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A Bridge to the Past: Public Memory and Nostalgia for the Communist Times in Modern Georgia

To understand the specifics of collective memory and nostalgia for the communist times in today’s Georgia, it is important to look back to the first two decades of country’s sovereignty. Georgia obtained independence from the USSR in early 1991, and at that time, interethnic conflict in South Ossetia (1991–1992) already had been escalating. Soon after, a military conflict in Abkhazia had started and continued from August 1992 to September 1993. Although these conflicts sometimes are described as civil wars in the result of an ethnic conflict, the separatists

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Vitality of Public Open Space (Case Study: Taman Nostalgia Kupang)

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The purpose of the study is to determine the condition of Taman Nostalgia in terms of vitality (the quality of function, physic (environment), and meaning). The study implements descriptive approach, by which the study presents and describes the condition of Taman Nostalgia based on the phenomenon found in the field. The data are collected through documentation, observation, and interviews and are analyzed using descriptive approach and Project for Public Space. The results showed that the condition of Taman Nostalgia in terms of vitality has decreased due to several causes, such as the direct connection between relaxing area and garden area, the location and capacity of the plaza which is limited and not functional, direct connection between playground and plant area, the absence of space marker and the division of sub space in the parking area, the placement of jogging track separated and not connected to the centre of park activity, unattractive culinary area and its forming activities, limited space of sports centre, and unavailability of supporting facilities. Likewise, seen from the aspects of forming quality of the area, the park showed the absence of management concerning the aspect of needs (comfort, relaxation, passive/active engagement, and discovery), user rights (access and ease of achievement, freedom of action, claim, and change), and meaning (legibility, relevance between cultural norms and the user, individual connection, group connection, connection to larger society, biological connection, and connection to other world).

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Postmodern Japan Middle Class Related Mythology and Nostalgia

. Butler, T. and M. Savage. (eds.). 1995. Social Change and the Middle Classes. London: UCL. Crompton, R. 1992. Patterns of Social Consciousness amongst the Middle Classes. In: Burrows, R. and C. Marsh (eds.). Consumption and Change: Divisions and Change.London: Macmillan, 140-165. Davis, F. 1979. Yearning for Yesterday: A Sociology of Nostalgia, New York: The Free Press. Fujioka, W. 1984. Sayonara, taishu (Goodbye, masses). Tokyo: PHP. Goldthorpe, J. H. 1982. On the Service Class, its Formation and Future

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Home, Militarism and Nostalgia in Japanese Popular Song from 1937 to 1945

Schlager von 1937 bis 1945.” Diploma thesis, University of Vienna, 2007 Takeyama, Akiko 竹山昭子. Shiryō ga kataru taiheiyō sensō-ka no hōsō 史料が語る太平洋戦争下の放送 [Broadcasting during the Pacific War, told by means of historical sources.] Kyōto: Sekai shishōsha, 2005 Tipton, Elise K. Modern Japan. A Social and Political History . London and New York: Routledge, 2002 Waldenfels, Bernhard. Topographie des Fremden . Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp (Studien zur Phänomenologie des Fremden I), 1997 Yano, Christine R. Tears of Longing. Nostalgia and the Nation in

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Entertainment and the Nostalgia of Values

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Whether we talk of Stanislavski’s theatre of living, or Meyerhold’s biomechanics (through which the eccentric actor can respond to the most unexpected emotional or physical requests), or Brecht’s theatre of alienation of representation, or psychological theatre, which pays attention to the character’s conduct, inspired by some of the discoveries of American behaviourists, in all these instances there is a certain common essential point, which, of course, is directly reached through nothing other than the false or truthful image of the contemporary man on the living stage. I believe that great achievements in acting are beyond the split between emotion and idea, or the illusory antagonism of conscious and unconscious, intelligence and sensitivity.

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Local Media Ecologies
Social media taking the lead

privately often draw the largest number of members and updates. They are the new local market. • Groups for local nostalgia are common, like “you know you are from Helsingborg if you…” Often many members, but a low frequency of updates. Local campaigns often use Facebook groups as organisers and platforms. Several such groups were found promoting town gardening and special roads for bicycles. Local associations have their own groups as a place to share information and report on activity in the organisation. Local actors, such as the municipality authorities

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Utopist with Common Sense. Self-Narration and Career Making in the Works of Ferenc Balázs

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My study focuses on the self-narration of the young Transylvanian writer and social activist of the first part of the twentieth century, Ferenc Balázs, based on his personal correspondence and his autobiographical works. The medieval tradition of peregrination becomes a journey around the world which later will offer the ideological background of his work, and an evergoing clash between cultural traditions. Both his literary work and social achievement are characterized by premodern nostalgia for rural life mixed with utopian socialist ideas. The task of shaping a traditionalist, rural community according to modern idea becomes a token of individual achievement in his works. Balázs’s self-narration is contrasted in the memoirs of his wife and co-worker, Christine Frederiksen (The Alabaster Village), narrated from the special point of view of the stranger. Her interpretation comes to complete a story filled with complex interactions of cultural representations.

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Ion Valjan: With the Voice of Time. The Hypostasis of a Romanian Belle Epoque

. Nostalgiile identităţii. [The Nostalgia of Identity.] Cluj-Napoca: Dacia. Valjan, Ion. 2013. Cu glasul timpului. Amintiri. [With the Voice of Time. Memories.] Bucharest: Humanitas.

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Mainstream Media Discourse! Or the Divine Word of the Postmodern?

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This paper calls into question the growing tendency of quasi-absolutism within postmodern mainstream media discourse under the guise of objectivity. The tendency’s major aim is to ascribe more believability to its discourse by re-presenting that which it covers as the vehicle of objective truth to the mainstream audience. Two interweaving discourses have marked such objectivity: one in the form of indoctrinating and omnipresent narratives, which via effective propaganda become tantamount to ritualism, the other epitomised in the nostalgia for rationalisation, already inherent in western positivist thought through the exponential increase of quasi-empiricism (e.g. investigative reporting or speculative statistics). Accordingly, what the media cover exists. What they do not remains in the order of myth. The article starts by rethinking objectivity within modern western academia, a discourse whose objectivity is already flawed from within. Then, with respect to human experience and media coverage, the paper concludes by raising the question of postmodern mainstream media’s substitution of religious quasi-absolutist narratives, be they secular or non-secular. Subjectivity thus emerges as the ultimate ground upon which our being may be legitimate.

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Intercultural Passages in Ottó Tolnai’s Textual Universe

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The literary palette of Tolnai’s textual universe within the Hungarian literature from Vojvodina is based, among others, upon the intertwining of various cultural entities. The social and cultural spaces of “Big Yugoslavia,” the phenomena, figures, and works of the European-oriented Yugoslav and ethnic culture (literature, painting, book publishing, theatre, sports, etc.), the mentalities of the migrant worker’s life, the legends of the Tito cult embed the narrative procedures of particular texts by Tolnai into a rich culture-historical context. Similarly to the model of Valery’s Mediterranean, the narrator’s Janus-faced Yugoslavia simultaneously generates concrete and utopian spaces, folding upon one another. Above the micro spaces (towns, houses, flats) evolving along the traces of reality, there float the Proustian concepts of scent and colour of the Adriatic sea (salt, azure, mimosa, lavender, laurel). The nostalgia towards the lost Eden rises high and waves about the “grand form” of Big Yugoslavia, the related space of which is the Monarchy. The counterpoints of the grand forms are “the small, void forms,” provinces, regions (Vojvodina, North Bačka) and the micro spaces coded into them. The text analyses of the paper examine the intercultural motions and identityforming culture-historical elements of the outlined space system.

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