SASS 2018 Los Angeles

May 3-5, 2018


Propose a paper for inclusion in the conference.

(Early registration and paper deadline extended to January 5, 2018)

SASS 2018 Presidential Theme:

Frontiers: Past, Present and Future

The presidential conference theme for this year’s meeting is “Frontiers: Past, Present and Future.” Given the historical status of Los Angeles as part of the California frontier, we see clear links to the frontier nature of the Nordic region and scholarship that engages the Nordic. “Frontiers” are ubiquitous and forge close links to the Nordic. Hollywood, influenced since its inception by Scandinavia, has been a global frontier in film and media for the past century. The Arctic is a frontier currently being reshaped by global warming, a challenge that spills over into the frontier of alternative energy which is reshaping the landscapes of California and Scandinavia. Nordic scholars, planners, and architects have been instrumental in the frontiers of urban studies and theorizing the city. The history of the Vikings and Norse mythology cross the frontier of mass global culture here in California, while the American West is home to Nordic pioneers and immigrants. Nordic universities, like their California counterparts, are at the frontier of medical ethics and genetics. Even the “final frontier” of space is rooted here at NASA/JPL and UCLA, where infrared telescopy creates an intriguing link to the work of Nordic scholars such as Tycho Brahe. We invite papers that engage broadly with the concept of the frontier (even if only by disregarding the frontier), be it in literature, folklore, history, linguistics, computation, language, or any of the other disciplines that comprise our Society’s rich scholarly heritage. And don’t forget, Disney’s “Frontierland” is just down the freeway in an Anaheim theme park.

Welcome to UCLA!






Conference Hotel

The conference will be held at the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center on the UCLA campus.

Hotel rooms are guaranteed at the rate of $230 per night. There is a choice of rooms with 2 queen beds, or 1 king bed. You may reserve as many additional nights before or after the conference as you wish at this rate. Click here for pictures of the facility.

The Luskin Conference Center’s central location makes it a wonderful base from which to explore many exciting cultural opportunities on campus as well as shopping and dining in nearby Westwood Village, a bustling Los Angeles neighborhood. A short bus ride from the beaches of Venice and Santa Monica, and the Getty and LACMA museums, UCLA is nestled between Beverly Hills, Bel-Air, and Brentwood.

Guests of the hotel may also wish to take advantage of discounted day passes to UCLA’s renowned recreation facilities or catch a Bruins game at Pauley Pavilion.

The reservations link is open now. Click the button that says “I have a conference code” and use the code SASS0502
(If the link above does not work, type into your browser bar)

Getting to UCLA is easy. Click here for options.






Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles is a vibrant hub of culture and commerce in Southern California. Home to nearly 4 million “Angelenos”, the city spans the towering San Gabriel mountains in the east, to the sun-drenched beaches in the west. Off the coast, whales and otters frolic, while inland, the mountains, forests, parks and museums of greater Los Angeles beckon. There is never a dull moment in Los Angeles. If you can’t think of things to do, this guide may help.






Propose a Paper for inclusion in the Conference

You will be able to propose a paper for the conference from October 1, 2017 until January 5, 2018.


Propose a paper for inclusion in the conference.

Once you register, you will be able to enter your paper title and abstract. If you are not taken automatically to the paper proposal site, please propose a paper by clicking here or by cutting and pasting this url into your web browser:

If you are part of an organized panel or roundtable, you will be able to associate your proposal with the panel or roundtable as part of the paper proposal process.

Please visit the CALL FOR PANELS or the CALL FOR PAPERS for more information and deadlines.

You must be a member in good standing of the Society to propose a paper. To join the society, please click here. You can also join the society at the same time as you register for the conference and propose your paper by clicking here.


(Early registration extended to January 5, 2018)

REGISTRATION FOR THE CONFERENCE IS OPEN!!  You will need to renew your membership for 2018 in order to receive the member rate for the conference.  PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Please note that all presenters must be registered SASS members; non-members must register at the non-member rate. If you would like to become a member of the Society, please click here.

Early registration will close on January 5, 2017, regular registration will close on February 17, 2018 and late registration on April 27, 2018.

Early Regular: $185.00; Regular Member: $200.00; Late Regular Member: $250.00; On-site daily rate: $250.00

Early Non-member: $285.00; Regular Non-member: $300.00; Late Non-Member: $350.00

Graduate Students: $130.00

The cost of the banquet is $80.00. Live music, 3 course dinner w/ wine pairings.

Please note, there is a cancellation fee of $100.00 if you cancel after the normal registration deadline of February 17.

Please note, there is an additional fee of $150.00 if you do not reserve your hotel room in the Luskin center. (Not applicable to graduate students, adjunct faculty, residents of LA county, and independent scholars)


Interim and final programs will be available here for download as they develop.


Exhibits and Advertising

SASS invites Exhibitors and Advertising for the 2018 Annual Meeting.

Exhibitor and Advertising Information


Special Events

Carsten Jensen, Danish author and cultural critic, will deliver the opening plenary address at the Los Angeles conference. His latest novel, The First Stone, has recently been translated into English. He is also the author of We the Drowned, and Last Voyage. He is particularly well-known for his numerous travelogues, including Det glemte folk [The forgotten people], and Ud [Out], and numerous anthologies of essays. More about his remarkable career can be found at his website.

The Getty Museum close to the UCLA campus.

A Joshua Tree, somewhere out in the desert. You too could go look for it.

Typical evening view of Los Angeles.