More than 200 scholars, researchers and writers from more than 20 countries are at Trent University for a sold-out international conference on aging studies from May 28 to 31.
Forty-seven panels will feature presentations from international speakers working in diverse fields such as sociology, geography, literature and nursing during the conference held at the Student Centre and hosted by the Trent Centre for Aging and Society (TCAS). Topics include dementia, technology, long-term care, rethinking Age-Friendly communities, aging in literature and film, creativity, loneliness and queer aging. There will also be a dedicated poster session featuring international perspectives on aging.
“Trent University has gained great fame in the international Aging Studies community,” said Ulla Kriebernegg, University of Graz, Austria, chair of the European Network in Aging Studies. “Its Centre for Aging and Society and the outstanding scholars affiliated with it have really put Trent University on the map.”
This second joint conference, with the theme Take Back Aging: Power, Critique, Imagination, is held in partnership with European and North American networks, and includes scholars from Asia and Africa. There will be plenary talks by four distinguished international speakers from sociology, English, gerontology, and media studies speaking about topics such as ‘What it Means to Live as an Older Woman’ and ‘Aging and the Anthropocene.’
Highlighted multi events include: Storying Activisms, a media screening with panel discussion. Also, the makers of ‘Cracked: New Light on Dementia’ will screen a film of their research-based play that casts a critical light on society’s one-dimensional view of dementia as tragedy.
“More than another in a series of exciting conferences, this gathering allows for the imaginative and collaborative perspectives TCAS researchers are already known for,” said Dr. Sally Chivers, TCAS director. “Having students present alongside senior scholars offers unparalleled opportunities to build research capacity in Interdisciplinary Aging Studies that is responsive to the aging population while remaining academically rigorous. TCAS is honoured that our reputation for robust interdisciplinarity and research excellence led to an invitation to host this renowned event.”
About Trent Centre for Aging and Society
Home to two Canada Research Chairs as well as leading university scholars from across Trent’s Humanities, Social Sciences and professional programs since 2013, the Trent Centre for Aging and Society draws together interdisciplinary faculty, students and community stakeholders to work together building dialogue around issues related to aging and critically informed aging research. Together, we promote innovative research, education, and community engagement that challenges ageist policies and practices, and is responsive to the issues facing older people and aging communities.
About Trent University
One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area, delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.
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