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Considering Gender and Aging in German Literature, Arts, Culture, and Society

In her often reprinted feminist treatise, Look Me in the Eye (1983), Barbara Macdonald asserts: "Ageism is a form of sexism [. . .]." Today, we would also consider multiple factors such as race, ethnicity, religion, class, and sexuality. In the German-speaking world, words such as "reif" or "Greisin" have served to define and limit external and self-perceptions. Aging has often been a factor neglected by feminists and mainstream studies of aging have often failed to consider gender (among numerous other factors). In this panel, papers will engage with issues of aging in a variety of media and contexts. Possible topics may include (but are not limited to): depictions of aging in literature, film, and visual arts; aging artists; advertising; cultural barriers and prejudices against aging and responses to them; aging in the German social context, including in LBGT and minority communities; sexuality, menopause, post-menopause; aging bodies, including plastic surgery, body modification, illness and disease; psychological and psychiatric conditions; pensions, poverty, and living conditions.

Please submit an abstract of up to 500-words by March 1, 2011 to BOTH Marjanne Goozé ([log in to unmask]) and Ekaterina Pirozhenko ([log in to unmask])

The Coalition of Women in German Conference takes place this year from Oct. 20-23 at the Yarrow Golf and Conference Center in Augusta, MI

Marjanne E. Goozé
Germanic and Slavic Studies
201 Brown Hall
University of Georgia
Athens GA 30602
(706) 542-2450 phone
http://www.gsstudies.uga.edu/faculty/gooze.html

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