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CfA: Nostalgia

The Universidade Católica Protuguesa invites papers for contributtions to their journal. The next issue of Diffractions is dedicated to the topic of "NOSTALGIA”

How does this very specific contemporary moment affect and produce different forms of nostalgia? How do reimaginings of the future and nostalgic longing intersect? In what specific ways does nostalgia oscillate between escapism, regressive fantasy and effective coping mechanism? Is there still space for nostalgic longing in this ever-urgent present? How do the rapid pace of digitisation and the easy access to digital archives change the modes of nostalgia? How has the concept of nostalgia and the way it is perceived evolved in time and space? Are there any major differences between nostalgia as it is understood in the present and how it was understood in the past? What functions does nostalgia have in the present? What functions did it have in the past?

We look forward to receiving contributions addressing these or related questions. Topics include but are not limited to:
| Nostalgia as a modern cultural, social, political and commercial experience

| Places of Memory: real and virtual places of identity

| Contemporary golden ages: the past and the future as utopia and dystopia

| The Great (Wo)men of History: The rise and fall of the Nostalgic Hero/Anti-hero

| Non-random Access Memory: Nostalgia in the age of digitisation

| Deeply moved: Nostalgia and Migration

Submissions and review process

Abstracts will be received and reviewed by the Diffractions editorial board who will decide on the pertinence of proposals for the upcoming issue. After submission, we will get in touch with the authors of accepted abstracts in order to invite them to submit a full article. However, this does not imply that these papers will be automatically published. Rather, they will go through a peer-review process that will determine whether papers are publishable with minor or major changes, or they do not fulfill the criteria for publication.

Please send abstracts of 150 to 200 words, and 5-8 keywords by MAY 6th, 2023, to info.diffractions with the subject “Diffractions 8”, followed by your last name.

The full papers should be submitted by JULY 31st, 2023, through the journal’s platform: