Futures Worth Preserving

Cultural Constructions of Nostalgia and Sustainability

Edited by Tom Clucas, Andressa Schröder, Nico Völker, and Robert A. Winkler

Transcript-Verlag

Futures Worth Preserving

Pub Date: September 2019

ISBN: 9783837641226

280 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $45.00

Futures Worth Preserving

Cultural Constructions of Nostalgia and Sustainability

Edited by Tom Clucas, Andressa Schröder, Nico Völker, and Robert A. Winkler

Transcript-Verlag

How can the paradoxical conceptual overlap of nostalgia and sustainability in cultural constructions of the present be used in order to make previously unexplored territory within the study of culture accessible? This collection of essays and artistic contributions aims at answering this and other questions. It problematizes the relationship between past-oriented practices of sustaining and future-oriented forms of remembering. The present becomes the moment in which both notions overlap: Cultures have to position themselves, both in relation to what they have once been and to what they aspire to become.

About the Author

Tom Clucas is a postdoctoral researcher in English literature and culture at Justus Liebig University Giessen working on character and economy in nineteenth-century British community novels.

Andressa Schröder is a PhD researcher in cultural sustainability. Her research interests include aesthetics, arts-based research, environmental humanities, and sustainability.

Nico Völker is a PhD researcher in American studies. His thesis examines the process of gentrification in twenty-first-century Brooklyn from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Robert A. Winkler is a PhD researcher in American studies and his thesis sheds light on race and whiteness in the U.S. hardcore punk subculture of the 1980s.