Call For Manuscripts: Cultures of Ageing and Care

Research on care, especially in the context of ageing, has become not only popular but urgent in the last few years. We are looking for exciting book projects that explore questions of ageing and care across disciplines and cultures for our new book series.

We invite book proposals for a new series on cultures of ageing and care. The series is envisioned as one in which authors address pressing contemporary issues of ageing and of care, exploring these in a wide variety of genres and forms, and from diverse cultural and disciplinary standpoints.  

The main goal of the series is to provide an international platform for research and scholarly exchange, both in the humanities and, importantly, between the humanities and social sciences, that furthers our understanding of the changing cultures and complex experiences of ageing and of care.  We welcome innovative approaches to the series themes for monographs and edited collections from a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. We are particularly keen to invite contributions from scholars working or seeking to work across disciplines. 

If you would like to submit a proposal, or if you have further questions about the publishing process, please contact acquisitions editor Myrto Aspioti (

Series publications focus on new articulations of the experiences of ageing (including, although not confined to, later life) and on emerging and ongoing explorations of thought and theory related to the ethics and practices of care. The series incorporates theoretically informed scholarship from the fields of literary and cultural studies as well as visual, media and film studies, the medical humanities, and the social sciences/humanities interface. It fosters interdisciplinary dialogue about the rapidly expanding fields of cultural gerontology and care theory, inviting publications that focus on either area, or on interactions between them.

Suggested topics could include, but are not limited to: intergenerational paradigms of care/caring [familial; institutionalized; medical]; ageing and sexualities; multi- and cross-cultural variations in perceptions of ‘healthy’ ageing; the role of the humanities in ageing and caring better; care and the non-human; race, ethnicity and care. 

Volumes are published in English, although material engaging with other languages, with translation and adaptation, and with multilingual and translingual contexts, is welcome. 

Proposals are reviewed by the series editors, drawing on the expertise of our international Advisory Board, before undergoing full peer review from at least two academics in related areas. The series seeks to publish at least two volumes annually. 

Series Editors: 

Shirley Jordan (Newcastle University, UK)
Norah Keating (University of Alberta, Canada; Stirling University, UK; North-West University, South Africa)
Siobhán McIlvanney (King’s College London, UK) 

 Advisory Board:

Laura Funk (University of Manitoba, Canada)
Karen Glaser (King’s College London, U.K.)
Maurice Hamington (Portland State University, U.S.A.)
Susan Ireland (Grinnell College, U.S.A.)
Teppo Kröger (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
Sandra Laugier (Université Paris I, France)
Margaret Morganroth Gullette (Brandeis University, U.S.A.)
Andrea Oberhuber (University of Montreal, Canada)
Merel Visse (Drew University, U.S.A.; University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht)

Colorful, hand-crafted, heart-shaped object

[Title image: © Stephanie Seaton
The hand-crafted, heart-shaped object we have chosen as the anchor image for our series speaks to us in several ways of ageing and of care. Its many facets reflect the accumulation of life experiences as people age; it represents ageing as a kaleidoscope of multiple colours and forms; it has no straight pathways, suggesting that journeys of ageing and of care can be winding, bumpy and improvised; its rough edges are pieced together just as carers and cared-for piece together different approaches when figuring out how best to care.]

Shirley Jordan

Shirley Jordan is Professor of French Studies at Newcastle University, UK.

Norah Keating

Norah Keating is Professor of Social Gerontology with appointments at University of Alberta, Canada; Stirling University, UK; North-West University, South Africa.

Siobhán McIlvanney

Siobhán McIlvanney is Professor of French and Francophone Women's Writing at King’s College London, UK.

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