Please consider submitting an abstract for the panel “'Funeral Vaults for the Living’: Representations of Age, Bodies, and Gender in German Culture” at the 2019
Women in German Annual Conference in Sewanee, Tennessee (October 17-20, 2019).
In her 1903 essay, “Die alte Frau,” Hedwig Dohm describes the state of being an old woman as being interred while living, asserting an intersection of age with gender. How does Dohm’s assertion comport with other representations of age and aging in German literature,
film, and culture from earliest times to the present? How do cultural expressions of age and aging intersect with all iterations of gender identity (queer, cis, trans, non-binary+) and identifying factors, such as ability, class, ethnicity, nationality, race,
religion, or sexual orientation? Topics may include: aging and subjectivity, the aging body, generational conflicts, wisdom and/or mental decline, caregiving, vitality and physical ability, bias and discrimination, renewal, relationships, desire, and sexuality.
Please send a 500-word abstract to both
panel organizers: Lauren Nossett at [log in to unmask]
and Marjanne Goozé at [log in to unmask]
March 1, 2019.