Conference: Women & Aging: Bodies, Cultures, Generations
April 18-20, 1996
The Women & Aging conference focused on the representation and self-presentation of women in midlife and the later years, and it emphasized visual culture (photography, video, and film), literature (the novel, auto/biography, and the memoir), performance, consumer and medical culture, feminist theory, and cultural history. The three day conference was held in Curtin Hall 175. A book, Figuring Age: Women, Bodies, Generations (1999, edited by Kathleen Woodward) emerged from the conference. This conference was the first to be advertised on the Center's website.
Center director Kathleen Woodward,
Teresa Brennan (New School),
and Margaret Morganroth Gullette (Simmons)
K. Miller (CUNY)
"On Body Work"
Mary Russo (Hampshire)
"On the Scandal
of Intergenerational Bodies"
Stephen Katz (Trent Univ.) and Susan Squier (Pennsylvania State)
"On Medical Histories of Aging
E. Ann Kaplan (SUNY at Stony Brook) and Anne Davis Basting (UWM)
"On Theatres of Age"
Virginia Blum (Univ. of Kentucky), Glenda Laws (Pennsylvania State), and Rebecca Wepsic (UC, San
"On Consumer Culture and Cosmetic Surgery"
H. Wellman (Edinboro Univ. of Pennsylvania), Elisa Facio (Univ.
of Colorado at Boulder), and Marie-Claire Pasquier (Paris X-Nanterre)
"On Sexuality and Aging"
Margaret Morganroth Gullette (Simmons)
"On Fashion and Nostalgia"
Joanne M. Braxton (William and Mary)
reading her poetry
Joanna Frueh (Univ. of Nevada)
Vivian Sobchack (UCLA)
"On Scary Women in Hollywood
Patricia Mellencamp (UWM) and Ayisha Abraham (India)
"On Visual Memories and TV Generational Time
Jodi Brooks (Univ. of Melbourne) and Anca Cristofovici (Univ. of Caen)
Nancy Backes (Marquette), Bethany Ladimer (Middlebury),
and Christiane Orcel (California Institute of Technology)
Visions of Aging"
Teresa Mangum (Univ. of Iowa), Deborah
Owen (William and Mary), and Robin Pickering-Iazzi (UWM)
Histories of Aging in Nineteenth-Century England, "Old" New England,
Elinor Fuchs (UWM), Susan Cole (Albertus
Magnus), and Christine T. Lowery (UWM)
"On Writing Auto/biography Across
Kathleen Woodward (UWM)
"On Generational Bonds"
Teresa Brennan (New School)
"On Psychoanalysis and Aging"
Jacqueline Hayden (Hampshire)
"On Her Photography"
preview of Oh, Rapunzel by video artist Cecelia Condit (UWM), in collaboration with Dick Blau (UWM)
artist Rachel Rosenthal (Los Angeles) on aging between the ears . .
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Discussants: W. Andrew Achenbaum (Univ. of Michigan), Ana Zahira Bassit (Univ.
of São Paulo, Brazil), Mike Featherstone (Univ. of Teesside,
England), Hilary Harris (CSU-Long Beach), Susan Heidrich (UWM), Melinda Heywood (Univ. of Pennsylvania), Sharon Keigher (UWM), Laura Stempel Mumford (Madison), Diane Rothenberg (Goldberg
Health Care Center), and Anne M. Wyatt-Brown (Univ. of Florida).
Performance Artist Rachel Rosenthal (Los Angeles)
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