Leisure, Gender and Science in Austrian and British Spa Towns

Mascage's Austrian team will hold an online Symposium organized by the Center of Austrian Studies on Tuesday, 8th February. The theme is "Leisure, Gender and Science in Austrian and British Spa Towns" and it will consist on two inteventions and subsequent discussions:

Roberta Maierhofer - Negotiating Gender and Age in an Austrian Spa Town: David Schalko's Novel Bad Regina (2020)

Sophie Vasset - Early Medical Tourism: Spas in 18th Century Britain

You can register here in order to attend via Zoom. We are waiting for you!

Symposium: Gender and Age/Aging in Popular Culture

The symposium Gender and Age/Aging in Popular Culture will take place next week and we look forward to your participation, feel free to share it with your colleagues and students! As the symposium is open to the public, we are happy to welcome everybody to listen and take part in the discussions. You can find the program here (all times are in CEST). You can find the flyer below.

John Wills' talk via Zoom

The Austrian Association for American Studies (AAAS) is glad to invite everyone interested to the first in a series of virtual warm-up talks that will guide us toward and prepare us for their annual conference in the fall.

They are extremely happy to welcome John Wills (University of Kent) as their first speaker.

Drawing on his new book Gamer Nation: Video Games and American Culture (Johns Hopkins University Press 2019), John Wills' talk will offer insight into the simulation of "America" in modern video games. In particular, the talk will explore how the nineteenth-century American West became a popular gameworld for the video game industry, and how early "Wild West"-themed titles in the 1970s not only taught players about the historic frontier, but also how to play a new interactive entertainment media. The talk will, accordingly, explore issues of storytelling, stereotyping, and myth-making in the Western video game genre.

John Wills is Reader in American History and Culture at the University of Kent. Besides Gamer Nation, he is the author of Disney Culture (Rutgers University Press, 2017), US Environmental History: Inviting Doomsday (Edinburgh University Press, 2012), and Conservation Fallout: Nuclear Protest at Diablo Canyon (University of Nevada Press, 2006) and co-author of The Invention of the Park: From the Garden of Eden to Disney’s Magic Kingdom (Polity Books, 2005) and The American West: Competing Visions (Edinburgh University Press, 2009). In addition, he is the chief editor of the European Journal of American Culture.

This talk is brought to you as a collaboration between the Speculative Texts and Media Research Group at the American Studies Center of the University of Warsaw, the Center for the Study of the American West at West Texas A&M, and the Center for Inter-American Studies at the University of Graz.

The talk will take place on Zoom, on Wednesday, April 28, 6.45pm CEST.

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We are looking forward to welcoming many of you at John Wills’ talk.

Mascage spring seminar next week APRIL 15

The next MASCAGE spring seminar hosted by our Swedish team takes place next week April 15th 1-3 p(GMT+1). This seminar is hosted in collaboration with the Critical studies of men and masculinities research group at Örebro University, Sweden. 

The seminar holds the following presentations:


“The road taken: Aging man’s final journey representations in contemporary Israeli literature” 

Danielle Gurevitch, Bar-Ilan University, Israel 


“Reading/Being Ove: cultural representations of ageing masculinity and older men’s readings of A Man 

Called Ove (Backman, 2012)” 

Karin Lövgren, University of Gävle, Linn Sandberg, Södertörn University, Jeff Hearn, Örebro 



“The (Hopeful) Potential of Old Age and Caring Masculinity in Estonian Films 'A Friend of Mine' (2011) and 'Tangerines' (2013)”

Teet Teinemaa, Tallinn University 


Registration is needed to participate (you will get an individual zoom-link upon registration). If you have already registered the link you received earlier should work also for this session but do check in advance and if not re-register.

To register follow the link below:

Silver Screens: Ageing Masculinities in Anglophone and European Cinemas (March 12th)

On Friday, 12th March, the Irish team of MascAge will hold the webinar Silver Screens: Ageing Masculinities in Anglophone and European Cinemas. Members of the project and other guests will share research results and insights on ageing masculinities in contemporary cinema and modern life. You can register for the event and see the final programme here. Looking forward to see you there!

Virtual Workshop at the University of Rostock: 22.-23. April 2021: Masculinities Aging Between Cultures: Methods and Concepts in Dialogue

Mobility is one of the crucial, perhaps even the prototypical experience of our time. In the current context of an “economically fashioned global society” (Jürgen Habermas) mobility has become an aggregate of individual and collective, real and imagined processes. Millions of migrants, refugees, exiles, diasporans, are representative of this principally endless, global mobility, they even seem to embody it. “Embody” is a keyword here because it reminds us of the oftentimes overlooked fact that migrants bring with them not only their customs, traditions, values, in short their culture, but also bring with them their bodies, which come to represent what “they have left of their home continent […]: their hands, their eyes, their feet, shoulders, bodies, what they wear, and what they pull over their heads at night to sleep under” (John Berger). These bodies are impacted by the experiences of dislocation, especially as they are growing older. And gender is a crucial factor here.

Focusing on migration and aging masculinities in the context of European and Anglophone cultures, this workshop intends to investigate different generations of migrants and the ways in which they have shaped cultural practices in the societies into which they have moved. Beginning in the postwar years with labor migrants mainly from Southern Europe and Turkey, the so-called ‘guest workers’ were predominantly male. As they are now transitioning into old age, their bodies are becoming the sites where competing political, social and cultural scripts of masculinity are being played out. In reaction to the shifts in Eastern and Western European countries after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989, a different kind of migration has taken place with its specific cultural and gender implications. The most recent movement of refugees from non-European countries all over the world has again introduced its specific political and social repercussions with a focus on young and educated male migrants.

With reference to the aging male migrants, and also the younger and middle-aged writers among them, introducing cultural difference into European societies, we intend to explore mobility between cultures and generations from the joint perspectives of age and masculinity studies. The structure of inquiry follows different concerns: We want to address methodological issues of these different areas of cultural research in order to explore their connection with postcolonial and transcultural approaches, environmental studies and ecocriticism, genre theory and gender/feminist studies in a comparative framework.

In order to bring these different methodological concerns into critical dialogue we invite contributions related to the following conceptual themes:


As an alternative to binary constructions of subjectivity that foreground the autonomous, rational self, relational approaches have been developed in many different disciplinary contexts in order to highlight, instead, attempts to come closer to the other person (Paul John Eakin), the reversibility of subject positions in narratives (Mieke Bal), the ethical codes for narrating and representing ‘vulnerable subjects’ (Thomas Couser) and performative notions of selfhood or personhood. These alternative conceptualisations of the self can serve as a reference frame for exploring aging masculinities between cultures.


The gendered relationship structure of care has been widely recognized. Historically encoded as feminine, care has been reconceptualized first in a feminist ethic of care as a “mode of thinking that is contextual and narrative rather than formal and abstract” and that conceives the activity of care as centered around “the understanding of responsibility and relationships” (Carol Gilligan). In the related contexts of ageing, masculinities and the environment, care becomes a crucial issue that subverts traditionally gendered reference frames.


The notion of kinship brings up the context of familial and generational relationships. More broadly, kinship refers to relationships traditionally accepted in a culture and the rights and obligations which they involve. In cultural gerontology, the term ‘fictive kin’ describes living arrangements of older people, where spatial closeness becomes a substitute for ‘blood relations’ highlighting the potentialities of ‘inventing generational models’ (Kathleen Woodward). When the British poet John Burnside writes about “kinship of flesh with flesh” he acknowledges relationships within the natural world. Kinship, then, can be explored further as a configuration of shifting relationships within different conceptualizations of the ‘cultural’ and ‘natural’.

Please see the program below for more detail. We invite students to participate. Please register by 16th April 2021 at 

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Video: Online Seminar (session 1)

On 24th February we held the first session of the online seminar 'Analyzing social constructions of ageing masculinities and their cultural representations in contemporary European literatures and cinemas'. You can watch the whole session here. It includes the following presentations and the later discussion:

Male directors in the second half of life: Israel and beyond
Shlomit Lir & Liat Ayalon, Louis and Gabi Weisfeld School of Social Work, Bar Ilan University

Aging Men and Masculinities in Contemporary Spanish Literature
Raquel Medina, Aston University, Josep M Armengol, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

Dementia and Masculinity in Recent Irish Literature 
Michaela Schrage-Frueh, NUI Galway


The next session will be held on 15th April.