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Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies in Canada (AASSC)



Monday, May 30, 2016 to Thursday, June 2, 2016


See pages 46-47 in the Congress Guide

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About the conference

The thirty-fifth annual meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies in Canada (AASSC) will be held at the University of Calgary from Monday, May 30 – Thursday, June 2, 2016. The conference will feature papers of 20 minutes duration, to be followed by an additional 10 minutes of discussion time. Papers will be given in English or French on a Scandinavian / Nordic related topic in any discipline, including Finnish, Greenlandic, Faroese and Icelandic topics.


Featured speakers

We are pleased to welcome Professor James Leary (University of Wisconsin-Madison) as our 2016 keynote speaker. Professor Leary will give a talk entitled "Finnish Contributions to North America’s Folksongs," which is tentatively scheduled to take place from 9:00am-10:30am on Tuesday, May 31. An abstract of the talk is as follows: 

"Finnish immigrants and their descendants included remarkable performers who not only sustained and modified Old World folksong traditions, but altered and created songs to chronicle their New World experiences. This presentation–illustrated with sounds, still images, and film–focuses on field recordings made for the Library of Congress from the 1937-1940 in the Lake Superior region. Including the Laestadian hymns, militant labor anthems, bawdy songs, laments, comic ditties, and spritely dance tunes of farmers, loggers, miners, and more, these recordings contribute significantly to our understanding of folksongs in North America." 

Jim Leary is emeritus professor of Folklore and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he co-founded the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures. A Fellow of the American Folklore Society and a Fulbright Fellow, he has done field research on Nordic American folk cultures since the 1970s, resulting in numerous public media productions, museum exhibits, folklife festivals, essays, and books that include So Ole Says to Lena: Folk Humor from the Upper Midwest and, most recently, Folksongs of Another America: Field Recordings from the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946 (2015)—a book, five CDs, and a DVD co-published by University of Wisconsin Press and Dust-to-Digital. For this album, Jim Leary was nominated for a 2016 Grammy Award in the category of Album Notes.


Only those people who are registered for Congress 2016 and have added the Association for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies in Canada (AASSC, #201) to their Congress registration may attend this conference. Please note that conference registration fees are separate from the association's membership fees.

About the association

For more information about membership or this conference, please contact the association directly at the contacts listed below.

  • Program Chair: Natalie Van Deusen, University of Alberta
  • Local Arrangement Coordinator: Nigel Bankes, University of Calgary, Ingrid Urberg, University of Alberta
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