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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.

Photo from the foundational luncheon in April 2010:ASTRA Foundational Luncheon

Back row: Charles Peterson, Christopher Oscarson, Peter Leonard
Middle row: Tara Chace, Allison Spenader, Merete Leonhardt-Lupa, Cissi Ovesdotter Alm, Laura Wideburg, Lotta Gavel Adams, Anna Westerståhl Stenport, Linda Rugg, Ursula Lindqvist, Ia Dubois, Rose-Marie Oster
Front row: Shelley Wright, Marna Feldt, Katja Shaye, Robert Greer






2013 ASTRA Conference: Oct 10-12, 2013
The preliminary schedule for the 2013 ASTRA Conference "Etnicitet och barnkultur i dagens Sverige" is now available online.

Stockholm University Conference: May 31-June 1, 2012 The 18th International Strindberg Conference will focus on the Strindberg Legacy. [More Info]

AASSC Conference: May 28-31, 2012 In order to commemorate the centenary of August Strindberg's death, the Association for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies in Canada has chosen Strindberg as the main theme of their 2012 conference. [PDF ]

Stieg Larsson & Beyond: The Embassy of Sweden is sponsoring events within the Stieg Larsson & Beyond series. [PDF in English] [Direct link]

Minutes from the April 30, 2011 meeting at SASS 2011.

SASS 2011 presentation: Result from the survey on distance learning and online courses, by Merete Leonhardt-Lupa. [PDF in English]

Call for papers: XVIIIth International Strindberg Conference, May 31 - June 3, 2012, Stockholm.
[CFP In English] [CFP in Swedish]

Minutes from the October 16, 2010 meeting.

Annual membership:
$20 for North American residents

For membership in ASTRA, contact the Treasurer Christopher Oscarson.

These documents are now available.