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WELCOME

Welcome to the homepage of the Danish Association for American Studies (DAAS). 

The purpose of DAAS is to encourage the study of the United States in Denmark. As a member of DAAS you are kept informed about events of special interest to American Studies scholars in Denmark, both via a newsletter that is published twice a year and via a steady stream of emails. Occasionally, DAAS also sponsors its own American Studies seminars.

As a member of DAAS you are automatically a member of the Nordic Association for American Studies (NAAS) and the European Assocation for American Studies (EAAS). For more information on those and related organizations, see the sidebar.


NEW BOOKS




Vietnamkrigen - En International Historie, 1945-1975 er den store fortælling på dansk om, hvordan en krig for national selvstændighed blev en ideologisk kamp mellem verdens førende magter. Niels Bjerre-Poulsen tegner billedet af tre årtiers krig og de komplicerede forhold, som skabte og forlængede den. I det meste af den vestlige verden delte Vietnamkrigen vandene, ligesom den blev en katalysator for ungdomsoprør og kulturelt opbrud. Som en grusom føljeton bragte tv krigen direkte ind i folks dagligstuer. Vietnamkrigen har sat sig dybe spor i den vestlige verden og i international politik, og dens spøgelser huserer fortsat.

New book by Anders Bo Rasmussen: I krig for Lincoln: Dansk blod i Den Amerikanske Borgerkrig




Hvordan kom en landmand fra Langeland og en ung, kristelig Ærøbo til at opleve kuglerne fyge ved de store slag ved Sharpsburg og Gettysburg? Denne levende historiske fortælling om en håndfuld danske mænd i Den Amerikanske Borgerkrig giver svaret. Vi får historien om de fire danskere Fritz Rasmussen, Claus Clausen, Christian Christensen og Ferdinand Winsløw, der drevet af den såkaldte Amerikafeber, som så mange andre i 1800-tallet udvandrede fra Danmark til det forjættede land på jagt efter en bedre fremtid. Her blev de af forskellige omveje indrulleret som soldater i en blodig krig.

Ved hjælp af dagbøger, breve og andre unikke historiske kilder følger Anders Bo Rasmussen hovedpersonernes liv og hverdag ved fronten og i det Skandinaviske kompagni, hvor deres nyfundne patriotisme og krigsiver langsomt afløses af pessimisme, angst og udmattelse. Samtidig trækker forfatteren de store linjer op og giver os et værdifuldt indblik i borgerkrigens og det amerikanske slaveris historie.

Tom Buk-Swienty har skrevet bogens forord om parallellerne mellem den amerikanske borgerkrig og krigen i 1864.



New book by Jan Nordby Gretlund just published: Heads on Fire: Essays on Southern Fiction, Odense: University Press of Southern Denmark, 2014. Read more by clicking here






NEWS

The Twenty-Fifth Biennial Conference of the Nordic Association for American Studies

Paper proposal deadline September 10, 2016

American Colors: Across the Disciplinary Spectrum

University of Southern Denmark, Odense, May 22-24, 2017

Link to conference website: click here


Color defines America. First of all color defines America through ideas of slavery, race, and civil rights. W.E.B. Du Bois’ claim that ‘The problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line’ is certainly hard to deny in an American context. Yet American Colors are far from all about race. The respective colors of the Democratic and the Republican Party, since 1976 partitioning the country into demographics of blue and red, are significant reminders of the power of American Colors to divide and contrast. On the other hand, American Colors are not necessarily divisive, even if they stay distinct. Whether it is in the color of the rainbow, as seen on the pride flag of the LGBT community, or in the idea of ethnic and racial diversity, the notion of colors mixed as well as existing in diverse unison is key to the idea of America. To this, we can add shades of black and green too. On the one hand, modern America is constructed on, and by, ‘black gold’ (oil). On the other hand, it is precisely due to the success of motorized industry that the ‘green movement’ in its contemporary iteration had its beginnings in America, just as it is the yardstick of any contemporary debate on the gray matters of waste and pollution. As the largest consumer of energy worldwide and with the world’s largest ecological footprint, America is the extreme against which both local and global perspectives of all ‘green’ discourse must necessarily be measured.

Confirmed keynote speakers
Professor George Lipsitz, University of California, Santa Barbara, Department of Black Studies
Professor Scott Slovic, University of Idaho, English Department

Confirmed plenary speakers
ASANOR: Associate Professor Zeljka Svrljuga, University of Bergen, Department of Foreign Languages
DAAS: Professor David Nye, University of Southern Denmark, Center for American Studies,
FASA: Academy Research Fellow Rani-Henrik Andersson, Academy of Finland, University of Helsinki, Department of World Cultures
SAAS: Professor Danuta Fjellestad, Uppsala University, Department of English

The conference calls for—but is not limited to—workshop proposals and papers on American Colors of all kinds, from the color of music (e.g. Blues), to the dark corners of American Gothic and the red gore of American horror, on to the purchasing power of the mighty greenback dollar.

 Papers are invited that address, but are not limited to, American Colors in

·         American literature and American literary history

·         History and historiography

·         US politics

·         US art, music, and popular culture

·         Transnationalism

·         Racial studies

·         Gender studies

·         Environmental Studies

·         Sociology and social studies

·         Representations of the US in cultural forms from other countries

·         The study of Scandinavian-American connections

Please send proposals to brondal@sdu.dk by September 10, 2016. Proposals for individual panel presentations (between 15-20 minutes) should be no longer than 250 words; proposals for panels or workshops should be no longer than 500 words.

The conference is open to scholars and students from all over the world, but we offer lower registration fees to members of NAAS (Nordic Association for American Studies), EAAS (European Association for American Studies), and ASA (American Studies Association in the U.S). 

Practical information:

·         Registration

·         Confirmed speakers

·         Accommodations

·         About Odense

·         Welcome reception

·         Conference dinner

·         How to get to Odense

·         Contact

 Painting: Albert Bierstadt, On the Saco (undated)


CALL FOR PAPERSDenmark and African American Culture (deadline: July 15, 2016)

A symposium organized by the Center for Transnational American Studies, University of Copenhagen, with the support of the U.S. Embassy

For submission guidelines and all the details, click here

Wednesday 21 September 2016 (NB: to be extended into Thursday 22 September 2016 if sufficient interest)

Keynote speakers:

Professor Ethelene Whitmire (University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Fulbright Professor at the University of Copenhagen, fall 2016 semester), author of Regina Anderson Andrews, Harlem Renaissance Librarian (University of Illinois Press, 2014). Prof. Whitmire is currently working on her second book, The African American Presence in Denmark in the Twentieth Century

Heidi Durrow, author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Girl Who Fell from the Sky (2010, winner of the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Fiction) and host of The Mixed Experience podcast


37th American Indian Workshop, May 25-28, 2016, University of Southern Denmark

The Department for the Study of Culture at the University of Southern Denmark is proud to be hosting the annual conference, American Indian Workshop in May 2016. This year’s overall theme is “Humor” in Indigenous cultures, art, literatures, politics, and epistemologies. The conference will feature presentations by scholars from all over the world, broadly focused on comedy and tragedy as well as other forms of performance and cultural expression.

The keynote session titled “Humor, Indigenous Knowledges, and Survivance” features presentations by Anishinaabe literary scholar Gerald Vizenor(Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley) and professor of political science Amy Lauren Lovecraft (University of Alaska, Fairbanks).

Please see the attached document for titles and abstracts for the keynote lectures.

For more information and registration, please follow this link:www.sdu.dk/aiw16

For further questions and general queries, please email Marianne Kongerslev (makon@sdu.dk).


EAAS Postgraduate Travel Grants

The next round of EAAS Postgraduate Travel Grants is now open. All relevant information and the application forms are available online athttp://eaas.eu/eaas-grants/travel-grants


The Twenty-Fifth Biennial Conference of the Nordic Association for American Studies
University of Southern Denmark, Odense, May 22-24, 2017

Color defines America. First of all color defines America through ideas of slavery, race, and civil rights. W.E.B. Du Bois’ claim that ‘The problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line’ is certainly hard to deny in an American context. Yet American Colors are far from all about race. The respective colors of the Democratic and the Republican Party, since 1976 partitioning the country into demographics of blue and red, are significant reminders of the power of American Colors to divide and contrast. On the other hand, American Colors are not necessarily divisive, even if they stay distinct. Whether it is in the color of the rainbow, as seen on the pride flag of the LGBT community, or in the idea of ethnic and racial diversity, the notion of colors mixed as well as existing in diverse unison is key to the idea of America. To this, we can add shades of black and green too. On the one hand, modern America is constructed on, and by, ‘black gold’ (oil). On the other hand, it is precisely due to the success of motorized industry that the ‘green movement’ in its contemporary iteration had its beginnings in America, just as it is the yardstick of any contemporary debate on the gray matters of waste and pollution. As the largest consumer of energy worldwide and with the world’s largest ecological footprint, America is the extreme against which both local and global perspectives of all ‘green’ discourse must necessarily be measured.

The conference calls for—but is not limited to—workshop proposals and papers on American Colors of all kinds, from the color of music (e.g. Blues), to the dark corners of American Gothic and the red gore of American horror, on to the purchasing power of the mighty greenback dollar.

Papers are invited that address, but are not limited to, American Colors in

-         American literature and American literary history

-         History and historiography

-         US politics

-         US art, music, and popular culture

-         Transnationalism

-         Racial studies

-         Gender studies

-         Sociology and social studies

-         Representations of the US in cultural forms from other countries

-         The study of Scandinavian-American connections

Please send proposals to brondal@sdu.dk by August 10, 2016. Proposals for individual panel presentations (between 15-20 minutes) should be no longer than 250 words; proposals for panels or workshops should be no longer than 500 words.

The conference is open to scholars and students from all over the world, but we offer lower registration fees to members of NAAS (Nordic Association for American Studies), EAAS (European Association for American Studies), and ASA (American Studies Association in the U.S). 

Link to conference website: click here

Painting: Albert Bierstadt, On the Saco (undated)


















































EAAS (European Association for American Studies) Postgraduate Travel Grants

You can find all information concerning the EAAS Postgraduate Travel Grants at  http://www.eaas.eu/eaas-grants/travel-grants

The deadline for submissions is March 20th, 2015. Applications should be emailed to Pawel Frelik (vice-president@eaas.eu).


Lecture at University of Southern Denmark:


Bowling Alone Or Bowling Together:

Twenty Years of Research in Social Capital


Robert Putnam

Time: December 12, 10.00 to 11.30

Venue: Auditorium O100, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M

The lecture is free, and anyone interested in the topic is welcome.

About Robert Putnam:

Robert D. Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University and is the 2013-14 Distinguished Visiting Professor at Aarhus University.

The London Sunday Times has called him “the most influential academic in the world today.” His most famous work, Bowling Alone (2000), argues that the United States has undergone an unprecedented collapse in civic, social, associational, and political life (social capital) since the 1960s, with serious negative consequences. The book has both had a considerable impact on policy in many countries and been a great source of inspiration within the fields of political and social science. In recent years, Professor Putnam’ research has mainly focused on inequality in the United States, the growing class gap among young Americans and the implications for social mobility.








CALL FOR PAPERS

Proposals deadline Aug. 25, 2014. 

"American Values: Public Virtues, Private Vices?"

NAAS CONFERENCE IN OULU, FINLAND, May 11-13, 2015 

Conference website: 

https://sites.google.com/site/fasafinnishamericanstudies/naas-2015-conference

The Nordic Association for American Studies organizes the 24th Biennial NAAS Conference in the spring of 2015 in Oulu, Finland. We seek papers that address (but are not limited to) American values or issues of ethics in such areas as 

• American history and historiography • American literature and literary history • American politics and foreign policy • American arts, music, sports, and popular culture • American sociology, media, and economics • America studies as an academic field • Race, ethnic and gender studies related to the U.S. • Cultural representations of the U.S. abroad • Connections between the U.S. and Nordic countries 

Please email your max. 250-word paper proposal and a 100-word CV (for 20 minute papers) to Conference President Ari Helo (ari.helo@oulu.fiby Aug. 10, 2014. We will also consider three-person panel proposals. 

The conference is open to scholars and students from all over the world, but we offer lower registration fees to members of NAAS (Nordic Association for American Studies), EAAS (European Association for American Studies) and ASA (American Studies Association in the U.S). 

Conference website:

https://sites.google.com/site/fasafinnishamericanstudies/naas-2015-conference

New book by Jan Nordby Gretlund just published: Heads on Fire: Essays on Southern Fiction, Odense: University Press of Southern Denmark, 2014. Read more by clicking here


CALL FOR PAPERS

(Proposals deadline Aug. 10, 2014)

"American Values: Public Virtues, Private Vices?"

THE 24th BIENNIAL NAAS 

CONFERENCE ON AMERICAN 

STUDIES

University of Oulu, Finland, May 11-13, 2015 

Why does it matter so much to the American public today whether or not Thomas Jefferson had children with Sally Hemings at the end of the eighteenth century? Are there particular American ways to deal with ethical issues? Anyone visiting Washington DC is bound to notice the numerous temples of civil religion in the capital, such as the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Memorial, and the Jefferson Memorial, among others. What do such historical concepts as the "Era of Good Feelings" and the "Gilded Age" imply? What changes in American values has immigration generated or is likely to cause in the near future?

A character in Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye notes that "I can very clearly see you dying nobly, one way or another, for some highly unworthy cause." How do values such as individualism, self-help, and egalitarianism figure in American literature and popular culture? We invite conference participants to consider how America has defined its central virtues in politics, literature, architecture, film, the media, popular culture, and everyday living, and also to reflect on how American values have impacted the rest of the world.

The Nordic Association for American Studies will organize the 24th Biennial NAAS Conference in the spring of 2015 in Oulu, Finland. We seek papers that address (but are not limited to) American values or issues of ethics in such areas as• American history and historiography

• American literature and literary history

• American politics and foreign policy

• American arts, music, sports, and popular culture

• American sociology, media, and economics

• America studies as an academic field

• Race, ethnic and gender studies related to the U.S.

• Cultural representations of the U.S. abroad

• Connections between the U.S. and Nordic countries

Please email your max. 250-word paper proposal and a 100-word CV (for 20 minute papers) to Conference President Ari Helo (ari.helo@oulu.fi) by Aug. 10, 2014. We will also consider three-person panel proposals.

The conference is open to scholars and students from all over the world, but we offer lower registration fees to members of NAAS (Nordic Association for American Studies), EAAS (European Association for American Studies) and ASA (American Studies Association in the U.S).


On November 15, 2013, Dr. John Mark Nielsen of the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, Iowa, visited the University of Southern Denmark. He revealed that thanks to support from the A.P. Møller Foundation a great new resource for students and researchers with an interest in the history of Danish America has now been made available online, i.e., the most important Danish-American newspapers: Bien (1893-2011), Dannevirke (1880-1959), Danskeren (1890-1929), and Den Danske Pioneer (1870-2012) – and also Lauritz Melchior’s scrapbook.

 The newspapers have been made text searchable (also those printed with Gothic type). Thus, this new electronic resource will prove a real treasure-trove for students and researchers with an interest in the history of Danish America or migration more generally.

 Dr. Nielsen hopes that the database eventually may be further enlarged so as also to comprise a number of Danish American journals that dealt with family life, religion, and so on.

 You can check out this new resource by clicking here: http://box2.nmtvault.com/DanishIM/jsp/RcWebBrowseCollections.jsp







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This year’s Honora Rankine-Galloway Lecture, sponsored by the United States Embassy in Copenhagen, will feature the American writer and Parris Distinguished Professor in Appalachian Cultural Studies at Western Carolina University Ron Rash.

Time: Friday, September 7, 12:15-2:00 pm

Venue: SDU main campus, Odense, auditorium U45





The 23rd biannual conference of the Nordic Association for American Studies, Friday May 24-Sunday May 26, 2013, Karlstad University: "Currents and Countercurrents"

Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008 with the promise of realizing “the true genius of America: that America can change.” Four years later, it has become evident that promissory notes are more easily made out rhetorically than cashed politically. Medicare for all remains a frail possibility at best; Guantanamo is still operational; US troops remain active in Iraq and Afghanistan; on January 30, 2012, the debt ceiling was raised to a new high of $16.394 trillion. Meanwhile, incidents like the murder of Trayvon Martin suggest that those who claimed the election of Obama signaled the beginning of the end to racial injustice in America were perhaps overly optimistic.

Such backlashes to the visionary view of America as the land of progress bespeak a tension between a current of liberalism and a countercurrent of conservatism that runs through the historical life of America in its entirety, making itself felt academically no less than politically and socially. Calls for change and reformation of academic disciplines like literary history, for instance, have always provoked responses insisting on the importance of tradition. What are we to make of this tension? Is the recurrent succession of calls for change and rallies for tradition a cause for concern or for celebration? Are such currents and countercurrents constitutive of American culture in particular, or rather to be seen as general features of modern society? And are we presently seeing a return to a more conservative conception of America, or rather its continuing ability to adapt to new circumstances even in times of financial crisis?

We seek papers that map currents and countercurrents in all aspects of American studies. What questions are being asked, by whom, to what end, and from what critical perspective? Papers are invited that address, but are not limited to, currents and countercurrents in:

  • American literature and American literary history
  • History and historiography
  • US politics
  • US art, music, and popular culture
  • Transnationalism
  • Racial studies
  • Gender studies
  • Sociology and social studies
  • Representations of the US in cultural forms from other countries
  • The study of Scandinavian-American connections

Please send proposals to magnus.ullen@kau.seand maria.holmgren.troy@kau.se by October 1, 2012, for 20 minute papers. Proposals for individual panel presentations (15-20 minutes) should be no longer than 300 words, and proposals for panels or workshops no more than one page. Workshops will be presented in the second call for papers. We look forward to receiving your proposal.

Link to the dedicated conference website  

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   EAAS 2012 conference, "The Health of the Nation," in  
   Izmir, March 30-April 2, 2012
  



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The Eleventh Honora Rankine-Galloway
Thomas E. Kennedy, novelist, November 4, 2011, 12:15-2:00 pm, University of Southern Denmark-Odense, auditorium 100

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Call for Papers for the EAAS conference in Izmir, 30 March - 2 April, 2012: "Health of the Nation." Deadline: October 1, 2011
View the details in the July 2011 issue of American Studies in Europethe newsletter of EAAS
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Call for Papers for the 14th Maple Leaf and Eagle Conference: North America as West / the West of North America (University of Helsinki, May 8-11, 2012). 
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