The inaugural Women, Ageing and Media (WAM) Summer School for postgraduates and early career academics took place in Cheltenham (UK) from 2nd July to 3rd July 2012. The first Summer School saw an exciting range of concepts, theories and research methods used to ‘think with age’ explored for the first time – paving the way for subsequent Summer Schools and cutting edge research.

Opening Keynote:

Joanne Garde-Hansen (University Of Gloucestershire): ‘From Old Media Whore To New Media Troll: Theorising Madonna Online’

 

Presentations (alphabetically):

 

Sarah Crooks (University of Derby)

Constructing Housewives & Mothers: Female Identity in Women’s Magazines, Past & Present

 

Meike Dackweiler (Heinrich-Heine-University)

Romantic Love in Old Age in Contemporary German and Anglo-American Literature

 

Eva Krainitzki (University of Gloucestershire)

If These Walls Could Talk 2: The Prosthetic memory of lesbian Feminism and the Ageing Other

 

Ulla Kriebernegg (University of Graz)

Defeating the Nursing Home Specter: Celebrations of Life in the Canadian Short Film Rhonda’s Party

 

Janet Lawson (University of Huddersfield)

Bodies of beauty in ‘grey chick lit’

 

Susan Liddy (Lancaster University)

Representations of Mature, Female Sexuality in British and Irish Films

 

Karin Lövgren (Umeå University)

Dress your age: On ageing in popular handbooks on dress and appearances targeting older women

 

Bridie Moore (University of Sheffield)

Monstrous or Preternatural: The Absent Frail Elderly in The Last of the Duchess

 

Workshop: Ageing Studies And The Literature Review

 

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