The Women, Ageing and Media (WAM) Research Summer School 2014
Aging Module at Graz International Summer School Seggau – in partnership ACT-Project (actproject.ca)
Every year in July, more than 80 students and 10 professors from over 30 countries meet at the Graz International Summer School Seggau (GUSEGG) in Southern Styria, Austria to discuss global developments and challenges in areas such as society, politics, economics, religion, and culture. One aim of the summer school is to encourage participants to think outside the box and outside of their academic disciplines while engaging with new ideas. Of the multiple thematic workshops, one focuses specifically on Aging Studies. This Aging Studies workshop is organized by GUSEGG director Roberta Maierhofer (ENAS, University of Graz) in partnership with the ACT project based at Concordia University, Montreal which offers scholarships to talented students in Aging Studies to participates in GUSEGG. The Aging Studies Workshop at GUSEGG enables students who are interested in questions of age and ageing across disciplines and (research) cultures to exchange with each other and it also helps build a sustainable network of emerging scholars in the field. In addition to introducing students from all disciplines to current research with regard to ageing and communication technologies, it encourages students to share their own ideas and to come up with relevant (research) questions on the topic of ageing. The Aging Studies workshop at GUSEGG organized in cooperation with the ACT project already successfully took place in 2015 and 2016. Lecturers leading the workshops were Kim Sawchuk (ACT primary investigator, Concordia University), Stephen Katz (Trent University), Line Grenier (Université de Montréal), and Helen Kivnik (University of Minnesota).
The 2014 International Women, Ageing and Media (WAM) Research Summer School (at the University of Gloucestershire) will take place in Cheltenham (UK) on 17th, 18th and 19th June and will bring together international postgraduate researchers across disciplines whose research engages with women, ageing and issues of identity, representation, cultural activity, creativity, lived experience and popular cultural forms (e.g. popular music, film, television, literature, dance, fashion and digital social media). The Summer School will provide excellent opportunities for postgraduate researchers to make important connections with other researchers working in the field of Ageing Studies and in addition to presenting work there will be research training workshops exploring methods and conceptual issues relating to women and ageing studies. All participants will take part in a methods project during their attendance and publish a joint methods paper in the Postgraduate Journal of Women, Ageing and Media as an event outcome.
This year the Summer School includes a public symposium funded by the University of the West of England: Older Age and Cultural Activity that will take place on the afternoon of the 17th June. This will feature Dr Trish Winter (University of Sunderland, UK) who will present work from her AHRC funded project A Somatic Ethnography of Grand Gestures Elders Dance Group to a mixed audience of Summer School participants, research staff, service providers for older people, older people’s user groups and anyone interested in the importance of cultural activity in later life. The content of the symposium will feed directly into the methods workshops during the following two days of Summer School.
Call for abstracts:
Proposals for 20 minute presentations are invited from doctoral and early career researchers at any stage of their work and from any discipline whose topics are relevant to women, ageing and issues of identity, cultural activity, representation, creativity, lived experience and popular cultural forms (e.g. popular music, film, television, literature, dance, fashion and digital social media).
Presentations may take the form of papers, posters, films and multimedia presentations.
Please submit an abstract of 200 words by 30 April 2014 to email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
Your abstract details should include:
· Your name, email address, institutional affiliation and year of study
· Title of PhD/Research Project and disciplinary field
· Up to five key words, which will help reviewers classify your panel
· Technical requirements for presentation
We will confirm whether you have a place by 6th May 2014. The deadline for registration and payment is 31st May 2014. There is a fee of £55 (unwaged) and £65 (waged) which covers the symposium, dance event and Summer School participation.
A full program plus details for registration travel and accommodation will appear on the WAM webpage by the end of April, once places have been confirmed:
If you have any queries please contact Dr Ros Jennings (Director of Women, Ageing and Media, University of Gloucestershire), email@example.com
Call for Applications: Graz International Summer School Seggau 2014 - Transformation and Change: Europe and Beyond
Focusing on the emphasis areas of the University of Graz – South Eastern Europe and North, Central and South America – the summer school will take place from June 29th to July 12th, 2014 at Seggau Castle in Styria, in the wine region close to the Slovene border. Emphasizing on the aspects of transformation processes and demographic change, interdisciplinary morning lectures will provide the context for the six specialized seminar workshops in the afternoon. The Graz International Summer School Seggau is designed for internationally oriented, highly motivated students from all disciplines, who wish to deepen their understanding of current European and International affairs by studying and discussing global developments and challenges within the context of transformation processes and demographic change reflecting aspects of individual, social, political, religious, cultural, literary, regional, economic, cohort and national identities.
Enclosed please find a PDF version of our brochure, containing all relevant information about the summer school. We kindly ask you to pass it on for example through list servers, department mailing lists, to student associations as well as to post it on relevant websites.
Detailed information about the summer school program can be found on our website. Please note that we continually update the website with more information.
There will also be various scholarship schemes available.
Application Deadline: February 28th, 2014
Cultural Narratives of Longevity at Graz International Summer School Seggau 2013
The Graz International Summer School Seggau is designed for internationally oriented, highly motivated students from all disciplines, who wish to deepen their understanding of current European and international affairs by discussing global developments and challenges within the context of collective issues reflecting aspects of individual, social, political, cultural, regional, economic, cohort and national identities. This year one of the challenges discussed within the framework of the summer school was Age and Aging. The two week program took place from June 30th to July 13th, 2013 at Seggau Castle, Austria and was supported, among others, by the European Network in Aging Studies’ (ENAS) framework project Live to Be a Hundred: Cultural Narratives of Longevity (CGD, Maastricht).
ENAS sponsored seven scholarships for one of the ten specialized seminar modules at the summer school, titled “Cultural Narratives of Longevity”. The seminar module in Aging Studies was led by Ulla Kriebernegg (University Graz, Austria) and Stephen Katz (Trent University, Canada). Ulla Kriebernegg’s first week “Alive and Kicking at All Ages? Cultural Constructions of Age and Identity in North American Fiction” introduced students to concepts of literary and cultural gerontology and featured guest lectures by Roberta Maierhofer (University Graz), Leni Marshall (U Wisconsin-Stout), as well as Anita Wohlmann (University of Mainz). Stephen Katz enriched the seminar module in the second week by taking about “The Making and Unmaking of Ageing Identities” and familiarizing students with the importance of the narrative in ageing studies as a way of bridging macro and micro sociologies, coherent and disruptive live courses, and common and expert ways of knowing. The organizers further dedicated a whole morning plenary session to the topic of Age and Aging Studies in which Roberta Maierhofer, Ulla Kriebernegg and Stephen Katz presented interesting and enriching papers.
Apart from the academic experience for students, the meeting of ENAS and NANAS members allowed for networking and exchange and we hope to continue our fruitful cooperation with our North American sister organization.
Heidrun Moertl, University of Graz, Austria
Call for proposals: WAM Summer School 2017
Celebrating 10 years of WAM
Joint ENAS & NANAS Conference / 9th International Symposium on Cultural Gerontology
Cultural Narratives, Processes and Strategies in Representations of Age and Aging
Call for Papers by the MLA Age Studies Forum
The Modern Language Association Age Studies Forum will propose several panels for the January 2018 MLA convention in NYC.