Research & Projects

Fragmente aus dem Leben mit Demenz – Eine Tanzperformance in Drei Stimmen und Vier Akten

Lyrik: Andrea Zittlau, Kulturwissenschaftliche Kommentare: Heike Hartung, Musik: Nimai Facher, Choreographie und Tanz: Katharina Schlegel

26.08.2023: Aufführung bei der Lübecker Museumsnacht am Zentrum für Kulturwissenschaftliche Forschung Lübeck (ZKFL, Königstraße 42, 23552 Lübeck)
19.00 Uhr Lotte; 20.00 Uhr Trudel; 21.00 Uhr Dolores; 22.00 Uhr Frieda

27.08.2023, 11.00 Uhr: Aufführung in der Kunstwerkstatt Staven 35 (Stavenstraße 35, 23552 Lübeck)

MASCAGE Project: Studying Ageing Masculinities across different European cultures

Informations on this EU-Research Project:

Publications in preparation for the MASCAGE project:

Ageing Masculinities, Alzheimer’s and Dementia Narratives.

Ed. Heike Hartung, Rüdiger Kunow and Matthew Sweney.

Bloomsbury Studies in the Humanities, Ageing and Later Life. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2022 (Open Access).


Edited Book Series: Aging Studies

[transcript] publisher, Bielefeld, Germany

with Ulla Kriebernegg and Roberta Maierhofer (University of Graz, Austria)

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Publications in Cultural Age Studies:

Heike Hartung:

Ageing, Gender, and Illness in Anglophone Literature. Narrating Age in the Bildungsroman.

Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature. New York: Routledge, 2016

(Paperback 2019, 264 pages, ISBN 9780367872724)

Heike Hartung (ed.)

Embodied Narration: Illness, Death and Dying in Modern Culture

[transcript] Aging Studies Volume XV (2018)

Do liminal embodied experiences such as illness, death and dying affect literary form? In recent years, the concept of embodiment has been theorized from various perspectives. Gender studies have been concerned with the cultural implications of embodiment, arguing to move away from viewing the body as a prediscursive phenomenon to regarding it as an acculturated body. Age studies have extended this view to the embodied experience of ageing, while drawing attention to the ways in which the ageing body, through its materiality and plasticity, restricts the possibilities of (de)constructing subjectivity. These current debates on embodiment find a strong counterpart in literary representation. The contributions to this anthology investigate how and to what extend physical borderline experiences affect literary form.

E-book (2018-08-07, 260 Seiten, ISBN: 978-3-8394-4306-4)