Organiser: European Network in Ageing Studies
Theme: 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, allowing gerontologists from a multitude of disciplines to detect and critique myths that denigrate older age or portray later life as essentially a time of dependency and decay.
This Conference aims to deepen empirical, theoretical and reflective approaches to the field of cultural gerontology. It will explore ways in which practices and interpretations shape the experience of ageing, making its impacts more or less habitable and offering resources that human beings can shape and change. The creation and experience of meaning during the life course is a central feature of this topic. Equally, it will be important to challenge social processes connected with ageing that promote exclusion and inequality, and the narratives that support or excuse them.