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International Interdisciplinary Conference

7-8 December 2023

Gdańsk, Poland
in person/ online




Please note that as our conference will be international we took into consideration different time zones but the hours specified in the program refers to the time in Poland, Warsaw (CET). 


THURSDAY, 7 December 2023

Online Sessions

Parallel Sessions (Sections: A, B, C)

11.00 AM – 2.00 PM: Session A I

Chair: Wojciech Owczarski (University of Gdansk, Poland)

Dariusz Brzeziński (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)
When the Angel of History Turned His Face Around: On Retrotopia

Joanna Nowicka (Angelus Silesius University of Applied Sciences in
Walbrzych, Poland)
The Business Dimension of Nostalgia and Memories: State, Trends and
Prospects of the Market

Liena Galeja (Latvian Academy of Culture, Latvia)
Representations of Soviet Nostalgia in the Digital Landscape of
Nowadays’ Latvia

Mirjana Manojlović (University of Szeged, Hungary)
Longing for a Better Life: A Historical Perspective on Yugonostalgia

Ahmad Alzoubi (University of São Paulo, Brazil)
The Palestinian Community in Brazil

Shira Elbaz (Bar Ilan University, Israel)
Elder Nostalgia: Exploring Embodiment, Disability and the Ageing Body
in the Nostalgic Narratives of Two Elderly Men

2.00 PM – 2.30 PM: BREAK

2.30 PM – 6.00 PM: Session A II

Chair: Paola Partenza (University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy)

Agata Sowińska (University of Silesia, Poland)
“Who wrought my studious numbers | Smoothly once in happier days,
| Now perforce in tears and sadness | Learn a mournful strain to raise”:
The Melancholy of Boethius

Marya Rizwan (Independent Researcher, India)
Mimicking Homeland, Nostalgia and Intergenerational Trauma in Brij
Lal's Th
e Tamarind Tree

Agnieszka Kliś (University of Bielsko-Biala, Poland)
Title to be con

Alina Ielisieieva (Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland)
Memory and History as Means of (Re)Invention of Identity in Migrant

Elena Ogliari (State University of Milan, Italy)
“As the commemorations loom, the rhetoric returns”: Lia Mills's Fallen
and the Decade of Centenaries

Paola Partenza (University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy)
Memory and Nostalgia in Tennyson’s Ulysses

Paweł Oleksak (Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, Poland)
The Role of Memory in The Road by Cormac McCarthy

6.00 PM – 6.30 PM: BREAK

6.30 PM – 9.30 PM: Session A III

Chair: Charlotte Beyer (University of Gloucestershire, UK)

Caterina Pan (Paris-Lodron-Universität Salzburg, Austria)
"I wandered lonely...": Travel and Nostalgia in Romantic Poetry

Matylda Tymolewska (University of Warsaw, Poland)
Nostalgia in Adam Mickiewicz’s Late Poetry

Lara Rodríguez Sieweke (Umeå University, Sweden)
A Nostalgic and Intermedial Reading of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Winter
in Two 1922 Magazines

Jody Kelly White (Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden)
Nordic Nostalgia within the Dystopian World of Karin Boye's Kallocain

Charlotte Beyer (University of Gloucestershire, UK)
Resisting Seduction by th
e “Golden Age” and its Nostalgia: Decolonising
British Crime Fiction

Monica Garoiu (University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, USA)
Longing for the Past in Milan Kundera's Ignorance

11.30 AM – 2.30 PM: Session B I

Chair: To be confirmed

Leon Coward (Independent Researcher, Australia)

Fairy Tale or Reality? Oscar Wilde, The Happy Prince, and the Mis-
Remembered Past

Thomas Leonard Shaw (University of the Philippines Diliman)
Recursive Nostalgias: Gothic Memory in Renato Madrid’s Mass for the
Death of an Enemy

Jenisha T (Central University of Tamil Nadu, Thiruvarur, India)
Narrative Catharsis, Postmemory, and Resilience: An Analysis of Minoli
Salgado’s Twelve Cries from Home: In Search of Sri Lanka’s

Pooja Shankar (Central University Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India)
Repercussions of Unwanted Memory in Anita Nair’s The Better Man and
Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway

Paul Almonte (American University of Sharjah, UAE) and Daria
Smirnova (University of South Carolina, USA)
“It was done, it was finished:” Matters of Memory and Closure in the
Works of Maria Stepanova and Virginia Woolf

Rosy-Triantafyllia Angelaki (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki,
lgia and Melancholy in Personal Literature: The Case of Alki Zei
and Zorz Sari

2.30 PM – 3.00 PM: BREAK

3.00 PM – 7.00 PM: Session B II

Chair: Ştefan Bolea (University Babes-Bolyai, Romania)

Ştefan Bolea (University Babes-Bolyai, Romania)
Melancholy in Philosophy, Poetry and in Cioran’s Works

Sylwia Wojciechowska (Jesuit University Ignatianum in Krakow,
Nostalgia vs. Nost/algia in Literary Studies

Olga Żyminkowska (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland)
Melancholy in the Postcolonial Interpretation of Descartes

Shannon King (Independent Researcher, USA)
Aging and Injury: Rural Canadian Landscapes in Theatre

Ian Funk (George Washington University, USA)
Re-Collecting Masculine Citizenship: Walt Whitman, Melancholic Gay
Politics, and the Temporal Anxiety of Nostalgia

Sydney Shamblin Anderson (University of Miami, USA)
Nostalgia as Call to Action: Longing for Premodern Pasts while
Confronting Environmental Futures

Anna Targosz (Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland)
Homesick for Another (and Better) World: Contemporary Women’s
Prose on Reimagining the Ecological Crisis

Barbara Gabriell Renzi (Macromedia University, Germany)

Echoes of the Past: Unraveling Nostalgia in Environmental Cinema

12.00 PM – 3.00 PM: Session C I

Chair: Eulàlia Polls Camps (University of Barcelona, Spain)

Yulin Zhou (Communication University of China)
The Awakening of Memory by Tactile Movies

Marina Bantiou (University of Thessaly, Greece)
Nostalgic Memories of the Late 20th Century in the Digital Public
Sphere: Exploring the Impact of Digital Humanities on Shaping
Collective Memory in Public History

Katarzyna Szyszka (Independent Researcher, Poland)
Nostalgia Levels in “Disco Elysium”. How Different Elements of the
Game Contribute to the Feeling of Longing

Joanna Nakonieczna (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin,
Memories and Nostalgia for the Chivalric Times in Video Games: A visit
to Toussaint

Eulàlia Polls Camps (University of Barcelona, Spain)
Loïe Fuller's Visionary Imagination Applied to the Stage Technology
and Art Nouveau Performances (1862-1928)

Rajrupa Mukherjee (Jadavpur University, India)
Memory of Indira Gandhi and Post 2014 Politics in India

3.00 PM – 3.30 PM: BREAK

3.30 PM – 7.30 PM: Session C II

Chair: Marzia Dessi (The European Graduate School [EGS] Saas-Fee,


Liat Steir-Livny (The Open University of Israel)

“Unimating” the Holocaust: The Representations of the Holocaust in
Animated Documentaries

Alina Legeyda (Newcastle University, UK; VN Karazin Kharkiv National
University, Ukraine)

Nostalgia in Holocaust-Survivors’ Testimonies in a Series of USC Shoah
Foundation Visual Archives

Tasos Giapoutzis (University of Essex, UK)
Nostalgia and Migration: Exploring Aesthetics of Nostalgia in
Mnemonic Muse

Marzia Dessi (The European Graduate School [EGS] Saas-Fee,
Trapped in the Terminal and Inhabiting Liminal Spaces: Anemoia,
Fernweh, and Nostalgia the U.S. Immigrant in Film

Miriam Thaler (Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon)
Turning the Boat Around: Grada K
ilomba’s Subversion of Portuguese


Alessandra Affortunati Martins (UNIFESP, Brazil)
Angels of Melancholy and a Line of Escape in the Present

Kaitlyn (Kaia) Colborne (University of Hawai'i at Manoa, USA)
Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun and Lady Emma Hamilton: A Case Study for
Temporality in Portraiture

Helene Demers (Vancouver Island University, Canada)
Stitching Stories of Journeys, Transitions, and Migrations

FRIDAY, 8 December 2023

Onsite Sessions at Holiday Inn City Centre Hotel, Gdansk

10.00 AM – 12.00 PM: Plenary Session I
Chair: Wojciech Owczarski (University of Gdansk, Poland)

Konstantinos Alevizos (ERIAC, France)
Memory as the Departing Point of Any Knowledge According to the
Epicurean Philosophy, through Some Readings of the Book 25 on

Louisa Toxvaerd Munch (University of Warwick, UK)
In the Age of Solastalgia: Climate Breakdown, Homesickness and the
Rise of the Right

Shpresa Rama (Independent Researcher, Kosovo)
Echoes of Melancholy and Nostalgia: Ferdonija's Story in Kosovo's
Cultural Memory

Ufuoma Patience Ejoke (University of the Free State, South Africa)
Nostalgia and Melancholy: African Migrants’ Meaning-Making in the

12.00 PM – 12.30 PM: BREAK

12.30 PM – 2.00 PM: Plenary Session II

Chair: Polina Golovátina-Mora (NTNU, Norway)

Xiaobin YANG (Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
Chinese “Nostalgic Poetry” from the Past to the Present: History,
Nature and Beyond

Eric Sandberg (City University of Hong Kong)
Crime Fiction and Holocaust Memory

Lamija Handan (Independent Researcher, Sweden)
The Paradox of Freedom: Nostalgia and Longing in the Pursuit of

2.00 PM – 3.30 PM: BREAK


3.30 PM – 5.30 PM: Plenary Session III

Chair: Ricardo Rato Rodrigues (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in
Lublin, Poland)

Cristina Pividori (The Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain)
Thatcherism, Ironic-Nostalgia, and Englishness: Revisiting the
Edwardian Age in Isabel Colegate’s Neo-Victorian Fiction

Pekka Kilpeläinen (University of Eastern Finland)
The Memory of Slavery in Subversive Spaces: Nostalgia, Melancholy,
and the Utopian Impulse in James Baldwin’s Just Above My Head

Khushboo Verma (Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India)
“A lifetime of silence”: Cultural Memory and Redress Movements in
Mary Lynn Bracht’s White Chrysanthemum (2018)

Justyna Kiełkowicz (Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland)
Medieval Women and Their Literature in Victoria MacKenzie’s For Thy
Great Pain Have Mercy on My Little Pain

5.30 PM – 6.00 PM: BREAK

6.00 PM – 8.30 PM: Plenary Session IV

Chair: Eric Sandberg (City University of Hong Kong)

Niklas Salmose (Linnaeus University, Sweden)
Intermedial Nostalgia

Agata Handley (University of Lodz, Poland)
Sites of Simulation/ Sites of Nostalgia: A Mediated Past in Muse’s
Thought Contagion

Tomasz Dobrogoszcz (University of Lodz, Poland)
Muse’s Thought Contagion and Michael Jackson’s Thriller: Nostalgic

Ricardo Rato Rodrigues (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin,
Looking Back in Nostalgia? Miguel Gomes’ Tabu and the Portuguese
Colonial Mindset

Polina Golovátina-Mora (NTNU, Norway) and Anna Maria
(University of Bialystok, Poland)
Transformative Powers of Vallenato: The Story of a Nostalgia




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