Age Studies and Communication Studies for Social Change

Fonseca. Journal of Communication ISSN-E 2172-9077
Call for papers 26 (2023)

Age Studies and Communication Studies for Social Change
Editors: Virginia Guarinos & Raquel Medina

For years, the different stages of life have become a type of segmentation for the organization of institutions and many professions. From the macro-structures of government to private companies, these stages of life are used in the areas of health, architecture, psychology, etc.

COVID-19 has highlighted how both the media and audiovisual fiction have addressed the older population. Of particular relevance is the confrontation that has been taking place on social networks between younger and older generations, with the baby boomers being at the center of many debates.__

This monograph aims to focus on the representation of older people in audiovisual communication and to be a forum to consider the image and the representation of those age groups approaching the last stages of life.

This thematic approach can address relevant issues such as

  • the representation of old age in cinema and TV;
  • the creative evolution of long-lived filmmakers with a long career in terms of themes, plots, concerns, and aesthetics;__
  • fictional series aiming to attract older viewers;
  • the representation of the family in TV series;
  • the development of stereotypes and clichés about old age in audiovisual fiction;
  • the presence and activity of older people in social networks, as users or influencers;
  • official, public or private experiences for integrating older people in the media and integrating new technologies into older people’s lives.
  • studies on the representation of aging in entertainment television programs;
  • audiovisual leisure products aimed at older people (video games and other therapeutic applications, such as memory games);
  • representations of aging in written and audiovisual information;
  • older people as consumers of information;
  • specialized information programs or publications for older people or by older people.

Gender is a key part of both Communication and Aging Studies, therefore It is important that all contributions include approaches from either women’s studies, masculinity studies, or LGTBIQ+ studies.

Proposals can be written in English or Spanish, and must be sent to (guarinos/at/; (r.medina/at/; (javiherrero82/at/
Articles submission deadline: January 30, 2023
Notification to the authors: March 15, 2023
Publication: June 15, 2023

No payment from the authors will be required.