Age and gender influence identities performed in practical and symbolic, poetic and every day arenas. This panel explores how age and gender informed visions of heritage, present-day realities and future expectations materialize in cultural representations, performances and personal narration.
Performance and performativity are central topics in cultural research. In this panel, we ask how generational cultural knowledge and the identification of age and gender as a constituent of one's identity affect the choices of performative modes, roles and genres. Age is a physical and mental factor conditioning the evaluation of the present, references to the past and visions of future. Gender often provides a further factor in the identification of the performative modes and roles through which cultural knowledge is bound to action. This panel explores how performing is connected to these social categories, and how performances of identities materialize in different cultural and situational contexts. For instance, how are experiences of old age narrated, interpreted and performed? How are these experiences intertwined with cultural and societal ideas regarding ageing and other social categories? Furthermore, how do young people differentiate themselves from preceding generations and relate to their images of future in their performative choices like hip hop, or how men and women adopt gender-specific images of self by performing in poetic genres that link them to the past generations? We warmly invite papers that address the cultural meanings and practices of performing age, generation and gender related identities in different kinds of performances and social circumstances. Presentations may focus on empirical, theoretical or methodological issues.