Cultural Representations of Aging in the Spanish-Speaking World

Due Date: 06-01-2022

Queerness and aging combine two social invisibilities, marking this demographic sector with a double marginalization that has not received sufficient academic attention. Through research on aging queer literary and cinematic characters in Spain, Latin America, and Spanish-speaking parts of Africa, this edited volume seeks to bring visibility to this underrepresented group. As this is a transnational and interdisciplinary project, this volume will consider how aging queer individuals’ lived experiences are affected by cultural differences of the different Spanish-speaking countries in which they live, as well as how social attitudes about aging and queerness mold the reality of each country and its inhabitants.

The chapters in this volume will explore a variety of topics related to queer aging, including traditionally negative topics such as the aging body and queer invisibility. It will also emphasize positive life experiences and priorities for aging queer individuals, as well as seeking articles that discuss queer representation on screen in addition to the experiences of aging queer actors. This volume is anchored in the intersection between Hispanic queer theory and aging studies.

To be considered, send a 300–400-word abstract, a one-page CV, and a short biography to Heather Jerónimo ( and Raquel Medina ( before 1 June 2022. If your abstract is accepted, you will be contacted within two months, and your final essay must be submitted by 1 March 2023. Editors are looking for articles between 6,000 and 8,000 words, written in English and following the latest edition of the MLA style guide. Those chapters accepted by the editors must go through an external peer-review process, so please note that an invitation by the editors to write a chapter does not guarantee publication.