The Exploring Nostalgia Project

Welcome to the Project:
Nostalgia is an extremely powerful feeling; it can in equal measure lift us up, make us feel safe, create fond memories and/or it can bring us down, make us feel intensely isolated, lonely, left behind and depressed. The Exploring Nostalgia Project aims to map the boundaries of nostalgia, explore the parameters within which it takes place and tentatively assess the consequences for ways of thinking, living and feeling in the 21st century.  Nostalgia is being approached as a multi-layered phenomenon which consequently requires multiple insights and perspectives from academic disciplines, professional practice, ngo and voluntary activities, artists, song writers, performers and any one who engages with forms and varieties of nostalgia.

Core themes for development:
The Exploring Nostalgia Project, will explore and assess a number of core themes:

  • Nostalgia and Physical and Mental Health
  • Nostalgia and Contemporary Culture
  • Nostalgia and Media
  • Negative Nostalgia
  • Preserving Nostalgia

Related themes will also be identified for development and exploration. Out of our deliberations it is anticipated that a series of related cross context research projects will develop.