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