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International Interdisciplinary Conference
8-9 December 2022

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, 8 December 2022

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)


Niklas Salmose (Linnaeus University, Sweden)

Anthropocene Nostalgia


Anita Jarczok (University of Bielsko-Biala, Poland)

(No) Nostalgia for the Lost Home or How European Immigrants in the United States Remember Their Native Lands at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century: A Psychological and Cultural Perspective


Katarzyna Wasiak (University of Lodz, Poland)

Wartime Nostalgia: The Memory of the Second Generation


Konstantinos Alevizos (University of Rouen-Normandy, France; American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, USA)

Epicurus Defying Pain Through Time


12.00 PM – 12.30 PM: BREAK


12.30 PM – 2.30 PM: Plenary Session II


Chair: Katarzyna Wasiak (University of Lodz, Poland)


Ryan Habermeyer (Salisbury University, USA)

Once Upon a (Sideways) Time: Nostalgia, Neuroscience, and the Autofictional Novel as Fairy Tale


Łukasz Barciński (University of Rzeszow, Poland)

The Spectrum of Nostalgic Rainbow: Postmodern Works by Thomas Pynchon in Translation


Pekka Kilpeläinen (University of Eastern Finland)

Posthumanist Nostalgia: Specters of Cultural Memory in Daniel Black’s The Sacred Place


Agata Handley (University of Lodz, Poland)

The Journey Back Is the Journey Under: Exile from the Language of Home and Nostalgic Return in Tony Harrison’s Work


2.30 PM – 4.00 PM: BREAK


4.00 PM – 6.00 PM: Plenary Session III


ChairNiklas Salmose (Linnaeus University, Sweden)


Charles Kell (Community College of Rhode Island, USA)

“A silence that thrilled him”: Melancholy, Guilt, and the Longing for Family in Percival Everett’s Walk Me to the Distance


Justyna Kiełkowicz (Jagiellonian University, Poland)

Re-Writing Nostalgia in Chinelo Okparanta’s Under the Udala Trees


Marta Janíčková (Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic)

Franciscan Spirituality in Czech Literature of the 20th Century


Luís Raimundo (CESEM - Center for the Study of the Sociology and Aesthetics of Music in Lisbon, Portugal)

Sound Textures in a Christmas Gothic Novel: Markheim from Robert Louis Stevenson


6.00 PM – 6.30 PM: BREAK


6.30 PM – 8.30 PM: Plenary Session IV


Chair: to be confirmed


Paul Holmes (Edinburgh Napier University, UK)

Footsteps: A Photo-Installation by Paul Holmes


Dilara Balcı Gülpınar

National Nostalgia in Turkish Biographical Films: Analysis of Pocket Hercules: Naim Süleymanoğlu


Beatriz Carlsson Pecharromán (Linnaeus University, Sweden)

Negotiations with Nostalgia and the People’s Home in Sámi Blood


Christopher Pizzino (University of Georgia and George Mason University, USA)

Sacred Screens: Religious Nostalgia in US Films of the 1980s




FRIDAY, 9 December 2022

Online Sessions 


Parallel Sessions (Sections: A, B, C)


Section A:


11.00 AM – 2.00 PM: Session I A


Chair: Penny Grenann (Newcastle University, UK)


Gino Querini (Independent Researcher)

“The past still present tense”: On Hauntology, Memory, and Emotion in Smartphones Photography


Tarang Taswir (Abu Dhabi Women's College, the United Arab Emirates) 

Photographic Memories and Nostalgia


Fulya Toy (Marmara University, Turkey) 

The Rise of Mechanical Reproduction Vs. Digital Reproduction: “Tech-Nostalgia in Photography”


Payal Dahiya (Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi, India)

Melancholic Archiving


Arne Sjögren (Independent Researcher, UK)

Diving: Using Fictional Narrative to Contribute to an Understanding of Family Memories Deriving from British Colonial India Between 1933-1947


Penny Grenann (Newcastle University, UK)

Fixing the Future in the Past: The Particular and the General in Relation to Nostalgia



2.00 PM – 2.30 PM: BREAK


2.30 PM – 5.30 PM: Session II A


Chair: Priya Kharyal (Central University of Himachal Pradesh, India)


Kacper Madejek (NYU Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates)

Hearing Lost Futures: Hauntological Praxis in Music


Bilyana Todorova and Gergana Padareva-Ilieva (South-West University "Neofit  Rilski", Bulgaria)

Music and Nostalgia: the Bulgarian Case


Simran Tripathi and Sucharita Sharma (IIS [Deemed to be] University, Jaipur, India)

Memory Writing: A Therapeutic Process in Saul Bellow’s Herzog


Krati Sharma (Poornima Institute of Engineering and Technology, India) and Upma Pareek (Independent Researcher, India)

Presence of Nostalgia: A Psychoanalytic Approach in Childhood Memories Acts as a Bridge to Fill the Gap of Maternal Absence in the Selected Poems by William Cooper, Rabindra Nath Tagore and Elizabeth Akers Allen


Priya Kharyal (Central University of Himachal Pradesh, India)

Memory, Nostalgia and Changing Dynamics of "Being" and "Becoming": A Comparative Study of Adib Khan's Spiral Road and Manju Kapur's The Immigrant


Pooja Shankar (Central University of Himachal Pradesh, India)

Memory as Trauma and Emotional Strain in Anita Nair’s The Better Man


5.30 PM – 6.30 PM: BREAK


6.30 PM – 9.30 PM: Session III A


Chair: Olivier Harenda (Independent Researcher, Poland)


Abbey Austin Whitley  (Linnaeus University, Sweden)

Banking on Nostalgia: Why Spinoff Series Fail


Anna Ishchenko (Linnaeus University, Sweden)

From Natural to Environmental: Nostalgia and Ecocritical Critique in Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides


Olivier Harenda (Independent Researcher, Poland)

The Sky Is Always Blue: Exploring Memory and Nostalgia in Nobuhiko Obayashi’s Anti-War Trilogy


Emily Merrill (Bowling Green State University, USA)

Tracking the Urban Crisis from Economic Collapse to Gentrification: The Photographic Memoirs of Michigan Central Station in Camilo Jose Vergara’s Tracking Time


Elisete de Sousa Melo (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and Carlos Della Paschoa (Instituto Cervantes do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Personal Collections as Instruments of Memory Preservation: The Case of Nélida Piñon's Personal Collection


Carlos Della Paschoa (Instituto Cervantes do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Elisete de Sousa Melo (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and Marcelo Carneiro Ruas (Independent Researcher, Brazil)

Galician Memories in Rio De Janeiro: The Case of The Galician Collection of The Nélida Piñon Library

Section B:


11.30 AM – 2.30 PM: Session I B:


Chair: Maria Kurbak (Russian Academy of Sciences)


Nouzha Baba (Leiden University, The Netherlands) 

Autobiographical Stories: Mapping Memories, Rethinking Melancholy in Dutch Multicultural Space in Naima El Bezaz’s Narrative


Maria Casadei (Jagiellonian University, Poland)

Which Glorious Past? Decoding Indian Nostalgia


Maria Kurbak (Russian Academy of Sciences)

“Time of lost hopes”: Nostalgia for the 1990s in Russia and South Africa


Iryna Shuvalova (Independent Researcher)

Post-Soviet Nostalgia: A Marker of Allegiances in Wartime Ukraine


Liat Steir-Livny (The Open University of Israel)

The Russian Attack on Ukraine and Nazi-Holocaust Associations: Responses in Israel


Sanjiao Tang (Seoul National University, South Korea)

What is Their Nostalgia for? A Primary-Source-Based Case Study on the Privileges in Mao’s China and Its Living Legacies




3.00 PM – 3.30 PM: BREAK


3.30 AM – 6.30 PM: Session II B


Chair: Purbasha Mondal (Saltora Netaji Centenary College, Bankura University, India)


Mirosława Buchholtz (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland)

Henry James’s Travel Writing: Between Fern- and Heimweh


Osheen Sharma (Central University of Himachal Pradesh, India)

Remembrance of Loss: Nostalgia, Melancholy and Memory in Native American Literature

Purbasha Mondal (Saltora Netaji Centenary College, Bankura University, India)

Nostalgia for a Lost Culture: Re-Reading Tara June Winch’s Fiction


Prachi Sharma (IIS [Deemed to be] University, India)

Liberating the Mind: A Refugee's Journey from Melancholy to Non-Nostalgia in Abdulrazak Gurnah's By the Sea


Paul Almonte (American University of Sharjah, the United Arab Emirates)

“I want you to be Josie”: Post-Human Memories in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Klara and the Sun


Paweł Oleksak (Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, Poland)

Memory and Nostalgia in Kazuo Ishiguro's An Artist of the Floating World


6.30 PM – 7.30 PM: BREAK


7.30 PM – 10.30 PM: Session III B


Chair: Polina Golovátina-Mora (NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)


Laura P. Alonso-Gallo (Barry University in Miami, USA)

“Sensual Epiphanies: Oscar Hijuelos’s Aesthetics of Memory and Nostalgia in The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love and Other Novels 

Valerie Zawilski (King’s University College at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada)

The Power of Place: Performative Memory, Melancholy and Commemoration of the Anniversary of the Liquidation of the Litzmannstadt Ghetto in Łodz, Poland

Katherine Gaffney (University of Southern Mississippi, USA)

Mediated Memory: A Process for Continuing to Tell Stories Through Family Archive


Karine Laganovska (Daugavpils University, Latvia)

Nostalgia and Ostalgia: The Comparative Study of the Soviet Era in the Works of Pauls Bankovskis and Thomas Brussig


Johannes Shephard (University of New Hampshire, USA)

The False Conscience of Dr. Sheppard and the Enduring Coziness of Nostalgic Ethnocentrism: How an Attempt at Ethnic Purification Is Hidden in the Grand Nostalgic Meta-Narrative of the Detective Story


Polina Golovátina-Mora (NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)

Loving the Trees but Hating the Forest: Towards Transformative Nostalgia through Form-Content Interplay


Section C:


1.00 PM – 3.30 PM: Session I C:


Chair: Ni Zengxin (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)


Yi-Ching Teng (National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan)

Re-Exploring “A more comprehensive soul”: Nature and Nostalgic Recollections in Wordsworth


Yuxi Qin (University of Hong Kong)

How Nostalgia Intensifies Human Depression: Memorial Writing in Jin Yucheng’s Blossoms (Fan Hua)


Ni Zengxin (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

Invention of the Past: Nostalgic Memory, Narrative and Material Objects in John Banville’s Ancient Light


Sean T. Murphy (Providence College, USA)

Narrative Estrangement


Moamenla Longkumer (CHRIST University, Bangalore, India)

Nostalgic Journey of Love, Death and Redemption: The Lived Experiences as Memories in Sentilong Ozukum’s Sincerely Yours


3.30 PM – 4.00 PM: BREAK


4.00 PM – 6.30 PM: Session II C


Chair: to be confirmed


Marika Strano (Swansea University, UK)

Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla and S.D. Simper’s Carmilla and Laura: The Vampire and the Victim’s Evolution, Their Relationship and the Monster and the Victim’s Melancholy in the Original and in Its Retelling


Veronika Jílková (Masaryk University, Czech Republic)

A Reflection of Memories of Jan Sarkander (Mainly) in the Literature of the 20th Century


Karel Střelec (University of Ostrava, Czech Republic)

Lost Central Europe: Nostalgia and Remembrance in the Novels of Nathacha Appanah, Louis-Philippe Dalembert and Véronique Mougin


Agata Walek (Palacky University Olomouc, Czech Republic)

Becoming Animal (2010) by David Abram: Melancholy as a Result of

Separation from One ̓ s Body and the World


Marzena Keating (Pedagogical University of Krakow, Poland)

Mementos of the Past: Individual and Collective Memories in the Selected Irish Cookbooks


6.30 PM – 7.00 PM: BREAK


7.00 PM – 9.30 PM: Session III C


Chair: Dorothy Stegman (Ball State University, USA)


Shirley Prichard (University of Villanova, USA)

The Melancholic Politics of Dissimulatio in Seneca’s Thyestes


Dorothy Stegman (Ball State University, USA)

Montaigne’s Memory of the Past: Corporal Consumption and Composition in the Essays


Sylwia Wojciechowska (Jesuit University Ignatianum in Cracow, Poland)

Modernist Nostalgia as a Mode of Reflection


Marite Opincane (Daugavpils University, Latvia)

Creation of Nostalgic Myths in Joseph Conrad’s Mirror of the Sea and Memories on its Writing in the Collected Letters


Aleksandra Lesińska (Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, Poland)

The Images of Melancholy and Loneliness in a Forgotten Poetic Volume The Flower of my Life by Maria Helena Czaykowska, née Grabińska

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