ERA Gender-Net Plus Project
Analyzing social constructions of ageing
masculinities and their cultural representations
in contemporary European literatures and cinemas


Josep M. Armengol
Josep M. ArmengolProject Coordinator & PI Southern
Josep María Armengol Carrera is Professor of American Literature and Gender Studies at the University of Castilla-La Mancha. He is the author of Masculinities in Black and White: Manliness and Whiteness in (African) American Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and Richard Ford and the Fiction of Masculinities (Lang, 2010) and (co-)editor of Alternative Masculinities for a Changing World (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), Embodying Masculinities: Towards a History of the Male Body in U.S. Culture and Literature (Lang, 2013), Queering Iberia: Iberian Masculinities at the Margins (Lang, 2012), Men in Color: Racialized Masculinities in U.S. Literature and Cinema (Cambridge Scholars, 2011), and Debating Masculinity (Men's Studies Press, 2009). José is currently also directing a research project on aging masculinities in contemporary U.S.-American fiction. He is a member of the Global Young Academy as of 2020.
Marta Bosch
Marta BoschAssistant Lecturer in English Literature
University of Barcelona
Isabel Durán
Isabel DuránProfessor of American Literature
Complutense University of Madrid
Michael Kimmel
Michael KimmelDistinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies
Stony Brook University
Ignacio Ramos
Ignacio RamosAssociate Professor in French and Comparative Literature
University of Valencia
Teresa Requena-Pelegrí
Teresa Requena-PelegríPermanent Lecturer in Modern Languages and Literatures
University of Barcelona
Ángel Mateos-Aparicio
Ángel Mateos-AparicioAssistant Professor of English Language and Literature
University of Castilla-La Mancha
Raquel Medina
Raquel MedinaHead of Spanish
Aston University
Marcos Bote
Marcos BoteAssociate Professor in Sociology
University of Murcia
Manuel Barberá
Manuel BarberáPost-doctoral researcher
University of Castilla-La Mancha
Esther Zaplana
Esther ZaplanaLecturer in English Literature
University of Castilla-La Mancha
Juan González
Juan GonzálezAssociate Professor of Literature and Cinema
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Agustina Varela
Agustina VarelaPost-doctoral researcher
University of Murcia
Lynne Segal
Lynne SegalAnniversary Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies
Birkbeck College
Claudia Alonso
Claudia AlonsoAssociate Professor of English
University of Valencia


Tony Tracy
Tony TracyPI Ireland &
Dr. Tony Tracy is currently Director and co-founder of the Huston School of Film and Digital Media, NUI Galway where he lectures in film history and theory. He has written widely on masculinity and film and Irish cinema. Among his publications are the Historical Dictionary of Irish Cinema (with Roddy Flynn; Rowman & Littlefield, 2019).
Aíne Ní Léime
Aíne Ní LéimeDeputy Director of the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology
NUI Galway
Margaret O'Neill
Margaret O'NeillCoordinator of the Gender ARC Research Consortium
University of Limerick
Michaela Schrage-Frueh
Michaela Schrage-FruehLecturer in German
NUI Galway


Roberta Maierhofer
Roberta MaierhoferProfessor in American
Roberta Maierhofer is Associate Professor in American Studies and Director of the Center for Inter-American Studies at the University of Graz. A leading expert in anocriticism, she has authored Salty Old Women: Eine ankritische Untersuchung zu Frauen, Altern und Identität in der amerikanischne Literatur (2003) and Die ungestillte Sehnsucht: Suche nach Ordnung in William H. Gass fiktosophischer Theorie der Literatur (1999) and (co-)edited books such as Narratives of Life: Aging and Identity (2007), The Ages of Life: Living and Aging in Conflict? (2013), and Alive and Kicking at All Ages: Cultural Constructions of Health and Life Course Identity (2014).
Rüdiger Kunow
Rüdiger KunowProfessor Emeritus for American Literature and Culture
University of Potsdam
Oana Hergenröther
Oana HergenrötherPostdoctoral Researcher
University of Graz
Barbara Ratzenböck
Barbara RatzenböckSenior Lecturer in Inter-American Studies
University of Graz
Heike Hartung
Heike HartungIndependent scholar associated with the University of Potsdam, Germany, and the University of Graz,
Matthew Sweney
Matthew SweneyPostdoctoral Researcher
University of Graz
Florian Pirker
Florian PirkerResearch assistant
University of Graz
Nicole Haring
Nicole HaringPhD candidate
University of Graz


Marge Unt
Marge UntPI Baltic
Marge Unt is a professor of Comparative Sociology and the chair of the Institute of Social Studies at Tallinn University. Her research interests are life course in a comparative perspective, namely youth transitions from school to work, early career, late career and active ageing. A special interest of hers is population ageing and labour market participation, in particular the design of pension systems and the role of cultural/gender norms and their impact on the exit from the labour market.
Kadri Aavik
Kadri AavikAssociate Professor of Gender Studies
Tallinn University
Teet Teinemaa
Teet TeinemaaPost-Doctoral Research Fellow and Lecturer in Film Studies
Tallinn University


Linn Sandberg
Linn SandbergPI
Linn Sandberg is an associate professor (docent) in gender studies at Södertörn University in Sweden. Her research interests are in the field of gender and sexuality in ageing and later life. Sandberg has contributed to numerous international scholarly publications in this field, including chapters in the Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology (2015), Introducing the New Sexualities Studies (2016), Addressing the Sexual Rights of Older People (2018), and Ageing and Everyday Life: Materialities and Embodiments (2018), and peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Journal of Aging Studies, Sexualities, Men & Masculinities, and the International Journal of Aging and Later Life. Sandberg's research is interdisciplinary, and she works with qualitative methodologies, primarily interviewing. Her most recent study investigates sexuality and intimacy among couples with Alzheimer's disease. Sandberg is the co-founder and convenor of an international network on critical dementia studies, funded by the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences.
Sam de Boise
Sam de BoiseSenior Lecturer in Musicology
Örebro University
Jeff Hearn
Jeff HearnSenior Professor in Gender Studies, Örebro University
Professor of Sociology, University of Huddersfield
Karin Lövgren
Karin LövgrenAssociate Professor in Media and Communication Studies
University of Gävle


Liat Ayalon
Liat AyalonPI
Liat Ayalon is a professor in the School of Social Work at Bar Ilan University in Israel. For the past few years, her main area of interest has been ageism - the (often) negative construction of old age. She has made active attempts not only to study the course and origins of ageism, but also to increase awareness of the topic and instigate action to allow older adults to reach their full potential. She served as the co-director of a COST Action on Ageism from a multi-national, interdisciplinary perspective. She is also the coordinator of a new Marie Curie Innovative Training Network on ageism (EuroAgeism). For additional details, see her website.
Danielle Gurevitch
Danielle GurevitchEthnologist
Bar Ilan University