Aging and the Humanities, ACLA New York 2014, Deadline Nov 1, 2013

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American Comparative Literature Association, March 20-23, 2014

Dominant representations of old age depict it as a period of debilitation and decline, frailty and dependence, isolation and loss of selfhood. Other accounts emphasize the experience of exceptional lucidity, insight, and wisdom that accompanies aging. This seminar invites participants to rethink and interrogate these two descriptive poles and attempt a more critically nuanced engagement with aging and old age. Papers can address aging from different humanistic and theoretical perspectives and approaches. They can also consider literary and filmic representations of aging that go beyond the accounts provided by the news media and sociological reports.

Possible topics include:

• Aging through the lens of postcolonial and/or poststructuralist theory
• Phenomenology of aging
• The global political economy of aging
• Slow death and social death
• Late style
• Cross-cultural dimensions of aging
• Aging and disability studies
• Gender and old age

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Please submit a paper proposal of 250 words at the following website:

Deadline for proposals is November 1, 2013 (midnight Pacific Standard Time).