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The 28th Biennial Conference of the Nordic Association for American Studies (NAAS)
University of Turku, Finland
June 4-6, 2025


The conference is organized jointly by the John Morton Center for North American Studies (JMC) at the University of Turku and the Finnish American Studies Association (FASA). We designed the theme of the conference—ASPIRATIONS—with multiple goals in mind:

  • to encourage non-traditional and alternative approaches to our work, including workshops and creative sessions, alongside the traditional paper format
  • to frame the conference discussion around one or more thematic clusters, rather than around standard disciplinary starting points
  • to forge collaborations between colleagues from various institutional and geographic contexts
  • to offer a platform to reinvent the ways we discuss and practice American Studies.

For the full CFP and instructions for submission, please see here:

The conference will take place in the Publicum Building of the University of Turku campus, a fifteen-minute walk or a short bus ride from the city center and the main conference hotels. The conference dinner and receptions will all be easily accessible by foot, bike, or public transport.

Throughout the event, delegates will have easy access to rental bikes all over the city and we plan to organize a series of guided walks in Turku. We might even have some light workout in a park before the beginning of the sessions for those so inclined!

Above all, we hope the conference to be a participatory effort, so we welcome any and all ideas already at the planning stages and encourage you to get in touch with us about thoughts or good practices you would like to share at the conference email naasturku2025@gmail.com.

Let’s get aspirational!

On behalf of the Conference Committee,

Benita Heiskanen

Important Dates:

CFP Closes: June 15, 2024

Decisions Announced: September 15, 2024

Program Posted: December 15, 2024

Registration Opens: January 2025

Conference Hotel Cut-Off Date: May 6, 2025

Conference Dates: June 4-6, 2025




Organizers & Partners

Logo of the John Morton Center for North American Studies which links to their website
Logo of FASA which links to their website
Logo of the University of Turku
Logo of the City of Turku. Links to City of Turku website
Logo of Visit Turku that links to their website.
Logo of Aboa Congress & Event services. Links to their website.