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Call for contributions: AGEING AND EMPOWERMENT

10 February / 2016

5thInternational REIACTIS Conference in Lausanne, Switzerland, February 10-12, 2016. 

The 5th International REIACTIS Conference (International Network on Age, Citizenship and Socio-Economic Integration) will focus on the dynamics of vulnerabilities and resources associated with growing older. Participants will examine and question the pertinence of conceptsmost frequently used to portray and analyze processes at work during the life course. This includessuch concepts as integration, exclusion, socialization, dépriseor “selective letting go” and empowermen.

For the conference three types of contributions may be proposed:

1. Oral communications: they will take place within sessions organized along the 

three themes presented above; 

2. Posters: they will be exhibited and presented during a special session;

3. Symposiums (panel sessions): they will be proposed by authors and should focus on a specific issue identified as pertinent for the conference and its themes. 

Proposals of no more than 3000 characters in length should be submitted by April 30, 2015,with an indication, where appropriate, of the theme to which they are associated.

More info here

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MSEI Second Conference: Disability, Human Rights and Social Equity

03 February / 2016


3rd to 5th February 2016
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Contact person: Anna Boyes

This conference will provide opportunities for reflecting on and discussing
how best to develop research that focuses on changing the social, economic
and physical environments that currently prevent social equity for persons
with disabilities.

Organized by: Melbourne Social Equity Institute
Deadline for abstracts/proposals: 2nd October 2015

Check the event website for
more details.

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Conference: "The Oldest Profession: Teaching and Aging"

07 January / 2016

The panel, co-sponsored by the Age Studies Forum and Teaching in the Profession Forums will take place at the annual convention of the Modern Language Association, in Austin, Texas January 7-10, 2016.

The conference will explore the following questions: what difference does age make in what we teach, how we teach, and how our students perceive us? (Gendered) stereotypes of old teachers range from the Socratic sage through the avuncular Mr. Chips to the infamous exemplar of deadwood feebly clutching a sheaf of yellowed pages as he mumbles to a moribund class.  But what are the actual behaviors and assumptions that guide us as we grow older as teachers?  Do our expectations about student assessment shift (and should they?)  Does our humor change (and should it)?  Do our references need scanning for topicality?  Does our mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students alter?  Has our understanding of what's central to what we're teaching, and how we teach, it been transformed?  Why might we encourage (or want to encourage) students thinking that we are older or younger than we actually are?  How do we think our students respond differently to us if they identify "old"--and how do we respond in turn?​ 

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2016 MLA Convention - 2016 MLA Convention

07 January / 2016

The 2016 MLA Convention will be held in Austin, Texas January 7-10 2016. It will host four sessions (also
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*1) Futures of Medical Humanities and Health Studies:* Proposals for papers
charting the future of literary studies of health/care. Potential topics
include post/trans/anti-humanist embodiment, robotics, genetics,
xenotransplantation, technoscience, speculative fiction. 

*2) Keywords in Medical Humanities and Health Studies: *Investigating,
employing, and historically locating our terminologies. Propose keywords
for concise presentation in a flash-type panel. 

*3) Writing Nursing: Translating Practice into Literature:* Five-minute
“flash paper” roundtable: Trauma, triage, testimony; gender and medical
practice in wartime hospitals; related themes welcome. Medical Humanities &
Health Studies Forum. 

4) What difference does age make in what we teach, how we teach, and how our
students perceive us?  (Gendered) stereotypes of old teachers range from
the Socratic sage through the avuncular Mr. Chips to the infamous exemplar
of deadwood feebly clutching a sheaf of yellowed pages as he mumbles to a
moribund class.  But what are the actual behaviors and assumptions that
guide us as we grow older as teachers?  Do our expectations about student
assessment shift (and should they?)  Does our humor change (and should
it)?  Do our references need scanning for topicality?  Does our mentoring
of undergraduate and graduate students alter?  Has our understanding of
what's central to what we're teaching, and how we teach, it been
transformed?  Why might we encourage (or want to encourage) students
thinking that we are older or younger than we actually are?  How do we
think our students respond differently to us if they identify "old"--and
how do we respond in turn?

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Experts’ meeting on ageing, gender and creativity, 14th and 15th of December 2015 - University of Lleida

14 December / 2015

SIforAGE Partner Grup Dedal-Lit from the University of Lleida organizes an experts’ meeting on ageing, gender and creativity. The event is part of the project “Ageing and Gender in Contemporary Literacy Creation in English”.

During the meeting, there will opportunities for discussion and the exchange of ideas amongst the participants, activities that will enable reflection on ageing and late-age  in terms of gender specificities and qualities of creativity evident in the life course, both from theoretical and pragmatic standpoints.

The event will take place at Sala de Juntes, Second Floor, Faculty of Arts. Edifici Rectorat.

The detailed schedule of the event can be found on the following link

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Annual World Congress of Geriatrics and Gerontology (WCGG-2015) - New Action on Aging

26 November / 2015

The WCGG has developed to its 3rd Annual World Congress, this year it will be held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. More
than 150 world-renowned experts, professors, laboratory principals,
project leaders and representatives of well-known enterprises attended the
WCGG -2014

The WCGG-2015 is intended to promote the development of modern gerontology
and elderly people's health medical treatment industry. This
event will become a successful global festivity of exchanging
state-of-the-art research achievements of gerontology and relevant
industries from all 5 continents and 6 oceanic regions of the world. More
than 200 world-renowned experts, academicians, senior scientists,
 industry executives and project leaders from all over the world will get
together to discuss the various researches, implementation, and policy
 initiatives necessary for enhancing the quality of life for the older
people. You are encouraged to network and explore partnering

The conference program will cover three major chapters:

Chapter 1:Biology of Aging
Section 1-1:Genetics of Aging and Epigenetic
Section 1-2:Inflammatory, and Metabolic Origins of Aging
Section 1-3:Cell Signaling
Section 1-4:Stem Cells and Aging
Section 1-5:Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Aesthetic Medicine

Chapter 2:Geriatric Diseases
Section 2-1:Epidemiology and Prevention
Section 2-2:Obesity in Old Age and Hyperglycemia
Section 2-3:Aging and Cardio-cerebro Vascular Disorders
Section 2-4:Urinary System and Reproductive Rystem Diseases
Section 2-5:Aging and Vision, Hearing and Speech Disorders
Section 2-6:Orthopaedic Disorders
Section 2-7:Aging and Sleep Problem
Section 2-8:Other Aging-associated Diseases

Chapter 3:Social Gerontology and Health Care Services for the Elderly
Section 3-1:Public Policy for Older People
Section 3-2:Social Lives of Aging
Section 3-3:Nutrition for Ageing Population
Section 3-4:Disability Care and Long-Term Care
Section 3-5:Assisted Living for Elderly
Section3-6:Geriatric Palliative Medicine and End of Life Care
Section3-7:Geriatric Safe Medicines

For details about specific sessions within each chapter, please visit: .

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Conference “Precarity” (Wisconsin)

12 November / 2015

In the framework of the Conference "Precarity" organized by National Women’s Studies Association from the 12th to 15th of November 2015 in Milwaukee (Wisconsin), a panel will be devoted to "Revealing the “Inside of Aging”: Portrayals of Elders in Literature".

Further information about the conference and the call for proposals can be found here:

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ERA-AGE Conference

10 November / 2015

This European conference profiles the research which has been produced by projects funded through two ERA-AGE initiatives:

  • Six research projects on Active and Healthy Ageing from the Joint Call for Research in Ageing programme (JCRA AHA).
  • Two cohorts of post-doctoral FLARE Fellowships for early-career researchers.

These two initiatives represent Europe’s first joint research programmes in the ageing field and funded exclusively multi-national and multi-disciplinary research.  The costs of attendance are fully funded and there are no registration fees.

Further information at:

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Forum AGE/ING Graz 2015

22 October / 2015

Interdisziplinäre Tagung der Alter(n)sforschung / Interdisciplinary Workshop on Aging StudiesKarl-Franzens Universität Graz / University of Graz, Austria. 

Alter(n)sforschung basiert wesentlich auf dem Austausch zwischen Disziplinen, etwa der Medizin, Biologie, Pädagogik, Soziologie, Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaften, Sozialarbeitsforschung, Psychologie, Rechts-wissenschaft, Ökonomie, Technik, Pflegewissenschaft etc. Inter- bzw. Multidisziplinarität ist daher ein besonderes Merkmal dieses neuen Forschungsbereichs mit hoher gesellschaftlicher, politischer und sozialer Relevanz. Das Forum AGE/ING Graz widmet sich einer Bestandsaufnahme von Zugängen und Ergebnissen der Forschungen über Alter(n) aus allen wissenschaftlichen Disziplinen und Richtungen. Darüber hinaus geht es um Möglichkeiten, das
inter-, multi- und transdisziplinäre Zusammenspiel zu gestalten und bewusst Disziplingrenzen zu überschreiten, um die Vielfalt des Alters und Alterns zu würdigen. Willkommen sind Beiträge aus den verschiedensten Disziplinen, die sich mit Aspekten des Alter(n)s beschäftigen.

Cultural Narratives in Representations of Age and Aging

The second day of the conference (October 23, 2015) will focus on the interconnectedness of aging in terms of cultural representations. Contributions are invited to especially address the aspect of
representations of the life course, and how biographical reflections are positioned within a matrix of time and experience. Papers are encouraged to focus on continuities and discontinuities of both
individual and collective identities as reflected in cultural narratives, processes and strategies of representations of age and aging.

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A Time for You: Active and Healthy Ageing

01 October / 2015

A Time for You: Active & Healthy Ageing is a project designed to promote active participation and healthy living of older women who are at risk for of isolation and loneliness and ensure they are integrated, valued and included in society. It will coincide with International Day of Older Persons October 2015. 

The project will connect 200 older women from disadvantaged urban and rural areas to support services and engage them in healthy living: including socialisation, community engagement, intergenerational connectedness, health, well-being, accessing vital information and services. 

Theme: Keeping Your Brain Fit and Active. Lifelong learning reduces the risk of decline and dementia which in turns improves quality of life. This project will dispel the myth that mental decline is inevitable and nothing can be done to prevent it, and will encourage healthy and active living. The project meets the aims of Office of the First Minister & Deputy First Minister Active Ageing Strategy: Independence, Participation, Care, Self-fulfilment, and Dignity.

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