NOMOS. International interdisciplinary conference on Nostalgia Movements.

December 15, 2022 - December 16, 2022
Multimedia Institute - MAMA, Social Fringe - Interesting Untold Stories & Center for Visual Studies, Zagreb, Croatia

Preradovićeva 18
Zagreb 10000

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ORGANIZERS: NGO Social Fringe (SF:ius) and Center for Visual Studies in Zagreb

VENUE: Multimedia Institute, Preradovićeva 18, 10000 Zagreb and On-line


The International Interdisciplinary Conference Nostalgia Movements will bring together experts in the field of social sciences, humanities and contemporary art with the aim of critically addressing contemporary social trends facing new technologies, augmented and virtual realities, meta- and post-media and internet phenomena as well as the humanitarian, political and 21st century cultural crises.

The conference wants to offer critical answers to questions on how modern techno-scientific and socio-political phenomena shape our relationship to the past and how is this relationship commodified and shaped into products on a global market dominated by the so-called economies of experience and cinematic mode of production. In the same way, the same phenomena essentially reshapes our attitude towards the immediate space and self-understanding of our own position in the real and virtual world (meta-versum, streaming wars, augmented reality, ...). From nostalgia for past political projects to alienation in contemporary hyper-urban spaces, the phenomenon of false nostalgia in contemporary pop music to synthetic and hybrid aesthetics of television and film spectacles, one seeks to question the possibilities of authentic critique of contemporary culture beyond all cynicism and hermetic self-sufficiency of contemporary academic theories.

The conference wishes to address – but is in no way limited – to the themes listed below:

*Yugo-nostalgia, nostalgia tourism, historical geography and musealisation of „inappropriate” pasts

*post-urbanity, melancholy of space, alienation and loneliness as condition for virtual escapism

*relationship of dreams, film, memory and the image in contemporary visual phenomena

*retro-wave, hybrid past, synthetic aesthetics on television and in cinema

*vaporwave, strategies of counteraction and contestation in internet based art movements and projects

*nostalgia in contemporary pop music

*phenomenology of nostalgia, through history of ideas, contemporary philosophical reflection and cultural studies

The format of the conference is a one-day intensive gathering in a hybrid environment - online and on site - with accompanying events in real and virtual space. The planned outcomes of the conference are (1) the creation of a collaborative platform for research of the nostalgia movements through planned activities in the future, and (2) an edited peer-reviewed conference publication in English and in open-access. In addition to the papers from the conference, there will be a separate Call for Papers with the aim of gathering a qualitatively broader setting for the publication.

THE CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD ON-SITE (Multimedia Institute, Preradovićeva 18, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia) and ON-LINE (hybrid sessions)

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#phenomenology, #contemporary aesthetics, #visual studies, #memory studies, #philosophy of culture