The mission of NANAS to “facilitate sustainable, international and multi-disciplinary collaboration among all researchers interested in the study of cultural aging.” As such, we draw from the field of age studies, the humanities and interpretive social sciences.
Our guiding principles are:

  • Promote high quality scholarship related to cultural aging through our newsletter, website and journal.
  • Raise awareness of binary concepts and master narratives in cultural discourses, which pit generations against each other, prescribe norms and values, and perpetuate stereotypes about aging and older age.
  • Educate colleagues, students and the larger community about the importance of older age as a site of inquiry.
  • Advocate for institutional policies that promote respect for older persons.
  • Support inclusive language that avoids sexist, racist, ageist and ableist terms considered to be demeaning and offensive to others.
The associated partners from the USA were the National Women’s Studies’ (NWSA) Aging and Ageism Caucus and the Modern Language Association’s (MLA) Age Studies Discussion group.nnWhen the NWO-funded project came to an end in 2013, the European Network in Aging Studies was re-launched as a formal international association with seat in Graz, Austria. The North American partners built a parallel network, called North-American Network in Aging Studies (NANAS). With this further institutionalization of age and aging studies research collaboration, ENAS and NANAS continue to facilitate sustainable cooperation among existing and new partners. nnInformation on the organizational structure of ENAS can be found in the ENAS Constitution.

The first meeting of the North American Network in Aging Studies

Attendees at the 2015 NANAS Conference in Oxford, Ohio

Governing Council

Institutional Member: Erin Lamb, Hiram College
Student Member: Sandy Robinson, Trent University
Conference Representative: Suzanne Bailey, Trent University
ENAS Representative: Ulla Kriebernegg, University of Graz, Austria

Kate de Medeiros, Miami University of Ohio (Chair)
Julia Henderson, Concordia University (Vice Chair)
Pamela Gravagne, University of New Mexico
Linda Hess, University of Frankfurt (Secretary)
Valerie Lipscomb, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (Treasurer)
Kim Sawchuk, Concordia University
Anita Wohlmann, University of Southern Denmark Odense

Ex Officio Member Representing Age, Culture, Humanities
Aagje Swinnen, Maastricht University

Advisory Board

Toni Calasanti, Virginia Tech
Stephen Katz, Trent University
Teresa Mangum, University of Iowa
Kathleen Woodward, University of Washington

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