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.

REMINDER: CFPs for Women's Caucus for the Modern Languages due 3/15 at midnight

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    Michelle A. Massé

    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. What about the other expenses, psychological and social, of seeking degrees, pursuing jobs, maintaining community, and supporting family? How do you decide what load the budget can bear, negotiate spending, and the bottom line in these venues?  250-word proposal; two-page c.v.; no title needed.  Send proposals to: Michelle A. Massé (

    2) All Too Human: Gender and Aging in Academic Workforces Co-sponsored with the Age Studies Forum

    Description: This collaborative roundtable examines aging/gender in academic life stages. We are interested in the non-linear temporal torsions in academia’s timeline entangling chronological age and career stage. The Neverland of graduate studies/contingent labor that suggests one is too young for adult identity, mid-career responsibilities, as well as retirement’s Promised Land, which may be unenterable, but is also yoked to being too old to continue working, are some key examples. 250-word proposal; two-page c.v.; no title needed.  Send proposals to: Michelle A. Massé (

    3) Being Online: Risks and Rewards for Women in Academe

    Description: Gift or poison? Source of solidarity or star system? Means of connection and collaboration or more uncounted work? This guaranteed roundtable will build on the conference theme of “being human” by addressing the risks and rewards of being online for women in academe. How is social media used to counter and/or reinforce institutional inequities? What unique opportunities and/or threats—professional, political, personal—does it pose? 250-word proposal; two-page c.v.; no title needed.  Send proposals to: Rebecca Colesworthy (

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