@example.org. Submit all proposals as 300 word abstracts in response to the stream directly to the SASS conference organizers email@example.com by November 1, 2014.STREAM 3:The Futures of the Arctic While the Arctic has often been conceptualized as unchanging, pristine and outside of time, it has also been the site of profound aesthetic, political, cultural, policy and environmental utopian and dystopian imaginings of a number of possible future(s). In this stream, contributors will address, whether through aesthetic texts (literature, film, television, digital media, etc.) or through sociological, political or policy perspectives, “The Futures of the Arctic” as it has been both imagined and codified in the past and the present. Examples of this imagining come from a long history and are as diverse as: Medieval imaginary conceptions of the North through Old Norse sagas, and imaginary travel narratives from the Nordic countries; 19th and 20th century accounts of how the inclusion of parts of the Arctic region is central to the cultural and political imaginary of various European and North American nation-states; architect Ralph Erskine’s designs for Arctic living in Sweden and Canada; and the future-oriented policy positions of NGOs, nation-states, corporations and supranational organizations in regards to what the future of the Arctic might and ought to be. This stream seeks to break away from simplistic accounts of the Arctic as unchanging or primordial, seemingly unaffected by human agency on and through its populations and environments, to focus on how its futures have been continuously recast in both utopian and dystopian ways in art, culture, and politics. Presentations from a wide variety of disciplines, and inter/trans-disciplinary approaches are encouraged. For questions and more information about the stream, please contact Prof. Scott MacKenzie, Department of Film and Media, Queen’s University at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submit all proposals as 300 word abstracts in response to the stream directly to the SASS conference organizers at email@example.com by November 1, 2014.STREAM 4:Comparative and Applied Linguistics and Language Pedagogy: Neighbor(ing) languages – friends or foes? This stream seeks proposals that engage with current approaches to research and teaching of Scandinavian and Nordic languages, especially from comparative and applied perspectives. In particular, the stream welcomes approaches that:
a) address recent findings regarding the nature of the interrelations of the Scandinavian languages, which challenge the validity of the long-standing view that core Scandinavian languages are mutually intelligible and
b) bring American and Nordic approaches to language instruction into conversation with one another, including in ways that examine linguistic theory that underlies these approaches. For questions and more information about the stream, please contact Karen Møller, Scandinavian Languages Coordinator/Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submit all proposals as 300 word abstracts in response to the stream directly to the SASS conference organizers at email@example.com by November 1, 2014.STREAM 5:Scandinavian Immigrants and the Ethnic Other Whether in urban or rural America, Scandinavian immigrants encountered a variety of non-Scandinavian immigrants. Both Scandinavian and non-Scandinavian immigrants were perceived as outsiders and “Ethnic Others” by “Americans” in the context of the “New World.” Yet, Scandinavian and non-Scandinavian immigrants alike also looked upon each other as “Ethnic Others”. Through Scandinavian encounters with the “Ethnic Other,” and how Scandinavians themselves were perceived as the “Ethnic Other,” this stream will explore how Scandinavian immigrants, as they became “Scandinavian Americans,” crafted new narratives in and of a multicultural society. For questions and more information about the stream, please contact Daron W. Olson, Assistant Professor of European and World History, Indiana University East, firstname.lastname@example.org. Submit all proposals as 300 word abstracts directly to the SASS conference organizers at email@example.com by November 1, 2014.
Encountering the Supernatural in Scandinavian Literature, Folklore, Film and Art. This stream will focus on supernatural beings and places in Scandinavian literature, folklore, film and art, including also related activities such as magic and divination. The time perspective ranges from Antiquity and the Middle Ages until today. Long-term views (tracing the same phenomena throughout a longer period), as well as crossover studies (for example: the use of folklore in literature) are encouraged. For questions and more information about the stream, please contact Dr. Mart Kuldkepp, Department of Scandinavian Studies, University of Tartu, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submit all proposals as 300 word abstracts in response to the stream directly to the SASS conference organizers at email@example.com by November 1, 2014.STREAM 7.Scandinavian Narratives of Guilt and Privilege in an Age of Globalization For Scandinavians in particular, a post-1989 world order has brought about enduring social identity crises, based on feelings of guilt and privilege vis-à-vis the rest of Europe and the world. This stream explores how Scandinavians negotiate their sense of identity, peace, happiness and privilege in a new way in (post)national narratives of guilt. The stream is organized in conjunction with the University of Oslo project ScanGuilt. For more information about ScanGuilt, its hypotheses, methodologies, and research foci, please see the project website or contact Dr. Elisabeth Oxfeldt at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submit all proposals as 300 word abstracts in response to the stream directly to the SASS conference organizers at email@example.com by November 1, 2014.STREAM 8.New Approaches to Nordic Cinemas: Aesthetic, Digital, Documentary, Experimental. Over the last two decades, Nordic film and television has gained international recognition and acclaim in both popular and academic circles. Whether the work of recognized auteurs like Lars von Trier or Lukas Moodysson, emerging filmmakers like Ruben Östlund, cross-over directors of broad international reach such as Susanne Bier, Mikael Håfström, or Baltasar Kormákur, Nordic remakes in Hollywood, or festival and Video-on-Demand successes of Nordic documentaries, Nordic film and television (in both traditional and new digital platforms) arguably are among the most prevalent European moving images in terms of global circulation and recognition. This stream seeks to address both these well-recognized forms of Nordic moving images as well those that are less well-known outside the national boundaries of the various Nordic countries, including contemporary experimental filmmakers working in mixed-genre and media formats or Nordic practitioners working outside national film industries or in artisanal contexts. This stream is also interested in new approaches to canonical Nordic filmmakers; approaches that raise innovative and challenging aesthetic, cultural, transnational, gendered and formal questions about filmmakers such as August, Bergman, Dreyer, Gaup, Hallström, Kaurismäki, Nelson, Scherfig, Simma, Sjöström, Sucksdorff, and Ullman, or in reconceiving what a ‘Nordic Aesthetic’ in cinematography, style, narrative and pace may look like from the vantage point of the 21st century. The stream thus seeks to break away from analyses that draw primarily on area studies approaches to widen the dialogue and debates that surround and engage with this compelling and diverse range of cinema. Submit all proposals as 300 word abstracts in response to the stream directly to the SASS conference organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org by November 1, 2014.STREAM 9.The World of Images of the Scandinavian Rune Stones. This stream solicits proposals about the pictorial tradition of rune stones. The custom of raising rune stones with ornamentations and images accelerated in Scandinavia after the erection of King Harald’s large Jelling stone in southern Denmark about 965 AD. From then the tradition of raising picture rune stones spread to parts of Denmark, Norway north of Oslo, and great parts of Sweden, where the district of Uppland has the highest concentration of more than 1000 examples. Rune stones display evidence of a continuous design process. Christian symbols arranged according to Christian pictorial structure were able to communicate highly abstract theological relations, while there is also evidence of pre-Christian legends in the tradition. This stream seeks to investigate how images of the picture rune stones can give insight into early medieval Scandinavian thought world, focusing primarily on the period ca. 950 – 1135 AD, but also inviting reflections on the subsequent legacy of pictorial rune stones. The stream additionally invites reflections on how pictures attract attention and can convey abstract thoughts efficiently, including in ways legends can be contained in one image, and how common frames of reference are established through pictorial traditions of use for donors, artists and viewers sharing the same frame of reference. For questions and more information about the stream, please contact Dr. Lise Gjedssø Bertelsen, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Uppsala University, at email@example.com. Submit all proposals as 300 word abstracts in response to the stream directly to the SASS conference organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org by November 1, 2014STREAM 10.European Travel Writing and the Romantic Far North 1800-1900 Proposals are invited for participation in a stream focusing on European travel writing, with a focus on the Romantic North and how it was rediscovered though Romantic Historicism, antiquarianism and travelling European practitioners of science, the so-called “Men of Science” 1800-1900. Possible paths of inquiry include, but are not limited to, how polymath travellers and expeditions pursued antiquarian interests alongside scientific interests; how travelling European scientists, philologists and “gentlemen scholars” and expeditions represented, constructed and used Nordic cultural heritage; how these 19th Century travellers combined leisure, pleasure, exploration and the advancement of knowledge; how these travels had a lasting impact on the formation of cultural memory and the making of Nordic cultural heritage in the Romantic Far North; and gendered connotations of these constructs. The stream is furthermore interested in how foreign travel literature played a distinct role in affecting the tenor of 19th-century thought and left an indelible mark on science, literature and art. The stream thereby proposes that cultural transfer does not only take place between national entities, but that these entities themselves take shape and are articulated as self-images and the cultural memory and visual culture of a nation as a result of transferral processes between societies. The stream is aligned with the network European Travel Writing to the Romantic Far North 1800-1900 and the Study Platform of Interlocking Nationalisms (SPIN) and the Department of European Studies at the University of Amsterdam. For questions and more information about the stream, please contact Dr. Kim Simonsen, K.Simonsen@uva.nl. Submit all proposals as 300 word abstracts in response to the stream directly to the SASS conference organizers at email@example.com by November 1, 2014.