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“look at what’s happening last night in Sweden”

ASTRA Statement: February 22, 2017

 

We are an association of researchers, professors and teachers whose work focuses on teaching Swedish language and culture and communicating with North Americans about Sweden and its role in the world, both historical and contemporary. President Trump’s apparently off-handed remark about an undefined “event” during his speech on February 18 set off ripples of confusion and then amusement among Swedes and friends of Sweden. The error provided international entertainment, but it was in fact no joke. When the Swedish ambassador to the U.S. asked for an explanation, he received none, though the President did issue a tweet, saying that his remark was “in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden.” The broadcast to which he refers made use of the kind of footage and editing typical of propaganda, with repeated images of, on the one hand, peaceful public spaces populated primarily by anonymous white people, and scenes of violence, confrontation, and destruction with anonymous dark-skinned perpetrators. The Fox broadcast opened with an interview with two Swedish policemen’s comments on an uptick in crime; Swedish Television, SVT aired a segment the following day in which the aggrieved officers asserted that they had been interviewed by Fox journalists under false pretenses about the topic of the broadcast and their remarks did not refer to immigration (see links below). As a group, we are well aware of the debates in Sweden surrounding immigration; indeed, our latest conference, held in Boulder in 2016, was devoted to the vexed topic of immigration and multiculturalism in Sweden. Our members have researched and published on these issues, which are unfolding in real time: on February 20th, two days after the President’s incorrect statement, a violent confrontation between police and youth in a predominately immigrant neighborhood did in fact take place. In issuing this statement, ASTRA reaffirms its commitment to educating the North American public on Swedish society, both its triumphs and its troubles, from a position of expertise and experience.

Even off-handed remarks can have detrimental and lasting effects. In 1960, Dwight David Eisenhower also made a mistake in a speech. He said that he had read an article stating that a certain, unnamed "friendly European country" that had "a tremendous record for socialistic operation" had suffered an "almost unbelievable" increase in the rate of suicide. His listeners assumed that he was referencing Sweden, and promptly a tradition of associating Sweden with high suicide rates and despair became entrenched. Eisenhower was, however, misinformed. A Swedish scholar, Åke Daun, published an article in 2005 that examined historic statistics and disproved the statement. Today a search of the internet quickly reveals that the U.S. suicide rate ranks 50th internationally, and Sweden is 58th. But the coupling of “Sweden” and “suicide” remains a constant. Because inaccurate statements are so easy to make and so hard to undo, we feel that it is incumbent on us to speak out to support an image of Sweden that is backed by linguistic competence, solid research, and dedication to honesty and fairness.

Sincerely,

ASTRA

contact us

Additional resources and links:

Sweden’s official response to Trump’s remarks about Sweden:

http://www.government.se/statements/2017/02/statement-on-president-trumps-reference-to-sweden/

Aftonbladet’s response:

(http://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/a/g26Lk/after-trumps-last-night-in-sweden-here-are-the-errors-in-fox-news).

SVT’s segment including interviews with Swedish police officers

(http://www.svt.se/nyheter/inrikes/intervjuade-poliserna-kanner-sig-lurade).

For an account of Eisenhower’s critique of the Swedish welfare state, see Fredrick Hale’s article:  http://collections.carli.illinois.edu/cdm/ref/collection/npu_sahq/id/4713

Åke Daun’s research can be found here:

http://www.psupress.org/books/titles/0-271-01501-2.html

 

    MISSION

Welcome to the website of ASTRA, the Association of Swedish Teachers and Researchers in America. ASTRA was founded at the first ASTRA luncheon in Seattle, WA, on Friday April 23, 2010 during the 99th annual meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study (SASS), with the intention to register the organization as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Former Swedish Information Service Director Marna Feldt reported on the history of academic meetings between the Swedish Teachers and Researcher in North America. Additional founding members were invited to join ASTRA during the remainder of the SASS 2010 conference.

ASTRA is a non-profit organization for researchers and teachers involved in Swedish language, linguistics, literature, culture, and area studies. ASTRA promotes the study of Swedish, Sweden, and other Swedish speaking contexts at all levels, and works to facilitate cooperation between scholars engaged in these fields.  

CHARTER and BYLAWS

 

 

 

 
 

sverige i världen
Världen i SverigE

Immigration och Mångkultur
I Dagens Sverige

astra Sweden Symposium
October 20-22, 2016

Nordic Department, University of Colorado-Boulder

 

Datum:
Torsdag kväll-lördag 20-22 oktober

Konferenshotell:                
Millenium Harvest House, Boulder
Tack vare ett generöst stöd från SI kan konferensen bjuda deltagare på två nätters hotellvistelse i delat dubbelrum.

Vi på Nordiska institutionen på University of Colorado ser fram emot innehållsrika dagar med ett spännande och högaktuellt ASTRA-program här i natursköna Colorado. Här är några höjdpunkter:

Lawen Mohtadi är författare, dokumentärfilmare och förläggare. Lawen kommer att berätta om författaren och aktivisten Katarina Taikons liv och arbete och dra paralleller till dagens immigrations- och integrationsfrågor. 2012 utkom Lawens biografi om Taikon, Den dag jag blir fri (Natur & Kultur), som väckte ett stort intresse för Taikons kamp för romernas medborgerliga rättigheter i Sverige.  På fredagskvällen före föreläsningen visar vi Lawens uppmärksammade dokumentärfilm Taikon.

Mer om Katarina Taikon: Författaren och aktivisten Katarina Taikon är främst känd för sina barnböcker om den lilla romska flickan Katitzi som växer upp i Sverige på 1940-talet. Mindre känt är hennes politiska arbete för romernas lika rättigheter. 1963 utkommer hennes banbrytande debutbok Zigenerska. Den blir startskottet för kampen för bostäder, skola och arbete och Katarina Taikon tar klivet in i offentligheten. Hon blir en folkbildare, intellektuell och välkänd röst mot den rådande rasismen i det svenska samhället. Trots hennes insatser för mänskliga rättigheter har hennes gärning länge varit okänd för de flesta.

Författaren och dokumentärfilaren Lawen Mohtadi föreläser om sitt tioåriga arbete med att skildra och dokumentera Taikons arbete. Hon lyfter fram en förbisedd del av svensk historia och ställer frågan: Vad är det vi har velat glömma när vi glömt bort Katarina Taikon?

Jasenko Selimovic, svensk politiker (L) och EU-parlamentariker, ger oss sin bild av händelserna som skakat om Sverige i grunden. Hur kommer Sverige att hantera integrationen av den stora vågen av nyanlända? Vad är utmaningarna, var finns lösningarna?  Vilka möjligheter har Sverige att påverka vad som händer i övriga EU-länder? Kan Sveriges självbild som ”moralisk stormakt” överleva krisen, och samtidigt få det politiska och ekonomiska stöd från EU som landet behöver?

Ben Teitelbaum, assistant professor of Ethnomusicology, affiliate faculty in International Affairs på University of Colorado, öppnar symposiet med en föreläsning, i vilken han behandlar utvecklingen av konstitutionell mångkulturalism i Sverige under de senaste femtio åren. Hans skildring följer grundlagsändringarna under 1970-talet, förstärkningen av minoriteters rättigheter under tidigt 2000-tal samt mångkulturalismen osäkra framtid i kölvattnet av 2015 års flyktingkris. 

Mark Knowles, director på ALTEC Andersen Language Technology Center, University of Colorado, står för den språkfokuserade delen av vårt program. Han beskriver sin workshop så här: Har du spelat Pokemon Go? I så fall har du kanske fantiserat om att designa och använda ett liknande platsbaserat spel som kan väcka samma livliga intresse och entusiasm hos dina studenter – för att sedan omärkt kunna glida in på mer berikande inlärningsmoment? Denna workshop ger en hands-on demo av hur man jobbar med ARIS, en platsbaserad spelmiljö där eleverna får jobba med det svenska språket direkt i sin närmiljö. När du går från denna workshop kommer du inte bara ha med dig spel som dina studenter kan pröva på, utan även konkreta idéer om mångsidigheten hos platsbaserade spel, t.ex. hur dina elever kan göra korta men relevanta skrivövningar och muntliga övningar på dessa plattformar.

 I samband med konferensen kommer även ASTRAs årsmöte att äga rum. Du som har frågor att diskutera på årsmötet vänligen kontakta ASTRAs ordförande Ursula Lindqvist eller vice ordförande Amanda Doxtater.

 

Information som är bra att ha när man planerar sin resa till University of Colorado-Boulder.


Symposiet börjar torsdag 20 oktober
18.00                    Buss avgår från hotellet Millenium till välkomstmottagningen
18.30-20:30         Välkomstmottagning med middag
20.30                    Buss åter till hotellet
 
Symposiet avslutas lördag 22 oktober kl. 12.50.
 
Omedelbart efter symposiet kl. 13.00 avgår gratis transport direkt från konferenslokalen till flygplatsen, DIA. Det tar cirka 60 min till flygplatsen. Anmälan görs till viktor.hennius@si.se senast 30 september. De som önskar åka med detta alternativ ska ta med väskor till konferenslokalen på lördagen.
 
För dem som ska till DIA på andra tider finns följande alternativ:
Buss från universitetet avgår varje timme från Euclid & Broadway (t. ex. kl. 14.46, 15.46…). Det tar 80 min. till flygplatsen med buss. Pris: 9 dollar.
 
Greenride från t.ex. universitetet eller hotellet. En minibuss hämtar passagerare från valfri plats. Bokas direkt från Greenride. Tid till flygplatsen kan variera, cirka 60-80 min. Förhör med företaget. Pris: 38 dollar för den första betalande personen, 20 dollar för övriga i en grupp.
 
Väl mött i Boulder!

Kontakt:                                
Merete Leonhardt-Lupa merete.leonhardt-lupa@colorado.edu
Ben Teitelbaum benjamin.teitelbaum@colorado.edu
University of Colorado-Boulder
Viktor Hennius viktor.hennius@si.se
Svenska institutet


 

 

 

  MEMBERS

 

American Swedish Institute

Chelsea Bowen

Ingela Haaland                

Jean Hanslin

Karin Krull

Ingrid Nyholm-Lange

Gregg White  

Augustana College

Benjamin Mier-Cruz

Brigham Young University

Christopher "Chip" Oscarson

College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University

Allison Spenader

Columbia University

Ralitsa Lazarova

Lena Stenwall

Consulate General of Sweden in New York

Niklas Arnegren

Georgia Institute of Technology

Anna Westerståhl Stenport

Gustavus Adolphus College

David Jessup

Ursula Lindqvist           

Kjerstin Moody

Harvard University

Agnes Broomé

Independent/Other 

Valorie Arrowsmith

Bror Cederström

Tara Chace

Suzanne Martin Cheadle

Karin Eriksson

Marna Feldt

Kimberly La Palm

Fredrik Starmark

Kim-Eric Williams

Rachel Willson-Broyles

Innis College

Roger Greenwald

Minnesota State University

Rennesa Jessup

North Park University

Ann-Marie Andreasson-Hogg

Charles Peterson

Oglethorpe University

Jay Lutz

Ohio State University

Agi Riskó

Pacific Lutheran University

Troy Storfjell

Portland Community College

Gunilla Rohdin

Portland State University

Christina Kreft-Tengblad

Rochester Institute of Technology

Cecilia Ovesdotter Alm

San Diego State University

Anne Charlotte Harvey

Swedish Cultural Center

Laura A. Wideburg

The Swedish School, Seattle

Pia Nyström

The Swedish School, Washington, D.C.

Maria Bouroncle

Ann-Catrine Skoog Elmer

Margareta Feller

Gunnel Hamilton

Margareta Storm

Lisa Ehm Waller

 

University of Alberta, Edmonton

John Eason

University of Arizona

Elisabeth Goodwin

University of British Columbia

Lena Karlström

University of California, Berkeley

Christian Gullette

Karen Møller

Carl Olsen  

Linda Rugg

UC Berkeley, Extension

Agneta Schipper

UCLA

Arne Lunde

University at Albany, SUNY

Esther Szalczer

University of Chicago

Michelle Urberg

University of Colorado

Merete Leonhardt-Lupa

Benjamin Teitelbaum

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Verena Höfig

Theo Malekin

Mark Säfström

Rochelle Wright

University of Maryland

Rose-Marie Oster

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Sherrill Harbison

University of Michigan

Johanna Eriksson

University of Minnesota

Lena Norrman

University of Nebraska

Edith Matteson

University of Oregon, Eugene

Amanda Doxtater

University of Pennsylvania

A. Carina Åhren 

University of Texas at Austin

Elizabeth Alexander

Lynn Wilkinson

University of Toronto

Anu Muhonen

University of Washington         

Ia Dübois

Lotta Gavel Adams

Sabina Ivenäs

Lars Jenner

Kim Kraft

Mimi Nielsen

Liina-Ly Roos

Axel Thorson

Timothy Warburton

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Susan Brantly

Marcus Cederström

Scott Mellor

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Veronica Lundbäck

Yale University

Peter Leonard

 

 

 

  officers

President Ursula Lindqvist ulindqvi@gustavus.edu

Vice-President  Amanda Doxtater doxtater@uoregon.edu

Treasurer  Christopher "Chip" Oscarson christopher_oscarson@byu.edu

Secretary  Benjamin Mier-Cruz benjaminmier-cruz@augustana.edu

Member at large Scott Mellor samellor@wisc.edu

Graduate Student Representative Mimi Nielsen mimi.nielsen@comcast.net

Webmaster benjaminmier-cruz@augustana.edu

 

 

 

 

News & Events

 

Instructor of Swedish and Scandinavian Position (full time) taking Applications:

 

The Department of German and Scandinavian at the University of Oregon invites applications for a full time Instructor or Swedish and Scandinavian. Our futurecolleague will teach language as well as general education courses in Scandinavian culture, literature and film; and work with creative faculty, staff, students from a variety of diverse backgrounds. We are eager to continue building a strong cohort of students, majors and minors. The full time position is equal to 9 courses taught per Academic Year (3 terms per academic year). The Job begins September 16, 2017.  Applicants may see the full job description and apply at http://careers.uoregon.edu/cw/en-us/listing/ by clicking on the Job Title and submitting all the application materials requested via this website.  Review of applications begins May 15, 2017. We intend to hire as soon as possible. The position is open until filled.


Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce-USA is pleased to announce the Linnaeus/AIFM Swedish Scholarship:

 

·        One year Master Program in International Business Strategy at Linnaeus University. Free tuition.

·        Internship with AIF Management AB, in parallel with studies

·        September 2017 to June 2018

·        Location: Kalmar, Sweden

·        Application deadline: February 28, 2017

Eligibility:

·        U.S citizen or permanent U.S resident

·        Bachelor's Degree (or Master's) in Business or equivalent

·        Genuine interest in internationals business and financial markets

·        Both young professionals and students are welcome to apply

Please see attached file for more information. To apply, please email ck@sacc-usa.org

 


 

“look at what’s happening last night in Sweden”

ASTRA Statement: February 22, 2017

We are an association of researchers, professors and teachers whose work focuses on teaching Swedish language and culture and communicating with North Americans about Sweden and its role in the world, both historical and contemporary. President Trump’s apparently off-handed remark about an undefined “event” during his speech on February 18 set off ripples of confusion and then amusement among Swedes and friends of Sweden. The error provided international entertainment, but it was in fact no joke. When the Swedish ambassador to the U.S. asked for an explanation, he received none, though the President did issue a tweet, saying that his remark was “in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden.” The broadcast to which he refers made use of the kind of footage and editing typical of propaganda, with repeated images of, on the one hand, peaceful public spaces populated primarily by anonymous white people, and scenes of violence, confrontation, and destruction with anonymous dark-skinned perpetrators. The Fox broadcast opened with an interview with two Swedish policemen’s comments on an uptick in crime; Swedish Television, SVT aired a segment the following day in which the aggrieved officers asserted that they had been interviewed by Fox journalists under false pretenses about the topic of the broadcast and their remarks did not refer to immigration (see links below). As a group, we are well aware of the debates in Sweden surrounding immigration; indeed, our latest conference, held in Boulder in 2016, was devoted to the vexed topic of immigration and multiculturalism in Sweden. Our members have researched and published on these issues, which are unfolding in real time: on February 20th, two days after the President’s incorrect statement, a violent confrontation between police and youth in a predominately immigrant neighborhood did in fact take place. In issuing this statement, ASTRA reaffirms its commitment to educating the North American public on Swedish society, both its triumphs and its troubles, from a position of expertise and experience.

Even off-handed remarks can have detrimental and lasting effects. In 1960, Dwight David Eisenhower also made a mistake in a speech. He said that he had read an article stating that a certain, unnamed "friendly European country" that had "a tremendous record for socialistic operation" had suffered an "almost unbelievable" increase in the rate of suicide. His listeners assumed that he was referencing Sweden, and promptly a tradition of associating Sweden with high suicide rates and despair became entrenched. Eisenhower was, however, misinformed. A Swedish scholar, Åke Daun, published an article in 2005 that examined historic statistics and disproved the statement. Today a search of the internet quickly reveals that the U.S. suicide rate ranks 50th internationally, and Sweden is 58th. But the coupling of “Sweden” and “suicide” remains a constant. Because inaccurate statements are so easy to make and so hard to undo, we feel that it is incumbent on us to speak out to support an image of Sweden that is backed by linguistic competence, solid research, and dedication to honesty and fairness.

Sincerely,

ASTRA

contact us

Additional resources and links:

Sweden’s official response to Trump’s remarks about Sweden:

http://www.government.se/statements/2017/02/statement-on-president-trumps-reference-to-sweden/

Aftonbladet’s response:

(http://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/a/g26Lk/after-trumps-last-night-in-sweden-here-are-the-errors-in-fox-news).

SVT’s segment including interviews with Swedish police officers

(http://www.svt.se/nyheter/inrikes/intervjuade-poliserna-kanner-sig-lurade).

For an account of Eisenhower’s critique of the Swedish welfare state, see Fredrick Hale’s article:  http://collections.carli.illinois.edu/cdm/ref/collection/npu_sahq/id/4713

Åke Daun’s research can be found here:

http://www.psupress.org/books/titles/0-271-01501-2.html


ASTRA Conference October 20-22, 2016
Nordic Department, University of Colorado-Boulder

Sverige i världen, världen i Sverige –
Immigration och mångkultur i dagens Sverige.

Datum:
Torsdag kväll-lördag 20-22 oktober

Konferenshotell:                
Millenium Harvest House, Boulder
Tack vare ett generöst stöd från SI kan konferensen bjuda deltagare på två nätters hotellvistelse i delat dubbelrum.

Contact:                                
Merete Leonhardt-Lupa merete.leonhardt-lupa@colorado.edu
Ben Teitelbaum benjamin.teitelbaum@colorado.edu
University of Colorado-Boulder

Viktor Hennius viktor.hennius@si.se
Svenska Institutionen

 

ASTRA Lunch at SASS 2016

Come to the ASTRA lunch at SASS from 12:10-1:20 p.m. Friday, April 29 in the Compass Room of the Hilton New Orleans Riverside!

In lieu of a formal catered luncheon we have opted for a more informal, brown bag lunch meeting. Please bring your lunch (there is a food court a short distance from the hotel) and join us for a meeting in the Compass Room.

Links