The mission of the TC Age Studies forum is to benefit the association by serving as a valuable resource for researchers and educators in the field of age studies. To achieve this goal, researchers explore the implications of age differences across the lifespan and the intersections of age with other categories of identity in literature, media, and culture, particularly focusing on considerations of aging and old age. Educators incorporate age studies concepts into pedagogies of literature, language, and writing. We encourage scholars to explore the impact of their own and others’ age-based stereotypes, the benefits and frustration of aging, and the potential inherent in aging and old age beyond the boundaries of essentialist, reductive valuations. The TC Age Studies forum supports examinations of cultural assumptions and research about age and age-based discriminations, including responses and resistance.

Nominating and Voting

Nominated anyone yet? This is an invitation for you to nominate someone–self nominations welcome–for a position on the TC: Age Studies executive committee. When the executive committee meets during the January 2020 convention in Seattle, it will take up the matter of nominations for the executive committee elections that will be held in fall 2020. One nominee will be suggested by the committee. Another will be suggested by the wider MLA membership (unless there are too few suggestions). You are therefore encouraged to submit suggestions for the 2020 forum executive committee elections by filling out a brief suggestion form. Suggestions received by 17 December 2019 will be forwarded to the executive committee in time for its convention meeting in Seattle.


Voted yet? Don’t forget to forget to vote for one of the two candidates nominated for the TC: Age Studies executive committee. Voting ends 10 December 2019. Login and vote now!

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