Interdisciplinary Conference

ORGANISERS:  SF:ius and Center for Visual Studies
LOCATION:  Multimedia Institute, Preradovićeva 18, Zagreb, Croatia, and On-line
DATE: December 15-16, 2022
Official CfP @ PhilEvents


The International Interdisciplinary Conference Nostalgia Movements will bring together experts in the field of social sciences, humanities, and contemporary art with the aim of critically addressing contemporary social trends facing new technologies, augmented and virtual realities, meta- and post-media, and internet phenomena as well as the humanitarian, political and 21st-century cultural crises.

The conference wants to offer critical answers to questions on how modern techno-scientific and socio-political phenomena shape our relationship to the past and how is this relationship commodified and shaped into products on a global market dominated by the so-called economies of experience and cinematic mode of production. In the same way, the same phenomena essentially reshape our attitude toward the immediate space and self-understanding of our own position in the real and virtual world (meta-versus, streaming wars, augmented reality, …). From nostalgia for past political projects to alienation in contemporary hyper-urban spaces, the phenomenon of false nostalgia in contemporary pop music to synthetic and hybrid aesthetics of television and film spectacles, one seeks to question the possibilities of authentic critique of contemporary culture beyond all cynicism and hermetic self-sufficiency of contemporary academic theories.

The conference wishes to address – but is in no way limited – to the themes listed below:

– Yugo-nostalgia, nostalgia tourism, historical geography, and musealisation of „inappropriate” pasts

– post-urbanity, the melancholy of space, alienation, and loneliness as conditions for virtual escapism

– relationship of dreams, film, memory, and the image in contemporary visual phenomena

– retro-wave, hybrid past, synthetic aesthetics on television and in cinema

– vaporwave, strategies of counteraction and contestation in internet-based art movements and projects

– nostalgia in contemporary pop music

– phenomenology of nostalgia, through the history of ideas, contemporary philosophical reflection, and cultural studies

The format of the conference is a one-day intensive gathering in a hybrid environment – online and on-site – with accompanying events in real and virtual space. The planned outcomes of the conference are (1) the creation of a collaborative platform for research of the nostalgia movements through planned activities in the future, and (2) an edited peer-reviewed conference publication in English and in open access. In addition to the papers from the conference, there will be a separate Call for Papers with the aim of gathering a qualitatively broader setting for the publication.

ORGANISING COMMITTEE: Tomislav Augustinčić (doctoral student, TA at University of Zadar), Dafne Berc (researcher at SF:ius), Ivor Glavaš (Multimedia Institute), Layla Munitić (SF:ius)

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE: Luciano Basauri (Santiago, Chile), Dario Vuger (SF:ius/doctoral student at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia), Krešimir Purgar (Center for Visual Studies/Academy for Art and Culture, Osijek, Croatia), Blaženka Perica (Academy of Arts, Split, Croatia), Igor Loinjak (doctoral student, TA at Academy of Arts and Culture, Osijek, Croatia), dr. sc. Mirela Ramljak Purgar (Faculty of humanities and social sciences, Osijek, Croatia) dr. sc. Andrej Božič (Inštitut Nove Revije, Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Call for Papers open to Researchers and Artists

– open from 10.6.-24.7.


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To submit a proposal for the conference, please send us your cover letter (affiliation and short bio) and a separate abstract (no longer than 250 words) with your proposed title.


To apply as an artist, only a portfolio of works or a website with a bio is required.