Assistant Professor of Contemporary History at The University of Nottingham; received his education at the Universities of Göttingen, Edinburgh, Southampton and Heidelberg; works on the social and cultural history of rupture and loss in twentieth-century Europe, with particular emphasis on the urban memory of World War II aerial bombing and of de-industrialisation in the 1970s and 1980s. Major publications: The Allied Air War and Urban Memory: The Legacy of Strategic Bombing in Germany (Cambridge: CUP, 2011); “Managed Decline? Zur Diskussion um die Zukunft Liverpools im ersten Kabinett Thatcher (1979-1981)”, Informationen zur modernen Stadtgeschichte (in print, 2015); “‘Engaged in a daily wager with death’. Occupational health hazards in the British coal mining industry as cultural representation and political resource, ca. 1970-1990”, Historical Social Research / Historische Sozialforschung (2015, in print).
Tobias Becker is a research fellow at the German Historical Institute London, where he works on the “nostalgia wave” in the 1970s and 80s (www.nostalgia.hypotheses.org). He is also co-authoring a textbook on the history of European popular culture since the eighteenth century. His research interests lie in the field of modern European history, urban history, the history of popular culture and the history and theory of history. Publications include: Inszenierte Moderne. Populäres Theater in Berlin und London, 1880-1930 (2014); Popular Musical Theatre in London and Berlin, 1890-1939, (ed. with Len Platt and David Linton, 2014); Die Metropole der tausend Freuden (ed. with Anna Littmann and Johanna Niedbalski, 2011).
Andreas Gestrich is Director of the German Historical Institute London. His present research interests comprise the history of family, childhood and youth, the history of poverty and poor relief, media history and the social history of religious groups. His publications include, among others, Absolutismus und Öffentlichkeit: Politische Kommunikation in Deutschland zu Beginn des 18. Jahrhunderts (1994), Familie im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert (1999) and (ed. with Christiane Eisenberg) Cultural Industries in Britain and Germany: Sport, Music and Entertainment from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Century (2012).
Eva read history and political sciences in Münster, Hanover and Gothenburg, finishing with a dissertation in political sciences on small states as norm entrepreneurs in the EU. She started working on her PhD-project in 2011 and submitted the thesis entitled ‘Adolphus Frederick, Duke of Cambridge as governor-general and viceroy of Hanover 1816-1837’ to Hanover university in July 2015.
She has been working as a freelance guide and researcher at Historisches Museum Hannover since 2009 and Museum Schloss Herrenhausen since 2012 as well as doing PR-work for Deutscher Bundestag.
Amy Holdsworth is a lecturer in Film and Television Studies in the School of Culture and Creative Arts at the University of Glasgow. She is the author of Television, Memory and Nostalgia (Palgrave, 2011) and has contributed articles to Screen, Cinema Journal, Journal of British Cinema and Television and Critical Studies in Television. Amongst other things she is currently working on two projects that continue her interests in memory and nostalgia. The first focuses on intergenerational memory, nostalgia and children’s television and the second explores memory and autobiography as a lens through which to study television. This latter project includes research on the relationship between homesickness, nostalgia and the television ‘home’.
Peter F. N. Hörz
Peter F. N. Hörz studied Cultural Anthropology and Educational Sciences at the Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen and Vienna University and holds a PhD degree from Vienna University. Hörz teaches Cultural Anthropology at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and Educuational Sciences, Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Applied Sciences Esslingen. His major topics of interest in which he researches are: Anthropology of labor and work, Jewish culture studies, Gender Studies and the history and present of transportation and traffic.
Reinhild Kreis is Assistant Professor at the University of Mannheim. In 2015/16 she is a Lise Meitner Fellow at the Institute for Economic and Social History at the University of Vienna. Her current project is on “Making Things Oneself in an Age of Consumption. Values, Social Order, and Practices from the late 19th century to the 1980s”. Her research focuses on the history of consumption, German-American relations, protest history, and the history of emotions. Her publications include: Orte für Amerika. Deutsch-Amerikanische Institute und Amerikahäuser in der Bundesrepublik seit den 1960er Jahren (Stuttgart 2012); Trust but Verify. The Politics of Uncertainty and the Transformation of the Cold War Order, 1969-1991 (forthcoming with Stanford University Press in 2016).
Ishay Landa is senior lecturer of modern history at the Israeli Open University, in Ra’anana (since 2009). His research interests include political theory – especially Nietzscheanism, fascism, Marxism, and liberalism – and popular culture. He has written two books: The Overman in the Marketplace: Nietzschean Heroism in Popular Culture (Lexington, 2007) and The Apprentice’s Sorcerer: Liberal Tradition and Fascism (Brill, 2010). He recently completed a major textbook on European fascism (in Hebrew). His essays and lectures deal with diverse topics such as fascism, consumerism, religion and atheism, and take on different writers and thinkers, for example Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger, Georges Bataille, or J. R. R. Tolkien. He has won several scholarships, among them a Post-doc fellowship with distinction: “Gerhard Martin Julius Schmidt Minerva Fellowship,” for a research conducted at TU Braunschweig, Germany (2006-2008), and, more recently, the Alon Fellowship for Outstanding Young Researchers, awarded by the Council of Higher Education, Israel (2009-2012).
Achim Landwehr studied history, German literature, and legal history at the universities of Freiburg, Augsburg, Basel, and Dublin. He received his Ph.D. in 1999, his ‘Habilitation’ was completed in 2005. Since 2008 he holds a chair for early modern history at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf. His current research interests are the cultural history of a ‘long’ European 17th century, the history of time, and the theory of history. His latest book published in German is Geburt der Gegenwart. Eine Geschichte der Zeit im 17. Jahrhundert (S. Fischer: Frankfurt 2014).
Patricia Lorcin is Professor of History at the University of Minnesota-twin cities. She is the author of Imperial Identities (1995, 1999; revised and updated 2014; French translation as Kabyles, Arabes, Français: Identités coloniales, 2005) and Historicizing Colonial Nostalgia: European Women’s Narratives of Algeria and Kenya 1900-present (2012). She has edited or co-edited 4 volumes, including the forthcoming French Mediterraneans: Transnational and Imperial Histories, 2 special issues and published numerous articles and book chapters on French and Western imperialism. She is at present working on a project tentatively entitled The Cold War, Art, Politics and Transnational Activism during Decolonization and is co-editing a special issue of Gender & History on global war.
Geographer David Lowenthal is professor emeritus of the Department of Geography, University College London, and a renowned and prolific writer on nostalgia, heritage, and the spatial outcomes of concepts of the past and future. In several books on the politics of preservation, the meaning and value of landscape, society in the West Indies, and conceptions of nature, he has focused on the landscape and built environment as palimpsests of cultural attitudes to history. Lowenthal is a medalist of the Royal Geographical Society, Scottish Royal Geographical Society, and American Geographical Society; a fellow of the British Academy; and the recipient of many prestigious awards and prizes. A successor to The Past is a Foreign Country (1985), widely regarded as a classic, is due in print early next year (The Past is a Foreign Country—Revisited, Cambridge, 2015).
Gintare Malinauskaite is a doctoral candidate in History at Humboldt University of Berlin. Her dissertation analyzes narratives and iconographies of the Holocaust in Lithuania after independence in 1990. Her research interests focus on the Holocaust research, film studies, gender and cultural memory in transnational contexts. Publications include: From Private to Public Memories: Vilna Ghetto Female Prisoners and Their Resistance in Documentary and Narrative Films (ed. Andrea Peto, Luise Hecht and Karolina Krasuska, 2015); Erinnerung an den Holocaust und Antisemitismus in Litauen: Die Kehrseiten der Erinnerungen an den Zweiten Weltkrieg, in: Jahrbuch für Antisemitismusforschung, (23), 2014.
Owen Molloy is a first year research student concentrating on nostalgia for the Bonn Republic. After completing his Bachelor in Modern History, he continued his studies with a Masters degree in Modern European History, both at the University of East Anglia. His research interests primarily focus on the history of West Germany, multiculturalism in reunited Germany, and the societal impact of the Space Race in both the Soviet Union and the United States.
Karl B. Murr
Karl Borromäus Murr was educated in History, Philosophy and Ethnology at the universities of Munich, Oxford (St Edmund Hall), Eichstätt-Ingolstadt and Cambridge/USA (Harvard University). In 2005 he received his PhD in History from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. The same year he was appointed curator and in 2009 director of the new State Textile and Industry Museum Augsburg (tim). Since 2012 he has been a member of the European Museum Academy (EMA); earlier this year he became a board member of the EMA. Since 2005 he has been teaching courses in history, ethnology and museum studies at the University of Augsburg and Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. He has published widely on social memory, cultural history, social history and global history.
Katharina Niemeyer is an Associate professor at University Paris 2, Sorbonne Universities. She is member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Analysis of the Media (CARISM), co-founder of the International Media and Nostalgia Network (IMNN) and council member of the International Association for Media and History (IAMHIST). She holds a Master in European Media Culture (Bauhaus University Weimar and University of Lyon 2). Until July 2012, Katharina Niemeyer worked as a lecturer and researcher at the University of Geneva, where she also obtained her Ph.D. in 2009. She edited the volume “Media and Nostalgia – Yearning for the past, present and future”(Palgrave Macmillan, Memory Studies Series, 2014). Her major areas of research are in the field of media culture, media theory and semiotics. She is particularly interested in the interrelations of media, time and temporalities; with a focus on (collective) memories and history.
Torben Philipp is a lecturer in Slavic Studies at the Humboldt University of Berlin. He teaches and conducts research in the fields of Russian Literature, the History of Optical Media of the 19th and 20th century, and Late Socialist Culture in the Soviet Union. Having obtained a PhD from the University of Zurich in 2011 with a thesis on the role of photography in 19th century Russia, he is currently working on a book project on Russia as an Oil Culture. His publications include articles and books on the interplay between science and literature, and Visual Culture in Russian Realism.
Len Platt is Professor of Modern Literature at Goldsmiths College, University of London. His research interests are modern literature, James Joyce and popular musical theatre and his publications include James Joyce: Texts and Contexts (2011), Modernism and Race (edited, 2010), Joyce, Race and ‘Finnegans Wake’ (2006), Musical Comedy on the West End Stage, 1890–1939 (2004) and Aristocracies of Fiction (2003).
Rogério Miguel Puga
Rogerio Miguel Puga is Assistant Professor at the New University of Lisbon and at the Design School IADE. He is a researcher at the Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies (Lisbon), and the author of several books and articles on Anglo-Portuguese relations, Postcolonial Stuydies, History of Macau, Portuguese Literature and Culture. He is subject editor for the journal Romance Studies (Maney Publishing) and the editor of the forthcoming European Journal of Macao Studies.
Manca G. Renko
Manca G. Renko (1988, Ljubljana, Slovenia) has a master degree in History and German Language and Literature from the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. She is currently working as teaching assistant (19th and 20th century European history) at the Faculty of Humanities (FHS), University of Primorska, is an early stage researcher at Institute for Historical Studies, Science and Research Centre and a PhD candidate. She is editor-in-chief of AirBeletrina literary journal, published by Beletrina Academic Press. She also writes articles, reviews and essays for various Slovenian publications and occasionally works as a translator. Interests include nineteenth and twentieth century European history (Russia, Austro-Hungarian Empire, Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Littoral), cultural and social history, Ideologies of twentieth century; and German, Austrian and Swiss literature (“Wiener Moderne”, “Weimarer Republik” and authors such as Thomas Bernhard, W. G. Sebald, Max Frisch, Joseph Roth, Stephan Zweig)
In 2013, Achim Saupe was appointed to the post of coordinator of the Leibniz-Research Alliance Historical Authenticity. He studied History, Political Science and Philosophy at the Free University Berlin (M.A. 2002) and earned his doctoral degree in Modern History there in 2007 with a study on the idea of historians as detectives in the theory of historiography and the representation of history and historians in detective fiction. From 2007 onwards, he worked as a research fellow in the departments “Changing Concepts of the Political” and “Contemporary History of Media and Information Societies“ at the Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam. He was postgraduate research coordinator at the ZZF and worked as an editor for the online publication Docupedia-Zeitgeschichte. In 2010, he received a scholarship by the German Historical Institute London. He is also an assistant lecturer at Potsdam University and at the Humboldt-University in Berlin.
Dominik Schrey studied German Literature and Culture at Universität Karlsruhe, Germany. Since finishing his Master’s degree in late 2008, he works as a research associate at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). However, he also held teaching assignments at the University of Usti nad Labem (CZ) and the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG). In July 2010, he was a fellow in the Mentor’s Program of the IKKM in Weimar (supervised by Prof. Tom Gunning), and in February 2011, he organized the conference “Media – Technology – Nostalgia” in Karlsruhe. Supported by a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service, he was a Visiting Fellow in the Harvard University PhD Program in Film and Visual Studies (supervised by Prof. David Rodowick) for the fall term 2011, which also gave him the opportunity to discuss his project with Prof. Svetlana Boym and other scholars. Currently, he is finishing his PhD thesis on Analog Nostalgia in Digital Media Culture (supervised by Prof. Andreas Böhn, KIT, and Prof. Jens Schröter, Univesität Siegen) that also features an extensive re-valuation of the cultural history of the concept of nostalgia.
Constantine Sedikides’ research is on self and identity and their interplay with emotion and motivation, close relationships, and group or organizational processes. He has recently been studying nostalgia and its implications for various psychological processes. He has published 12 volumes and over 260 articles in such journals as Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Journal of Personality, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. He has received several awards, such as the Kurt Lewin Medal for Outstanding Scientific Contribution from the European Association of Social Psychology and The Presidents’ Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge, The British Psychological Society (2012). Before coming to the University of Southampton, where he presently teaches, Constantine taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. He holds a BA from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and a PhD from the Ohio State University, USA.
Kerstin has a Master’s degree in Art History and Theatre Studies from Freie Universität Berlin. She has worked for one year at the International Centre for the Study of the Conservation and Preservation of Cultural Property in Rome. For her PhD thesis within the framework of the graduate school “Founding myths of Europe” of the Universities of Bonn, Paris IV Sorbonne and Florence, she analyses the political function of the notion a common European heritage in processes of building a European identity. She is currently involved in a research project for the University of Dortmund on the evaluation of Post-War Architecture in Europe. Her research interests include cultural politics, urban studies, and the history and theory of international heritage conservation.
Tim Strangleman is Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. He is interested in a wide range of areas around the sociology of work and economic life and nostalgia. He has carried out research in a wide variety of industries which raise questions about work meaning and identity, deindustrialisation, the experience of industrial change and nostalgia. He has collaborated with a number of photographers, artists and film makers, and is the author of two books, (2008) Work and Society, with Tracey Warren, Routledge; (2004) Work Identity at the End of the Line? Palgrave. In 2013 he co-edited with Sherry Linkon and James Rhodes a special issue of the International Labor and Working Class History (ILWCH) entitled Crumbling Cultures: Deindustrialization, Class and Memory. He is currently writing two books Imagining Work in the Twentieth Century: Guinness and the Transformation of Employment (Oxford)and Corroding Capital: Work, place, culture and the meaning of deindustrialisation (Cornell) with James Rhodes.