Conferences, Seminars, and Lectures

Previous Conferences, Seminars, and Lectures.


5 December 2017, 15.15-17.00, Universitetshuset sal IX

Seminar with Professor Fredrik Logevall, Harvard University

"Making Sense of the Vietnam War”

December 5, 2017, 15.15-17.00, Universitetshuset, sal IX, Uppsala

Fredrik Logevall is the Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the Kennedy School and Professor of History at Harvard University. He is the author or editor of nine books, including Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam (2012)—the authoritative study of why and how America went to war in Vietnam, which won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for History. He also served as a consultant for the acclaimed PBS television series The Vietnam War (2017) by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

Read an op-ed piece by Logevall on Robert McNamara and the Vietnam War in the New York Times on November 28.

Arranged by the Swedish Institute for North American Studies (SINAS) & Uppsala Forum on Democracy, Peace and Justice, Uppsala University and the Swedish Association for American Studies (SAAS). 


18 November 2017: Migration- The World in Motion

Join us on Saturday 18 November, 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.

SINAS participation: 

Dr. Markus Heide: Border Crossing; Immigration from Mexico. History and Current situation.


21 September 2017, 15.15-17.00

The Psychology of Presidential Decisions: The Trump Problem

Professor David A. Welch, University of Waterloo, Canada

How can political psychology help us understand Donald Trump? What should we expect of him? Does his presidency offer any opportunities for progress on important global issues, or is Trump himself a major global threat?

It is a matter of longstanding debate among scholars of International Relations and U.S. foreign policy just how much difference the personality of a president makes. Some would argue that the structure of the international system itself, or the institutions and procedures of policy making, largely constrain presidents. According to the strongest version of this view, who occupies the White House does not matter. Structure, not agency, dominates. But it is increasingly clear that personality does matter: presidents are not substitutable. Since personality matters, it is important to understand how specific presidents make decisions. Seen through this lens, Trump represents an unprecedented challenge not only to analysts, but to other global actors who must attempt to understand and anticipate his actions.

Moderator: Dag Blanck, Professor of North American Studies and director of the Swedish Institute for North American Studies (SINAS) at Uppsala University

Contact person and chair: Cecilia Albin, Professor of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University

David A. Welch is CIGI Chair of Global Security at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo, and Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, where he has recently been working on Asia-Pacific Security.

His 2005 book Painful Choices: A Theory of Foreign Policy Change (Princeton University Press) is the inaugural winner of the International Studies Association ISSS Book Award for the best book published in 2005 or 2006, and his 1993 book Justice and the Genesis of War (Cambridge University Press) is the winner of the 1994 Edgar S. Furniss Award for an Outstanding Contribution to National Security Studies. He is co-author of Understanding Global Conflict and Cooperation, 10th ed. (Pearson Longman), with Joseph S. Nye, Jr. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1990.

Arranged by: The Department of Peace and Conflict Research and the Swedish Institute for North American Studies (SINAS) in cooperation with Uppsala Forum on Democracy, Peace and Justice, all at Uppsala University

6 September 2017, 13.15–15.00

The Paradox of the Global University

Professor Mitchell Stevens (Stanford University)

No university of ambition officially claims to be local. Touting international reach and reputation is a nearly essential feature of university strategic planning, worldwide. Yet being a global university is paradoxical. Academic institutions historically are servants of particular cities, regions, and nations, and one of their essential functions has been to connect particular places with world affairs. International rankings regimes, the frenzied search for tuition revenue among schools in a few large markets, and the remarkable consistency with which nations pursue status through higher education: all of these deepen the implication of universities in the fate and future of particular locales.

Lokal: Hörsal Sydney Alrutz (rum 13:026), Blåsenhus.

Anordnas av HERO (Forskningsnätverket Den högre utbildningen som forskningsobjekt) i samarbete med SEC – Sociology of Education and Culture och SINAS – Swedish Institute for North American Studies


Download the Fulbright Lecture Poster 2017

The 2017 Fulbright lecture was presented by Professor Lois Banner (University of Southern California), who spoke about "Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, and the Creation of Ideal Beauty."

- Drawing from her best-selling biography of Marilyn Monroe and her current work on Greta Garbo, Dr. Banner evaluated the lives and careers of these two iconic film stars. Revising all previous authors, she took a feminist perspective, focusing on their self-creation, their innovative politics, and their ultimate failure.

The lecture was held on Thursday, March 9, at 4.15, in Ihresalen at the English Park Campus (Thunbergsvägen 3, Uppsala).

Who Will Be the Next President of The United States?

November 3, 2016

The U.S. elections are getting closer. The campaign is more intense than in many years and the stakes are high. Who will win and why? What will the impact be on the U.S. and the world? Please join us for a panel discussion on November 3 about the upcoming U.S. presidential election! 

The distinguished and knowledgeable participants include Fredrik Logevall, Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School, Harvard University; Agneta Ramberg, foreign policy analyst at Sveriges Radio, and Erik Åsard, professor of North American studies at Uppsala University.

Moderator: Dag Blanck, professor of North American studies at Uppsala University.

This event is arranged jointly by the Swedish Institute for North American Studies, Uppsala Association of International Affairs, and Uppsala Forum for Peace, Justice, and Democracy, all at Uppsala University.

15 september 2016

Politisk tsunami på båda sidor av Atlanten?

Populistiska och nationalistiska krafter gör sig lavinartat gällande på båda sidor om Atlanten. Varpå beror denna samlade tendens? Vilka likheter och skillnader finns? Välkommen till ett aktuellt seminarium om uppladdningen inför de förestående valen i USA, Frankrike och Tyskland. 

Torsdagen den 15 september 2016 kl. 15.15–17.00, Blåsenhus, Eva Netzelius-salen, Uppsala universitet 

Erik Åsard, professor i nordamerikastudier
Annika Ström Melin, Dagens Nyheters europakorrespondent
Sverker Gustavsson, professor i statskunskap
Moderator: Dag Blanck, professor och föreståndare för Svenska institutet för nordamerikastudier

1 september 2016, 17-19.

Blir det latino-väljarna som avgör?  Diskusssion om det amerikanska valet och latino-gruppens betydelse. 

Samarranngemang mellan Global Bar, Latinamerikainstiutet vid Stiockholms universitet och SINAS.

Plats: Stora Nygatan 24, Stockholm
Tid: 1 september 17-19
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June 9-11, 2016

Swedish-American Borderlands

On June 9–11, 2016, the Swedish Institute for North American Studies (SINAS) hosted the conference Swedish-American Borderlands. This international and interdisciplinary conference gathered scholars united in the study of contemporary and historical relations between Sweden and the United States.


Within American Studies, the study of borderlands is a major theme that often takes its point of departure in the U.S.-Mexican border. To speak of “Swedish-American borderlands” may seem surprising, but we to want call attention to the non-geographical proximity that exists between the two countries. We are interested in both examining real and imaginary relationships that cross, challenge, and redefine different notions of Swedish-American borders, and on the effects that these notions have had on both countries. Our hope is that the concept of borderlands can be used to re-conceptualize relations between Sweden and the United States. It is intended to be a malleable tool of analysis.

What then is a Swedish-American borderland? We believe that the answer to this question depends on the individual scholar, on the topics of study, and on the specific theoretical perspectives adopted. The conference gathers scholars from the humanities and social sciences based in Sweden, Italy, France, and the United States, and covers a range of themes, such as popular culture, technology, urban planning and commercialization, political culture, fictional and non-fictional writing, cultures of migration, and the relation between Swedish immigrants and American Indians. As many of these areas of inquiry have been pursued independently of each other, we will bring together scholars from different disciplines and countries working on different aspects of Swedish-American relations in order to get a new and fuller understanding of the dynamics and nature of the topic.

Conference Program

Thursday June 9

09.00-09.30; Welcome and Introduction
09.30-10.30: Indians and Immigrants, 1

Karen V. Hansen, Brandeis University, “Revisiting Borderlands and Boundaries from a Native Heartland”

Henrik Williams, Uppsala University, “Swedish-Native American Borderlands”

10.30-11.00: Coffee
11.00-12.30: Writing in the Borderland

Bo Ekelund, Stockholm University, “Translating the US: the Swedish Field of Translation and American Books 1990-2005”

Charlotta Forss, Stockholm University, "With the Old World´s Feet on New World´s Earth: The  Idea of America in Swedish 17th-Century Travel Accounts"

Angela Hoffman and Merja Kytö, Uppsala University, “Cooking and Baking across Borders: Bilingual and Cultural Encounters in American and Swedish Cookbooks”

12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-15.00:  Cultures of Migration

Dag Blanck, Uppsala University, “The Ethnic Borderland: Towards an Understanding of Swedish-American Relations”

Adam Hjorthén, Stockholm University, “The Transatlantic Family: Swedish-American Genealogy and Historical Belonging across Borders”

Linda Rugg, University of California-Berkeley, “The Brothers Hesselius: Encountering American Nature in the 18th Century”

15.00-15.30: Coffee 
15.30-16.30: Indians and Immigrants, 2

Gunlög Fur, Linneaus University, “Fredrika Bremer, Gustav Unonius and a New Scandinavia on Indigenous land”

Lizette Gradén, The Royal Armory and Skokloster Castle with the Hallwyl Museum, ”White Gloves at the Borders of the Occident: Performances of Tactility and Cultural Connectivity in the Construction of the Swedish Colony Collection”

Friday June 10

Venue: Campus Blåsenhus, Eva Netzelius-salen. Address: von Kraemers allé 1, Uppsala. Click here for directions.

09.00-10.30: Architecture, Design  and Modernization

Franco Minganti, University of Bologna, “Flimsy Passings: The U.S. and Sweden as Countries-of-Evocation in Postwar Italy's Modernization”

Oskar Nordell, Uppsala University, ”The Stadium Experience Contemporary Swedish Stadium Architecture and the Commercialization of Space”

Frida Rosenberg, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, “Swedish-American Borderland: Architecture, Industry and Export in the Early 1960s”

10.30-11.00: Coffee Technology: American Automobiles and Sweden

David Jansson, Uppsala University“Automobility in 20th century Sweden: Driving the Middle Way between Capitalism and Communism”

Per Lundin, Chalmers University of Technology, “Confronting Class: The American Motel in early Post-war Sweden”

12.00-13.00: Lunch
13.00-14.00: Political Culture

Magnus Ullén, Karlstad University, “Political Correctness in Sweden: An American Paradox”

Erik Åsard, Uppsala University, “The Limits of ‘Americanization’ in Swedish Politics”

14.15-15.15: Popular Culture, 1

Maaret Koskinen, Stockholm University, “Anticipating Adaptation: David Lagercrantz' The Girl in the Spider’s Web as 'Filmatized’ text”

Ann Kristin Wallengren, Lund University, “Anita Ekberg in Hollywood: A Contested Actress and Sex Goddess”

15,15-15.45: Coffee
15.45-16.45: Popular Culture, 2

Petter Bengtsson, Umeå University, “The Reception of the Four Swedish-American Episodes of the Talkshow Hylands hörna 1970-1971”

Ulf Jonas Björk, Indiana University, “Musical Borderlands: Sweden Domesticates Jazz, 1920-1955”

Tuesday, March 8,  2016  at 16.15

2016 Fulbright Lecture 

Becoming American: Two Paths to Citizenship–Immigrants and
Indians in early 20th Century U.S.

Professor Karen V. Hansen of Brandeis University presents the annual Fulbright lectuere. It deals with questions of belonging: how have different groups in Ameican society become a part of the U.S. over time, specificially with regard to citizenship for Scandinavian Americans and Indians. 

January 26, 2016 at 15.15

Seminarium med Frida Stranne, gästforskare på SINAS,  om hennes pågående forskningsprojekt om amerikansk utrikespolitik.

"To put out fire with gasoline" - om den amerikanska utrikespolitiska logiken och dess effekter

I samarbete med Uppsala Forum for Peace, Justice, and Democracy.

24 november 2015 kl 19.00 

Museum Gustavianum

Inte bara Karl-Oskar och Kristina:
Ett samtal om den svenska amerikautvandringen.

Lennart Pehrson presenterar sitt aktuella bokverk om det svenska emigrationen i tre delar. Därefter samtalar Ola Larsmo och Lennart Pehrson, under ledning av Dag Blanck, om nya perspektiv på den svenska amerikautvandringen.

Museum Gustavianum och Studentbokhandeln i samarbete med
Svenska institutet för Nordamerikastudier och Albert Bonniers bokförlag.

November 10, 2015

The Political Economy Of Ideas: A Discourse Analysis Showing How Unsustainable Economics Has Captured Contemporary Politics

Seminar with Lance Bennett,
Pofessor of Political Science and Ruddick C. Lawrence Professor of Communication, Director, Center for Communication & Civic Engagement, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.

This is the story of how leading national and international institutions adopted neoliberal economics, along with expectations about unsustainable levels of economic growth. It is also a story about why ideas matter and how they spread through networks of intellectuals, publics, think tanks, activists, and politicians on their way to institutional uptake. The analysis is illustrated by mapping discourse networks and the organizations promoting ideas based on large media samples over time. These semantic networks help identify different economic and environmental discourses, showing which ideas are dominant, which institutions are engaged with them, and where to look for the next new ideas.

June 2015

“Ethnicity and American Film: Current Research in Sweden”

Workshop with Ramona Curry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Kim Fahlstedt, Stockholm University, Markus Heide, Uppsala University, Nadi Tofighian, Stockholm University, and Ann-Kristin Wallengren, Lund University.

February 2015

The 2015 Fulbright Lecture:

"How Chinese Film Came to America: Pioneering Trans-Pacific Filmmakers Joseph Sunn Jue and Esther Eng.”

Ramona Curry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

January 2015

Objection Your Honor? Amerikanska influenser på svensk rätt

Symposium with Thomas Bull, The [Swedish] Supreme Administrative Court, Kjell Å Modéer, Lund University, and Gunnar Strömmer, Center for Justice. Moderators: Inger Österdahl and Erik Åsard, Uppsala universitet.  

Co-arrangment with the Department of Law, Uppsala Forum for Peace, Justice and Democracy and the Uppsala Association of International Affairs.

January 21, 2015 at 10.15

"The Civil Rights discussion in the U.S. Today"

A seminar with Danielle Holley-Walker, dean of the Law School at Howard University in Washington D.C. 

Dr. Holley-Walker´s research focuses on issues of educational opportunity and inclusion, with an emphasis on the governance of public schools. She has published scholarly articles on various issues of civil rights and education, including articles on No Child Left Behind, charter school policy, desegregation cases, and affirmative action in higher education.

Her seminar in Uppsala is of great interest in light on the recent Supreme Court ruling on the Voting Rights Act and its current case on affirmative action, as well as the ongoing debate about police violence against African-Americans. 

In co-operation with Uppsala Forum for Peace, Justice, and Democracy

12 May 2014

”Kyrkliga band och kontakter mellan Sverige och Svensk-Amerika”  (Religious Connections and Contacts between Sweden and Swedish America.)


Thomas Tredway, professor of history och rektor emeritus, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois: “Swedish and/or Lutheran?  Sweden and Its Church in a Swedish American's Self-Understanding

Philip J. Anderson, professor of church history, North Park Seminary, Chicago: “Influence and Understanding: A Swedish and American Dialectic in Paul Peter Waldenström and David Nyvall

Dag Blanck, docent i historia, Uppsala universitet: ”Religion eller etnicitet?  Ett svensk-amerikanskt dilemma”

Kommentator: Harald Runblom, professor i historia, Uppsala universitet

Co-arranged with the Department of Church History, Uppsala University.

24 March 2014 

Seminar with Robert Olwell, University of Texas:

“Science's Empire: Carl Linnaeus, John Bartram, and the British Colony of Florida”. Co-arranged with the Department of History.

20 March 2014

Irish America: Past and Present Perspectives - An interdisciplinary symposium

Session 1: History and Memory
10.15-10.55 Kerby Miller, University of Missouri
‘Irish Emigration to America: Problems and Perspectives’

10.55-11.35 Emily Mark-Fitzgerald, University College Dublin
‘Commemorating the Irish Famine: Cultural Memory in Contemporary America’

Session 2: Cultural Perspectives
13.00- 13.40 Regina Uí Chollatáin, University College Dublin.
‘'Thall is Abhus': The Revival Process and the Journalistic Web 1860-1909’

13.40-14.20 Helena Wulff, Stockholm University.
‘America as Hope in Irish Fiction’

Session 3: Contemporary Perspectives
14.45-15.25 Liam Kennedy, Clinton Institute of American Studies, University College Dublin
‘Mapping the Irish-American Diaspora‘

15.25-16.05 Diane Nititham, National-Louis University, Chicago
‘“Plastic Paddy” and the “Real Irish”: Notions of Authenticity in Food, Drink and Socialization’

17.00-18.00 Reading and Reflections by Paul Muldoon, Poet and Professor of Creative Writing, Princeton University
Interlocutor: Ola Larsmo, Uppsala

Co-arranged with the Section for Celtic Studies, Department of English and the Hugo Valentin Centre, Uppsala University.

Konferens: "The United States and China: Friends, Foes, or Frenemies?"

May 25-26, 2012