Fall has been well underway for some time now, and winter is fast approaching. We are, however, already busy planning next years AASSC conference that will take place at Ryerson University in Toronto, May 28 – May 31, 2017. We encourage Nordic scholars and graduate- as well as undergraduate students from around the globe to submit a conference abstract (deadline January 15, 2017) and participate in the conference in Toronto were Dr. Ástráður Eysteinsson, Professor of Comparative Literature at The University of Iceland, will be our distinguished keynote-speaker. You can see the call for papers elsewhere on the website. Note also that the AASSC offer funding opportunities for student participation and unfunded presenters. If you plan on submitting an abstract and present in Toronto, remember to become a member of the AASSC first. This can easily be done here on the website using Paypal. We also encourage current AASSC members to remember to pay their membership dues, and we hope that you will spread the word about The AASSC to fellow colleagues and students within the field of Nordic Studies. Being a small organization, the membership dues are vital to our economy, and a growing membership – also among students – is a very good way to support and secure continuing interest in Scandinavian and Nordic Studies in Canada as well as in the rest of the world. I also encourage you to submit papers to our journal “Scandinavian-Canadian Studies”, which is one out of just a handful of journals in English about Scandinavian and Nordic Culture, Arts, and Literature. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – I hope to see you in Toronto!
Mads Bunch, President AASSC.