Call for Papers: Age and Gender in Popular Culture

Our team at the University of Graz are publishing an edited volume following their symposium in June on Age and Gender in Popular Culture.
Since the reality of our lives is shaped by processes of globalization and digitization, whereby social spaces are culturally diverse and digitally networked, the question arises as to whether digital technologies enable or impede (inter)cultural exchange and global communication with regard to the perception of age(s) and gender in the context of popular culture. This edidet volume will pay particular attention to cultural and media consumption, such as music and film, as well as cultural representations in contemporary American and European literary works. In this context, gender- specific experiences of men and women and their attitudes towards ageing in relation to media and music consumption will be compared to gain a deeper understanding of contemporary and changing representations of age and ageing in order to integrate age(s) into the human image.

Topics to be addressed include but are not limited to:
• Cultural representation of gender and age/aging in popular music
• Cultural representation of gender and age/aging in contemporary American and European film and literature
• Gender-specific experience and attitudes towards age/ageing in relation to music and media consumption
• Contemporary and changing representation of age/aging as well as of gender in popular culture
• Experience of digital transformation in different life stages and age phases

Abstracts of 300 words for chapter proposals should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 15 October, 2021. Please, include a short biography of 100 words or less. We ask for your finished chapters of 6.000 to 6.500 words including references by 1 February, 2022. The publication forms part of the Elisabeth-List-Fellowship Program for Gender Studies at the University of Graz. It will be published by transcript, Bielefeld, in the Aging Studies Series and will go through a double-blind peer-review.

Call for Papers: Narratives of Ageing and Old Age in the Fantastic Mode

The Call for Papers is now open for the Special Issue of the Journal Frontiers of Narrative Studies on Narratives of Ageing and Old Age in the Fantastic Mode.

Please send abstracts by 31 August 2021 to

Sarah Falcus (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Heike Hartung (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Complete articles on the accepted proposals are due by 1 February 2022.

Find the information in the pdf below

Online symposium MASCNET: Masculinity Sex and Popular Culture Network

MASCNET: Masculinity Sex and Popular Culture Network

In collaboration with

Men in Movement 5: Intersectional Masculinities and Feasible Futures


Masculinity in Times of Change

Online symposium

20th to 22nd September 2021

Call for Papers 


We are living through a period of profound change and the title of our third symposium event seems more timely than we could have imagined.

The covid pandemic and the global political and social response to it, the aftermath of the election in the US, UK leaving the EU, the climate crisis, the black lives matter movement, metoo, the growth of online extremism, so called ‘cancel culture’ all constitute a turbulent context in which ideas around gender, sexuality and identity collide with the dynamics of economics, politics and ideology.

What sense can we make of masculinity in these contexts?

Following on from the success of our two previous physical network events in Birmingham (May 2019) and on masculinity and body image and Berlin (January 2020) our third symposium event will be held online to enable as many people as possible to engage with the work of network.

The symposium is designed to share a breadth of scholarship and set an agenda for future research and collaborations. We intend to address some of the following themes:

  • Masculinities under pandemic conditions
  • Masculinities and economic and social crisis
  • Masculinities and the environment
  • Reconfiguring hegemonic masculinities
  • Queer masculinities, queer temporalities
  • Oppositional and anti-normative masculinities
  • Neoliberal masculinities
  • ‘New’ masculinities
  • Digital masculinities
  • Masculinities and sexual violence
  • Trans masculinities
  • Masculinities and the TERF wars
  • The future for masculinities

We invite individual papers, pre-constituted panels, poster presentations, video presentations, or short performance pieces that address the theme of the symposium. We very much welcome imaginative alternative modes of presentation, the presentation of creative works, performance and screenings.

These are topics that relate popular debate and media reportage, educators and policy makers and we are keen to involve practitioners and non-academics in our discussions and events.

MASCNET is a 24-month AHRC funded research network explores the pervasiveness of sexualized masculine embodiment across contemporary popular culture, and sets an ambitious agenda for subsequent research. The network steering group includes Begonya Enguix, Joao Florencio, Jamie Hakim, Mark McGlashan, Peter Rehberg and Florian Voros.

Please send a 300-word abstract and short bio (max. 100 words) to Professor John Mercer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Professor Clarissa Smith This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deadline for proposals Friday 7th May 2021

Attendance will be free.

Call for Abstract Sumbissions: JAS Special issue - “Ageing Masculinities: Social and Cultural Representations”

JAS Special issue - “Ageing Masculinities: Social and Cultural Representations”

Call for Abstract Submissions

Guest EditorsJose M. Armengol, Roberta Maierhofer, Marge Unt & Liat Ayalon

Traditionally, Gender Studies has focused on women. Politically, this is logical. It is women who have experienced the worst effects of gender discrimination, and so it is women who were the first to make gender visible as a political category. Since the late 1980s, however, Gender Studies has increasingly focused on the lives of men recognizing the interconnectedness of the categories and the importance of active male participation in the struggle for gender equality in order for us all to live better, happier lives. Over the last twenty years, Gender Studies have increasingly expanded to incorporate critical studies on masculinities, which Michael Kimmel defines as the study of “men as men,” that is, “men as gendered beings” (2000). This has contributed to understanding masculinity – namely, the “signs, attributes, behaviours, roles, and/or practices that are associated with being a man/social male” (Hearn 2006) – as a specific gendered category revealing it as a social construction across different times and cultures (Gilmore 1990). In turn, this has promoted a thriving interdisciplinary field of masculinity research, which has given way to a fast-growing number of publications in the Social Sciences and the Humanities, including among others sociological, psychological, historical, anthropological, and cultural studies of masculinity.

Much less attention had been paid, however, to the specific intersection of gender and age, especially older men and masculinities (Thompson 2004). As principal investigators of a recently funded EU-research project on masculinities (, we are specifically interested in bringing together research conducted by scholars from different disciplines (including both the Social Sciences and Humanities) and nationalities in the fields of aging and gender studies. This special issue thus aims to be fundamentally interdisciplinary, focusing on both social science and primary data collection as well as critical studies of ageing masculinities as represented in literature and cinema. We specifically encourage collaborations between researchers from different disciplines and nationalities in order to explore the interactions between social constructions and cultural representation of ageing masculinities. The special issue will reflect our current collaborative efforts to better conceptualize and bring together the research in the field, especially the relevance of cultural representations to social constructions of aging masculinities, and the other way round.

Relevant abstracts (250 words) should be submitted by January 7th 2021 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for consideration by the Guest Editors. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit a full-length paper, with final manuscripts to be submitted by May 1st 2021.