Tagung: Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be

Friday, April 17th, 2015

13.00 – 13.15 Welcome & Introduction

13.15 – 15.45 Panel 1: Framing Nostalgia

Chair: Anja Ketterl (Maryland)

  • Tabea Meurer (Münster): Longing for Power? Reflections on Nostalgia, Past Presencing, and the Construction of Élites
  • Rana R. Siblini (Münster): Reading Pre-modern Arabic Poetry through Nostalgia
  • Tobias Becker (London): Nostalgia and the Historians; The Resurgence of the Past and the ‘Nostalgia Wave’ in the 1970s
  • Sylwia D. Chrostowska (Toronto): On the Trail of Nostalgia: A History in Critique
  • Jozsef Krupp (Budapest): Philology and Nostalgia
15.45 – 16.15 Coffee-Break

16.15 – 18.15 Panel 2: Poetic Longing – Performing Nostalgia in Literature (1)

Chair: Bernhard Metz (Berlin)

  • Anton Pluschke (Princeton): "Wer an zurück denkt, der will zurück." The World in Fontane and Heidegger
  • Ana-Maria Schlupp (Berlin): Nostalgic Longing for a Place Unknown. About Jan Koneffkes "Eine nie vergessene Geschichte
  • Aleksandra Kremer (Warsaw): The Performance of Nostalgia in the Poetry of Eugeniusz Tkaczyszyn-Dycki
  • Mariella C. Scheer (Berlin): Memory is Truth, Nostalgia is Forgery? The Creative Potential of Nostalgic Memory in Literature
18.15 – 19.00 Wine-Reception

19.00 Keynote-Lecture: Nicholas Dames (New York): Rethinking Nostalgia and Pleasure: The Example of the 1970s

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

10.00 – 12.30 Panel 3: Media of/and Nostalgia

Chair: Alesya Raskuratova (Berlin)

  • Mirjam Kappes (Cologne): Mediated Nostalgia(s): Memory and Mass Media in the Digital Age
  • Wolfgang Hottner (New Haven): Winter Gardens. Space, Memoria and Images in Barthes and Proust
  • Katharina Greven (Bayreuth): Longing for a New Home: The Fantasy Africa of the German Art Patron Ulli Beier and his Wife Georgina Beier in their Archive
  • Nout Van Den Neste (Lisbon): Remembering Portugal: Discourses of Portuguese Nostalgia in Saudade and Fado Music
  • Antoni Michnik (Warsaw): "Borrowed Nostalgia for the Unremembered 80‘s" - James Murphy, Memory and Retromania
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch-Break

13.30 – 15.00 Panel 4: (Post-)Transformation and Nostalgia

Chair: Thomas Hardtke (Berlin)

  • Erica Lombard (Oxford): An Awkward Ache: Nostalgic White Writing in Post-Apartheid South Africa
  • Ksenia Robbe (Leiden): Decolonizing Transformation: Nostalgia and Complicity in Ludmila Ulitskaya’s "The Big Green Tent" and Antjie Krog’s "A Change of Tongue"
  • Caspar Battegay (Lausanne): Nostalgia for the Storyteller. Joseph Roth’s Narratology
15.00 – 16.00 Coffee-Break

16.00 – 18.00 Panel 5: Poetic Longing – Performing Nostalgia in Literature (2)

Chair: Clemens Dirmhirn (Berlin)

  • Qin Wang (New York): How not to be Nostalgic of the Future: Lu Xun’s "Homeland" and the Politics of Modernity of the May Fourth Movement in China
  • Jeffrey Champlin (New York): “Old-fashioned procreation": Homunculus and Nostalgia for the Body in Faust II
  • Oliver Völker (Frankfurt): “Dead and gone". Aesthetics of Loss in T.C. Boyles "A Friend of the Earth"
  • Federico Dal Bo (Berlin): Going Home When "That Agony Returns"; Primo Levi’s "Ad Ora Incerta and His Tragic Nóstos from the Camps"
19.30 Conference-Dinner