CFP: [Cultural-Historical] Age, Illness, and the Question of Beauty (3/1/08; ESSE 9, 8/22/08 â 8/26/08)

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Heike Hartung
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We seek proposals of 200-word abstracts by March 1, 2008 for our seminar on
“Ageing Studies” at the Conference of the European Society for the Study of
English (ESSE 9) at the University of Aarhus, Ã…rhus, 8/22/2008 â€" 8/26/2008.
Please send abstracts to both of the convenors at the Email addresses
mentioned below. We will let you know whether your proposals have been
accepted no later than 21 March 2008.

CFP: Ageing Studies: Age, Illness and the Question of Beauty in
Contemporary Anglophone Cultures

Convenor: Professor Roberta Maierhofer (University of Graz)
Co-convenor: Dr. Heike Hartung (Berlin)

Modern medicine’s success in prolonging life has led to demographic changes
in many Western societies. This development has consequences for a
culture’s awareness of the last stage of life. One of the strategies of
coming to terms with an extended old age is to enlarge the category of
youth. The scientific control of the ageing process, however, is challenged
by illnesses of the body and the mind. By problematizing age with reference
to illness, Western concepts of identity and beauty are called into
question. The seminar invites papers on representations of old age and
illness in literature and film. Comparative approaches that focus
intercultural and gendered perspectives are welcome.

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