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May 5 2022

Queer Nostalgias

Nostalgia, Music and Music Studies Conference

The Nostalgia, Music and Music Studies conference series aims to bring nostalgia studies more broadly into conversation with music and music studies. As a theoretical framework, nostalgia studies allow us to explore attitudes towards the past underlying both musicology and music composition/performance. It illuminates the ways nostalgia is used by creators and audiences, as well as the ways it affects and influences our perceptions of history, heritage, self and others. Guided by the work of Svetlana Boym and others on nostalgia types (restorative vs reflective, individual vs. collective memory), this conference aims to bring scholars and artists together to deepen our understanding of nostalgia’s powerful presence in music and music-making.


  • Jordan Hugh Sam, “Theorizing Queer Nostalgia and the Musicality of Language: Towards an Epistemic Musical Understanding of Form, Syntax, and Text within the Novel Call Me by Your Name
  • Kristin Franseen, “‘…what has been once can be—twice?’: Edward Prime-Stevenson’s Historical and Musical Nostalgia”
  • Mitchell Morris, “Lypsinka’s Performances and Curatorial Camp”

Moderator: Tiffany Naiman

This program is made possible by the Joyce S. and Robert U. Nelson Fund. Robert Uriel Nelson was a revered musicologist and music professor at UCLA, who, together with his wife, established a generous endowment for the university to make programs like this possible.

Register in advance for this event. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.