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Narratives of old age and gender

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Despite significant growth in the proportion of older people in our society, our knowledge of narratives of old age and gender remains inadequate.Taking a broad historical perspective from the early modern period to the present, this conference puts past and present into dialogue on this urgent topic. By addressing representations of both ageing masculinity and femininity, we ask how gendered cultural narratives can be crucial for gerontological debates and how studies of gender are enriched by attending to old age. This conference brings together scholars from multiple disciplines, creative practitioners, and experts on ageing from third sector organisations to consider narratives of old age and gender, their limitations and the potential for alternatives. 

Conference convenors: 
Dr Siân Adiseshiah
, Loughborough University
Dr Amy Culley, University of Lincoln
Dr Jonathon Shears, Keele University 

Speakers include:
Professor David Amigoni, Keele University
Neil Duncan-Jordan
, National Pensioners Convention
Professor Jen Harvie
, Queen Mary University of London
Professor E. Ann Kaplan, Stony Brook University, New York
Professor Andrew King, University of Surrey
Professor Devoney Looser, Arizona State University
Professor Gordon McMullan, King’s College London
Bridie Moore, Passages Theatre Group
Professor Lynne Segal, Birkbeck, University of London
Professor Helen Small, University of Oxford

Professor Pat Thane FBA, King’s College London
Leah Thorn, Performance poet
Professor Julia Twigg, University of Kent
Dr Hannah Zeilig and Dr Anna-Mari Almila, University of the Arts, London
Dr Maria Zubair, University of Sheffield

A registration fee is payable at the time of booking. For further information and details of how to book please click 'Book Event'. 

Standard Admission: £75 both days, £40 one day. Includes lunch and refreshments 
Concessions: £35 both days, £20 one day. Includes lunch and refreshments 
The concession rate applies to: unwaged / retired / early career academics (within three years of completing PhD) / students / disabled. 

Free entrance is offered to companions or carers of disabled visitors.

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