Gender and Age/Aging in Popular Culture

Interdisciplinary Online Symposium

June 22-24, 2021

Organized by the Center for Inter-American Studies, University of Graz, Austria

To attend, please register by sending an email to nicole.haring@uni-graz.at.

Symposium Programm

Tuesday, June 22

6:00 pm- 7.30 pmOpening and Keynotes
Breathing While Black: Hip-Hop and the Uncertainty of Aging
Murray Forman (Northeastern University, USA)
Age, Gender, Power, and Sex: Sandra Paoli’s Rise to Power in Mafiosa
Cheryl Lester (University of Kansas, USA)

Wednesday, June 23

10:00 am to 10:45 amWelcome Remarks and Keynote
Gender and Age/ing in Popular Culture- A Feminist Critique Roberta Maierhofer (University of Graz, Austria)
10:45 am to 11.00 amCoffee Break/ Technical Test
11:00 am to 12:15 pmPanel 1: Representation of Older Adults in Israeli Culture
Chair: Galit Nimrod & Gabriela Spector-Mersel 

Learning from Artworks about Society and Ageism: Intersectional Analysis of Women’s Aging in Israel Tal Dekel (The Kibbutzim College, Israel)  

The Evolvement of the Israeli Grandmother as Reflected in Illustrations in Children’s Books Nitsa Dori (The Shaanan Academic Religious Teachers’ College, Israel)  

Representation of Menopause in Hebrew Literature Tamar Luz Garber (Oranim Academic College, Israel)  

“The most important thing in life is not being young but being right”: Representations of Aging Men in Israeli TV Series in the Third Millennium Sharon Ramer Bial (Tel Aviv-Yafo Academic College, Israel) and Anat First (Netanya Academy, Israel)
12:15 pm to 1:15 pm  Lunch Break  
1:15 pm to 2.00 pmPanel 2: Aging, Media Use, and Gender- Social Sciences Perspectives Chair: Dagmar Wallenstorfer  

Exploring Older Teacher’s Experiences with Distance Learning and ICTs: A Qualitative Interview Study with Teachers at a Secondary School in Austria Nina Reibenschuh (University of Graz, Austria)  

A Bibliotherapeutic Discourse on Aging and Masculinity in Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) Dovrat Harel and Liat Ayalon (Bar Illan University, Israel)

Qualitative Research in Times of Soical Distancing: Conducting Online Focus Groups with Austrian Men Aged 65+
Florian Pirker (University of Graz, Austria)    
2.15 pm to 2.30 pmCoffee Break
2.30 pm to 3.30 pmPanel 3: Filmic Representation of Gender and Aging Chair: Julia Prochinig  

Bad Witches, Bizarre Neighbors: Older Female Characters in German-Speaking Children’s Films Astra Zoldnere (Konrad Wolf Film University Babelsberg, Germany)  

A Cinematic View of Two Familial Pursuits of Freedom in Old Age Shlomit Aharoni Lir and Liat Ayalon (Bar Illan University, Israel)  

Aging and Intergenerational Relationships in Mary Poppins Returns Mariana Castelli Rosa (Trent University, Canada)  
3:30 pm to 3:45 pmCoffee Break
3.45 pm to 5.00 pmPanel 4: Women and Popular Culture- From Music to Magazines Chair: Nicole Haring  

Old Women in Bikinis: Nuisances, Tensions and Performances Mariana Lins (Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil)  
“One Day, We Will Be Remembered”- The Populism of Taylor Swift Rebecca Karpen (independent scholar, USA)  

Storytelling, Being Silenced, and “Gaps in Hermeneutical Resources” – On Sharing Lived Experiences with Forms of Violence and their Representations in Pop Culture Melinda Niehus-Kettler (University of Potsdam, Germany)  

Gender, Aging, and Introspection in Alanis Morissette’s “Reasons I Drink” (2019) Karen Fournier (University of Michigan, USA)  
5:00 pm to 6:00 pmBreak
6:00 pm to 7:30 pmKeynotes
Cosi Fanni Tutti, Age and Place
Abigail Gardner (University of Gloucestershire, UK)
Ageing Queer/Queering Ageing: Pop Music, Intergenerationality, Space and Place
Ros Jennings (University of Gloucestershire, UK)  

Thursday, June 24

10:00 am to 11:15 amPanel 5: Contemporary Popular Culture- From Social Media to TV Series Chair: Nicole Haring 

“Will I age well?”: TikTok, Face Filter, and Getting Older Lea Stojanović (University of Graz, Austria)  

Mediating girlhoods in an age of religious pluralism: Faith expression via TikTok Rebecca L. Anne-Davis (University of Bochum, Germany)  

“Trouble Don’t Last Always” or the Representation of Addition in Today’s Hit TV Series Euphoria Denisa Ştefan (West University of Timişoara, Romania)  

“What’s with all the jokes?”: Intercultural Representation of Aging and Old Age in Modern Family (2009-2020) Erlis Laçej (University of Graz, Austria)  
11:15 am to 11:30 amCoffee Break
11:30 am to 12:45 pmPanel 6: Representations of Gender and Aging in Speculative Fiction Chair: Heike Hartung  

Heroes and Powers: Racial, Gender and Cultural Diversity in Japan’s Popular Culture (Manga, Anime, Video Game) Andre Magpantay(University of the Philippines, Philippines)  

Aging Among the Stars Johannes Vith(University of Innsbruck, Austria)  

Old Age and Aging as Represented in Star Trek Sylvia Spruck Wrigley (independent scholar, Estonia)  

The “Gender Traitors” in The Handsmaid’s Tale Tamara Fodora (University of Novi Sad, Serbia)  
12:45 pm to 1:45 pmLunch Break
1:45 pm to 3.00 pmPanel 7: Literary Representations of Gender and Aging Chair: Nicole Haring  

“From Middle-Age to Accelerated Senescence in Requiem for a Dream Filippo M. Bagnasco(University of Graz, Austria)

“Eilis Ni Dhuibhne’s Little Red and Other Stories collection and the representation of Ageing and Dementia Across Cultures Zuzanna Zarebska(University of Lisbon, Portugal)  

Queering the Mid-Life Crisis: It Gets Better and (Un)Successful Aging in Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Adult Onset Sara Jamieson(Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada)  

Mature, Working-Class Black Women in US and Anglophone Caribbean Literary Works Saskia Fürst (University of the Bahamas, Bahamas)  
3:00 pm to 3:15 pmCoffee Break
3:15 pm to 4:15 pmPanel 8: Music and Identities Chair: Julia Prochinig  

East Asian Female Classical Musicians and the Performance of Identity Yoon Joo Hwang (University of Central Florida, USA)  

Millennial Generational Alienation and Synthwave Identities Jessica Blaise Ward (Leeds Art University, UK)

Old Drunks and Boring Vegans: Profiling Two Generations of Aging Czech Punks   Ondrej Daniel (Charles University, Czech Republic)  
4.15 pmClosing Remarks

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