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Appel à contributions : “Retrophilia, nostalgia, and the end of pop culture” (Imaginaires, online journal)

CFP Imaginaires – Pop Culture Online Journal : “Retrophilia, nostalgia, and the end of pop culture

University of Reims, CIRLEP EA4299

Échéance des propositions : 27 décembre 2022

In 2011, music critic Simon Reynolds’s essay Retromania came out, the main argument of which was that “We live in a pop age gone loco for retro and crazy for commemoration. […] Could it be that the greatest danger to the future of our music culture is … its past?” (Reynolds ix).  Reynolds’s focus was on pop music at the turn of the new millennium, questioning the role of its producers and the tastes of its audience, stuck in a state of “hyper-stasis”. One decade after Reynolds’s thought-provoking analysis, one may wonder whether this assumption is still relevant today. Can it be extended to other objects of pop culture?

In a 2021 Guardian article, Mark Singer contended that “Covid has pushed pop culture into nostalgia. It’s time for something new”. The American journalist “worried that culture was increasingly trapped in its own past, awash with reissues and remakes. In contrast to most of the 20th century, very little in the world of music or cinema felt radically new” ( last accessed 11/08/22)

-Consumption-based nostalgia for children: books, films, and toys.

– Retro-consumption in music: revival of vinyl discs, CDs, even cassettes (and their players) Old bands reforming for special concerts/performances. 

-Retro-parties or revival parties: The Jazz Age Lawn Party (New York City’s original prohibition era inspired gathering. );  The Blitz Party in London (“London’s best-loved and most authentic 1940s party”,  <London’s Best 1940s-Theme New Years Eve Party (> 

2- Retro and vintage culture: forms and formats

-Back to traditional forms of serialisation: weekly episodes vs binge watching – what narrative (and marketing) issues? Ex. On Netflix, Better Saul => one episode per week; more recently, Guillermo Del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities built up viewers “curiosity” by releasing two episodes every day. Continuer la lecture de Appel à contributions : “Retrophilia, nostalgia, and the end of pop culture” (Imaginaires, online journal)

Parution : Nostalgies contemporaines. Médias, cultures et technologies

Emmanuelle Fantin, Sébastien Fevry et Katharina Niemeyer (dir.), Nostalgies contemporaines. Médias, cultures et technologies, Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, “Information-communication”, 2021.

La nostalgie est devenue une ressource fondamentale de la culture médiatique contemporaine. Les séries télévisées au look rétro, l’amour du vintage et des meubles patinés, le déferlement du rétro-gaming ou encore les commémorations (muséales) d’un passé souvent idéalisé peuplent désormais notre quotidien. La nostalgie est pourtant bien plus qu’une simple rétrogradation temporelle, et c’est ce que les auteur·e·s de cet ouvrage entendent démontrer à travers des réflexions critiques et des cas d’études originaux et inédits. Comment comprendre la passion pour les photographies de maisons en ruines ? Qu’est ce qui nous pousse à regarder en boucle nos séries préférées ou celles de notre enfance ? Pourquoi écrire aujourd’hui une carte postale qui sera reçue en 2042 ? Voici quelques-unes des nombreuses questions auxquelles cet ouvrage collectif transdisciplinaire – le premier en langue française – propose d’offrir des pistes de réponse.

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Call for papers : CFP Flashbacks – Nostalgic Media and mediated forms of nostalgia

Call for papers – International conference

Flashbacks – Nostalgic Media and mediated forms of nostalgia

13-14 September 2012

Institute of Communication, Media and Journalism studies

University of Geneva – Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences – Department of Sociology

Deadline for proposals: May 6, 2012

Send abstracts of max. 500 words, bibliography and biographical statement to:

Confirmed speakers: Prof. Daniel Dayan, Prof. Ute Holl, Prof. Andrew Hoskins

Media are time machines. They remember and forget. Media screen and record parts of memory and history as well as they maintain collective memories and contribute to historical narratives by (re)shaping events, happenings or other incidents. Media also tend to remind their own past by re-using archive-images in the present, for example. In this sense, media seem to be nostalgic of the past as well as of their own one. Nostalgiaas a concept, feeling or expression is not new. The notion has been introduced by a doctor in Switzerland (17th century) to describe the phenomenon of homesickness. Related to nostalgia is also the idea of melancholia or yearning. These days, there seems to be a BOOM of nostalgiaThe Artist (revival of the silent film) or television series like Mad Men – exploring aesthetics and social life of the sixties – are examples of what we could name nostalgic media (makers). Digital photography on cell phones gets a polaroid-touch; the retro design becomes digitized. Advertising for watches or cars is linked to nostalgic forms of family tradition. Fans of the fifties organise parties and fashion events to feel like being part of the past in the present. Being nostalgic and remembering pieces of the past also includes forgetting. What kind of memories are discriminated? Can media really be nostalgic? Which specific forms of nostalgia appear in contemporary society and why? Can people be nostalgic if they did not experience the past they pretend being nostalgic of? What kind of politics of nostalgia exist? What is the impact of nostalgia on the media market and its influence on economy? Finally, given the arbitrary (?) use of the past in all its imaginable variations and cultural systems, is it still possible to use the wordnostalgia or should there be a neologism describing the transformation of the past in(to) the digital era? Could it even be possible to be simply nostalgic of nostalgia; finally describing the eternal research for (lost) identity?

This international conference aims to explore nostalgia as a (mass) media phenomena and also seeks forcontributions that treat any other mediated forms of nostalgia.

Topics may include, but will not be limited to, the following:

nostalgia and (mass)media

  • publics, web- and fan-communities
  • audiovisual narratives, screening, recording
  • seriality, flashbacks and temporality
  • news, journalism, (printed) press
  • broadcast revivals, archive discoveries
  • political past, political systems, (n)ostalgia, institutions
  • special nostalgic broadcast (home country, culinary traditions etc.)
  • photography, comics, video games and new technologies

mediated forms of nostalgia

  • architecture, (product)-design and fashion
  • psychological aspects and history of nostalgia
  • migration, home-comers, homesickness
  • geographical maps, tourist attractions and villages
  • folklore, traditions, regional nostalgia
  • museums, exhibitions and contemporary art
  • flea markets, vintage stores and fairs, parties, concerts

economy, marketing and nostalgia

  • Vintage-retro branding
  • retro-design (cars, watches, furniture)
  • advertising, marketing and luxury products
  • music and arts business

theories and methodologies

  • nostalgic media studies and critical approaches
  • the come-back of philosophers and thinkers “of the past” in
  • science, arts and other research domains

Deadline for proposals: May 6, 2012

Send abstracts of max. 500 words, bibliography and biographical statement to:

Participants will have to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses. Travel information as well as a list of affordable hotels and other accommodations will be posted on the conference-website in June.

Participation fees will be announced but will not exceed 100 CHF (and less for students).

For any other inquiries feel free to contact Katharina Niemeyer ( /