CFP: Graduate Student Essay Contest in Age Studies (15 March 2013)

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Modern Language Association Age Studies Discussion Group
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We are pleased to announce a new, annual graduate student essay contest in age studies in the humanities. The contest is sponsored by the Modern Language Association's Age Studies Discussion Group, and the winning essay will be published in the new journal, Age, Culture, Humanities.

The contest invites the submission of rigorous scholarly articles on topics that investigate the critical intersections of the arts and humanities with the aging process. Methodologies and areas of investigation include art history and art criticism; communication and new media; critical theory; cultural studies; disability studies; history; identity studies; late-life creativity; linguistics; literary criticism; performance studies; philosophy and ethics; religious studies; and therapeutic uses of humanities and/or the arts. Submissions may also address the psychological, sociological, political, anthropological, behavioral, or bio-medical dimensions of aging relevant to the humanities and/or the arts. (5,000-9,000 words)

Age, Culture, Humanities seeks to promote cross-disciplinary, critical investigations of the experiences of age, aging, and old age, as seen through the lens of the humanities and arts. The goals are to consider age as a category of identity, advance understanding of the aging process and of age differences across the lifespan, interrogate cultural articulations of aging and old age, and generate innovative, engaging scholarly approaches to the study of age and aging in the humanities. All manuscripts undergo editorial screening; scholarly articles are selected for publication through a double-blind peer review process. The journal is published annually, both in print and online.

Submission guidelines: Articles to be considered for the contest should be labeled as such on the cover page. Articles may be submitted via email to Cynthia Port at Articles using MLA, Chicago, or APA citation styles will be considered, but accepted articles must be revised by the author into MLA style. The submission deadline for the 2013 graduate student essay contest is 15 March 2013. For updates or further information, please see