WAM. Let’s Dance! – an intergenerational music mapping project

Gardner, Abigail S ORCID: 0000-0003-2994-741X (2015) WAM. Let’s Dance! – an intergenerational music mapping project. In: MeCCSA 2015, January 7th 2015, Northumbria University. (Unpublished)

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The Centre for Women, Ageing and Media (WAM) is a research group of scholars working together to explore a range of themes focusing on older women and popular media. Current research explores issues of ageing, intergenerationality, creativity and identities in relation to representations, experiences, practices and also investments across popular culture. At its 2014 summer school, it ran a project called ‘Let’s Dance’ which sought to map out narratives of expectations and experiences of ageing in relation to gender and dance. Undergraduate Popular Music students at The University of Gloucestershire were asked to pick an age group (40+, 50+, 60+, 70+) and compile a playlist they thought such groups would dance to. Delegates for the summer school submitted three tracks that made them dance. The research team compiled age specific playlists, which were played to the delegates at a club venue in Cheltenham. Delegates’ choices were explained in audio interviews prior to the event and reflections collected afterwards.Drawing on recent work on music and ageing (Bennett, 2006; Hodkinson, 2011; Jennings and Gardner, 2012), ‘WAM! Let’s Dance’ interrogates generational, gendered expectations and experiences of ageing around popular music and dance. Uncovering intergenerational narratives that lie at odds with how gendered age is predominantly mediated, it argues that Grenier’s (2014) notion of moving from considering the elderly as repositories of memories linked to the past, towards perceiving them as embodied beings linked to the present, is accompanied by complex intergenerational reactions.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Culture, Continuity, and Transformation
Creative Practice and Theory
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2015 11:47
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 21:30
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/1908

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