Propose a THEMATIC STREAM for SASS 2016 in New Orleans!
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 5, 2015
In anticipation of the general call for papers for SASS 2016, the 106th annual meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, 28-30 April 2016, the SASS conference program committee (Julie Allen, Tom DuBois, Patricia Marton, Carl Rahkonen, Ben Teitelbaum) are now soliciting proposals for thematic streams.
What is a thematic stream? A thematic stream is a topic or set of topics that tie together a series of panels offered sequentially within the overall conference framework. In practice, the stream acts like a conference within the conference, providing a greater degree of cohesion and potentially a greater degree of intellectual depth and rigor than might occur in an ordinary conference panel. The program committee encourages in particular stream proposals that somehow relate to the overall conference theme (“Circulations;” click HERE for a statement of the conference theme). But stream proposals are also welcomed on other topics and SASS members are encouraged to think creatively and contact the committee if they would like to test the waters on any given topic. You can find some wonderful examples of past streams by looking through the conference programs for SASS 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Here are some examples of streams that have proved popular in the past:
- Scandinavian Crime Fiction
- Digital Humanities
- Strindberg and the Avant-Garde
- Performance Studies and Nordic Cultures
- Dimensions of Diversity in Norden
- Values, Belief, and Community
- Focus on “Nordatlanten”
- The State of the Field
- Arctic Studies
- Found in Translation
- Nordic Guilt
Why propose a thematic stream? A thematic stream:
- Enriches the academic depth and significance of the conference experience;
- Can act as an aggregator for finding colleagues interested in the same topic(s) as you;
- Can serve as the basis for a future journal special issue or edited volume;
- Can let you recruit colleagues to SASS that have not previously attended and ensure that they have a good intellectual experience;
- Can count as a useful CV item, demonstrating your active contribution to the field of Scandinavian Studies.
What does proposing a thematic stream commit me to? If you propose a thematic stream, and your proposal is accepted, you will be encouraged to recruit scholars to submit papers that relate to your theme once the general call for papers opens at the beginning of September 10, 2015. You will also be tasked with the work of reading paper proposals that come to the program committee and that have asked to be considered for your stream. This work will take place after the call for paper closes at the beginning of November 2015. You will need to sort and arrange accepted papers into a workable and stimulating series of panels. This work must be completed by the beginning of December 2015 so that presenters can plan to attend the conference and possibly apply for travel money. Finally, you will need to attend the conference yourself and help ensure that the stream unfolds as you hoped at the end of April 2016.
So how do I propose a stream? Send a one-paragraph statement of your proposed stream (in the body of an email message or as an attachment) to the conference email address (SASS2016conference@gmail.com), with the topic line “stream proposal.” Send it from the email address through which you would like us to correspond with you. Proposals by multiple SASS members (i.e., joint proposals) are welcome: cc: all joint proposers in your email. Include a one-paragraph statement regarding your research interests and qualifications, or those of each of the proposed stream curators. Send your proposal by August 15, 2015. The program committee will be in touch soon after to let you know if your proposal has been accepted.
If you have any questions about these guidelines or about a stream that you’d like to explore, please contact the program committee at our program email address (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will be checking email frequently and will give you feedback on any ideas you want to float.