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Call for chapter abstracts for edited book on Creativity and resilience in older people

20 April / 2015

We welcome the submission of chapter abstracts exploring the relationship between taking part in creative interventions and the development of social connectivity and resilience in older people. We are interested in chapters using empirical research, theory, policy and practice, and the book will bring together researchers from multiple disciplines. We are taking a broad view of creative interventions including the built environment, housing, cultural participation, lifelong learning, theatre, visual art, music, literature, filmmaking, community gardening, digital media and product design.

Please submit an abstract of 250 words including background/purpose, methods, results, conclusions/implications by 20th April. Final chapters would be 6-8000 words in length and due in autumn. Please consult the editors if you have any questions.
Anna Goulding, Research Associate, The International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies, Newcastle University Andrew Newman, Senior Lecturer, The International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies, Newcastle University

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Training Workshop for SME

17 March / 2015

The University of Sheffield, with the support of Creative Sheffield, is holding a free half-day training session for SMEs to support applications for EU R&D funding. This Horizon 2020 Masterclass is highly interactive and will provide participants with the practical skills to make their own applications to the new Horizon 2020 SME instrument, which provides co-funding for business innovation or commercialisation processes.

It will be hosted by colleagues at InvestorNet-Gate2Growth in Denmark – an innovation consultancy with extensive pan-European experience in SME funding.

The Horizon 2020 Masterclass will take place from 12pm on Tuesday 17 March 2015 in Sheffield.

More info available:

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European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing

09 March / 2015

This two day high-level summit and exhibition, organised by the European Commission with the collaboration of AGE Platform Europe, will offer a platform to discuss how demographic change can offer new opportunities for innovation, growth and jobs. It will bring together EU representatives, business leaders, national and regional authorities, leading global innovators, medical and pharmaceutical sectors, social and health care, civil society and consumers. The Summit will also have a dedicated exhibition area to showcase the achievements of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy ageing (EIP on AHA) and other related research and innovation projects.

You can find further information here:

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Call for Proposals N.A.N.A.S. North American Network in Aging Studies CONFERENCE

15 November / 2014

Aging and Age Studies: Foundations and Formations Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, May 19-22, 2015

The North American Network in Aging Studies (NANAS) was established in 2013 to bring togetherf scholars and researchers from across a variety of disciplines—humanities, arts, gerontology, anthropology, sociology, health care, and others—interested in critical examinations of how age is conceptualized, defined, experienced, performed, and critiqued. At this inaugural research conference, we seek to build on the foundations of and define new formations in this vital and growing field.

We invite scholarship and research that provides fresh insights into changing manifestations and interpretations of age through engagement with cultural texts (e.g., literature, history, media, public policy, adaptive technology), as well as qualitative or other meaning-based approaches. Presentations might investigate local and global implications of age and aging; consider how diverse approaches to studying age can enable richer understanding in traditional academic disciplines; develop new, cross-disciplinary methodologies that expose the often-unacknowledged effects of age relations and age assumptions; and/or examine ethical, political, philosophical, or practical questions about what it means to be humans living through time.

Keynote speakers: - Jaber F. Gubrium, Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, University of Missouri and current and founding editor of the Journal of Aging Studies. - Ros Jennings, Head of Postgraduate Research, Director of the Centre for Women, Ageing and Media (WAM) and Reader in Cultural Studies at the University of Gloucestershire - Teresa Mangum, Director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies; Professor, Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, University of Iowa Conveners: Kate de Medeiros, Miami University; Erin Lamb, Hiram College; Leni Marshall,University of Wisconsin-Stout; and Cynthia Port, Coastal Carolina University. Proposal abstracts for individual papers and themed sessions/symposia are welcome. Each person may participate in a maximum of two sessions.

Proposal abstracts for individual papers should include the title of the paper, an abstract of250 words, and contact details.

Proposal abstracts for themed sessions/symposia of up to 4 presentations should include the title, an 800-word abstract that refers to each paper, and contact details of the chair(s) and contributors. Researchers and scholars in all stages of their careers are welcome to submit proposals.

Proposals will be accepted until November 15, 2014. Please send abstracts to: If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Kate de Medeiros at Additional conference details can be found at:

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03 November / 2014

EU Conference
21 – 22 May 2015
The Hague, the Netherlands

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Neurosciences seminar: Ageing and Dementia – Santa Casa da Misericordia de Lisboa.

15 October / 2014

SIforAGE partner Santa Casa da Misericordia de Lisboa will organise a seminar on neuroscience entitled "Ageing and Dementia". This event will take place the 15th of October 2014 between 2pm and 6pm at the Sala de Extraçoes.

In order to register for this seminar, please send an e-mail to The deadline for registration is October 10th.


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Call for Papers Aging in Relations – Patterns, Practices, Materiality 26.-28. February 2015

30 September / 2014

Institute of Volkskunde/Cultural Anthropology, University of Hamburg Age and Aging can not only be defined biologically as a stage of life course they rather have to be understood as social practice and part of cultural patterns. From a cultural anthropological perspective this means that aging is a process based on the practices of a multitude of actors and is socially constructed. This praxeological perspective of doing age broadens the theoretical and empirical scope of analyzing the intersections of the cultural, social and biological dimensions of aging. To describe and analyze these intersections we take a closer look at the relationships of and in experiences of age and aging in their different contexts. We seek answers how representations, imaginations and conceptions of aging become visible in social practices and symbolic patterns and how they are manifested in material culture. To answer these questions we welcome presentations that take different approaches – historical, empirical and discursive – to patterns, practices or materiality of age and aging. The conference „Aging in Relations” aims at starting a dialogue between cultural sciences arguing the capacity and scope of research perspective on age and aging in cultural anthropology and folklore research. For this reason we invite you to submit abstracts from different cultural disciplines. The following questions can be used as a guideline, but topics are not limited to them.


- Which historical dimensions underlie our cultural understanding of aging?

- Which role plays gender in the social and cultural relations of aging?

- How can the politics of aging be described cultural anthropologically?

- How does the ideology of active and at least successful aging influence the cultural patterns of aging? Which subversive reactions can be observed?


- How do age and aging become visible in social practices and can be described as doing age? What are the methodological circumstances for such an approach?

- Which regimes of aging are powerful and how do they influence the practices of the (aging) actors?

- Which relevance do emotional practices have, especially when we think of the vulnerability of the old age?

- How does the interplay of health and illness, autonomy and care, resilience and vulnerability influence aging?

- How do regimes of aging marginalize or exclude aging subjects?


- How is aging inscribed into things?

- How can an approach towards a material culture of aging look like?

- Which role do space and time play?

- How do materiality, time and memory relate to each other?

- Is there an age-specific knowledge that becomes visible in materiality?

- What about age-specific life styles and their material representations?

We invite you to submit abstracts (max. 350 words) to until 30.09.2014. The document (PDF) should additionally include short biographical information of the applicant. We will inform you whether your abstract has been accepted by 30.10.2014. A publication is planned.

If you have any questions concerning the conference or your proposal please contact Cordula Endter (


-Deadline: 30.09.2014

Notification of Acceptance: 30.10.2014

Conference: 26.-28.02.2015


Sabine Kienitz (

Cordula Endter (

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Ageing, Anti Ageing & Ageism: Constructions and Politics of Being Old in Europe

18 September / 2014

This conference brings together scholars from across Europe to discuss developments in ageing and old age. Such developments could include, but are not limited to:
- Ageing and work, older workers, retirement, and pensions;
- Ageism in political, social and cultural contexts;
- Concepts of anti-aging vs. longevity;
- Formal and informal care arrangements;
- Intergenerational relationships;
- Critical assessments of active and productive ageing;
- Social inequalities and poverty in old age;
- Effect of population ageing on generational solidarity and welfare states;
- Images, attitudes, coping-strategies and ageing;
- Development of social work for the elders in Europe.

They welcome theoretical, quantitative, qualitative and conceptual papers.
Contributions from scholars in the early stages of their careers are very welcome.

Please submit your abstract of max. 200 words until 5th of April 2014 to The preliminary program will be published on the congress homepage – finally – on 25th of May 2014.

The conference will take place in Carinthia University of Applied Science, Klagenfurt, Austria, 18-20
September 2014.

For more information, please visit the RN 1 webpage at

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05 September / 2014

The symposium “Playing Age” offers a humanistic exploration of aging, old age, and inter-generational relations. Seminal theorists of play, from Johan Huizinga to Roger Caillois, claimed that rule-bounded games and mimetic enactments create a “magic circle” in which conflicts within the self and the community can be negotiated at a safe remove. More recently, performance and game theorists have insisted that even playing within the bounded precincts of a stadium, a theatre, or a video game influences everyday conduct, particularly when we play with volatile topics like inter-cultural representations, social class, race and gender. This symposium asks how aging and old age can be investigated through playing, specifically the playfulness of artistic representations, and whether aging is uniquely available for or resistant to imaginative inhabitations.

As British historian Pat Thane maintains, old age “cannot simply be a social construct, an artifice of perception, or fashioned through discourse – unquestionably bodies age, change, decay – but the images, expectations, and experience of older men and women have been constructed in different ways at different times and for differing people at any one time.” Until recently, there has been relatively little attention paid to the stories and images produced by artists about aging and old age and how these aesthetic representations interrelate with medical and political norms and expectations. These imaginative constructs are crucial precisely because they offer insight into the “images, expectations, and experience” that have changed and, in some cases, been forgotten over time. To broaden the view of aging and old age beyond biomedical and social science terms, this symposium explores works produced by a host of sound artists, video game designers, theatre and performance artists, film makers and authors—works that enable us to recognize aging and old age as not only a biological process but also as malleable, culturally mediated experiences.

There is, of course, a growing interest in the representation of aging in the humanities. We are especially interested in examples, theorizations, and analyses of theatre/performance, film, video games, graphic novels, and literature that raise the following questions about age, aging, and intergenerational relationships:

-- How do you pretend to be older than you are?  How do you instruct someone else to play at being older than they are? What are the benefits of playing age from the outside in or from the inside out?

--When and why is simulating old age—as an actor, an author, a painter, a graphic novelist—evidence of virtuosity? Is “playing” an older person an act of self-effacement or of self-expansion?

--How do you represent an older person to an older audience and how do you represent an older person to a younger audience? How do artistic programmers imagine the receptivity of differently aged demographics?

-- How do the different arts evoke aging minds and bodies differently? Which neglected visual, aural, or tactile experiences of aging can an artwork make available?

-- What were the conventions of representing old age in other periods? What arguments can be made for resuscitating those traditions?

-- What characterizes evocative artistic instances of youth imagining age, or age recalling youth? What kinds of fidelity to the experience of aging can intergenerational estrangement, displacement, or desire produce that empirical observation cannot?

-- What are the affects, exuberant and abject, of aging? Can art simulate, evoke, or even create affective experiences of aging? What are the erotics of aging, and how does art evade or call attention to the libidos of old age?

-- How do individual artworks represent aging as a kind of ability or disability, and how do they combat ableism as a frame for thinking of aging?

-- When and how are new technologies and new media made available to aging audiences? How do video game or social media designers create characters, stories, and interfaces that will appeal to older users?

Please direct inquiries and submissions (50 word bio; 700 word proposal; 100 word abstract) no later than Sept. 5, 2014, by email to the co-organizers, Profs. Marlene Goldman ( and Lawrence Switzky (

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Sociology of Ageing at the International Sociological Association’s ISA World Congress of Sociology in Yokohama, Japan, July 13-19, 2014

13 July / 2014

2014 International Sociological Association’s ISA World Congress of Sociology will devote a section to Sociology of Ageing. The Congress will take place in Yokohama (Japan) from the 13th of July until the 19th of July 2014.

You will find the detailed program here:

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