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American Studies in Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Finland and Denmark

Norway

ASANOR, the Association for American Studies in Norway, was established in 1994 and is a professional, academic organization for people who are actively interested in American Studies. The current ASANOR President is Robert Mikkelsen. Details of the next ASANOR conference will be posted on the ASANOR homepage. Membership of ASANOR costs NOK 94 annually for regular members and NOK 50 for students and seniors. Joint membership of ASANOR and NAAS costs NOK 150 annually and includes receipt of the NAAS Newsletter. For more information and instructions on how to join, contact Membership Secretary Judith Torvik, Borgerkroken 5, 3711 Skien. fax. 35952601.

The association supports research and teaching in American Studies in Norway vis the ASANOR Endowment Fund. For information about contributions please contact ASANOR Endowment Chair, Robert Baehr.

American Studies is part of the curriculum at the Institute for British and American Studies, University of Oslo, the Department of English, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) Trondheim, the Department of English, University of Bergen, the Department of English, University of Tromso, and numerous colleges around Norway.

ASANOR and the Department of Modern Languages of the Faculty of Arts (in Norwegian) at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway hosted the most recent biennial NAAS conference, August 6-9, 2003.

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Sweden

SAAS, the Swedish Association for American Studies, was established in 1997. It seeks to encourage the study of the United States in Sweden, and membership is open to teachers, researchers, students and other individuals in Sweden concerned with the study of the United States. Further information about SAAS can also be obtained from the president of SAAS, Gunlög Fur.

The next NAAS conference will be hosted by Växjö University on May 26-29, 2005.

SINAS, the Swedish Institute for North American Studies, based at Uppsala University was established in 1985 and seeks to promote, initiate and develop American Studies research. The SINAS home page includes a research section with three current projects as well as links to current syllabi.

In addition, SINAS produces a newsletter, SINAS-News, and publishes a scholarly series: Uppsala North American Studies Reports. It also houses a research library, focusing on on historical and social-science texts, and is developing a video library concentrating on American history and politics. The Institute is each year host to a Fulbright professor in American Studies. The Director of SINAS and Editor of the newsletter is Erik sard, SINAS, Center for Language Studies (SVC), Villavägen 4, Uppsala, Sweden. P.O. Box 527, SE - 751 20 Uppsala, Sweden. Tel: +46 18 471 22 08 or +46 18 471 22 09; fax: +46 18 471 12 29.

American Studies is part of the curriculum at the School of Humanities at Växjö University; English Department, Gothenberg University; the Department of English, Stockholm University; the Department of English, Umeaa University; and the Department of English, Uppsala University.

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Iceland

The focus of American Studies work in Iceland is at the Department of English of the University of Iceland, which hosted the Nordic Association for American Studies Conference in 1992. The Department offers introductory survey and more specialized advanced courses in various aspects of American history and literature. The Department, which also organizes guest lectures and hosts visiting professors in American Studies, is based at Aragata 14, IS 107 Reykjav’k, Iceland.

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Finland

The Finnish American Studies Association (FASA) is devoted to promoting the study of American history, society, literature and culture. The current president of FASA is Jopi Nyman of the University of Joensuu.

The North American Studies Program at the Renvall Institute of Area and Cultural Studies, University of Helsinki runs, among other things, a biannual Maple Leaf and Eagle Conference on North American Studies which brings together scholars from the United States, Scandinavia and elsewhere to discuss a wide range of issues of interest to Americanists.

The North American Studies Program can be contacted via Mikko Saikku, Assistant Director for the North American Studies Program, Renvall Institute, P.O. Box 59 (Unioninkatu 3A), University of Helsinki, FIN-00014 Finland. Phone: (358-9) 191 23282 (office); (358-9) 191 23107 (fax).

American Studies is part of the curriculum at the Department of English, University of Joensuu; the Department of English, University of Helsinki; the Department of English, University of JyvŠskylŠ; the Department of History, University of Tampere; the Department of English and the Department of Art Studies and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oulu; the Department of Cultural History and the English Department, University of Turku; and the Department of English, University of Vaasa. The universities of Helsinki, Tampere, Oulu, JyvŠskylŠ and Turku share a common graduate school, coordinated by the University of Tampere.

The American Resource Center (ARC), run in partnership with the Helsinki University Library and the Public Affairs Office of the US Embassy in Helsinki, specializes in providing information on American political, economic, social, and cultural life. The ARC holdings contain up-to-date reference works, recent government documents and think tank reports, a periodicals section, as well as a circulating collection of books and videos. Its electronic resources include online databases offering access to the latest government information and legislation, and a variety of CD-ROMs. ARC is located at the University of Helsinki, P.O.Box 15 (Fabianinkatu 35), 00014 Helsingin yliopisto, Finland. Tel: (358) 9 191 24048; Fax: (358) 9 652 940; e-Mail: arc@usembassy.fi.

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Denmark

The Danish Association for American Studies (DAAS) seeks to promote the study of the United States by organizing conferences, seminars and lectures, and publicizing such activities. The current President of the Association is Jody Pennington, Associate Professor of Media and Culture Studies, Department of English, Aarhus University.

American Studies is part of the curriculum at the Center for American Studies, the University of Southern Denmark; the Department of English, Aarhus University; the Department of English, University of Copenhagen; the Department of Languages and Culture, Roskilde University; the Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies, Aalborg University; the Department of English and the Department of Intercultural Communication and Management, Copenhagen Business School; and the Department of English, Aarhus School of Business. DATE, the Danish Association of Teachers of English, is also actively involved in the promotion of American Studies, publishing a journal, Anglofiles.

The Center for American Studies, University of Southern Denmark, Odense Campus

The Center for American Studies at the University of Southern Denmark Odense Campus was established in 1992 and seeks to promote the study of the United States through teaching and research, by organizing seminars and conferences, and by hosting visiting lecturers and guest professors. The latter include a Fulbright Chair in American Studies, who joins a full time staff of six Americanists.

The Center, currently chaired by Carl Pedersen, is home to American Studies in Scandinavia, the official journal of the Nordic Association for American Studies, edited by David E. Nye and Carl Pedersen. (Dale Carter of Aarhus University is book review editor). It also publishes OASIS, the Odense American Studies International Series. Issues of this series of scholarly papers on diverse aspects of American Studies appear six times per year, and are free to interested researchers. The Center for American Studies is a member of the American Studies Network and is a host site for the American Studies Crossroads Project based at Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

American Studies Consortium

Established in 1994, the American Studies Consortium is a cooperative venture between American Studies staff at the Center for American Studies at the University of Southern Denmark Odense Campus, the University of Aarhus, the American Studies Center Aarhus, Roskilde University and the Aarhus School of Business.

The Consortium currently holds a staff, Ph.D. and graduate student seminar each semester, providing research students with course work and opportunities to present papers and meet other scholars. It also enables students to obtain additional research supervision and provided access to information about conferences and funding. Recent Ph.D. seminar topics have included theory and method in American Studies, social and cultural history, the debate over American exceptionalism, multiculturalism, industrial and rural landscapes, jazz history, American education, and American law and human rights. Further details about the Consortium may be obtained from David E. Nye and Carl Pedersen, Center for American Studies at the University of Southern Denmark Odense Campus, or Dale Carter, American Studies Center Aarhus.


American Studies Center Aarhus (ASCA)
Phone: (45) 89 42 65 02
Department of English
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University of Aarhus
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DK-8000 Århus C Denmark