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May 5 2022

Trauma and Nostalgia in/for WWII

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.


  • Siv B. Lie, “The Fascination with Occupation: Yearning for Django Reinhardt under the Nazis”
  • Jay Grimes, “‘When Old Familiar Melodies Resound, Your Worries Will Soon Be Swept Away’: Music, Comedy, and Nostalgia as Responses to Trauma in the Nazi Ghetto of Theresienstadt”

Moderator: Danielle Stein

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.