Here you will find information about past projects that WAM has been involved in. If you would like any more information about any of these projects or their outcomes, please contact wambookings@glos.ac.uk.

AHRC funded Research Networks and Workshops Project (2007-2009)
Women, Ageing and Media – AHRC funded Research Networks and Workshops Project

Overview
The Women, Ageing and Media (WAM) research group secured an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) grant (£30k) in 2007 to run a series of workshops and an international conference in order to conduct a sustained investigation into proliferating print and screen representations of older women.

With this shared research agenda the research group identified a significant gap in knowledge regarding the relationship between older women as consumers, producers and subjects of media. One of the innovative features of this networking grant is its aim to link academics from different cultural and intellectual backgrounds and to position emerging research on ‘older women’ in media and cultural studies alongside established research in healthcare policy, gerontology, economics, social care and sociology that dominates existing knowledge.

Each workshop event was designed to involve a mix of newer and more established scholars. The final element was an international conference in December 2008, which brought together the participants of the workshops with a selection of international scholars.

Currently, the subject of women, ageing and media is an under-researched area and the workshops aimed to facilitate discussion, raise questions and open up debates around aspects of women ageing and media. These workshops consisted of a combination of academic, grassroots and innovative engagements. The workshops were about generating ideas, facilitating discussion and building networks. The workshops included a range of formal papers and works-in-progress. The aim of the workshops was to provoke colleagues to think through issues related to the ageing female body in response to presentations and group discussions. The following workshops took place in 2008:

Emotion and Affect (2nd July 2008, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, UK)
Participants:
Josephine Dolan (University of West of England, UK); Colette Duke, (Sussex University, UK); Frances Eames, (University of Nottingham, UK); Abigail Gardner, (University of Gloucestershire, UK); Joanne Garde-Hansen, (University of Gloucestershire, UK); Kristyn Gorton, (York, UK); Julia Hallam (University of Liverpool, UK) Claire Jenkins (Warwick, UK); Ros Jennings, (University of Gloucestershire, UK); Ruth Kelham (University of Gloucestershire, UK), Susan Knabe (Western University, Canada); Eva Krainitzki (University of Gloucestershire, UK); Sherryl Wilson (University of West of England, UK).

Visibility/Invisibility (10th September 2008, University of West of England, Bristol, UK)
Participants:
Josephine Dolan (University of West of England, UK); Colette Duke (University of Sussex, UK); Joanne Garde-Hansen (University of Gloucestershire, UK); Claire Jenkins (University of Warwick, UK); Clare Johnson (University of West of England, UK); Irmi Karl (University of Brighton, UK); Ruth Kelham (University of Gloucestershire, UK); Eva Krainitzki (University of Gloucestershire, UK); Ros Jennings (University of Gloucestershire, UK); Jeanette Monaco (University of West of England, UK); Estella Tincknell (University of West of England, UK); Sherryl Wilson (University of West of England, UK).

Scary Bodies (24th October 2008, University of York, UK)
Participants:
Joan Baker (University of York, UK); Jo Garde-Hansen (University of Gloucestershire, UK); Abigail Gardner (University of Gloucestershire, UK); Kristyn Gorton (University of York, UK); Sharron Hinchcliff (University of Sheffield, UK); Eva Krainitzki (University of Gloucestershire, UK); Ros Jennings (University of Gloucestershire, UK); Ann Kaloski-Naylor (University of York, UK); Helen Stapleton (University of Sheffield, UK); Corinna Tomrley (University of York, UK); Estella Tincknell (University of West of England, UK); Sherryl Wilson (University of West of England, UK); Sue Winterburn (Women’s Institute, North Yorkshire).

Consumerism and Commodification (12 November 2008, University of West of England, Bristol, UK)
Participants:
Justine Coupland (Cardiff University, UK); Josephine Dolan (University of West of England, UK); Julie Doyle (University of Brighton, UK); Claire Jenkins (University of Warwick, UK); Ros Jennings (University of Gloucestershire, UK); Helen Kennedy (University of West of England, UK); Eva Krainitzki (University of Gloucestershire, UK); Estella Tincknell (University of West of England, UK); Julia Twigg (University of Kent, UK); Sherryl Wilson (University of West of England, UK).

AHRC International Conference: Crossing Cultures: Women, Ageing and Media (University of Gloucestershire, 5th December 2008)

Keynote presentations:
Dr Kate Omenugha (Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria): ‘The ambivalence of aging: media and aging women in an Africa context’

Dr Sadie Wearing (London School of Economics, UK): ‘Nationalised Embodiments: performing age and celebrity’

Professor Kathleen Woodward (University of Washington, USA) ‘Assisted Living: Women, Aging, and Media’
Panels:
Screening the Body
‘Silver Screen: the older woman in film’ Colette Duke (Sussex University, UK); ‘Transgressive or empowering? Depictions of the ageing female’s sexuality in contemporary British cinema’ Louise Wilks (University of Liverpool, UK);
Image, Text, Ageing
‘Older Women and the Fashion Magazine’ Professor Julia Twigg (University of Kent, UK); ‘”One Nice Thing about Getting Old is that Nothing Frightens You.” From Page to Screen: Rethinking Women’s Old Age in Howl’s Moving Castle’ Dr Aagje Swinnen (Maastricht University, Netherlands);

Community, Cultures, Campaigns
‘“It’s not going to be like this is it?”: Celebrating Age Festival 2008’ Dr Josephine Dolan (University of the West of England, UK); ‘Female Bodybuilders and Documentary Television: Exploring Narratives of Ageing’ Dr Cassandra Phoenix (University of Exeter, UK);

Actresses and Ageing
‘Neo-Noir’s Fatal Woman: Stardom, Survival and Sharon Stone’ Rebecca Feasey (Bath Spa University, UK); ‘Time-Ripen’d Talents: Stardom, Performativity and the Decline of Classical Hollywood in the British Aging Actress Cycle 1964-74’ Dr Esther Sonnet (University of Portsmouth, UK).

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