The Medievalism of Nostalgia: 27-29 November 2009

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The Medievalism of Nostalgia

An ARC NEER Conference

Call For Papers

Graduate Centre, University of Melbourne

November 27-28, 2009

Nostalgia, first perceived in the 17th century as an obscure condition of homesickness afflicting soldiers serving abroad, is now recognized as a key symptom of modernity. Medievalism ­the re-imagining and re-invention of the Middle Ages ­has provided a desirable home for the longings of nostalgia since the 18th century or earlier. This conference offers an opportunity to investigate the privileged association between the two terms. Keynote speakers at the conference are Professor Linda M. Austin (Oklahoma State University), Dr. Louise D'Arcens (University of Wollongong), Professor Andrew Lynch (University of Western Australia). Cost of registration is $60/$40 concession.

Papers are invited which explore the links between medievalism and nostalgia from any perspective. Possible fields of interest include: theory and history of nostalgia and medievalism; literature; music and performing arts; art and architecture; cinema, television and digital media; popular culture; detective fiction; tourism and heritage sites; historical recreation societies; nationalism and medievalism; pedagogy; museums and galleries.

Please submit your title and 250-word abstract for papers of twenty minutes in length to the convenor, Helen Dell, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne ( by September 11, 2009. Please include affiliation and contact details with your abstract. Further details will be available at the conference website ( and on the Network for Early European Research events web site (

A postgraduate/early career researcher masterclass will be held immediately after the conference, on Sunday November 29. This day-long event will focus specifically on the theorising of nostalgia, and will be geared toward assisting postgraduates and early career researchers in developing a rigorous and confident engagement with nostalgia and associated concepts. While the masterclass will have a medievalist emphasis, it will not be limited to medievalism, so postgraduates and early career researchers in a range of areas are welcome to apply. This event will be convened by Louise D'Arcens and Andrew Lynch as part of their current Australian Research Council-funded project on Medievalism in Australian Cultural Memory. The masterclass will also involve input from other academic guests working in the areas of nostalgia and cultural memory. Further details to come when they are confirmed. Interested postgraduates and early career researchers should contact either Andrew Lynch ( or Louise D'Arcens ( by October 1. Proposals should include name, academic affiliation, and 200 words describing your current research project and how you see it intersecting with issues of nostalgia and/or cultural memory.

For further details check the conference website: or email me

Dr Helen Dell
Research Fellow
Literary Studies
School of Culture and Communication
University of Melbourne
Victoria, 3010