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Nostalgia: The Many Forms of an Emotion


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Friday, November 13, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100
Boston College

Registration required. Please use the form below to register by November 11.

An interdisciplinary symposium featuring:

  • Gary Cross, Penn State University
  • Sara Dickinson, Università degli Studi di Genova
  • Thomas Dodman, Boston College
  • Mindy Fullilove, New York State Psychiatry Institute
  • Kevis Goodman, University of California, Berkeley
  • Katherine Hoffman, Northwestern University
  • Elizabeth Kensinger, Boston College
  • Susan Matt, Weber State University
  • Michael Roth, Wesleyan University
  • Ellen Schattschneider, Brandeis University
  • Constantine Sedikides, University of Southampton



9:00 a.m.

Welcome and coffee


9:30 a.m.



Thomas Dodman, History, Boston College
What nostalgia was: the making of a disease in 1688

Kevis Goodman, English, University of California Berkeley
Nostalgia’s Taste: Local Attachment and Aesthetic Detachment

Sara Dickinson, Slavic Studies, Università degli Studi di Genova
Toská and the Articulation of Nostalgia in Russia

Katherine Hoffman, Anthropology, Northwestern University
Nostalgia: Yearning, Memory, Pain

12:30 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m.

PANEL II: Traces

Ellen Schattschneider, Anthropology, Brandeis University
The Economics of Pain: Melancholia, Nostalgia, and the Human Figurine in Japanese Historical Consciousness

Mindy Fullilove, New York State Psychiatry Institute and Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
“It’s not nostalgia”: The presence of the past in the poetry of Michael Lally

Elizabeth Kensinger, Psychology, Boston College
Remembering through an emotional lens


4:00 p.m.


PANEL III: Identities

Susan Matt, History, Weber State University
Nostalgia and American Exceptionalism

Gary Cross ,History, Penn State University
Consumed by Nostalgia: The Case of Old Car Collecting since 1970

Constantine Sedikides, Psychology, University of Southampton
Nostalgia as a source of meaning


5:45 p.m.


Concluding Remarks

Michael Roth, President, Wesleyan University