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.
Michelle A. Massé started the topic REMINDER: CFPs for Women's Caucus for the Modern Languages due 3/15 at midnight in the discussion TC Age Studies on MLA Commons 2 months, 1 week ago
REMINDER: CFPs for Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages due 3/15 at midnight!
1) Balancing Acts: Academia’s Gendered Cost of Living
Description: This roundtable examines how women and men pay dearly for degrees in “feminized” fields. We know about students’ economic debts, which women have more of, while earning fewer dollars for repayment.…[Read more]
Come and join other age studies scholars at these remaining Chicago events. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Session 555. New Voices at the Intersection of Drama, Performance, and Age Studies
Saturday, 5 January 3:30-4:45 p.m., Columbian Meeting Room, Hyatt Regency Hotel
Program arranged by the forums TC Age Studies and GS Drama and P…[Read more]
I am very pleased to let you know that Margaret Morganroth Gullette is being awarded the MLA Prize for Independent Scholars for her book, Ending Ageism; Or, How Not To Shoot Old People. This honor will be presented at the MLA Awards Ceremony on Saturday, 5 January, at 7:00 p.m. in the Sheraton Ballroom I-IV of the Sheraton Grand Hotel. Margaret’s…[Read more]
Here are the sessions at MLA 2019 that pertain to Age Studies. Looking
forward to seeing you there!
*Age Studies Panels at the MLA Convention in Chicago*
*3-6 January 2019*
*Session 38. Aging, Care, and Humor*
Thursday, 3 January
12:00 noon-1:15 p.m., Toronto Meeting Room, Hyatt Regency Hotel
Program arranged by the forum TC Age…[Read more]
Valerie Barnes Lipscomb started the topic CFP — North American Network in Aging Studies conference paper deadline 11/1 in the discussion TC Age Studies on MLA Commons 7 months ago
Dear colleagues in Age Studies,
We are happy to announce that the joint international conference of the North American and European Networks in Aging Studies hosted by the Trent Center for Aging & Society in Peterborough, ON, is coming closer, and conference preparations are already in full swing!
And now, it’s time to add one of the most i…[Read more]
Nancy C. Backes started the topic Nominations for the 2019 TC: Age Studies Executive Committee Election in the discussion Age Studies on MLA Commons 8 months ago
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 2019 convention in Chicago, it will take up the matter of nominations for the executive committee elections that will be held in fall 2019. One nominee will be…[Read more]
CFP–Putting it into Words: Age, Language, and Expression: We invite abstracts for a guaranteed panel at MLA 2019 in Chicago proposed by the TC Age Studies forum. There are situations throughout the life course that are beyond words, yet authors must put them into words. We invite papers that draw on age studies scholarship to explore…[Read more]
CFP: Abstracts are being accepted for a non-guaranteed panel at MLA 2019 in Chicago as part of the TC Age Studies Forum. This panel solicits papers that address the intersections of age and masculinity in literature or film. Papers might consider the following questions: How do modalities such as time and space change as men grow older? How does…[Read more]
CFP: Abstracts are being accepted for a non-guaranteed panel at MLA 2019 in Chicago to be proposed jointly by the GS Drama & Performance and TC Age Studies forums. Responding to the growing interest in age/aging among theatre and performance scholars, the panel seeks papers examining any aspect of the life course from childhood to old age, in…[Read more]
Feel free to send me ideas for next year’s MLA Age-Studies panels. The exec. committee will be discussing them Saturday. Email: email@example.com
Be sure to attend our Age Studies session this year: Global Perspectives on Aging in Literature and Film, Saturday, noon-1:15, Sutton South, Hilton. If you’re interested in Age Studies, we want to meet you!
As the entire world now knows, Dr. David Dao is the passenger who was dragged off a United Airlines Flight on April 9th, 2017 by Chicago security police who broke his nose, gave him a concussion and smashed two of his teeth. Some media have treated this as a horror perpetrated by a single airline that bullies passengers, or by a business model…[Read more]
Lauren M. Bowen started the topic CFP: Special Issue of Literacy in Composition Studies on aging in the discussion Age Studies on MLA Commons 1 year, 11 months ago
Call for Papers: Special Issue of Literacy in Composition Studies
Composing a Further Life
Guest Editors: Lauren Marshall Bowen and Suzanne Rumsey
The world is aging. According to the National Institute on Aging, rising life expectancies and reduced fertility mean that the percentage of older adults is steadily increasing worldwide. Longer…[Read more]
Valerie Barnes Lipscomb started the topic CFP for non-guaranteed collaborative session MLA 2018 in the discussion Age Studies on MLA Commons 2 years, 4 months ago
Organization: Age Studies and The Teaching of Literature collaboration
Title of session: Approaches to Teaching Age in Literature
Submission requirements: 300-word abstract, brief CV
Deadline for submissions: 10 March 2017
Description: How and why do/should faculty incorporate age and/or aging into literature courses? How does the current academic…[Read more]
This is a slightly revised version of the paper I gave for the Out of Narrative Bounds panel organized by the forums TC Medical Humanities and Health Studies and TC Age Studies. This panel was chosen as representative of the presidential theme, Boundary Conditions. In this paper I use Jean-Dominque Bauby’s memoir, The Diving-Bell and the…[Read more]
Valerie Barnes Lipscomb started the topic Everyone welcome tonight for socializing after our session in the discussion Age Studies on MLA Commons 2 years, 4 months ago
We will be gathering at City Tap House, 2 Logan Square, after the last Age Studies session at the Convention Center. This is a casual spot with drinks and a varied menu. We’ll be there around 7, assuming that we head there after the session ends at 6:30. If you’d like to get to know scholars working in Age Studies, you’re very welcome, wh…[Read more]
MLA Sessions Relevant to Age Studies
Note: All of the sessions below relate to the Presidential Theme, Boundary Conditions
Thursday 5 January
“Reimagining Adolescence: Where Are We Going, Where Have We Been?”
12 noon-1:15 p.m.
102B, Pennsylvania Convention Center
“Out of Narrative Bounds: Medical Human…[Read more]
Carol Zuses started the topic Suggestions Invited for First Forum Delegate Election in the discussion Age Studies on MLA Commons 2 years, 6 months ago
In the fall of 2017, TC Age Studies will hold its first-ever Delegate Assembly election. The nomination process that applies to executive committee elections will also apply to the election of forum delegates, so membership suggestions are needed–see Valerie Lipscomb’s post. So when the forum’s executive committee meets during the January 2017 c…[Read more]
Valerie Barnes Lipscomb started the topic Suggest nominees for the Age Studies Forum Executive Committee in the discussion Age Studies on MLA Commons 2 years, 7 months ago
When the Age Studies Forum Executive Committee meets in January, we will consider possible nominees for the fall 2017 exec. committee election. We nominate at least one candidate who has been suggested by the forum’s membership, unless there are too few suggestions. We encourage all of you to submit possible nominees, and self-nominations are en…[Read more]
As a nominee for this forum’s executive committee, I would like to introduce myself and my research.
As we know, Age Studies is one of the most interesting, developing fields at the moment. For the MLA panels, I would be interested in choosing topics that showcase the interdisciplinary nature of the field. I would also like to solicit s…[Read more]
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