Candidate statements from members-at-large for the 2022 NANAS Governing Council election are provided below.
My name is Gustavo Padilla and I’m honored to run for election for the NANAS governing board. I am an early-career academic, currently working as the academic coordinator of the graduate program of Social Gerontology at CETYS Universidad, Tijuana, a university located in Baja California, Mexico. This relatively new program (started in 2018) aims to become a professional and research hub bringing together diverse perspectives to improve the lives of older adults on both sides of the Mexico-US border.
As a Doctor of Social Science with an academic background in Social Psychology and Psychoanalysis, I am broadly interested in the intersection between objective and subjective dimensions of aging, and particularly of aging as a positive and purposeful experience. My current interests focus on the topics of work and retirement in old age.
This is my second year as a member and actively involved with NANAS. Since May 2021 I’ve been editing the NANAS monthly newsletter, and I was also able to speak at the 2021 Fall Symposium. I’m very enthusiastic about becoming more involved in the mission of the Network to collaborate across nations and disciplines in the study of aging from the perspective of the humanities and social sciences.
I am associate professor of contemporary anglophone literature at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense. I have been a member of the NANAS council since 2019 and took over the membership committee in 2021. Since 2021, I am also the co-editor of Age, Culture, Humanities and my next book, Metaphor in Illness Writing, is scheduled to be published in 2022 with Edinburgh University Press. I would be honored to continue in my role in NANAS for a second term.