Association of Swedish Teachers and Researchers in America
26-28 Oktober, Washington D.C.
ASTRA Symposium 2016
Association of Swedish Teachers and Researchers in America
ASTRA Symposium 2016
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.
ASTRA Foundation Luncheon
Konferensen riktar sig till lärare och forskare inom svenska och Scandinavian Studies i Nordamerika och arrangeras av ASTRA, Svenska institutet och Svenska ambassaden i Washington DC. Temat för årets konferens är Selma Lagerlöfs värld.
Programmet är under utarbetande.
Viktor Hennius firstname.lastname@example.org
Veronica Lundback email@example.com
Scott Mellor firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Urberg email@example.com
President Amanda Doxtater firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice-President Scott Mellor email@example.com
Treasurer Christopher "Chip" Oscarson firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary Benjamin Mier-Cruz email@example.com
Member at large Kimberly La Palm firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduate Student Representative Mimi Nielsen email@example.com
American Swedish Institute
Brigham Young University
Christopher "Chip" Oscarson
College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University
Consulate General of Sweden in New York
Georgia Institute of Technology
Anna Westerståhl Stenport
Gustavus Adolphus College
Suzanne Martin Cheadle
Kimberly La Palm
Minnesota State University
North Park University
Ohio State University
Pacific Lutheran University
Portland Community College
Portland State University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Cecilia Ovesdotter Alm
San Diego State University
Anne Charlotte Harvey
Swedish Cultural Center
Laura A. Wideburg
The Swedish School, Seattle
The Swedish School, Washington, D.C.
Ann-Catrine Skoog Elmer
Lisa Ehm Waller
University of Alberta, Edmonton
University of Arizona
University of British Columbia
University of California, Berkeley
UC Berkeley, Extension
University at Albany, SUNY
University of Chicago
University of Colorado
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Maryland
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of Nebraska
University of Oregon, Eugene
University of Pennsylvania
A. Carina Åhren
University of Texas at Austin
University of Toronto
University of Washington
Lotta Gavel Adams
University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Pacific Lutheran University, in Tacoma, Washington (USA), is accepting applications for the position of Director of the university's Scandinavian Cultural Center. The Director will oversee all operations of the SCC, and may also teach. This is an administrative position with possible faculty status, pending the qualifications of the successful applicant. Full details on the position, along with application procedures, can be found at https://employment.plu.edu/postings/4469
The Department of German and Scandinavian at the University of Oregon invites applications for a full time Instructor or Swedish and Scandinavian. Our future colleague 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.
· 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
· 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
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.
Additional resources and links:
Sweden’s official response to Trump’s remarks about Sweden:
SVT’s segment including interviews with Swedish police officers
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:
Sverige i världen, världen i Sverige –
Immigration och mångkultur i dagens Sverige.
Torsdag kväll-lördag 20-22 oktober
Millenium Harvest House, Boulder
Tack vare ett generöst stöd från SI kan konferensen bjuda deltagare på två nätters hotellvistelse i delat dubbelrum.
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.