May Chazan

Canada Research Chair in Gender and Feminist Studies

Tier 2 - 2017-11-01
Trent University
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council


Research involves

Understanding the roles of older women in social mobilization and social movements.

Research relevance

This research will challenge stereotypes about older women as frail, apolitical and marginalized, and will provide insights into why older women are working for social change.

How Grandmothers are Changing the World

At the intersection of aging studies and social movement studies, Dr. May Chazan examines the underexplored area of activist aging. In her first term as Chair, she generated extensive oral histories with older women activists from two transnational networks, documenting in detail their activist practices. She has produced one monograph, one forthcoming co-edited volume, six articles, 30 media pieces, and 10 conference presentations. Chazan has also launched an intergenerational research collective, Aging Activisms, connecting over 100 faculty, students and activists online and through face-to-face events. Recognized in Canada and internationally, Aging Activisms challenges discourses of youth-centric activism and of aging as decline.