In her book The Future of Nostalgia (2001) Svetlana Boym writes of nostalgia as a longing for “a home that no longer exists or has never existed” and a longing for “a different time,” a desire “to obliterate history and turn it into private or collective mythology, to revisit time like space, refusing to surrender to the irreversibility of time that plagues human condition.” Boym distinguishes between “restorative” nostalgia, which “attempts a transhistorical reconstruction of the lost home,” and, on a higher level, “reflective” nostalgia, which “thrives in algia, the longing itself and delays the homecoming – wistfully, ironically, desperately.”

The Conference intends to address the concept/philosophy/controversy of nostalgia in relation to North-American literature and culture. We welcome papers on topics such as:

  • the acceptance/refusal of nostalgic approaches to North-American literature and culture
  • nostalgia in North-American literary and cultural criticism
  • nostalgia and ethnicity
  • nostalgia and immigration
  • nostalgia and the politics of remembrance/commemoration
  • nostalgia and memory
  • nostalgia and trauma
  • nostalgia and diaries, journals, letters as containers of memory
  • nostalgia in the works of North-American authors/artists
  • nostalgic re(readings) of texts in North-American literature, art, film
  • the nostalgic/the imaginary/the fantastic in North-American imagination
  • the nostalgic/the melancholy/the sentimental and the North-American experience
  • tropes of nostalgia in North-American texts

Key-note speakers:

  • prof. Giséle Sigal, Université de Pau et de Pays de l’Adour (France)
  • prof. Waldemar Zacharasiewicz, Universität Wien (Austria)
  • dr hab. Jerzy Kamionowski, Uniwersytet w Białymstoku (Poland)

Conference fees:

  • Polish scholars: 400 PLN
  • Polish doctoral students: 250 PLN
  • Foreign scholars: 200 €
  • Foreign doctoral students: 100 €
  • The conference fee includes conference materials, reception, meals and snacks during the conference, an excursion, and post-conference publication of selected texts.

Conference venue:

  • Faculty of English Philology (University of Białystok)
  • ul. Liniarskiego 3,
  • 15-420 Białystok
  • Poland

Organizing Committee:

  • prof. Zbigniew Maszewski
  • dr hab. Jerzy Kamionowski
  • dr Jacek Partyka
  • mgr Weronika Łaszkiewicz
  • mgr Tomasz Sawczuk
  • mgr Michalina Zdanowicz

Registration Form

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  • April 30, 2014 – deadline for submitting abstracts (200-300 words)
  • June 15, 2014 – issuing letters of acceptance
  • June 31, 2014 – deadline for payment