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MA in Mascuinity Studies presented at MenEngage Ubuntu Symposium

Last week, José María Armengol presented the newly created MA in Masculinity Studies to be launched this year at Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha at the MenEngage Ubuntu Symposium, among other interesting proposals and models related to formation in the study of masculinities.

You can now watch the symposium here (professor Armengol's intervention from timestamp 34:40 to 45:10).

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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.

Quick guide to avoid ageism in communication

You can now download the quick guide to avoid ageism in communication by the WHO here.

Language and images convey meaning, which feed assumptions and judgements that can lead to ageism. The way we frame communications also affects how people think, feel and act towards different age groups. This short guide, produced as a part of the Global Campaign to Combat Ageism, aims to help you improve your communication efforts by avoiding ageism in the messages and images you use.

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

Latest issue of the Journal of Bodies, Sexualities, and Masculinities

The latest issue of Journal of Bodies, Sexualities, and Masculinities has published.

Please visit the Berghahn website for more information about the journal.

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.

To receive your Zoom session key, please register at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 

University 

 

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

Teet Teinemaa, Tallinn University 

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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:

https://sh-se.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5UrceCpqTwtEtXmgD2mBpRDvllxKwUsxAEF