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


Kadri Aavik is an associate professor of gender studies at Tallinn University and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki. In her work, she uses perspectives from critical studies of men and masculinities. Kadri has studied work and career narratives of Estonian male managers from an intersectional perspective, aiming to understand how privilege works in the labour market. She is currently studying vegan men and masculinities. In her work, she uses qualitative methods and, in particular, narrative approaches.

Claudia Alonso is associate professor of English at the University of Valencia. In the last few years, her research has fundamentally revolved around the field of (Critical) Animal Studies, with a particular focus on animal ethics within different literary and performative arts. In questioning how representations of nonhuman animal otherness implicate the correspondence between ethics and aesthetics, her work has inevitably intersected with other fields and concerns such as gender-based identities, historiography, performativity, and national sentiment. Within the MASCAGE project, she analyzes how the organic, overlapping markers of identity based on ageing and masculinity may additionally encode signifiers related to animal ontologies. Some of her more recent work may be found in academic journals such as Gender, Place and Culture; Studies in Theatre and Performance; Atlantis; Journal for Critical Animal Studies; Critical Studies on Terrorism; and Cahiers victoriens et édouardiens.

Manuel Barberá is a post-doctoral researcher at Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha. He holds a doctorate from Universitat de València, his dissertation dealt with the intersections between disability, gender and old age in the novels of Irish writer Samuel Beckett. Although he specializes in the works of Beckett, his research covers the cultural representation of aging men in contemporary Spanish and European literature and cinema.

Marta Bosch is an assistant lecturer in the literature section of the English Studies Department at the University of Barcelona. Her research has focused on the representation of masculinities in Arab-American literature written by female authors. Bosch has published books and articles on the work of writers such as Diana Abu-Jaber, Laila Halaby, Mohia Kahf, Alicia Erian, and Frances Kirallah-Noble and on contemporary representations of the male Arab in cinema and television.

Marcos Bote is Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology  and member of the Executive Board of the Aging Research Institute at the University of Murcia. He has been a visiting Scholar at the University of Surrey (Marie Curie Training Network Program), Portland State University and University of California Los Angeles (Fulbright Scholar Program). He has published a variety of papers in international journals such as PlosOneSocial Science and MedicineSociological Research Online and Early Child Care and Development. Currently, Dr. Bote is a member of the Management Committee of the COST Action “European Sexual Medicine” and is directing a Research Project on Sexuality and Functional Diversity (SEXFUN).

Sam de Boise is a senior lecturer and docent in musicology at the School of Music, Theatre and Art at Örebro University, Sweden. His research focuses on emotions' reltionship to music and masculinity and gender equality in music making. He is the author of Men, Masculinity, Music and Emotions (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).

Isabel Durán is Professor of American Literature and Vice-Provost for International Affairs at Complutense University of Madrid. A former chair of the English Studies Department, she is the current president of the Spanish Association for American Studies and was the associate dean of the School of Philolology from 2006 to 2010. From 2008 to 2011, she served as member of the General Council of the American Studies Association and of its International Committee from 2005 to 2008. She was  a research fellow at Harvard University in 2012. Her research and publication record on gender studies, literature, autobiography, and ethnicity include editing an eight-volume gender studies collection (the last one being the bilingual Estudios De Género: Visiones Transatlánticas / Gender Studies: Transatlantic Visions (Fundamentos, 2016)), which followed her Spanish book Autobiography: Female Versions in 20th-Century American Literature. She is also the co-editor of the book Miradas Transatlánticas / Transatlantic Vistas: Cultural Exchanges Between Europe and the US (Fundamentos, 2011). She is currently working on a book about contemporary American autobiography, and conduts research on Latina/o literature. She is the founder of the Complutense Research Group "Women's Studies in the Anglophone Countries" and has been a Fulbright fellow.

Juan González-Etxeberría is Associate Professor at Universidad Complutense de Madrid where he has taught courses in literature and cinema in the English Studies department since 2003. He has been awarded fellowships at King’s College London for an academic year and Harvard University for two academic years. His research interests include masculinity studies applied to film and literature. He has been a member of funded research projects on aging masculinity in contemporary American fiction (Mascage), on Mythocriticism (Acis&Galatea, Aglaya), on Intermediality (SIIM), and on Latino identity (Interpretación Transatlántica de la Identidad Hispano/Latina en los Estados Unidos). In the summer of 2017 he was a visiting scholar at U.C.L.A.

Danielle Gurevitch is an ethnologist at the Faculty of Humanities, Bar Ilan University. Her academic work includes the history of ideas, contemporary cultural studies, fantasy literature and cultural diplomacy. Gurevitch is the founder and director of the Sir Naim Dangoor Program for Universal Monotheism. Her writings focus on the literary cycle of life, the quest of the male hero, and representations of feminine leadership in literature.
Nicole Haring is a PhD candidate at the Center for Inter-American Studies (C.IAS) at the University of Graz. She holds two master’s degrees, one in education (ESL/EFL & Geography) and one in English and American Studies. She received a Fulbright scholarship for the University of Oklahoma in 2019 and the Elisabeth-List Gender Fellowship of the University of Graz in 2020. Her research focus lies on gender studies, feminist theory and education.

Heike Hartung is an independent scholar in English Studies and teaches at the University of Potsdam and the University of Rostock. She is currently employed as a researcher of the MASCAGE project „Aging Masculinities“ at the Center for Inter-American Studies, University of Graz. She has earned her PhD in English Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin and her PhD habil. in English Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Potsdam. In her publications she applies the methods of literary theory and cultural studies to the interdisciplinary fields of aging, disability and gender studies. She is the author of the monograph Ageing, Gender and Illness in Anglophone Literature: Narrating Age in the Bildungsroman (2016) and the edited collection Embodied Narration: Illness, Death and Dying in Modern Culture (2018). She is a founding member of ENAS, the European Network in Aging Studies, and a co-editor of the Aging Studies publication series. For Heike Hartung's CV, see her website.

Jeff Hearn is Senior Professor for Gender Studies at Örebro University in Sweden, a professor emeritus at the Hanken School of Economics, Finland, Professor of Sociology at the University of Huddersfield, UK, a professor extraordinarius at the University of South Africa, and honorary doctor in social sciences, Lund University, Sweden. Hi is the co-chair of RINGS: International Research Association of Institutions of Advanced Gender Studies, co-managing editor of the Routledge Advances in Feminist Studies and Intersectionality book series, and co-editor of NORMA: The International Journal for Masculinity Studies. He has worked on men and masculinities since the late 1970s, and age and ageing since the late 1980s. He was a member of the Older Men's Memory Work Group that met over 13 years and produced Men's Stories for a Change: Ageing Men Remember (Common Ground, 2016).

Oana Hergenröther is a post-doctoral researcher at the Plurilingualism Research Unit and the Center for Inter-American Studies, both at the University of Graz, Austria. She holds a doctorate in literature from the University of Novi Sad, Serbia and is the author of the monograph The Facets of the Story: Paul Auster’s Intermedial Narration (Mediterran Publishing, 2019). Her research interests include age/ing studies, literatures in plurilingual and minority contexts, as well as contemporary American literature and film. She is co-editor of the series “Off Campus: Seggau School of Thought” (Graz University Press). She is an active literary translator between Serbian, Romanian, and English and a published author of short fiction.

Michael Kimmel is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University in New York. He is the author of many books, including Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era (Perseus, 2013), Manhood in America: A Cultural History (Free Press, 1996), Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men (HarperCollins, 2008), and Healing from Hate: How Young Men Get Into--and Out of--Violent Extremism (University of California Press, 2018). He is the founding editor of the scholarly journal Men and Masculinities and the Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Men and Maschulinities.

Karin Lövgren is an associate professor in the Department of Media and Communication Studies at the University of Gäyle in Sweden. She has extensive experience doing field work and interviews. Her research deals with cultural meaning making on age and ageing, using an everyday perspective, with a special interest in how ageing is represented in different forms of popular culture. Her thesis focused on magazines, targeting women with age as unique selling point. She has done extensive research on old women, dress and ageing, where she used wardrobe interviews as point of departure for analyses of constructions and experiences of ageing. Her publications include peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Journal of Women and Aging and chapters in volumes such as Representing Ageing: Images and Identities (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and The Ages of Life: Living and Aging in Conflict (Transcript, 2013).

Ángel Mateos-Aparicio is an assistant professor of English language and literature at the University of Castilla-La Mancha. His main research interests are at the intersections of science fiction, mainstream postmodern literature, and postmodern culture. He has been a member of several research projects, such as Las fronteras de la hospitalidad en los estudios culturales de EE.UU. y Europa (SA342U14) and Cuerpos y textuales: Representaciones del cuerpo y género en la literature y el cine anglo-norteamericanos (GE20112084). Among his recent publications are the book chapters "Popularizing Postmodern Utopian Thinking in Science Fiction Film: Matrix, V for Vendetta, In Time and Verbo" in Making Sense of Popular Culture (Cambridge Scholars, 2017), "Perfect Cities, Permanent Hells: The Ideological Coordinates of Urban Space in Postmodern Science Fiction" in Borders, Networks, Escape Lines: Contemporary Writing and the Politics of Space (Lang, 2017), and "The Cyborg and the Representation of Masculinity and Femininity in the American Science Fiction Literature and Film of the 1980s" in Embodying Masculinities: Towards a History of the Male Body in U.S. Culture and Literature (Lang, 2013).

Raquel Medina worked as Assistant Professor (1994-2000) and then Associate Professor of Spanish (2000-2006) at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, before joining Aston University as Head of Spanish in 2006. She is the author of Cinematic Representations of Alzheimer's Disease (2018, Palgrave),  Surrealismo en la poesía española de posguerra (Visor, 1997) and co-editor of Sexualidad y escritura (Anthropos, 2002).  She has also published numerous articles and book chapters on contemporary Spanish poetry, women writers and cultural studies. Her current research focuses on cross-cultural representations of ageing and dementia in film, fiction and non-fiction narrative, and poetry. Raquel is the Director of the International Research Network CinemAGEnder, and co-director of Dementia and Culture Network, as well as being elected Executive Director of the European Network in Aging Studies (ENAS) in May 2019.

Florian Pirker is a research assistant at the Center for Inter-American Studies of the University of Graz. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in Global Studies with a specialization on society and culture at the University of Graz. During his bachelor studies in Cultural Anthropology, his research focus was on motherhood and gender roles in film. He will be writing his master's thesis with the MASCAGE project.

Ignacio Ramos is full professor of French and comparative literature at the University of Valencia. His research focuses on contemporary European drama and popular culture. He is the author of Oscar Wilde and French Boulevard Theatre (Valencia UP, 2007) and has co-edited a number of volumes on the cultural cross-currents between Britain and France, include Adaptations, Versions and Perversions in Modern British Drama (Cambridge Scholars, 2013) and Curious about France: Visions littéraires victoriennes (Lang, 2015). A post-doctoral Fulbright visiting scholar at the Martin E. Seagal Theatre Center at the City University of New York, his research has been published in journals such as Studi Francesi, Revue de Littérature Comparée, Romantisme, Cahiers Victoriens et Édouradiens, Nineteenth-Century Prose, Épistolaire, Coup de Théâtre, Atlantis, Revue des Sciences Humaines and Journal of Postcolonial Writing. He is the team leader of a research project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Education titled "French Sources of Victorian British Drama: Adaptation, Theatre Industry and Cultural Imperialism" and is currently editing Eugène Labiche's Théâtre complet for Classiques Garnier as well as a special issue of Studies in Theatre and Performance on real animals on the stage.

Barbara Ratzenböck is a senior lecturer and a Ph.D. candidate at the Center for Inter-American Studies at the University of Graz. Her Ph.D. project focuses on women aged 60+ and their use of ICTs in everyday life. She has also been actively involved in the international research project ACT: Ageing-Communication-Technologies based at Concordia University. In addition to her research interests in aging studies and the sociology of art and literature, she is also passionate about facilitating interdisciplinary learning experiences. Serving as an academic co-director of the Graz International Summer School Seggau (GUSEGG) and a founding member of the student-led Ph.D. platform Evidence & Imagination at the University of Graz, she supports interculturla exchange among international students and researchers in the humanities and social sciences.

Teresa Requena-Pelegrí is a permanent lecturer in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and English at the University of Barcelona. She has participated in different research projects related to the study of masculinities, including Men in Fiction: Towards a History of Masculinity through U.S. Literature and Cinema (2012-2015) and No Country for Old Men? Representations of Masculinity and Aging in Contemporary U.S. Fiction (since 2017). Her research and publications reflect different areas of interest related to literary representations and critical studies of men and masulinities, include ecomasculinities, models of fatherhood, alternative masculinities, and the ethics of care. Her publications have focused on texts by authors such as Jonathan Franzen, Annie Proulx, Jane Smiley, Ernest Hemingway, and George Sanders.

Michaela Schrage-Früh is Lecturer in German at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where she is also currently a researcher of the MASCAGE project at the Huston School of Film and Digital Media. Prior to this she was an assistant professor in English Literature at the Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, where she obtained her PhD in 2003, and DAAD-Lecturer at the University of Limerick (2012-2017). She has published widely on Irish, British and German poetry and fiction, and is the author of two monographs, Emerging Identities: Myth, Nation and Gender in the Poetry of Eavan Boland, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Medbh McGuckian (WVT, 2004) and Philosophy, Dreaming and the Literary Imagination (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).She is co-editor of Ageing Women in Literature and Visual Culture: Reflections, Refractions, Reimaginings (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) as well as of a special issue of Nordic Irish Studies, entitled Women and Ageing in Irish Writing, Drama and Film (November 2018), and a special issue of Life Writing, entitled Women and Ageing: Private Meaning, Social Lives (January 2019). With Margaret O’Neill she is co-founder of the Women and Ageing Research Network (WARN).

Lynne Segal joined Birkbeck College, University of London, as an anniversary professor to celebrate 175 of the college in 1999. She was first involved in expanding the remit of gender studies at Birkbeck, straddling the departments of Psychology and English & the Humanities; later in helping to establish the new Department of Psychosocial Studies. Her degrees were in psychology, focusing on conceptual disputes in that discipline. She worked in the Psychology Department of Middlesex University for many years. Her teaching and research interests began with introducing feminist though, psychoanalytic reflection, and social as well as cultural location into a critique of mainstream psychology, later adding critical theory when looking at the intersections between psychology and other branches of knowledge. Her major publications have been in the area of feminist theory and politics, shifting understandings of femininity, masculinity and sexuality, alongside more recent work on attachments, belongings, the work of memory, social conflict, and, most recently, the psychic paradoxes of ageing.

Agustina Varela-Manograsso is a post-doctoral researcher at Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha. She holds a doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Murcia and she has been a predoctoral researcher in a gender European project (MISEAL project) at the University of Hull (UK). During her undergraduate and postgraduate studies, she has been awarded with fellowships to study at the University of Salamanca (Spain), the National University of Córdoba (Argentina); the University of Hull (UK); the Free University of Berlin (Germany) and Bard College (New York, The United States). Her research interests revolve around age/ing studies, gender studies, intersectionality, individual/collective identities, social inclusion/exclusion, and contemporary violence(s). Currently, she is part of the editorial team of “The Philosophical Laboratory on the Pandemic and the Anthropocene” project, as well as of the Journal Pensamiento al margen.  

Esther Zaplana completed her Ph.D. at the International Centre for Music Studies at Newcastle University. Her research covers cultural, feminist and theoretical approaches to aesthetic questions in musical performance, with emphasis on the female voice and the relationship between the visual and the auditory. As a cultural analyst, she is also interested in filmic and literary representations of gender, including masculinity. She specializes in French feminism and the work of Luce Irigaray, contributing a chapter on feminine musical performance and Irigaray's thinking to Luce Irigaray: Teaching (Continuum, 2008), edited by Irigaray herself. Her publications include work on gender and music, ideal masculinity, and feminist literature. Currently, she teaches English literature at the University of Castilla-La Mancha.