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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

A new novel by Professor David E. Nye: McSocrates 

(August 2018)

When Michelle Jensen gets her first teaching position at Socrates College in upstate New York, she is not looking for love or excitement, but quiet research time. But life is what happens while you are making other plans. The college plans a $100 million digital transformation, which many faculty and students resist. Despite herself, she is drawn into the conflict. In this entertaining satire Michelle meets Ricardo Ghee, a glamorous consultant; Simon Meintz, an émigré Austrian professor who reportedly speaks Belgian; Betty Thayer, a savvy social worker; Mad Zilo, a student who wears only black and white clothes and can fix any device; autocratic President Holloway, bent on transforming the college; Alvin Brator, dazzling billionaire college donor, and many more. As the conflict intensifies, Michelle finds herself at the center of a national media event, and she is drawn to someone she ought to detest.





















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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


CALL FOR PAPERS

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

MONUMENTS

Bergen, Norway, 25-27 April, 2019


Extended submission deadline: 1 November 2018


Confirmed keynote and plenary speakers:

Benjamin Filene, Professor of History and Chief Curator of the North Carolina Museum of History

Lisa Parks, Professor of Comparative Media Studies and Director of the Global Technologies and Cultures Lab, MIT

Richard Rodriguez, Journalist and essayist

Benita Heiskanen, Docent of North American Studies, University of Helsinki and University of Turku; Director of the John Morton Center for North American Studies

Adam Hjorthén, Postdoctoral fellow, John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin and Dpor Studies of Social Change and Culture, Linköping University, Sweden

Monuments construct the past in the present, and link it to a predetermined version of the future. Monuments tell singular and unified stories, acting as master narratives that impede other voices. Monuments have become some of America’s most important storytellers, giving form to power, but also to particular acts of resistance. 

This is perhaps only to be expected, for the word “monument” bears within it the Latin mon, from monēre, which means “to remind,” but also means “to warn.” In its descriptive form “monumental” connotes something massive or imposing, something great in importance, but also expresses a sense of excess, of being overwhelmed. The word itself thus invites a chain of questions: What do monuments call to memory? What might they warn us against? What versions of events do they impose in presenting greatness? Who and what deserves recognition? How can monuments commemorate different or competing pasts? What should be done with monuments that uplift violent pasts?

The NAAS 2019 conference in Bergen on “Monuments” welcomes panel and paper proposals that address monuments and the monumental in relation to American literature, history, politics, media, art and popular culture, transnational and transcultural and comparative approaches. Keeping in mind that not all monuments are made of stone—Hemingway has been called a monument, political symbols and landscapes act as monuments, the literary canon and the Bible are monuments to Western culture—the list of different kinds of monuments is near endless. Some themes may be, but are not limited to:

- Conceptualizations of the American past

- Preservation and commemoration

- Tradition and cultural heritage

- Cultural perceptions, shifting attitudes towards the  monument

- Representation Memory and forgetting

- Genre or aesthetic form

- Naming

- Landscapes, places and spaces

- Myth

- Resistance to the monument

- Inscription

- The non-monumental

- False memories

- Amnesia

- Nostalgia

- Imaginaries

- Ossification

- War

- Architecture

- Photography

- Religion

- Visibility/invisibility

Please send abstracts and panel proposals to NAASBergen@gmail.com by 15 Sept. 2018. Abstracts for individual panel presentations (20 minutes) should be no longer than 250 words; proposals for panels or workshops should be no longer than 500 words. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out in October.

The conference is open to scholars and students from all countries, 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.).

A conference website will be made available in the autumn. If you have any questions regarding the conference or your proposal before then, please write to the conference organizers at: NAASBergen@gmail.com.

Conference organizers:

Jena Habegger-Conti, Associate Professor, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, President, American Studies Association of Norway

Asbjørn Grønstad, Professor, University of Bergen, Vice-President, American Studies Association of Norway

Lene Johannessen, Professor, University of Bergen, Committee Chair, American Studies Association of Norway