A two-day conference in the Winter Gardens Margate, United Kingdom
November 9 - 10, 2013
Opening evening reception November 8, 2013

Organised by: Canterbury Christ Church University and The University of the Arts London Photography and the Archive Research Centre at the London College of Communication (PARC).

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This peer-reviewed conference explores the multiple concepts of nostalgia and how longing manifests itself within contemporary culture. It will examine, analyse and interpret the complexities of nostalgia and nostalgic sensibilities within art, media and material culture.

Nostalgia is often viewed as a form of yearning for another place or time; it has been identified as a way of managing loss, a marketing device and a tool of propaganda, by making reference to the past as a means to shape the future. Recently, the cultural function of nostalgia has been a subject of critical debate. In response, the conference will consider nostalgias different functions across a range of art and media based practices. Areas of exploration will include: photography, film, television, music, archives, consumer culture, psychology and social media.

Conference Details

The conference weekend begins with welcome drinks and a private view of the conference exhibition on Friday 8 November, followed by a full conference programme on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 November. A conference dinner will take place on the Saturday evening at the Walpole Bay Hotel.

Friday 8 November
18:00 - 20:00 Welcome Drinks at Pie Factory Gallery for delegates, speaker, artists and invited guests
19:00 Welcome by Brigitte Lardinois, introduction by Monica Takvam and Sam Vale
Saturday 9 November
09:00 - 09:30 Registration
09:30 - 09:40 Introduction and welcome by Prof Val Williams and Dr Karen Shepherdson
09:40 - 10:20 Keynote: Tim Wildschut
10:20 - 10:30 Questions
10:30 - 10:50 Ross Garner
Towards an Inclusive Approach: Theorising nostalgia through social constructionism
10:50 - 11:10 Sylwia Chrostowska
Shelf Lives: On nostalgic libraries
11:20 - 11:40 Coffee
11:40 - 12:00 Meg Jackson
(Re)Framing East: The case of Manfred Beier’s pre wall photographs in post wall Germany
12:00 - 12:20 Maria Pilar Rodriguez
When Your Son Dies: Mourning and nostalgia in recent European film
12:20 - 12:40 Manuel Menke & Philipp Müller
Not Lost, But Gone Before: Approaching media nostalgia
12:40 - 13:00 Anna Maria Kurpaska
Nostalgia and Vintage Aesthetics in Self-presentations of Mature Women on Photo-sharing Websites
13:00 - 13:30 Questions
13:30 - 14:10 Lunch
14:10 - 14:30 Alison Gazzard
Between Pixels and Play: The role of the photograph in videogame nostalgias
14:30 - 14:50 Shiro Yoshioka
Allure of the Imperial Capital: Development of nostalgic image of the interwar period in Japan
14:50 - 15:10 Hui Ying Kerr
Consuming Nostalgia in the Japanese Bubble Economy (1986 – 1991)
15:10 - 15:20 Questions
15:20 - 15:40 Coffee
15:40 - 16:00 Christian Hviid Mortensen
The Sound of Yesteryear on Display: A rethinking of nostalgia as a strategy for exhibiting pop/rock heritage
16:00 - 16:20 Responder to the day: Chris Pallant / Questions
19:00 - 21:00 Conference Dinner
Sunday 10 November
10:00 - 10:30 Registration
10:30 - 10:40 Introduction and welcome by Prof Val Williams and Dr Karen Shepherdson
10:40 - 11:20 Keynote: Nancy Martha West
11:20 - 11:30 Questions
11:30 - 11:50 Mike Chopra Gant
"Pictures or it didn’t happen!": Vernacular nostalgia, iphoneography and the practices of everyday life
11:50 - 12:10 Jacqueline Butler & Sonya Robinson
Wonderlands
12:10 - 12:20 Questions
12:20 - 12:40 Coffee
12:40 - 13:00 JP Kelly
Déjà View: Repetition and retrospection in AMC’s 'Mad Men'
13:00 - 13:20 Jane Simon
Family Secrets: Memories, home movies and nostalgia in the autobiographical film
13:20 - 13:40 Gilad Pavda
Narrating Queer Nostalgia, Fantasy and Longing in Mick Jagger's Performance in the Film 'Bent'
13:40 - 14:00 Questions
14:00 - 15:00 Lunch
15:00 - 15:20 Rosy Martin
Be/Longing and the Ambivalence of Home
15:20 - 16:00 Carol Mavor
Nostalgiaclasm: Smashing the Glass Windows of Roland Barthes’ Winter Garden Photograph
16:00 - 16:10 Questions
16:10 - 16:30 Responder to the day
16:30 - 18:30 Optional art trail and gallery tour