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4) "Aging Men and Masculinities in Contemporary U.S. Culture: Literary and Film Representations"
Panel Chair: Josep M. Armengol-Carrera. Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha
E-mail: josemaria.armengol@uclm.es  


This panel explores the representation of men's aging experiences in contemporary U.S. fiction and cinema. While most gendered approaches to aging have focused on women (Beauvoir 1970; Segal 2013), which have contributed to the cultural invisibility of older men, the proposed panel centers on men's aging experiences as men, thus challenging the inverse correlation between masculinity and aging. To do so, the panelists may draw on a selected number of contemporary U.S. fictional works, including both cinema and literature, which question the widely-held assumption that aging is a lesser concern for men, or that men's and women's aging experiences may be simply defined as opposed. The literary and film corpus may include male and female authors and film directors from different backgrounds so as to illustrate how (self-)representations of aging men vary according not only to gender but also ethnicity and sexual orientation, amongst other factors. The panel will thus seek to challenge the conventional equation of men's aging processes with (sexual) decline, exemplifying their plurality as well as irreducible contradictions in and through contemporary U.S. fiction and film.



Please submit all paper proposals directly to the Panel Chair using this form no later than October 15, 2018.

Panel Chairs will notify applicants of their acceptance/rejection no later than November 15, 2016.

For information on the Conference Venue see the Organizing Committee's website.

SAAS members, ASA members, and other scholars (not necessarily affiliated with any of these associations), are invited to submit proposals to the panel of their choice. Donwload this form, fill it out, and send it via email to the chair of your selected panel.

In order to present a paper, participants who are not SAAS, ASA, APEAA or HELAAS members will be required to pay a one year's membership fee (and enjoy the benefits for the following year) plus the conference fee.

Students have to become SAAS members (if they are not SAAS/ASA/APEEA/HELAAS members already) and pay 50 percent of the registration fee (60€ early bird/75€ late registration) if they wish to present a paper and/or attend the "Félix Martín" Doctoral Seminar.

Deadline: October 15, 2018

Further guideliness for participants can be found here.


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