CFP: [20th] Aging Studies and Life Writing; (10/19/08; NWSA 6/19-22/08)

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Leni Marshall
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Aging Studies and Life Writing

National Women’s Studies Association Conference (10/19/08; 6/19-22/08)
Guaranteed Panel (Aging and Ageism Caucus)

When younger people write creative pieces about their own lives’ futures,
they often kill themselves off before they have to imagine what being old
is like. Many of the life writing projects created for multigenerational
work are life review studies, as if the past was the main part of an old
person’s life worth considering and the future was not going to be as
interesting. How can feminist aging studies positively affect these
experiences? Panel presentations might consider, but are not limited to,
questions such as these:
 -What would feminist life writing be like, inside and outside of academia?
- How might assignments channel the ideas of traditional-aged student or
returning students to reconsider ageist stereotypes?
- How might service learning projects incorporate such reconceptions?
- What is the value of doing that, and what is the value of asking people
to focus on life review?

Queries and 1-page abstracts arriving by October 19 to
Leni Marshall
Email submissions preferred, but hard copies may be addressed to
Leni Marshall
Department of English
Century College
3300 Century Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

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