Virtual ProgramTuesday, October 19

22-03 Nostalgia in Theory and Practice

Tuesday, October 19, 11:15 am–12:45 pm

  session will be recorded and available for later viewing online


Chair: Nathan Paul Young (Capital University)

Forum participants:

Regina F. Bendix (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)

David Berliner (Université Libre de Bruxelles)

Dorothy  Noyes (The Ohio State University)

Esra Özyürek (University of Cambridge, UK)

Jeremy Francis Walton (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity)

Since its 17th-century formulation, the concept of nostalgia has been debated, refined and expanded. While most theorists agree that nostalgia emerges as a “structure of feeling” from notions of the past, assessing what such sentiments “do,” is not straightforward. Is nostalgia a deficiency exhibiting lack of integration within present milieus? Or rather is it a coping mechanism that rebuilds notions of self and community during rapid change? A byproduct of modernity, nostalgia has also been related to the identity fragmentation of postmodernity. In this forum, scholars from various disciplines will discuss these and other critical questions.