• 29.04.2020 - 03.05.2020
  • 🇵🇷 Puerto Rico / Rio Mar
  • Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study
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SASS 2020

CONFERENCE THEME: Postcolonial Entanglements

The SASS conference 2020 in Puerto Rico takes as its point of departure a profound engagement with its location. Since the beginning of European transatlantic expansion, the Caribbean has been a crossroads of encounters of Europe, Africa, and the Americas. It is still marked in many ways by the legacies of colonization, imperialism, and slavery. Both former Dano-Norwegian (The US Virgin Islands; an unincorporated United States territory) and Swedish (St. Barthélemy; an overseas collectivity of France) colonies are located in the immediate vicinity of Puerto Rico. A few years after the 2017 centennial commemoration of the transfer of the Danish West Indian Islands to the United States, the SASS 2020 conference will be an opportunity to reflect if there is a noticeable shift in the understanding of the Scandinavian countries as part of coloniality, past and present. The conference’s approach to its location reflects recent historiographic thought that seeks to replace national histories with the recognition of shared, entangled, yet conflicted histories. The SASS conference in Puerto Rico wants to address the Caribbean present, and other temporal and spatial dimensions of Euro-American entanglements.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Jeannette Ehlers and La Vaughn Belle