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April 2017 –   Expressions of interest – Putting the sex into ageing sexualities: desexualization and resexualization

Dr Paul Simpson, Lecturer in Applied Health and Social Care at Edge Hill University, is putting together a proposal for an edited volume (probably Routledge) on older people as sexual citizens. He states “The misery narrative of desexualization is fairly well covered but in an age of pharma-technologies, pornification and in the wake of women’s and LGBT movements, Jagger, Joplin etc, I am interested in frustrations, contradictions resistances and reclamations concerning sexual/intimate citizenship later in life. This volume will have an international/global focus and could combine contributions (up to a dozen chapters of about 6,000 words) from academics, activists, practitioners etc. It will cover the spectrum of possibilities (including asexuality) and would embrace theoretical and empirical content”.
Dr Simpson welcomes expressions of interest on (0044) 01695 657066 Ext 7066, or via email at



March 2017 – WAM is pleased to announce the publication of ‘Ageing in a Networking Society,’ a special issue of the MeCCSA Journal ‘Networking Knowledge,’ which was co-edited by WAM Researcher Dr. Hannah Grist and PhD student Liliana Costa-Vale of the University of Aveiro. This special issue aims to explore the role of ICTs in encouraging the development of networked older adults. Specifically, the papers give a noteworthy contribution to the challenges posed by an increasingly ageing and networked society. The special issue posed an interesting set of challenges for the editors as they explored their shared understandings of what it means to grow old or be old in a network society. Thus, the special issue acts as a stepping stone between more information technological based notions of what it is to grow older and cultural gerontological constructions of older age.The full issue can be found here.

March 2017 – As part of Women’s History Month, the History Department at UoG are holding a Blog Competition with the opportunity to win a Kindle Fire HD!  There are three subject areas to choose from and the closing date is 31st March 2017. WHM Competition

February 2017 – WAM is delighted to announce the Call for Papers for WAM Summer School 2017. This year’s theme is ‘Noisy Women’, which can be broadly interpreted as Older Women who will not be silent. Full details can be found here. We look forward to receiving your abstracts! Deadline for submission of abstracts is 24th March 2017.

October 2016 – Double celebration!!

First, ACT and WAM are delighted to announce that Alison Willmott has been recruited as a new Ageing and Popular Music PhD student! (Ali’s details will soon appear on our ‘WAM Members’ page). Alison’s proposal currently centres on an exploration of ‘The Ageing Experience of Women who Identified with Punk Music.’ Ali’s research will be supervised by Prof. Ros Jennings (Gloucestershire), Prof. Line Grenier (Montreal) and Dr. Hannah Grist (Gloucestershire).

Second, WAM is delighted to announce that WAM PhD student Kate Latham has successfully defended her thesis at Viva at the beginning of October. As she works on minor corrections and beyond, Kate will continue her work with WAM, and is likely to become involved in a number of WAM projects in the coming months.

22nd September 2016 – Booking now Open for Prof. Ros Jennings’ Public Lecture “Sexism, ageism and ‘late style’: Marianne Faithfull and Kate Bush’

University of Gloucestershire, Thurs 11 May 2017, 18.00 – 19.00

Ageing is an inevitability no-one can escape. But our generation is the first to see ageing rock and pop stars, and whether they wear it well. Professor Ros Jennings, who leads the Centre for Women, Ageing and Media at the University of Gloucestershire, explores popular culture, commodification, media representation and attitudes to the body. She will be focusing on singer songwriters Marianne Faithfull, who rose to fame in the 1960s, and Kate Bush, who released her debut album, The Kick Inside, in 1978 and gave her first live performances in many years in 2014. Professor Jennings is Head of Postgraduate Research, Director of the Centre for Women, Ageing and Media (WAM) and Reader in Cultural Studies. She is Deputy Executive Director and founder member of the European Network in Ageing Studies (ENAS) and a founder member of the ENAS InHeritage research group.

Book your place at:

14th July 2016 – Call for Papers – Perspectives on/for Ageing with Disability: Cultural Representations

University of Warsaw, 1st and 2nd December, 2016

In a culture in which to be “disabled or old or chronically ill is to be an unfair burden”, which “impedes or disrupts the fantasy of unfettered autonomy” (Lucy Burke, 2015) we need not only to bring the ob-scene back to stage in order to make up for “a neglect in representation” (Tom Shakespeare, 2016), and confront ourselves with what we’d rather remove from our conscious mind, but also to rethink notions and issues such as: autonomous subject and individualism, family relations and responsibility, value (costs) and limits of care, a new sociality, collective response, pro-inclusive policies.

In cultural texts of Europe, old age, ageing and ageism have been tackled from a host of perspectives, and recently when joint in with disability, authors have shown a more focused face by emphasizing the difference between old age and “normality”. The old, like the disabled, do not conform to what we like to consider the norm. We seek to bring together and analyze a number of cultural texts written since Simone De Beauvoir published her La vieillesse, which draw attention to old age “enhanced” by disability and therefore better underscored. Old age is not a disease, medical practitioners in developed countries explain, yet, not infrequently, in daily practice of some countries (like still in Poland) it tends to be treated as one. Some countries are not yet ready to propose the implementation of programs and campaigns aimed at launching adequate and prolonged care for the old, taking into account related costs. In some cultures, the prominence of enjoying life as long as one stays in good shape overshadows completely the old age, especially if encumbered by disease, disability, dependency. Shifting attention to the latter helps bring ageing back to debate.

One of the aims of the conference is to establish a forum in Poland for the discussion of ageing as a social and cultural issue. Therefore contributions are welcome not only in English, but also in Polish.

The key-note speakers are:

Dr Lucy Burke, Manchester Metropolitan University („Something’s missing? The ageing/disability/dementia complex”)
Dr n. med. Katarzyna Broczek, Warszawski Uniwersytet Medyczny, Klinika Geriatrii („Successful aging, age-related disability and geriatric care in Poland”)
Dr. phil. Mark Schweda, Ethik und Geschichte der Medizin, Universitätsmedizin Göttingen („Changing conceptions of dementia: Theoretical and ethical aspects”)

Possible panels and topics may include, but are not limited to the following areas:

  • Ageing, ageism and ableism in western culture
  • Coming home (when home means old people’s home, a care institution,)
  • Living in the wake of death: what do you think about ‘sweet death’, dad?

We invite scholars from different languages and cultures to contribute recognizing how cultural texts, literature, film, theatre, comics, other media help to express, understand and envisage issues and concerns related to ageing and/with disability, to raise consciousness, tame anxiety and counter exclusion. We invite scholars to reflect on the balance between critical charge and empathic response that cultural texts stipulate or postulate.

The conference will take place on the 1st and 2nd of December, 2016 at the Faculty of Letters, University of Warsaw. It is part of a research project Sphinx riddle? Cultural representations of ageing funded by Narodowe Centrum Nauki.

Interested scholars are invited to send by August 1, 2016 a title, a short abstract in English or in Polish including name, discipline and affiliation to The participants will be asked to send in their contribution, after the conference, for a peer-reviewed publication in either Polish or English by 28.02.2017.

For further information you might also contact the organizer: prof. Hanna Serkowska, Faculty of Letters, Warsaw University at:

6th July 2016 –  Call for abstracts for the symposium – Theorizing Gender and Sexuality in Ageing Studies – What’s Up in Feminist Gerontology?

Planned to be held at the 3rd ENAS Conference, 1st Joint ENAS & NANAS Conference 9th International Symposium on Cultural Gerontology, Graz 27-30, 2017.

The symposium aims to bring together current scholarship that theorizes intersections of gender, sexuality, age and ageing. How have developments within feminist theory, queer- and trans-studies in recent years informed how feminist cultural gerontologists theorize and study ageing and the life course?  What are the contributions of current feminist ageing studies to the wider field of gender and sexuality studies?  Paper themes for the symposium could include, but are not limited to, ‘theoretical intersections between feminist theory and critical age studies’, ‘trans aging’ ’queering aging futures’, ’theorizing masculinities, ageing and the life course’.

Chairs of the symposium are Dr. Linn Sandberg, Stockholm University and Professor Barbara Marshall, Trent University.

Please submit the title of the paper, an abstract of 250 words, a 5-line biography of the presenter, and contact Dr. Linn Sandberg (

Deadline for abstract submission August 15, 2016.

25th May 2016 – WAM is delighted to announce that booking is NOW OPEN for Professor Ros Jenning’s Inaugural Lecture, entitled ‘Ageing in and with Popular Culture’. Ros’ Inaugural Lecture will take place on Wednesday 22 June with a drinks reception first at 5.00pm in the Elwes Reception area, University of Gloucestershire, Park Campus, Cheltenham. You are also warmly invited to continue the celebrations afterwards with refreshments in the Solarium from 7.00pm.

Ros Inaugural“Popular cultural forms such as advertising, film, television and popular music all contribute to how we construct our identities and understandings of ourselves as we age. Dominant biomedical and cultural models of ageing construct old age as a process of decline and these models permeate popular culture and our everyday understandings of growing old. Old age is constantly compared negatively to youth and consequently the process of ageing has become something to be feared. For women, whose identities and worth in society are still strongly influenced by patriarchal notions of youthful heterosexual feminine beauty the process of ageing has been revealed as being particularly traumatic. As lifespans have extended in the West, the proportion of older people in Western societies has become a significant demographic. How we think about our own futures and experiences of ageing is becoming an important area for research. What does successful ageing actually mean and what might happen if we were to think ‘with age’ instead of internalising the negatively constructed ideas about generational divisions? Indeed, as we age in, and with, popular culture is ageing actually even a chronologically linear experience?”

To secure your place  – please email as soon as possible, or contact Hannah Grist ( for more information. See you there!

9th May 2016 – Professor Ros Jennings will be presenting her keynote paper ‘Popular Music, Inheritances and Ageing,’ at the Music, Ageing, Technology Symposium at the University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, 11-13 May. The conference is part of the popular music and ageing strand of the ACT Project, and Ros’ paper builds on her current work on ageing, memory and music in relation to popular radio.

1st March 2016 – WAM will be involved in an International Women’s Day older women and music community event  Manifest your Destiny with ‘Women’s Work’ and the ‘Over the Hill Collective’ in Belfast. The aim is to contribute to a Women, Ageing and Music Manifesto (WAM Manifesto II) for change concerning older women and the popular music industry based on the experiences of older women musicians [see]. The event is running as part of a larger ‘Women’s Work Festival’ that includes contributions from DJ Annie Nightingale and music and culture critic Jessica Hopper.

11th January 2016 – Details of a Postdoctoral Fellowship with WAM colleagues ACT have been announced! Applications now being accepted!

5th January 2016 – WAM is delighted to announce a call for papers for the Annual Women, Ageing and Media International Research Summer School (23/24 June 2016, Cheltenham UK)

1st December 2015 – Watch this space for details of a joint WAM/ACT PhD studentship announcement to work with Ros Jennings and Line Grenier on the ‘Intersections of Popular Music and Ageing’

28th November 2015 – WAM are celebrating Ros Jennings being made Professor of Ageing, Culture and Media and Hannah Grist graduating with her doctorate!

29th November 2015 – The Centre for Women, Ageing and Media is delighted to announce the publication of the Postgraduate Journal of Women, Ageing and Media (PGWAM) Issue 2: The Summer School Edition. The second edition of PGWAM, this issue focusses on the International WAM Summer School, and includes abstracts, on-going projects, and a selection of papers presented at Summer Schools 2014 and 2015. We would like to thank our contributors, peer-reviewers and editorial team for making this such a fabulous new edition, and we hope you enjoy reading it! If you have any comments or questions about PGWAM, please feel free to get in touch at

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