Nostalgia and the City

1 February 2011, 17:00 - 19:00

CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge

Elizabeth Wilson.


Nostalgia is usually perceived negatively, but has been to some extent displaced in recent years by the notiion of memory, which has more positive connotations.   The origins, and development of ideas about nostalgia and memory will be the focus of the talk, which will then focus on the particular relationship of nostalgia to urban buildings and landscapes.

Elizabeth Wilson has written a number of books, including several relating to cultural studies, the best known being Adorned in Dreams: Fashion and Modernity and The Sphinx in the City: Urban Life, the Control of Disorder and Women, and the most recent being Bohemians: The Glamorous Outcasts. She published two crime novels in the mid 1990s and a third, The Twilight Hour, will be published next year by Serpent's Tail. She taught full time at London Metropolitan University for many years and has also taught at Stanford University, California, Goldsmiths College, the Architectural Association, Kings College and the London College of Fashion, where she is currently Visiting Professor.

Part of the City Seminar series.
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