Contested Language and the Study of Later Life


  • June Oh The University of Texas Tyler
  • Linda M. Hess University of Augsburg
  • Julia Henderson University of British Columbia, Canada





Submitted: 15 May 2022
Acctepted: 24 July 2022
Published: 1 September 2022

Author Biographies

June Oh, The University of Texas Tyler

is a Ph.D. candidate in English at Michigan State University and will be starting her new job as an Assistant Professor of English and Digital Studies at The University of Texas Tyler beginning August 2022. As an interdisciplinary scholar concerned with how historical past shapes our identity, Oh is dedicated to addressing the meaning-making practices of human culture, past and present. Her first research project traces the literary concept of aging in the long eighteenth century, with a particular focus on how age intersects with race, gender, sex, and class. She has published an article on Austen's use of aging metaphors in Age, Culture, Humanities. She can be reached at

Linda M. Hess, University of Augsburg

is a senior lecturer and postdoctoral researcher at the Chair of American Studies at the University of Augsburg. She is the author of Queer Aging in North American Fiction (2019; a review can be found here) and co-editor of Life Writing in the Posthuman Anthropocene (2021). Her current research and teaching interests cover the areas of age studies, queer studies, ecocriticism and humor studies. Her latest publications include an article on “Queering Ageism” in theSpecial Issue on Ageism: A Health Humanities Approach, University of Toronto Quarterly (2021) and an article on“Playing the Petrocene: Toxicity and Intoxication in Leigh Fondakowski’s Spill and Ella Hickson’s Oil” which appeared in the Journal of Contemporary Drama in English (2022). She can be reached at

Julia Henderson, University of British Columbia, Canada

is newly an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at University of British Columbia, Canada. From 2019 to 2022 she was a Postdoctoral Fellow with Concordia University’s Ageing in Data Project and, also (in 2022) with McGill University’s Health Centre Research Institute. Her research involves collaborative creation with people with lived experience of dementia. Julia is Vice Chair of NANAS. Her work is published in Theatre Research in CanadaCanadian Theatre ReviewRiDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, and ACH.  Julia recently co-guested edited the first special issue of Theatre Research in Canada to address age as an intersectional identity category. She can be reached at


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How to Cite

Oh, J., L. M. Hess, and J. Henderson. “Contested Language and the Study of Later Life”. Age, Culture, Humanities: An Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 6, Sept. 2022, doi:10.7146/ageculturehumanities.v6i.133353.