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Nostalgie / Nostalgia

Imaginierte Zeit-Räume in globalen Medienkulturen / Imagined Time-Spaces in Global Media Cultures

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Sabine Sielke

Nostalgie boomt – als kulturelles Phänomen wie als Forschungsgegenstand. Was aber ist und wie wirkt Nostalgie? Dieses Buch zeigt auf, wie Nostalgie die Zeit anzuhalten sucht und unsere Wahrnehmung steuert. Eng verknüpft mit dem Aufkommen neuer Medientechnologien und Prozessen des Konsums schaffen Nostalgie und Retro imaginierte Zeit-Räume, die Vergangenes neu erfinden und sich Zukünftigem öffnen.

Nostalgia booms – both as cultural phenomenon and as research object. Yet what is nostalgia, and how does it work? This book shows how nostalgia aims at arresting time and channels our perception. Inextricably entwined with the rise of new media technologies and processes of consumption, nostalgia and retro create imagined time-spaces which reinvent the past and face the future.

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Transcription: Cultures – Concepts – Controversies is dedicated to publishing work that explores culture as cultures; work that interrogates the concepts, methods, and theories through which we map these explorations of cultures; and work that intervenes into the controversies that necessarily arise when we negotiate the complexities of cultures and cultural concepts.

Transcription focuses on, yet is by no means limited to, interdiscursive explorations of North American cultures and cultural practices. Recognizing that cultures tend to travel across regional and national boundaries – and increasingly do so in the age of digital media –, Transcription at the same time holds that concepts like cultural difference and nation remain relevant. For whenever boundaries collapse, new ones are likely to be formed.

The term ‘transcription’ acknowledges that all cultures engage in acts of copying, translating, and transforming performed, spoken, written, or digitalized sounds, languages, and codes from one medium into another. Only as close readers of these acts and processes of transformation can we achieve cultural literacy. With its multiple resonances within the human, social, and natural sciences the concept transcription also creates the frame for a wide range of transdisciplinary perspectives. Our close readings therefore aspire to travel far.

Referring, more specifically, to processes of encoding and transferring genetic information, Transcription recognizes the concurrence of cultural change, epistemological shifts, and scientific development. Taking up the challenges that the natural sciences pose to the humanities and social sciences, Transcription proposes to engage in dialogues between seemingly distant disciplines....

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