SASS Conference 2021 in Seattle (virtual event), May 2021

Published 13 November 2020
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Current and prospective members of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study are invited to propose papers or presentations for SASS 2021. Next year’s meeting will be held online May 6-7, 13-14, 20-21. The conference will be organized on the Cvent platform, offering many exciting ways for colleagues to share their work.

The 2021 virtual SASS conference encourages papers and presentations on the presidential theme “Economies and Ecologies” but welcomes all proposals from the broad field of Scandinavian Studies. All proposals must include a title, abstract, and at least 3 identifying keywords.

Uncertainty about the 2021 meeting led to the submission of only two streams for the upcoming meeting. At this time, the SASS Executive Council  announces a second call for streams. Please note that with the online format, members may choose to develop streams that connect panels in ways that would not be possible in person, and also to propose distinctive session formats. Please make a proposal about how you would like your envisage a stream being organized and please use keywords to tag your stream.

Submissions of pre-constituted panels are also welcome. A panel must have an organizer and three or four confirmed speakers who all indicate their panel title at submission.

All scholars intending to present at SASS 2021 must submit a title and abstract, even if scholars included an abstract as part of the Call for Streams. Please use at least three keywords to tag your paper proposal with the appropriate indexing so that the conference program committee can rapidly cluster papers into appropriate panels and streams.

The conference program committee will approve abstracts in early 2021. The stream chair(s) will receive those paper abstracts accepted to pre-approved streams in order to compile the stream schedule, while the conference program committee will compile and schedule all self-organized panels, roundtables, workshops, and those papers in the general pool.

Submission Deadline for all paper proposals pre-constituted panels, and streams: December 1, 2020.


The theme of the 2021 conference is Ecologies and Economies. The interdependence of our natural and human systems deeply affect what we study and teach. Interdependencies also impact how we live, work, and move — now more evidently than ever. We need to understand our interdependencies deeply and broadly. The conference invites presentation of research that contributes to understanding ecologies and economies, broadly conceived – ecological relationships, textual systems, archives, institutions, networks, and many other interdependencies. We hope the meeting might help us see overlooked features of our past but also to reimagine ecologies and economies for post-pandemic times. Streams and pre-constituted sessions that contribute to the conference theme will be especially welcome.

Read more about the conference here.