Mission

The Netherlands American Studies Association (NASA) is a network of scholars and researchers interested in the history, culture, and politics of the United States.

It aims to promote the interdisciplinary study of the United States in the Netherlands by linking those active in this field through publications, discussion groups, seminars, and conferences.

Founded in 1977, NASA is built around the cooperation of the main American Studies departments at the universities of Amsterdam, Groningen, Leiden, and Nijmegen, as well as the Roosevelt Study Center in Middelburg, a research and conference center on U.S. history and European-American relations, which serves as the administrative center of NASA and publishes the NASA newsletter.

The Association crosses many disciplinary boundaries. NASA members are active in a range of departments, and the Association looks to extend its linkages with others in History, Literature, Sociology, Political Science, Art History, Geography, Law, Communication Studies, Women’s Studies, Popular Culture Studies, and Film Studies.

The NASA is active in organizing regular conferences and seminars to bring its membership together through the year. Every spring a one-day national conference is held to bring together American Studies undergraduate and graduate students and faculty: The American Studies Day, or Amerikanistendag. These are hosted, in rotation, by one of the four American Studies programs at the universities of Amsterdam, Groningen, Leiden, and Nijmegen.