Nostalgia in Contemporary Culture

I was honored this summer to attend the Nostalgia in Contemporary Culture conference in Odense, Denmark, which hosted a vibrant group of nostalgia scholars from Europe and beyond.

My paper, adapted from a forthcoming book chapter about the biopic, examined the role of nostalgia in this much-maligned genre, particularly its intersections with performance, visual design, and industry accolades. Our COMD M.A. student Deniz Özyurt also presented a paper at the conference, and his presentation offered an overview of nostalgia in the music that Jonny Greenwood has written for the films of Paul Thomas Anderson.

My thanks to the organizers for hosting such a lively, stimulating event. Click here for more about the project behind this conference.