CFP: [Cultural-Historical] Aging Studies in Europe - Volume 2: "Never Get Old? Celebrity, Aging & Society"

full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Roland Reiter
contact email: 
roland.reiter@uni-graz.at

Never Get Old? Celebrity, Aging & Society

Edited by Roland Reiter & John A Stotesbury

According to Roland Barthes, myths are socially constructed phenomena
representing the worldview of the dominant class. These myths are
represented as a “matter of course” in the texts of popular culture and
contain socially accepted concepts of gender, values, and age.
On the one hand, the projection and media representation of aging popular
culture stars or biologically aged stars reflect the view of “age” in
society; on the other hand, they contribute to the development and change
of the concept of age accepted by a mass of people. Consequently, the
projection of aging stars and the values connected with these
representations interact with society and serve as indicators and
projectors of dominant ideologies and values. The analyses of such
portrayals enable the identification of current ideologies and trends
connected with the societal meaning of age.
The editors are looking for papers that focus on a range of questions,
including (but not limited to) the following: What meanings are attached
to age and aging in various genres of popular culture? How do popular
culture texts and the values connected with these representations
interact with society and serve as indicators and projectors of dominant
ideologies and values? How does aging shape identity constructions in pop
culture? What genres and/or texts undermine the dominant representation
of age?

Please send a 300-word abstract to the Center for the Study of the
Americas (University of Graz, Austria) at roland.reiter_at_uni-graz.at by
June 30, 2008.

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