The International Media and Nostalgia Network (IMNN) was launched during the 2015 IAMHIST conference (Indiana University). The idea behind the network is to create a working platform for scholars who research media and nostalgia by approaching it from various disciplines and cultures. The platform’s goal is to exchange thoughts, to inspire and support each other and to cooperate on publications, conferences and projects going from digital to migrant nostalgia. Hence, we do not want to limit the access to the network by defining a certain type of research on media and nostalgia but endorse a broad and inclusive understanding of the topic leading to critical reflections on different types, functions and layers of this very special feeling. IMNN members and founders come from different research backgrounds (sociology, anthropology, communication and media studies, media archeology, cultural studies, history, psychology, politics…) and live in various geographical places (Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Israel, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the United States, Turkey). The main emphasis of the network is put on the interrelations between nostalgia and media, where media is understood in its broader sense: not only ‘classical’ mass media or media industries, but also other technologies and devices that are conceived as media (literature, music, video games etc.), let alone any cultural platform that mediates meanings, such as art, museums and fashion. Even though we believe that media is essential in our modern lives we do not want to stress mediacentric approach and technical determinism. Media and media practices are grounded in historical, political, cultural and economic conditions. Hence, our approach is to (re-)think and tackle critically the relation of nostalgia and media, but also those of memory and history. Maintaining the connection between us and finding new linkages to others is the core idea of this network.
If you are a researcher or professional actively working on nostalgia topics and if you wish to join the network or if you have any suggestions, ideas, remarks feel free to contact us.
Emmanuelle Fantin, Ekaterina Kalinina, Manuel Menke and Katharina Niemeyer