Michaela Schrage-Früh is lecturer in German at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She has published widely on contemporary Irish poetry and fiction, and is the author of Emerging Identities: Myth, Nation and Gender in the Poetry of Eavan Boland, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Medbh McGuckian (WVT, 2004) and Philosophy, Dreaming and the Literary Imagination (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). With Cathy McGlynn and Margaret O’Neill, she has edited Ageing Women in Literature and Visual Culture: Reflections, Refractions, Reimaginings (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). She is also co-editor, with Margaret O’Neill, of a special issue of Nordic Irish Studies, entitled Women and Ageing in Irish Writing, Drama and Film (November 2018), and a special issue of Life Writing, entitled Women and Ageing: Private Meaning, Social Lives (January 2019). She is co-founder of the Women and Ageing Research Network (WARN). Currently she is part of the research team of the Gender-Net Plus ERA-Net project “MASCAGE – Gendering Age: Representations of Masculinities and Ageing in Contemporary European Literatures and Cinemas” (2019-2022).
Margaret O’Neill’s research lies in twentieth-century and contemporary Irish literature, culture and society, with special interests in cultural gerontology and the medical humanities. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology in NUI Galway on the Gender-Net Plus ERA-Net project ‘Gendering Age: Representations of Masculinities and Ageing in Contemporary European Literatures and Cinemas’. Her publications in ageing studies include Ageing Women in Literature and Visual Culture: Reflections, Refractions, Reimaginings (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), co-edited with Cathy McGlynn and Michaela Schrage-Frueh, a special issue of Nordic Irish Studies, entitled Women and Ageing in Irish Writing, Drama and Film (November 2018), co-edited with Michaela Schrage-Frueh, and a special issue of Life Writing, entitled Women and Ageing: Private Meaning, Social Lives (January 2019), co-edited with Michaela Schrage-Frueh. She is co-founder of the Women and Ageing Research Network (WARN).
Clare completed an MA in literature at the University of Essex, UK in 2019 and will start her PhD in 2020. Her primary research interest is gendered ageing and social class in twentieth century English and Anglo-Irish fiction.
Dr. Deirdre Byrnes is Senior Lecturer in German at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her research interests include GDR literature, contemporary women writers in German-language literature, generational memory transmission and contested memories. She has published extensively on Monika Maron, including a monograph Rereading Monika Maron: Text, Counter-Text and Context. She is co-editor, together with Dr. Jean Conacher and Dr. Gisela Holfter, of German Reunification and the Legacy of GDR Literature and Culture (Brill, 2018) and Perceptions and Perspectives: Exploring Connections between Ireland and the GDR (Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2019).
Gemma Carney is a social gerontologist on the ARK Ageing programme based at the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland. All of Gemma’s research is collaborative, focusing on inter-disciplinary study of ageing. Projects include the Wellcome Trust funded Lively Project with historian, Leonie Hannan, the Dementia in Fiction project led by Jane Lugea and a research network grant with the Chinese University in Hong Kong, both funded by the Arts, Humanities Research Council. Gemma serves on the Executive Committee of the British Society of Gerontology where she is responsible for international liaison. She is a member of the editorial board of Ageing & Society and is a UK representative on AGE PLATFORM Europe. Her work has been published in major journals including Ageing & Society, European Journal of Ageing, Journal of Aging Studies, Critical Social Policy. She is currently writing a textbook, Questions for an Ageing World, for Policy Press with Paul Nash, Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California which will be published in paperback in 2020.
Originally from Birr, County Offaly, now lives in Tallaght, South Dublin. Poet, fiction writer and journalist, her work is widely published. Her collections include: poetry (New Island/AlTenTs, Rua Red), Prose and short fiction (Arlen House). Poetry and prose is included in anthologies by Dedalus, Faber & Faber, New Island, The Nordic Irish Studies Journal, among others. A Hennessy Award winner (Emerging Fiction), she has received numerous prizes for her poetry, including The Oliver Goldsmith International Award and a Katherine and Patrick Kavanagh fellowship. A mature student she graduated with a BA from DCU (Hons.) in Humanities and with distinction from the M.Phil in Creative Writing at The Oscar Wilde Centre, The School of English, Trinity College, Dublin. Her small press, Fiery Arrow, recently published The Lea-Green Down, a response anthology to the poetry of Patrick Kavanagh (by permission of The Kavanagh Trustees). Over 60 poets are included, together with Kavanagh’s poetry. Currently is part of Poetry Ireland’s Writers in Schools Scheme/TAP (Teacher/Artist Partnership), sponsored by The Arts Council and will facilitate an Age & Opportunity Creative Writing Workshop Series at The Irish Writers’ Centre for ten consecutive Tuesdays, beginning 17th September, 2019. “I’m very interested in writing about characters in the process of ageing. Stories in my short fiction collection ‘Snow Shoes’ (Arlen House) are themed around characters in the process of ageing. As is some of my poetry. Mainly because I’m ageing myself and so, can write from experience.” Over the years, I’ve facilitated Bealtaine Creative Writing Workshops in various locations throughout the country. ‘Small Landscapes at the bottom of my teacup’ proves a popular workshop, whereby little ‘works of art’ emerge from the leaves, creating images and concepts which give rise to discussion and writings. ‘Small Landscape’ was delivered in Copenhagen in 2014, as part of a Grundtvig Seminar. Also useful is my ‘The Lost & Found Poetry Workshop’ which has yielded much opportunity for memory pieces and explorations of family/personal history.
Berries for Singing Birds
Sheltered by holly’s spiny leaf, birdsongs hatch on promises of autumn’s harvest. Such late bounty fruits abundant red so thrushes full grown, welcome as an emigrant’s homecoming, return to glut these crimson pearls.
Pierced through, juice spills into slumbered earth while in the blackberry’s thorny tangle, warblers feast. Wing to wing. Beak to beak.
Old wives ink tales. Winter scarcities. As if such abundance, like old sins, must be punished. Even then, juniper’s blue bleed is a truce of feathered music, sung in remotest places, heard in bleakest hearts.
copyright: Eileen Casey, 2019
Caroline is a performance artist and poet, currently lecturing in Drama at the Department of Social Science, Athlone Institute of Technology, Ireland. She is a PhD candidate and research member at WAM (The Women, Ageing and Media Research Centre), University of Gloucestershire, UK., and affiliated student with ACT (Ageing + Communication + Technology), Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.
Her research interests are women and ageing, community engagement, creative methods and social gerontology, using arts based creative mediums such as poetry, storytelling, radio, film, drama and art as inquiry tools of discovery. Caroline’s WAM PhD uses autoethnography, poetry inquiry and arts based creative mediums to explore older women’s’ sense of identity through their participation in the yearlong journey of the Celtic Festivals of the Seasons on the Hill of Uisneach, Co Westmeath.
Caroline is presenter and researcher on ‘Awakening the Goddess Within’, Episodes 1–2–3–4–5, a five part radio documentary featuring older women’s lived experiences of ageing through poetry which arose as part of the research journey.
She is also a researcher on The Bog Queen Immersion Project: A collaborative, site specific art project by Phenomenal Women (Caroline Coyle and Nicole McKenna) that seeks to actively contemplate the social construction of older women in society through immersion in bog pools and contemplative poetry. In reference to poet Seamus Heaney’s Bog Queen, this transformative project seeks to explore questions surrounding older women in society, specifically, their social construction; in how they see themselves; and in how they are viewed.
Coyle, C. (2018). Noisy Women: Awakening the Goddess, Bealtaine at Uisneach 2017. Online publication in the Postgraduate Journal of Women, Ageing and Media.
Coyle, C., McKenna, N. (2017). The Bog Queen: Transformation through Contemplative Immersion. Online publication in the Postgraduate Journal of Women, Ageing and Media.
Coyle, C. (2015). Phenomenal Women: A Poetic View of the Social Construction of Widows in Irish Society. Online publication in the Postgraduate Journal of Women, Ageing and Media.
Coyle, C. (2015). “My Father didn’t hold me down” and “No Womb at the Inn” (poems) in Social Care Ireland. Learning From Practice, Gill and Macmillan.
Dr Deirdre Flynn is a lecturer in Contemporary literature and drama. She has worked at University College Dublin, National University of Ireland Galway, University of Limerick and Mary Immaculate College. She has published widely on Irish Literature, Drama, and Culture and world literature. She recently published two co-edited collections on Irish Literature with Palgrave; Irish Urban Fictions and Representations of Loss in Irish Literature. She is currently working on the representation of female middle age in post crash Irish literature.
October 2019: ‘The Uncanny City: Delving into the Sewers and Subconscious of Tokyo in Haruki Murakami’s Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World’ in Supernatural Cities: Magic, Monsters, Memory, and Urban Anxieties. Editors: Bell K . Boydell & Brewer, Suffolk.
Saskia Fürst is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of The Bahamas. She completed her PhD on the representations of older Black women in US literature and print advertisements at the University of Salzburg. Her article on “The Sexy, Mature Black Woman in US Advertisements: From Aunt Jemima to the Pro-Age Campaigns” is included in Racial and Ethnic Identities in the Media (Palgrave Macmillan 2016). She holds a B.A. in German Studies, Political Science and Gender Studies from Rice University (Texas, USA) and a Diploma in English Studies from the University of Graz (Austria). Her most recent publication is with the Taylor & Francis Journal, English Academy Review, and is titled “Palimpsests of Ancestral Memories: Black Women’s Collective Identity Development in Short Stories by Edwidge Danticat and Dionne Brand” (2017). She has edited two volumes, one on US American Expressions of Utopian and Dystopian Visions (Lit Verlag 2017) and a forthcoming volume on Contemporary Quality TV. Her latest research project focuses on representations of Black Girlhood in Afrofuturist literature.
“Palimpsests of Ancestral Memories: Black Women’s Collective Identity Development in Short Stories by Edwidge Danticat and Dionne Brand” (2017). English Academy Review. (Peer-Reviewed)
“A Mature Black Woman’s Humorous Critique of Ageing in Clarence Major’s Such Was the Season.” In: Ageing Women in Literature and Visual Culture: Reflections, Refractions, Reimaginings (2017). Ed. Michaela Schrage-Frueh. London: Palgrave Macmillan. (Peer-Reviewed)
“The Sexy Older Black Woman in US Advertisements: From Aunt Jemima to the Pro-Age Campaign.” In: Ethnic and Racial Identities in the Media (2016). Eds. Eleftheria Arapoglou, Yiorgos Kalogeras, and Jopi Ny. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. (Peer-Reviewed)
Leonie studied at the University of Oxford and Royal Holloway, University of London and spent ten years working in the museums and heritage sector. She came to Queen’s University, Belfast as a Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow in 2015. She is a lecturer in Eighteenth-Century History at Queen’s University, in the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy & Politics.
Leonie is a social and cultural historian of early modern Britain and Ireland (c. 1660-1830) working on gender, material culture, domestic space and intellectual life. She has a number of interdisciplinary research collaborations on the subjects of ageing, family care, public history and approaches to material history.
Elisabeth Hanscombe is an independent researcher in the areas of psychoanalysis, trauma, memory, feminism and sexual abuse including incest.
‘Brittle bones’ to be published in Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australian/New Zealand Literature. Issue 32, number 1, 2019.
‘Shelling peas and pain’ in Brevity’s Non-Fiction Blog: Somewhat daily news from the world of nonfiction, https://brevity.wordpress.com 30 July 2019.
‘Now that I’m old: Ageing, Women and Life Writing’ in Life Writing, issueon Ageing and Life Writing
‘Rock-a-bye baby: Mothering in Midlife’ in Middle Grounds: Essays on Midlife Mothering, Eds Kathy Mantas and Lorinda Petersen, Demeter Press, Ontario, 2018.
The Art of Disappearing, Glass House Books, Brisbane, 2017
‘All That’s Forbidden’, Meanjin, Spring 2017
‘Haunted by Photos of the Dead’, in The Long Apprenticeship, Southerly, Vol. 77 No 2 2017
‘Love letter to Sheila’, Press: 100 Love Letters. Eds. Laurel Flores Fantauzzo and Francesca Rendle-Short, University of the Philippines Press, Quezon City, 2017
‘Even if it kills me’, March 2016, The Stockholm Review of Literaturehttps://thestockholmreview.org/the-strindberg-section/even-if-it-kills-me-by-elisabeth-hanscombe/
‘Feet of clay’ in The Wounded Healer, Ed. Sharon Farber. 2016. Routledge
‘Angels, Rubbish Tips and Toast’, Ecriture feminine, http://www.lecriturefeminine.com/home/2016/9/17/angels-rubbish-tips-and-toast
‘Peeping Tom’ in September 2015 Bluestem Magazine http://bluestemmagazine.com/online/september-2015/peeping-tom/
Heike Hartung is an independent scholar in English Studies, associated at the University of Potsdam, Germany, and the University of Graz, Austria. She has earned her PhD in English Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin and her PhD habil. in English Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Potsdam. In her publications she applies the methods of literary theory and cultural studies to the interdisciplinary fields of aging, disability and gender studies.
She is the author of the monograph Ageing, Gender and Illness in Anglophone Literature: Narrating Age in the Bildungsroman (2016) and the edited collection Embodied Narration: Illness, Death and Dying in Modern Culture (2018). She is a founding member of ENAS, the European Network in Aging Studies, and a co-editor of the Aging Studies publication series.
Research interests include narrative theory; the history of the novel; age and dementia narratives; gender and age; embodiment, death and dying and ageing masculinities. Current work in progress is related to the European research project „Cultural Representations of Ageing Masculinities in Europe“.
Dr Miriam Haughton is Director of Postgraduate Studies in Drama, Theatre and Performance at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and Vice President of the Irish Society for Theatre Research (ISTR). She is the author of Staging Trauma: Bodies in Shadow (Palgrave, 2018) and co-editor of collections Legacies of the Magdalen Laundries: Commemoration, Gender and Systems of Abuse (Manchester UP, 2021), and Radical Contemporary Theatre Practices by Women in Ireland (Carysfort, 2015). Her research has appeared or is forthcoming in Contemporary Theatre Review, Modern Drama, New Theatre Quarterly, Mortality, Irish Studies Review, and Canadian Journal of Irish Studies. She has co-edited two journal special issues, Ilha Do Desterro (2018) and Irish Theatre International (2014), and published essays in multiple collections. Miriam is Director of the Feminist Storytelling Network (FSN) and a supporting member of the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI).
Alison Herbert PhD is a Research Affiliate with the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, within The Institute for Lifecourse and Society, National University of Ireland, Galway. Her doctoral thesis focused on perceptions of ageing amongst mid-life women in rural Ireland, and the relationship between the multiple influences on quality of life.
Alison has collaborated through COST Action 1409 with research on the social life of time.
She is currently extending her doctoral studies by writing for academic journals and by researching the ageing of mid-life rural women within European contexts.
Emily Hind grew up in Kansas, in a monolingual family without a passport in sight. Both parents are teachers, and they encouraged her to choose a different professional path, to no avail. During her under grad years at the University of Kansas, Emily saw so many posters around campus about study abroad that she figured it was practically mandatory, so off she went to study in Mexico for six weeks. It was the best thing she’d ever done, and she returned to spend her senior year there, and later worked for three years at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, an extraordinary opportunity for a US-educated Mexicanist that became the equivalent of other fields’ “post doc” study. Her initial experience of being completely lost in a world where she couldn’t navigate anything led her to appreciate the cognitive benefits of uncertainty, a kind of wakefulness in response to the chaos of the unknown.
Emily Hind is Associate Professor with the University of Florida, where she received a Term Professorship for distinguished scholarship, 2016-2019, and was voted Professor of the Year 2016-2017 and 2018-2019 by the graduate students in the Hispanic literature program. She was a Fulbright scholar in 2015. Her latest book is Dude Lit: Mexican Men Writing and Performing Competence, 1955-2012 (2019; University of Arizona Press). In 2020, Peter Lang will publish her third book of interviews with Mexican writers, this time from the angle of children’s and YA literature. Her latest articles include an analysis of ageism as it affects Mexican women writers in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries (Life Writing 16.1 : 11-24) and an intertwined study of disability and decolonial thought applied to work by Guadalupe Nettel, Carla Faesler, and Laía Jufresa (Disability and the Global South, 6. 1 : 1677-1694). One interest in her current research contemplates the notion of petrofiction and energopower as a way to renew thought on narcofiction and biopower in contemporary Mexican letters.
Heather Ingman is Visiting Research Fellow in the Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies, Trinity College, the University of Dublin.
Her most recent publications include Strangers to Themselves: Ageing in Irish Writing (Palgrave 2018), Irish Women’s Fiction from Edgeworth to Enright (Irish Academic Press, 2013), A History of the Irish Short Story (Cambridge University Press, 2009), and Twentieth-Century Fiction by Irish Women: Nation and Gender (Ashgate, 2007).
She is co-editor, with Clíona Ó Gallchoir, of A History of Modern Irish Women’s Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2018).
Dr Deborah Jermyn is Reader in Film & TV at the University of Roehampton, London and the author and co/editor of 11 books. Much of her work is informed by feminist methodologies and in recent years her research has particularly focused on constructions of ageing femininities in popular culture. Her 2013 collection Female Celebrity and Ageing: Back in the Spotlight (Routledge) was the first book-length publication to interrogate the matrix of celebrity culture, ageing and gender. It examines how celebrity culture constructs highly visible ideologies of femininity and ageing and how ageing female celebrities have negotiated the media in a variety of industrial, historical and national contexts, and was followed in 2015 by Women, Celebrity and Cultures of Ageing: Freeze Frame (Palgrave Macmillan), co-edited with Su Holmes. She has also published widely on the reception and representations of ageing and older women in romantic comedy, examining the later career trajectories of figures including Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep and director Nancy Meyers, including in the journals Celebrity Studies and CineAction. In another strand of her work, she is also particularly interested in questions of ageing and older women, fashion and style, and she continues to research, teach and speak widely on these topics – see https://pure.roehampton.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/deborah-jermyn(13c4a7d5-dfad-4944-b41e-f83ddba35543).html/
Forthcoming from Edinburgh University Press in 2019:
Love Across the Atlantic: US-UK Romance in Popular Culture, co-edited with Barbara Jane Brickman and Theodore Trost
Recently published in Celebrity Studies: ‘‘Grey is the new green’? Gauging age(ing) in Hollywood’s upper quadrant female audience, The Intern (2015) and the discursive construction of ‘Nancy Meyers”
Ulla Kriebernegg is Associate Professor at the Institute of American Studies at the University of Graz. She studied English and American Studies and German Philology at the University of Graz and at University College Dublin, Ireland. Her emphasis in research and teaching is on (Inter-)American literary and cultural studies, Jewish migrations to the Americas, and Age/aging studies. Her latest book, Putting Age in its Place, focuses on cultural representations of care homes in North American film and fiction. Ulla is executive board member of the International Association for Inter-American Studies, Deputy Chair of the European Network of Aging Studies (ENAS), and governing board member of the North American Network in Aging Studies (NANAS). She co-edits the Aging Studies book series and is an editorial board member and regular reviewer of several journals such as The Gerontologist, Age, Culture, Humanities, and the Journal in Aging Studies. Also, she is part of the Humanities and Arts Committee of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA).
Luz Mar González-Arias
Luz Mar González-Arias is Senior Lecturer in the English Department, University of Oviedo. Her research is primarily in the areas of body theory and Medical Humanities, as applied (mainly, but not exclusively) to the work of contemporary Irish women poets and visual artists. Embodiment and sexuality feature prominently in her two published books: Otra Irlanda (2000), and Cuerpo, mito y teoría feminist (1999), which draws heavily on the theme of anorexia and female identity. Her publications include a chapter on Ireland in The Routledge Companion to Postcolonial Studies (2007), and an essay on the versions of Sheela-na-gigs in the poetry of Susan Connolly in Opening the Field: Irish Women, Texts and Contexts (Cork UP, 2007). She has also contributed to the special issue that An Sionnach dedicated to Paula Meehan with an essay on citified embodiments in Meehan’s urban poetry (2009).
Among her most recent publications are “Ageing Iconography: Non-normative Representations of the Irish Maternal Body” (special issue on “Women and Ageing in Irish Writing, Drama and Film”, Nordic Irish Studies, 2018) and her work on PTSD “Impossible Returns: The Trope of the Soldier in Celia de Fréine’s Poetry” (Irish University Review, 2018). She is also the author of “Much More than a Colour: YELLOW, or the Signifying Potential of the non-Verbal”, in I’ll Sing You a Song from around the Town, the new book-catalogue on Amanda Coogan’s artistic practice (2015), and “’A pedigree bitch, like myself’: (Non)Human Illness and Death in Dorothy Molloy’s Poetry”, in Animals in Irish Literature and Culture (Palgrave, 2015). She is the editor of National Identities and Imperfections in Contemporary Irish Literature: Unbecoming Irishness (Palgrave, 2017), and co-editor (with Monika Glosowitz) of the special issue on “The Affective Aesthetics of the Body in Pain” in The Polish Journal of Aesthetics (2019).
In 2016 and 2017 González-Arias curated the performances and exhibition of Amanda Coogan at the Niemeyer Centre (Avilés, Asturias) and is now curating artistic and performative interventions along the Atlantic coast. She is currently working on a book-length monograph on the life and poetry of Dorothy Molloy.
Bridie Moore is Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance at Huddersfield University. Her AHRC funded PhD study (University of Sheffield), investigated the performance of age and ageing. This included an element of practice-as-research and to facilitate this she formed ‘Passages Theatre’, a group for performers over the age of fifty. Life Acts, their first full-length performance went on a public engagement tour in May/June 2013. Since then they have created A Blueprint For Ageing (2014) The Mirror Stage (2015) And You Need Hands (2016), They are currently Theatre Company in Residence at the Theatre Delicatessen, Sheffield. Before studying for an MA and PhD at Sheffield, Bridie was a lecturer, theatre director and facilitator in mainstream and community theatre and theatre education, working for, amongst others, Liverpool Everyman, Battersea Arts Centre, Paines Plough Theatre Company and Kirklees College. She has published articles from her study in the journals Age, Culture, Humanities, and Arts Praxis and contributed a chapter, ‘The Age Performances of Peggy Shaw’, to Cathy, McGlynn, Maggie O’Neill and Michaela Schrage-Früeh’s 2017 edited collection, Ageing Women in Literature and Visual Culture: Reflections, Refractions and Reimaginings.
Moore, Bridie. 2018. ‘”It did get rid of that ‘these people are old people’ thing in my brain”: Challenging the Otherness of Old Age Through One-to-One Performance’ ArtsPraxis Volume 5, Issue 2
Moore, Bridie. 2017. ‘The Age Performances of Peggy Shaw: Intersection, Interoception and Interruption’, in McGlynn, Cathy, Maggie O’Neill and Michaela Schrage-Früeh, Ageing Women in Literature and Visual Culture: Reflections, Refractions and Reimaginings. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Moore, Bridie. 2014. ‘Depth Significance and Absence: Age Effects in New British Theatre’, Age, Culture, Humanities. Issue 1. <http://ageculturehumanities.org/WP/depth-significance-and-absence-age-effects-in-new-british-theatre/>
Áine Ní Léime
Dr. Áine Ní Léime is Deputy Director of the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her recent research focuses on older workers and extended working life. Áine is a qualitative researcher and she has conducted extensive research focusing on the work-life biographies of research participants aged 50 and over, using a lifecourse approach to analysis. Her recent projects are Gender Older Workers and the Lifecourse (GENDOWL) (2015-2018) a Marie Sklodowska Curie comparative project between the United States and Ireland. She is currently involved in a comparative project entitled Dynamics of Accumulated Inequalities for Seniors in Employment (DAISIE) (2018-2021) comparing the gendered experiences of older workers in the transport, financial and health sectors in the Czech Republic, Ireland, Switzerland, Sweden and the UK. Recent research was published in Ageing & Society, Journal of Women and Aging and two edited volumes, published by Policy Press.
Brenda O’Connell has a PhD in Gender, Ageing and Sexuality in Samuel Beckett’s work (2019). She is an English tutor at Maynooth University. She has published on Beckett, Irish Performance Art and has forthcoming publications on the Waking the Feminist movement (2019), Beckett and Politics (2020) and Queer Ageing in Irish Theatre (2020).
Brenda’s research interests include gender and sexuality, motherhood, psychoanalysis, ageing, performance art and Irish theatre. In 2017, she attended the European Network in Aging Studies (ENAS) conference (April 27-30) in Graz, Austria, where she presented on ‘Samuel Beckett and the Ageing Female Body’. In 2019, she attended the Aging and Social Change: Ninth Interdisciplinary Conference (September 16-17) in Vienna where she presented on ‘Queer Ageing in Irish Theatre’. She is currently researching ageing and the performance of age in modern Irish drama.
Lucinda Rasmussen, PhD, is an associate lecturer with the University of Alberta where she teaches English literature and writing studies. She is an award-winning instructor whose research focuses on the representation and dissemination of narratives by and about contemporary twentieth and twenty-first century western women in both literature and popular culture. In particular, Lucinda is interested in studying popular texts in which the ageing woman of postfeminism is represented. She has published essays on Farrah Fawcett and Bridget Jones as ageing cultural icons, as well as on breast cancer memoirs written by women who published their life narratives as subjects of postfeminist ideology. Her current project analyzes the pervasive presence of midlife ageism in popular culture. This in-progress work investigates how certain seemingly progressive representations of ageing in contemporary prestige television are actually deeply misogynistic for storylines where it is implied that it is the self-actualized mature woman who causes her younger male counterpart to display toxic masculinity.
Flavia Soubiran studied philosophy (MA) and film (MA) at Brussels Free University and received her PhD in film studies from the University of Montreal. Her research focuses on the ageing star in Anglo-american cinema. She has published several articles on Bette Davis’s star career and persona, falling star characters, costume design in classical Hollywood, nostalgia and digital cinema. She has been a Visiting Fellow at the Moore Institute, NUI Galway. She is now teaching philosophy to children and working on the publication of her doctoral thesis on the ageing star from Hollywood’s Golden Age to contemporary cinema.
Magazine Spirale, 2018. Recension Flickers of Film. Nostalgia in the time of Digital Cinema (Jason Sperb, Rutgers University Press, 2016)
Cinedesign: Conference proceedings, University of Toulouse-Jean Jaurès, Toulouse, France, October 2016, ed. Irène Dunyach and Pia Pandelakis, Toulouse: Blurb, 2017
Jouer l’actrice: de Katharine Hepburn à Juliette Binoche: Conference proceedings, Paris, École normale supérieure, June 2015, ed. Jean-Loup Bourget and Françoise Zamour, Paris: Éditions Rue d’Ulm, 2017
Mary Stenson Shanahan
Mary Stenson Shanahan is a social researcher, development facilitator, poet and artist. She has a Masters in Sociology from UL and a Masters in Gaelic Literature from UCC. She spent many years facilitating group and individual development and evaluating the benefits and value of age and gender focused state-sponsored programmes and social initiatives on women. For a time, she was the Policy Officer for the Older Women’s Network (OWN) a national organisation based in Dublin, where she got the chance to research and lobby on age-related state policy and the human and civil rights of older women. OWN closed its doors in 2013 when its funding ceased.
She has become increasingly interested in the creative identities and works of ageing women. Pursuing studies in Gaelic Literature with UCC gave her the chance to identify two poetic personae, female and male, in the early Irish lyric poetry of the 9th century; and to explore how each performed uniquely different worldviews on nature, the body, ageing, freedom and security, Christianity and Myth. She lives in West Limerick and has three adult children.
Jo Slade is a poet and painter she is the author of six books of poetry, In Fields I Hear Them Sing, Salmon Publishing 1989. The Vigilant One, Salmon Publishing 1994, nominated for the Irish Times/Aer Lingus Literature Prize. Certain Octobers, Editions Eireanna, Quimper France, 1997, a dual language English/French edition, received a publication bursary from the Centre du Livre, Paris. City of Bridges, Salmon Poetry 2005. Chapbook of poems, The Artist’s Room, Pighog Press Brighton UK 2010. The Painter’s House, Salmon Publishing 2013. Joint recipiant of The Michael Hartnett Poetry Award 2014. Chapbook of poems, The White Cottage, T-A-R Publications UK 2016. Cycles and Lost Monkeys, Salmon Poetry 2019. Nominated in 2003 for the, ‘Prix Evelyn Encelot,’ Ecriture Prize, Maison des Ecrivains, Paris. Poems translated into French, Spanish, Romanian, Norwegian, Russian, Italian & Slovenian. Published in literary journals: Nth.Ireland, UK, USA, Canada, Russia, France, Slovenia, Spain, Italy & the Channel Islands. Recipiant of Literature Bursary & Travel Grants from The Arts Council of Ireland, Culture Ireland & Limerick City Council. Represented Ireland at Poetry Festivals in UK, France, Italy, Canada, Slovenia. Has exhibited her art work widely in Ireland, France & Italy. Her most recent installation/exhibition, The White Cottage, The Sailor’s Home, Limerick 2016. The video on Vimeo: The White Cottage Exhibition Jo Slade. Spilt Milk Films UK 2016.
Ieva Stončikaitė holds a PhD (2017) in cultural and literary gerontology by the U of Lleida (Spain). She has been a pre-doctoral researcher at the U of Fribough (Switzerland) and TCAS (Trent U, Canada), and is a member of ENAS and the research group Dedal-Lit. She has co-taught as assistant lecturer at the Department of English and Linguistics at the U of Lleida, and presented research in national and international conferences and published in journals such as Societies, Life Writing, Educational Gerontology, and collections of articles (Peter Lang, Transcript). Her current research interests include cultural and literary gerontology, leisure tourism, and active and healthy ageing. Additionally, Ieva is a founder of an NGO InterAGE that centres on intergenerational dialogue, ageing and social inclusion.
Julia Twigg is Professor Emeritus of Social Policy and Sociology at the University of Kent, UK. She has written widely on the cultural constitution of age, and the role embodiment and materiality in this. Over the last decade, she has been engaged in series of research studies that have explored the role of clothing and dress in the constitution of age. In 2013 she published Fashion and Age: Dress, the Body and Later Life, which explores the views of older women and the responses of the media and fashion industry to questions of age. With Christina Buse, she examined the significance of clothes in the day-to-day lives of people with dementia. She is currently working on the parallel, but distinctive, experiences of older men. Her publications are available on the Kent website https://kar.kent.ac.uk/ and https://research.kent.ac.uk/caa/.
Katherine has worked as a Lecturer in Media and Film at the University of Liverpool since 2017. She joined from the University of Stirling, where she completed her PhD in Media and Cultural Studies. Katherine’s research centres on adaptation; fairy tales; child, youth and age studies; screen and literature; girlhood and identity; cultural memory; feminism; and gender. Her recent publications include the journal articles ‘Growing up in Magical Time: Representations of Female Growth and Development in ABC’s Once Upon a Time’ (Narrative Culture, 2018) and ‘The Aged Woman as Spectre in Two Filmic Adaptations of Snow White’ (Marvels and Tales, 2019) as well as the book chapter ‘Stories of Motherhood and Ageing in ABC’s Television Programme Once Upon a Time’ in Schrage-Frueh et al. (eds.) Ageing Women in Literature and Visual Culture (Palgrave, 2017). Katherine has a forth coming publication with the journal Age, Culture, Humanities entitled “Genre and Female Ageing in Two Contemporary Filmic Adaptations of ‘Snow White,’” and a forth coming book chapter for the Oxford Handbook of Children’s Film entitled “Negotiating East and West When Representing Childhood in Miyazaki’s Spirited Away.” She is currently working on a book for the Routledge Cinema and Youth Cultures Series, entitled: Precious: Identity, Adaptation and the African American Youth Film and a research project entitled “Exploring Fairy Tales in the Third Age: Viewer Response to Female Ageing in Contemporary Fairy–Tale Films.”
Katherine’s research contemplates twentieth- and twenty-first century adaptations of fairy-tale and, more specifically, bildungsroman and reifungsroman narratives in literature, film, television and sequential art. It evaluates the relationship between form and content when investigating depictions of female maturation, childhood, sexuality, identity, gender, growth and ageing. This research details how contemporary adaptations challenge, re-imagine and reaffirm dominant ideologies and discourses surrounding the female body, as characters transition from childhood to adulthood, and adulthood to old age. In partnership with this research, she is also currently exploring how older women’s engagement with contemporary fairy-tale films facilitates the emergence of cultural memories of youth and development, and advances a discussion of female ageing.
Katharina Zwanzger is a PhD student at the English Department at the University of Graz, Austria, and is currently employed as research assistant in the project “Who Cares? Rethinking Ageing and Care” (www.ageandcaregraz.net) at the University of Graz (August 2018 – December 2020). She is also a member of the Age and Care Research Group Graz and worked as research assistant at the English Department at the University of Graz, Austria from October 2010 to June 2013.
Katharina Zwanzger received her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in English Studies (Linguistics, Literary Studies, Cultural Studies) at the University of Graz, Austria, and participated in the ERASMUS programme at University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland. She is the recipient of the “Excellence in English and American Studies Award 2015” at the University of Graz for outstanding academic achievements.