Venue and dates (RESCHEDULED)

Vilnius University, Universiteto g. 3, 01123 Lithuania (map)
Tuesday, August 3 – Friday, August 6, 2021

The languages of the conference are Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish and English

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

  • Marija Drėmaitė, Professor, Vilnius University
  • Janet Garton, Professor Emeritus, University of East Anglia
  • Karin Kukkonen, Professor, University of Oslo
  • Ulf Olsson, Professor Emeritus, Stockholm University
  • Brady Wagoner, Professor, Aalborg University
  • Unni Langås, Professor, Agder University

Conference Committee at Vilnius University

  • Rasa Baranauskienė,
  • Rima Ciburevkinaitė
  • Juste Lemke (student representative)
  • Vibeke Groven
  • Elžbieta Kmitaitė
  • Erika Sausverde
  • Emil Slott
  • Ieva Steponavičiūtė Aleksiejūnienė (President, IASS)
  • Giedrius Tamaševičius
  • Loreta Vaicekauskienė
  • Rūta Zukienė

Call for papers and streams

With the good memories of the 2018 Copenhagen conference “Scandinavian Exceptionalisms” still fresh, we are now happy to invite you to the next IASS event, which will take place in Vilnius August 4th–7th 2020. 

The idea of the conference − memory culture − sprang naturally from its cultural topography. Vilnius, a “polycultural and polychronic text” (to quote the poet Tomas Venclova), with its dramatic, multi-ethnic and multilingual history, is pregnant with memories − complementary and conflicting, concealed and forgotten, constructed and de-constructable.

The conference will be hosted by Vilnius University, which is counted among the oldest in the region, and the location of the humanities on its oldest campus, in the heart of Vilnius Old town, makes it a very special conference venue. 

The timing of the event is also loaded with symbolism: in 2020 the Baltic States will celebrate thirty years of restored statehood, and this has been a process in which the Scandinavian countries have played a crucial role. 

The theme, time and location of the conference thus invite contributions that explore the intersections of history and culture. However, the title Memory Culture in Scandinavian studies covers a much broader field than that. Mnemosine is the mother of all the muses, and Munin is Hugin’s inseparable companion: any study of culture is concerned with remembering in one way or another.

Scholars of Scandinavian Studies, engaging with topics such as cultural memory, collective memory, visual memory, (re)imagined memory, post memory, memory and place, the memory of things, ecological memory, digital memory, intertextual and intermedial memory; those who work with theoretical approaches such as cognitive studies, trauma studies, genre studies, post-colonial and gender studies, Ecocriticism andposthuman studies; those who study early texts and deal with the problems of Old Norse literatureor those who work with Scandinavian literary history, canon formation, the history of film and other media, with individual writers or the evolution of ideas, styles or language use, can all find their place in the agenda of the conference. And it still leaves space for more. 

Thus, along with proposals for papers, we also encourage you to send in proposals for streams, with the possibility of inviting your partners in a project to join our forum.

Proposals for papers (20 min.) and eventual proposals for streams should be submitted to by Jan. 25, 2020. Deadline for abstract approval is Feb. 15. 

Online registration with payment of conference fee opens on this website the same day: early bird (before Apr. 1) € 110; later € 150. End of registration: May 1, 2020. 

For any questions regarding the conference please contact