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Labour’s Nostalgia — Review

Richard Jobson’s book Nostalgia and the Post-War Labour Party: Prisoners of the Past looks at the ways nostalgia has been used in conflicts within the Labour Party from the 1950s almost to the immediate presen. I reviewed the book for the History Workshop Journal. Nostalgia has become a pervasive term in politics. Both Brexit and Trump with their demands to ‘Take Back Control’ and ‘Make America Great Again’ have been described as nostalgic projects, driven by outmoded and anachronistic values and ideas. For obvious reasons, right-wing and … Continue reading Labour’s Nostalgia — Review

Sir Roy Strong, country houses and heritage

Yesterday I had the pleasure of interviewing Sir Roy Strong for my book. Sir Roy was director of the National Portrait Gallery from 1967 to 1973 and of the Victoria and Albert Museum from 1974 to 1987. Striding into the café of the National Gallery in a richly patterned, powder-blue suit and a beard reminiscent of a sixteenth-century Spanish grandee, Sir Roy looked less like a former museum director than a hipster. Now 82 years old, the man who as a research student blew … Continue reading Sir Roy Strong, country houses and heritage

CfA: ICAS:MP advertises multiple Senior and Postdoctoral Short-Term Fellowships starting in autumn 2018/2019, and autumn 2019/2020

Closing date: For 2018 Fellowships 15 July 2018; For 2019 Fellowships 15 September 2018. The M.S. Merian – R. Tagore International Centre for Advanced Studies “Metamorphoses of the Political: Comparative Perspectives on the Long…

Nostalgia in Contemporary Culture, University of Southern Denmark, 4-5 June

Last week I attended  a conference on “Nostalgia in Contemporary Culture” at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense organized by Rune Graulund, Niklas Salmose and Eric Sandberg. They are members of the project Nostalgia in Contemporary European Culture hosted by the University of Oulu, Finland. With participants from all over Europe as well as the United States, Turkey, China and Japan and with colleagues from literature, film and media departments, the conference was both extraordinary international and interdisciplinary. The topics of the papers were … Continue reading Nostalgia in Contemporary Culture, University of Southern Denmark, 4-5 June

New publication: Forum on nostalgia in History and Theory

The June edition of History and Theory includes a forum on nostalgia with papers by Achim Landwehr, Patricia Lorcin and myself. TOBIAS BECKER, The Meanings of Nostalgia: Genealogy and Critique (232-248) Nostalgia has become a new master narrative both in public discourse and academic research, serving as an explanation for trends in fields as different as popular culture, fashion, technology, and politics. This essay criticizes the wide-ranging use of the term. It argues that nostalgia often does not adequately describe the diverse uses of the past … Continue reading New publication: Forum on nostalgia in History and Theory

Chinese-European Academic Lecture No. 189

Heritage, law and religion: a colonial history of historic preservation in India (Indra Sengupta) Abstract: The term ‘heritage’ in the way in which we in modern times understand material and immaterial remains form the past has been largely defined by the UNESCO’s discourse on world heritage and its vast project of recognising world heritage sites (Glendinning 2013, Jokilehto 2009). It was in use in most countries of Western Europe by the middle of the nineteenth century. But protection of old, historic buildings and structures, […]

Stipendien der Institute der Max Weber Stiftung – Ein kurzer Überblick

Mit einem Stipendium ins Ausland – für viele Forschende eine gute Gelegenheit, während der Promotion oder als Postdoc internationale Erfahrungen zu sammeln und andere wissenschaftliche Umgebungen kennenzulernen. Auch die Institute der Max Weber Stiftung…

Paper on “Nazi nostalgia” at UCL IAS

On 21 March, I’m giving a paper on “Nazi nostalgia? Looking back on the 1970s Hitler Wave” at the  Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London, IAS Seminar Room 20, First Floor, South Wing, Wilkins Building,21 March, 5pm In the historiography of the German engagement with the Nazi past, the 1970s are usually a blank space, especially when compared to the 1960s and 1980s. However, the 1970s did see a major debate about the Nazi past under the title of the “Hitler nostalgia wave” (or … Continue reading Paper on “Nazi nostalgia” at UCL IAS

“Zu Asche, zu Staub”: Babylon Berlin and Weimar Nostalgia

The new German television series Babylon Berlin, the most expensive ever to come out of Germany, has been a popular as well as critical success, celebrated for its high production values and style. Based on a series of detective novels by Volker Kutscher set in the dying days of the Weimar Republic, it has raised questions about the German past and the way it is represented today. Why does a television series like this come out now? And what does this say about our … Continue reading “Zu Asche, zu Staub”: Babylon Berlin and Weimar Nostalgia