The winners of this year’s prestigious awards for research and conference presentations were announced at the 2015 SASS conference in Columbus, Ohio.
Birgit Baldwin Fellowship
A year-long research fellowship for doctoral research in topics concerned with Scandinavian (Nordic) literature or film that can most effectively be pursued in the archives and libraries of the Nordic countries, named in memory of Birgit Baldwin (1960-1988): Benjamin Bigelow (University of California, Berkeley) “The Life of the Soul: Vitalism and the Invisible in the Norwegian Fin de Siècle”
The Einar and Eva Lund Haugen Scholarship
A research grant awarded to a doctoral student conducting dissertation research in the area of Scandinavian or Scandinavian-American history or the social sciences, broadly defined, named in honor of Einar and Eva Lund Haugen: Kelly McKowen (Princeton University) “The Ethics of Unemployment in the Norwegian Welfare State”
Aurora Borealis Prize
An award in recognition of the best graduate student presentations made at the previous year’s SASS conference in the areas of language, literature, and area studies:
Christian Gullette (University of California, Berkeley) “Plato’s Symposium as a Critical Lens for Interpreting Queerness in Strindberg’s “’Den brottsliga naturen’”
Colin Gioia Connors (University of Wisconsin-Madison) “Google Mapping Hrafnkels saga: The Pitfalls and Promise of Geolocating the Sagas”
Society of Historians of Scandinavia Graduate Student Paper Prize
An award for the best graduate student presentation made at the previous year’s SASS conference in history, broadly defined: Colin Gioia Connors (University of Wisconsin-Madison) “Google Mapping Hrafnkels saga: The Pitfalls and Promise of Geolocating the Sagas”
The Society wishes to thank the selection committees involved in each of these awards as well as SASS members who nominated graduate students for the Aurora Borealis and Historians’ prizes. For information on how to apply for either the Birgit Baldwin fellowship or Haugen scholarship, please consult the SASS website at: https://scandinavianstudy.org/awards-fellowships/
For the SHS Graduate Student Paper prize, please submit papers electronically, as presented (with scholarly references, and handouts and audiovisual materials included) to Glenn Kranking (firstname.lastname@example.org) within a month after then end of the conference. Please include a postal address with your submission.
For the Aurora Borealis prize, SASS members may nominate students by contacting the committee chair Glenn Kranking (email@example.com) and informing the nominee of the fact. Nominees may then submit their papers electronically, as presented (with scholarly references, handouts and audiovisual materials included). Please identify whether the paper should be considered for the Language and Literature or the Area Studies prize. Papers must adhere to professional citation standards and include a bibliography. Nominations must be made within a month after the end of the conference.