I am particularly interested in how spaces and places of care, particularly long-term institutional care, are narrated in North American film and fiction as such texts play decisive roles in the discursive construction of aging and old age, and, thus, also in the social (re-)imagination of eldercare. I strongly believe in interdisciplinary theoretical and experiential dialogues - and their critical analysis - about the role of space and place in relation to the experience of aging and the life-course.
Keywords: care home stories, space and place, vulnerability, narrative, dementia, literary gerontology, interdisciplinary age studies
Ulla Kriebernegg is Associate Professor at the Institute of American Studies at the University of Graz. She studied English and American Studies and German Philology at the University of Graz and at University College Dublin, Ireland. Her emphasis in research and teaching is on (Inter-)American literary and cultural studies, Jewish migrations to the Americas, and Age/aging studies. Her latest book, Putting Age in its Place, focuses on cultural representations of care homes in North American film and fiction. Ulla is executive board member of the International Association for Inter-American Studies, Deputy Chair of the European Network of Aging Studies (ENAS), and governing board member of the North American Network in Aging Studies (NANAS). She co-edits the Aging Studies book series and is an editorial board member and regular reviewer of several journals such as The Gerontologist, Age, Culture, Humanities, and the Journal in Aging Studies. She is also part of the Humanities and Arts Committee of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA).
She has taught internationally and won several teaching awards of the University of Graz. In 2017, she was awarded the inaugural “Stephen Katz Distinguished Visiting Scholarship in Interdisciplinary Aging Studies” of Trent University, Canada. Ulla is the project director of “Who Cares? Altern und Pflege gemeinsam neu denken” and coordinates the Age and Care Research Group Graz.