Memory, Melancholy and Nostalgia 

Memory, Melancholy and NostalgiaProgramme


THURSDAY, 7 December 2017






Conference opening



Parallel sessions I


Section A: The Holocaust and Exile


Chair: Les Sztandera


Gulie Ne'eman Arad (Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel)

Israel: A State Based on Nostalgia and Melancholy


Sarah Snyder (University of Texas, USA)

Bearing Witness: Reflections from the Glass Booth at the Eichmann Trial


Tapas Roy (University of Calcutta, India)

Trauma and Nostalgia: The Narrative of the Refugee of Divided Bengal


Alim Koray Cengiz (Mustafa Kemal University, Turkey)

Societal Change in Reyhanlı Circassian Community: Nostalgia and Perception of Turning Back to Homeland


Section B: Literature


Chair: Janusz Waligóra


Eric Sandberg (City University of Hong Kong)

“Remembering is the essence of what I Am”: Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge, Collective Memory, and the Politics of Nostalgia


Akvilė Rėklaitytė (The Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore, Lithuania)

Ethos of Compassion in the Lithuanian Poetry of the Late 20th Century (Marcelijus Martinaitis)


Agata Handley (University of Łódź, Poland; Newman University, Birmingham, UK)

“Devoured by one flame”: Nostalgia and Haunting in Tony Harrison’s Work


Kamila Mirasova (Kazan Federal University, Russia)

The Motive of Nostalgia in Ayn Rand’s Novels




Lunch break



Parallel sessions II


Section A:  Nostalgia, Entrepreneurship and Art


Chair:Gulie Ne'eman


Les Sztandera (Philadelphia University, Thomas Jefferson University, USA)

Nostalgia Factor in the Current State of Social Entrepreneurship and Information Technology in Cuba


Tamara Kusimova, Mayya Shmidt (Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia)

Commercialization of Nostalgia: How do Soviet Goods Work on Post-Soviet  Markets?


Victoria Kazmina (Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia)

Soviet Childhood: Museum as Nostalgic Space


Joanna Świątek (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)

Yugonostalgia in Contemporary Visual Art



Section B: Literature


Chair: WU, Lok Ying (Judy)


Janusz Waligóra (Pedagogical University of Kraków, Poland)

The Self-Portrait with a Fox: The Past to Overcome in Magdalena Tulli’s Autobiographical Prose


Alicja Balcerzak (Pomeranian Academy and University in Słupsk, Poland)

Nostalgic Return to the Lost Childhood: Henryk Grynberg, a Polish Writer of Jewish Origin


Agata Zielińska (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland)

The Story of a Relationship that Never Existed: Categories of Postmemory and Trauma in Helga Schneider’s Lasciami Andare, Madre.


Jarosław Milewski (University of Łódź, Poland)

Burden of a Survivor: Dealing with Loss in Dual Autobiographies




Coffee break



Parallel sessions III


Section A: Theory and Therapy


Chair:Tapas Roy


Dariusz Brzeziński (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)

Retrotopia: Liquid Modern Nostalgia


Anna Szapert (University of Social Sciences, SWPS, Poland)  Gendering of Melancholia: The Melancholic Structure of Feminine Identity in the Writings of Luce Irigaray and Carol Gilligan


Ewelina Warumzer (Jagiellonian University, Poland)

Memory and the Intergenerational Transmission of Love Experience


Joanna Kossewska (Pedagogical University of Kraków Poland)

Nostalgia in the Context of Deafness: Assistive Technology as Effective Remedial Intervention



Section B: Literature


Chair: Eric Sandberg


Ryszard Bartnik (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland)

On a (Non-)Sentimental Journey Back to South Africa: Zoë Wicomb’s October. A case study


Magdalena Łapińska (University of Białystok, Poland)

(Im)Perfect Memories in Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn


Barbara Curzytek (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland)

Nostalgia for the Past in Fernando Vallejo’s Selected Literary Work


Justyna Kiełkowicz (Jagiellonian University, Poland)

Memory and Medieval Past in Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant


WU, Lok Ying (Judy) (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Kazuo Ishiguro’s A Pale View of Hills: Memory of the Mad-Youth



20:15 – 22.00

Dinner and wine reception – “LOBSTER” Restaurant, Grunwaldzka str. No. 472




FRIDAY, 8 December 2017







Parallel sessions IV


Section A: Postcommunism and Nationalism


Chair:Joseph Hughes


Ewa Kozioł-Chrzanowska (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)

Linguistic Memory of the Polish People’s Republic


Weronika Bryl-Roman (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland)

“There will never be such block settlements”: The Architecture of Socmodernism as a Medium of Nostalgic Perception of the Past


Róża Szafranek, Józef Maciuszek (Jagiellonian University, Poland)

Does Nostalgic Patriotism Have Anything in Common with Value System? Research and Analysis of Nationalism and Correlating Phenomena


Gyuchan Jeon (Korea National University of Arts in Seoul, Korea; University of Tartu, Estonia)

Memory of Nation(alism): Nostalgia of the Nationalist in Estonia



Section B: Aesthetics, Art and Media


Chair: Niklas Salmose


Pamela Howland (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań)

Chopin’s Mazurkas as a Form of Slavic Blues


Anna Blazejczyk (The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland)

Isaac Albéniz’s  Iberia as the Eternal Memory of Andalusia


Agnieszka Cieślak (University of Warsaw, Poland)

Photoplay Music: In Search of Lost Performance Practice


Tasos Giapoutzis (University of York, UK)

Quiet Life: Personal Nostalgia in the Autobiographical Film




Lunch break




Parallel sessions V


Section A: USA and Poland


Chair: Gyuchan Jeon


Joseph Hughes (Missouri State University, USA)

The Last of the Kashubian Americans?


Karl Wood (Kazimierz Wielki University, Bydgoszcz)

Memory and Nostalgia in an American Midwestern Small Town


Karolina Morawska (University of Warsaw, Poland)

Constructing the Memory: The Camelot Myth and John F. Kennedy’s Administration


Natasza Doiczman (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland)

Nostalgia and Melancholy in the Lives of Emigrants



Section B: Aesthetics, Art and Media


Chair: Camelia Grădinaru


Niklas Salmose (Linnaeus University, Sweden)

Nostalgic Aesthetics: The Fictive Nostalgic Experience


Polina Golovátina-Mora (Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Colombia)

Nostalgic Senses of a Travelling Self


Orance Mahaldar (Ghent University, Belgium)

Nostalgia and Emotion in Film Perception


Małgorzata Kaszak (University of Gdańsk, Poland)

“About those who will never find their loss”: Re-Defining the Concept of Melancholy




Coffee break



Parallel sessions VI


Section A: Literature


Chair: Karl Wood


Urszula Świątek (University of Warsaw, Poland)

T.S. Eliot’s Melancholic Cityscapes: Turpism and Other Observations


Arda Arikan (Akdezin University, Turkey), Nurten Birlik (Middle East Technical University, Turkey)

Memory as a Psychic Space of Remembering and Re-Membering Personal and Impersonal History


Magdalena Daniels (University of Nicolaus Copernicus in Toruń, Poland)

Nostalgia and Melancholy in Polish Literature


Katarzyna Bronk (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland)

“The sweet remembrance”?: Rebels Against Old-Age Decorum in Restoration Comedies


Section B: Aesthetics, Art and Media


Chair: Polina Golovátina-Mora


Adrian Mróz (Jagiellonian University, Poland)

A Longing for Spirit Value: Symbolic Misery, Melancholy and Conflict in Social Media and Meme Culture


Camelia Grădinaru (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania)

The Longing for Home in the Contemporary Digital Age: Some Nostalgic Stories of Immigrants From Virtual Communities


Hanna Kaszewska (Academy of Art, Szczecin, Poland)

Fighting Melancholy: Memory as Motivation, Art as Therapy. A Short Story of Louise Bourgeois and Use of Contemporary Drawing in Reliving the Past


Marcin Wróbel (Jagiellonian University, Poland)

Tatra Atlantis. Myth of Podhale – Podhale as a Myth: Shaping the Perception of Region in Past and Present




Conference closing


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