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The pictures of the 2015 IAMHIST conference in Bloomington, Indiana University

Leicester: The 2015 British Silent Film Festival

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The 2015 British Silent Film Festival
will take place between
10 – 13 September 2015
Phoenix Cinema, Leicester

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

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