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Spring has sprung and I am looking forward to our upcoming AASSC Conference in Calgary May 29 – June 2, 2016. Highlights include distinguished keynote speaker (and Grammy award nominee) James Leary, who will be presenting on “Finnish Contributions to North America’s Folksongs”. James Leary is an Emeritus Professor in Scandinavian Studies, Department of Scandinavian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison. This year the AASSC will also host a joint session with the Canadian Society of Medievalists “The Cat Among the Pigeons: The Significance of Medieval Icelandic Saga Writing in an International Context” and a working lunch where we still discuss and exchange ideas within the topic of  “Teaching Scandinavian Studies” in North America lead by John Eason (University of Alberta) and Erin McGuire (University of Victoria). A big thanks goes to programming chair Natalie van Deusen for putting together such an exciting program. I am also very thankful for CINS at the University of Alberta for once again supporting the costs to our keynote speaker and graduate students.

A brief update on the past year’s activities include transferring the AASSC archives to The University of Alberta in order to secure and preserve the history of our organization. We have also received the first essay submission for The AASSC Gurli Aagaard Woods Undergraduate Publication Award, and our journal “Scandinavian-Canadian Studies” is under way with a themed issue “Nordic Responses to the Holocaust and WWII” (Vol. 23). Volume 22 of the journal came out in 2015, including several articles on Nordic Crime Fiction and interviews with prominent Icelandic crime fictions writers Yrsa Sigurðardóttir and Arnaldur Indriðason. The articles from this volume are accessible online here: http://scancan.net/contents.htm?type=article

Our organization is in very good shape and I am looking forward to meeting all the conference participants in Calgary!

Yours sincerely,

Mads Bunch, President AASSC.

Mads Bunch. For AASSC Website

Welcome to AASSC, the Canadian interdisciplinary association for research on Scandinavian and Nordic culture spanning all aspects of social studies and the humanities: demography, sociology, art, literature, language, theatre and film, music, history, geography, folklore, religion, geography, Norse sagas, archaeology and more.

We welcome all new members, and we are focusing our energies on attracting graduate students and younger scholars from North America – as well as Europe and around the Globe – who have an interest in the Nordic Region.

I encourage you to explore our website and to join our Facebook page (AASSC) where you can get the recent news and where the call for papers for our annual AASSC conference will be posted. The conference normally takes place in late May/early June in conjunction with the annual Canadian Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Next year it will be in Calgary. Please remember that you have to be a member of AASSC in order to attend the conference – but that is an easy task when using our PayPal account here on the website.

If you have any news items for the website please submit them to the AASSC Webmaster: aasscnewsletter@gmail.com and/or become a member of the AASSC Facebook group where you can also post news and questions.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments about AASSC membership or activities rjc134@hum.ku.dk


I look forward to hearing from you!

Yours sincerely,

Mads Bunch, President AASSC