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>From: "Tamar Steinitz" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Nostalgia PG Conference, London, June 2008
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>CFP: NOSTALGIA AND THE SHAPES OF HISTORY
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>A Postgraduate Conference at Queen Mary, University of London
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>Supported by the AHRC
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>Friday 13th - Saturday 14th June 2008
>Queen Mary, Mile End, London E1
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>www.english.qmul.ac.uk/nostalgia.html
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>Keynote papers by
>Mary Jacobus
>Patrick Wright
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>In association with Memory Studies
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>There have always been reasons to feel that one's true place in the world is
>irretrievably lost in the past. Imagined golden ages seem an essential form
>of mediation between the inadequate present and our sense of real selfhood.
>Self-consciousness about invoking absent authenticity has been
>characteristic of postmodernity, but so too has a feeling of universalised,
>unfulfillable longing. And for all the apparent conservatism of nostalgia,
>appeals to the lost glories of the past have been among the most potent of
>revolutionary battle cries. Nostalgic desires  melancholic, consoling, or
>bitter  still constantly revise the cultural landscape.
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>We are looking for papers from across the social sciences, arts and
>humanities that reflect on the human habit of looking back on other, better
>homes somehow left behind us. We are interested both in papers that focus
>closely on the particular pains and pleasures of mourning for a more
>comforting age, and in those that open out on to general concerns with
>memory, identity, place and history.
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>Nostalgic experience in any time or place and representations of nostalgia
>in theory, literature, film, photography, theatre, fashion, architecture,
>art, music and popular culture could all come under scrutiny. Fruitful
>topics might include:
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>    Romantic, modern and postmodern nostalgia
>    Myths of national, ethnic or racial identity and heritage
>    Pastoral and elegy
>    Commemoration and public memory
>    Ecology, ecopoetics and nostalgia
>    Theories of history
>    Nostalgia for empire or imperial self-confidence
>    Primitivism; Rousseau; childhood
>    Kitsch; consumerism; irony; trauma
>    Homesickness in the immigrant, ex-pat or exile experience
>    Purification and exclusionary nostalgia
>    Political homelands; governments in exile
>    Ruins, rurality and conservation
>    Psychoanalysis, self-identity, subjectivity
>    The future of nostalgia
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>Papers from postdoctoral and academic staff are also welcome. Please send
>250 word proposals for 20-minute papers to [log in to unmask] by
>March 7th 2008. Please include your title, name, institutional affiliation
>and a brief (no more than 100 words) outline of your research.
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>A selection of papers will be considered for publication in a special issue
>of the SAGE journal Memory Studies 
>(mss.sagepub.com <http://mss.sagepub.com/> ).
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>The conference is made possible by the generous support of the Arts &
>Humanities Research Council, and at Queen Mary the Humanities and Social
>Sciences Graduate School and the Department of English.

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