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Nostalgia – a reassessment in the era of austerity

October 10, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


This roundtable brings together scholars to focus on the role, and representation, of nostalgia in deindustrialisation studies. In their paradigm shifting piece, Cowie and Heathcott (2003) urged us to ‘move beyond’ smokestack nostalgia and tales of victimisation through closure. However, 20 years later, this perspective requires revisiting. Across the deindustrialising world, areas formerly built-up around industry continue to suffer from multiple deprivations in: crime; poverty; poor environment; addiction; unemployment; poor health, and more. In this roundtable, we consider how a reassessment of nostalgic reflections, and their meanings, can contribute to our understandings of experience in deindustrialisation’s half-life across generations. Taken together, they offer fresh insights into how we can reconnect the history of deindustrialisation with the contemporary experience of those communities worst impacted.

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Chairs/Organisers: Dr Hilary Orange (Swansea University) and Dr Andy Clark (Newcastle University)


  • Andy Clark, Newcastle University
  • Fred Burrill, Cape Breton University
  • Jackie Clarke, University of Glasgow
  • Sinead Burns, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Stefan Berger, Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum
  • Magdalena Novoa, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
  • Ewan Gibbs, University of Glasgow

Co-sponsors: DePOT and CHART (Centre for Heritage Research and Training), Swansea University

If you are joining us on Zoom, please note that the event will be recorded.


October 10, 2022
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Deindustrialization and the Politics of Our Time
Centre for Heritage Research and Training (CHART), Swansea University.