Sweden Symposium, October 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.  






FALL 2016

FAll 2015 Sweden Symposium

"Realities" in Contemporary Swedish Cinema

22-24 oktober 2015 




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

Gustavus Adolphus College

David Jessup

Ursula Lindqvist           

Kjerstin Moody

Harvard University

Agnes Broomé


Valorie Arrowsmith

Bror Cederström

Tara Chace

Suzanne Martin Cheadle

Karin Eriksson

Marna Feldt

Fredrik Starmark

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


Kimberly La Palm

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

Anna Westerståhl Stenport

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

Kim-Eric Williams

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

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





President Ursula Lindqvist

Vice-President  Amanda Doxtater

Treasurer  Christopher "Chip" Oscarson

Secretary  Benjamin Mier-Cruz

Member at large Scott Mellor

Graduate Student Representative Mimi Nielsen






News & Events


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

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.

Merete Leonhardt-Lupa
Ben Teitelbaum
University of Colorado-Boulder

Viktor Hennius
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.