Department of English

Swedish Institute for North American Studies

The Swedish Institute for North American Studies (SINAS) conducts research, offers courses and promotes the study of North America. It is the only institute of its kind in Sweden. Founded in 1985, we are a section within the Department of English and work closely with our colleagues in American literature at the department. We offer a number of courses in American Studies.

We also serve as a resource for the larger community of scholars at Uppsala University interested in North America, and cooperate with scholars in education, the humanities, law, social sciences, and theology.


18 November 2017

Join us on Saturday 18 November 2017, 12-16, at Uppsala University’s Museum Gustavianum to learn more of “Migration: The World in Motion”. During this day migration will be approached from various horizons and regions thanks to the mini-lectures of different Uppsala researchers.

It will be a fascinating day devoted to migration in its various forms and expressions. Uppsala University’s regional studies clusters host this event in close and sustained collaboration with Gustavianum.

The thematic Forum Day is open to the public. Free entrance.

Detailed Program: 

Chair: Prof. Sten Hagberg

12.15 - 13.15

Vad kan turkisk invandring lära oss om mångkulturell språkpolitik I Europa?

Lecture in Swedish. Föredrag på svenska med FD Aktûrk Drake, Centrum för tvåspråkighetsforskning, Stockholms universitet

Tartarer i Baltikum

Lecture in Swedish. Föredrag på svenska med forskaren Ingvar Svanberg, Institutet för Rysslands och Euroasienstudier, Uppsala universitet

13.15 - 13.45

Mingel och mat/ mingle and food

13.45 - 14.10

Uppsala Queer by Kavita Dasgupta

A film about the Welcome Out pride festival. The Uppsala pride march is unique as it draws asylum seekers and migrants from across the country, people who have fled to Sweden in the hopes of being able tolive openly irrespective of their gender or sexual orientation.

14.15 - 15.30

Games people play! Developing South Asia´s sport identity at home and within the diaspora,

Lecture in English with professor Shantanu Chakrabarti, University of Calcutta, India

Mobility, migration and national security in contemporary Arab literature

Lecture in English with Dr. Tasnim Qutait, English department, Uppsala University

Border Crossing; Immigration from Mexico. History and Current Situation.

Lecture in English with associate professor Markus Heide, SINAS, Uppsala University

SINAS is often represented in the media - see a selection of articles and media appearances.

Researchers Frida Stranne, Dag Blanck and Erik Åsard also contribute analyses of the American presidential election in the blog "Amerikaanalys".

Read the blog Amerikaanalys

Research Areas

A central research focus at SINAS is to explore the global relevance of U.S. culture and society. We investigate the significance of U.S. culture from a range of different perspectives, including the history of migration, American influences on the world, film history, and popular culture.

We pursue our studies of the United States by using a comparative perspective. In the 1990's, SINAS focused on issues of multiculturalism and how the U.S. and Sweden responded to questions of ethnic discrimination. One example of the work carried out at SINAS at that time is a research project on affirmative action in Sweden and the United States comparing the Swedish and American experiences of minority groups and the ways in which the two countries have sought to combat discrimination and to deal with issues of multiculturalism.

Scholars at SINAS focused on how affirmative action policies were discussed and implemented in the two countries, and why they differed so markedly.

Staff and Affiliated Researchers

Fulbright Chair

In the fall of 1996, Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at Uppsala University was established at SINAS. The Chair is the only one of its kind in the country and brings senior scholars in the fields of American studies to SINAS. The holder teaches a course in his or her area of expertise, conducts research, and presents the annual public Fulbright lecture.

Fulbright Chair

Advisory board

  • Mikael Börjesson, Institutionen för pedagogik, didaktik och utbildningsstudier
  • Margaretha Fahlgren, Litteraturvetenskapliga institutionen
  • Danuta Fjellestad, Engelska institutionen
  • Charles Parker, Statsvetenskapliga institutionen
  • Cecilia Wejryd, Teologiska institutionen
  • Bertil Wiman, Juridiska fakulteten