Spring 2013 Application
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SSP Project Openings
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Description: The Scholar is an award-winning author and cultural critic who works on age issues and is considered a pioneer in the emerging field called Age Studies. She is working on her fourth book, “How Not To Shoot Old People”.
Age Studies studies the age relations invented by culture. It goes beyond ageism to study middle ageism and the kind of decline thinking that is targeting young adults. The Student Partner will be involved in cutting-edge work that is part of an ant-ageist movement. This is important historically, theoretically, practically, and politically.
My major project is finishing a crossover book called How Not to Shoot Old People. I will be writing the final two chapters. The Partner will be doing research on two or three topics/ issues, and help with checking references and end-notes.
(1) One chapter is on ageism on the Internet, and how a writing assignment in first-year college courses might counter it. I’ve already invented a writing assignment. The title is “The Elder Hostile: Debating Ageism in the College Classroom”. This involves research on anti-ageist pedagogy, on how people learn to resist bias, or how they resist learning when bias is involved; and feminist/ anti-racist modes (if any) of introducing critical assignments into writing courses.
(2) Chapter Two on photography requires that the Partner acquire permissions from photographers (or the copyright holders) for 10 art works. (Letter-writing, follow-up, using a template provided by my press.)
(3) The last chapter. “Redress: Overcoming Trauma, Repairing Relationships, Healing Society” (milestones of anti-ageist thinking, feeling, and acting). Research might involve psychology of parent-adult child relationships, international criminal law, theory about building activist movements, reconciliation models).
Research involves Lexis-Nexis and academic data bases as well as books, articles. The Partner will also be reading and editing the drafts. I welcome ideas from the Partner on all aspects, content as well as style.
Requirements: Background in critical thinking; Background in social construction of self/society (courses in gender, soc of aging, anthro, history, media, literature, political science can provide good background); Experience with sexism, racism, ableism, if not ageism helpful; Background or interest in art (photography) would be wonderful; Excellent and demonstrated writing skills; Thoughtful skepticism about media and scientific “information” helpful. All Applicants should submit a writing sample to Kristen Mullin, SSP Program Coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org Sample should show a student can take a thought, put in writing and thoughtfully discuss it. Past graded papers are most commonly used. No topic requirement, but relevant topics helpful.