8th International Conference on Cultural Gerontology - Update

8th International Conference on Cultural Gerontology, 10-12 April 2014, NUI, Galway

Meaning and Culture(s): Exploring the Life Course

Research into the life course and ageing is an interdisciplinary enterprise in which the study of culture and of cultures has become key. With sponsorship from the Irish Gerontological Society and others, NUI Galway is hosting a major international conference in the burgeoning interdisciplinary field of cultural gerontology. 

The Galway conference will be the eighth meeting of an expanding international network of scholars. The first cultural gerontology network meeting, held in Denmark in 1997, involved fewer than 40 participants. By contrast, 250-300 delegates – from early- career researchers to recognised international leaders in the field – will be involved in the Galway event. As such, the conference will act as an important bridge to the IAGG-ER conference, to be held in April 2015 in Dublin.

Online registration for the Galway conference remains open at: http://www.conference.ie/Conferences/index.asp?Conference=213.

The website also provides details of a conference programme, which stretches across three days and consists of three plenary sessions, more than 20 symposia, over 100 oral presentations of papers, and around 20 poster presentations.

Keynote speakers are:

Harry R. Moody, recently retired as Vice President and Director of Academic Affairs for AARP, author of many articles and books on ageing, including Aging: Concepts and Controversies (now in its 7th edition)

Stephen Katz, Professor of Sociology at Trent University, Peterborough, Canada, author of Disciplining Old Age and Cultural Aging: Life Course, Lifestyle and Senior Worlds.

Aagje Swinnen, assistant professor at the Center for Gender and Diversity / the Department of Literature and Art of Maastricht University, the Netherlands; co-founder and current chair of the European Network in Ageing Studies and co-editor of a new journal Age, Culture, Humanities.