Below you will find a list of WAM’s news, including book/chapter publications, public/academic conferences and presentations, and coverage of WAM’s research and researchers in the press.


Keep dancing! – ‘Older Age and Cultural Activity’
The Centre for Women, Ageing and Media (WAM) hosted a public symposium, funded by the University of the West of England. This featured Dr Trish Winter (University of Sunderland, UK) who, along with some of her project participants, presented work from her AHRC funded project ‘A Somatic Ethnography of Grand Gestures Elders Dance Group’.
The presentation was followed by a panel discussion which included Trish Winter and experts (both academic and non-academic) who have experience of working with older people (women in particular).
This event was open to anyone interested in the importance of dance, cultural activity and social engagement in later life and we particularly welcomed representatives from service providers for older people, older people and older people’s user groups.
The symposium was  free to all.


WAM researchers Josephine Dolan and Estella Tincknell have been quoted in The Guardian in an article on older models by Anne Karpfe:

In their recent evidence to the Labour party’s Commission on Older Women, launched by Harriet Harman, researchers Josephine Dolan and Estella Tincknell claimed that “it’s almost unknown for a prestige or glamorous product/brand to associate itself with older women unless that product promises to dispel the signs of ageing (as in Jane Fonda’s advertisements for L’Oréal).”

Full The Guardian article here.

Details about the Labour party’s Commission on Older Women here.


Eva Krainitzki’s article published in the Journal of Aging Studies. The article focuses on Judi Dench’s M and the character’s challenges to appropriate ageing and normative temporality.


Ros Jennings is invited to give a talk on Ageism in Fashion at “Better Lives Lectures 2014“, at the London College of Fashion. Read more about the Ageism in Fashion: Better Lives lecture series 2014 here.


Ros Jennings was a keynote speaker  along with Margaret Morganroth Gullette (Brandeis University), Janet McCann (University of South Wales),  Julia Twigg (University of Kent), Roberta Mock (Plymouth University) and Lorna Warren (University of Sheffield) at the London College of Fashion event, Mirror Mirror: Reflections on Age and Ageing (organised by Dr Hannah Zeilig, October 29 -30th 2013). Her presentation was entitled ‘Ageing and Popular Music: The Late-style of Petula Clark’. The multidisciplinary event included work by Ari Seth Cohen and discussions about ageing and style with the stars of Channel 4 documentary, Fabulous Fashionistas.


Ros Jennings has recently been a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Inter American Studies in Karl-Franzens University, Graz, Austria (2013/14) where she gave the public lecture: “Popular Music at the Crossroads: Reflections on Popular Music and Ageing” (15th October, 2013)


Launch of Charter on Ageism and Sexism in the Media.  Tuesday 3rd October, 12.00pm to 4.00pm, 76 Portland Place, London, W1B 1NT. Ros Jennings will participate in the launch event for the charter developed by the New Dynamics of Ageing Group in collaboration with WAM, Women in Journalism and the National Union of Journalists.

More information here.

Please click here for a copy of the agenda. 


International Women, Ageing and Media Research Summer School comes to a close. Postgraduate research students, postdoctoral and early career researchers from across Europe (UK, Rep. Ireland, Germany, Spain, Austria, Netherlands and Sweden) participated in the 2013 Women, Ageing and Media Research Summer School on 23rd and 24th July. Archive material available here.


Ros Jennings’ and Abigail Gardner’s book ‘Rock On’: Women, Ageing and Popular Music reviewed by feminist online magazine The f-Word: “although age boundaries might now be more blurred, age still dominates how women are represented and mediated across popular music – older women musicians, singers and performers remain marginalised”. Full review available here.


Forthcoming: Chapter by Kristyn Gorton and Joanne Garde-Hansen, ‘From Old Media Whore to New Media Troll: The Online Negotiation of Madonna’s Ageing Body’ in Female Celebrity and Ageing: Back in the Spotlight.  See flyer here.


Aging Femininities: Troubling Representations, edited by Josephine Dolan and Estella Tincknell now available.


Ros Jennings invited as guest speaker at the Ageism and Sexism in the Media Event, organised by the New Dynamics of Ageing (NDA) Programme and Age UK. Read more here. Ros’ discussed the development of the WAM Manifesto, availablehere.


Ab Gardner discusses women, ageing and popular music in the Times Higher Education supplement.

Reisz, Matthew. “This is Not the End, My Friends: Faithful concertgoers prove age has not withered rock’s maternal flame, Matthew Reisz hears” Times Higher Education. 25 October 2012. This article discusses the book, ‘Rock On’: Women, Ageing and Popular Music. Read more.


Rock On’: Women, Ageing and Popular Music, edited by Ros Jennings and Abigail Gardner, now available. Visit Ashgate’s online catalogue.


Joanne Garde-Hansen & Kristyn Gorton to present at Popular Media Cultures Symposium (Odeon Cinema, Covent Garden, London, Saturday, 19 May 2012) More. Paper title: From Old Media Whore to New Media Troll: Theorising Madonna Online.


Joanne Garde-Hansen’s and Kristyn Gorton’s article forthcoming in Feminist Media Studies journal:

Garde-Hansen, J and K. Gorton (forthcoming) ‘From Old Media Whore to New Media Troll: The Online Negotiation of Madonna’s Ageing Body for publication in Feminist Media Studies, vol. 13, no. 3 [July 2013].

WAM panel at Screen Conference
Three members of the University’s Centre for Women, Ageing and Media (WAM), Dr Ros Jennings (University of Gloucestershire); Eva Krainitzki (University of Gloucestershire) and Dr Josephine Dolan (University of West of England) presented papers as part of an invited themed panel at the 20th International Screen Studies Conference at the University of Glasgow between 2-4 July.
The annual Screen conference is a large international conference attracting scholars from across the globe and is one of the most prestigious conferences for scholars in film and television studies. Ros said: “It was very rewarding to have our work recognized there and to have the chance to promote this exciting new area of work where WAM are at the cutting edge.” The theme that we proposed for the panel was: “Screen Performance and age: older women and the changing negotiations of character, star persona and viewing.” These issues are at the heart of the film and television studies research that is currently being conducted by the Research Centre. The panel was introduced by eminent film academic, Professor Christine Holmlund (University of Western Ontario, Canada) and under this umbrella theme we gave three individual papers: Dr Ros Jennings: Intergenerational viewing reviewed: revisiting Tenko’s older women as an older woman which focussed on the 1980s Anglo-Australian Television series Tenko. Eva Krainitzki: ‘Darling’ Judi’s transgressive performance of age and gender which focussed on Dame Judy Dench and issues of ageing.’ Dr Josephine Dolan: Acting ‘old’: embodiment and performance in The Whales of August?, which considered the performances of the central performances given by the actors: Bette Davis (age 79), Lillian Gish (age 94), Anne Sothern (age 78) and Vincent Price (age 76). The panel was very well received and was congratulated for its coherence and contribution to this new debate.