Concordia University: MA in Film Studies and Ph.D. in Film and Moving Images

Our programs in film and moving image studies offer multidisciplinary and transnational approaches. Develop the tools and visual literacy necessary for aesthetic, historical and cultural analysis of cinema and audiovisual media.


New book: Media and Nostalgia – Yearning for the Past, Present and Future


Media and Nostalgia -Yearning for the Past, Present and Future, by Katharina Niemeyer (editor), Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, Memory Studies Series, 2014, 256p.

‘Media and nostalgia’ is an interdisciplinary and international collection of critical approaches to nostalgia, analysing specifically its recent boom and its relations with various media. The pieces in the collection take a closer look at how nostalgia has always been a media-related matter, how media trigger nostalgic emotions, how they produce nostalgic narratives and how they can be a creative projection space for nostalgia. The collection analyses film, photography, television, music, professional networks, literature, works of art, home videos and print advertising. The chapters tackle the subject critically with reflections on political and commercial uses of nostalgia and explorations of its recent boom in digital environments.


Introduction: Media and Nostalgia; Katharina Niemeyer

1. Analogue Nostalgia and the Aesthetics of Digital Remediation; Dominik Schrey
2. Homesick for Aged Home Movies: Why Do We Shoot Contemporary Family in an Old-Fashioned Way?; Giuseppina Sapio
3. The Instant Past: Nostalgia and Digital Retro Photography; Gil Bartholeyns
4. Retromania: Crisis of Progressive Ideal and Spectrality in Pop Music; Maël Guesdon and Philippe Le Guern

5. Retrotyping and the Marketing of Nostalgia; Michael Pickering and Emily Keightley
6. Anti-Nostalgia in Citroën’s Advertising Campaign; Emmanuelle Fantin
7. Networks as Media for Nostalgia in an Organisational Context; Thibaut Bardon, Emmanuel Josserand and Florence Villesèche
8. Media and the Closure of the Memory Boom; Andrew Hoskins

9. Nostalgia is not What it Used to be: Serial Nostalgia and Nostalgic Television Series; Katharina Niemeyer and Daniela Wentz
10. AMC’s Mad Men and the Politics of Nostalgia; David P. Pierson
11. The Television Channel ARTE as a Time Machine and Matrix for European Identity; Aline Hartemann
12. Nostalgia, Tinted Memories and Cinematic Historiography: On Otto Preminger’s Bonjour Tristesse (1958); Ute Holl

13. Creative Nostalgia for an Imagined Better Future: Il treno del Sud by the Migrant Filmmaker Alvaro Bizzarri ; Morena La Barba
14. Nostalgia and Postcolonial Utopia in Senghor’s Négritude; Nadia Yala Kisukidi
15. Impossible Nostalgia; Itzhak Goldberg
16 . Journeys through the Past: Contempt, Nostalgia and Enigma; John Potts

Poetic Transfer of a (Serious) Situation; Marine Baudrillard

Seminar ‘Mining digital repositories’ – National Library of The Netherlands

Libraries want to understand the researchers who use their digital collections and researchers want to understand the nature of these collections better. The seminar ‘Mining digital repositories’ brought them together at the Dutch Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB) on 10-11 April, 2014, to discuss both the good and the bad of working with digitised collections – especially newspapers. And to look ahead at what a ‘digital utopia’ might look like. One easy point to agree on: it would be a world with less restrictive copyright laws. And a world where digital ‘portals’ are transformed into ‘platforms’ where researchers can freely ‘tinker’ with the digital data. – Report & photographs by Inge Angevaare, KB

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