Trent Aging: Take Back Aging - Power, Critique, Imagination

Trent University, Peterborough, Kanada

Second joint conference of ENAS and NANAS: Held at Trent University in Peterborough, Canada, Take Back Aging: Power, Critique, Imagination is the second joint conference organized by NANAS and ENAS that invites researchers, writers, and scholars from all disciplines and at every career stage to share their diverse approaches to conventional fields of gerontology and critical aging studies. We wish to encourage new insights into assumed styles of life and thought, imaginative reflections on the meanings and representations of aging, challenging perspectives from cross-cultural and global experience, and activist strategies to take back aging from those powers and practices that relegate it to the margins of social existence and citizenship.

Organized over four days in May 2019, we welcome you to explore our beautiful Ron Thom designed campus, enjoy the vibrancy of our city and forge lasting connections with colleagues from all corners of the academy.

Conference Co-Chairs:

  • Dr. Suzanne Bailey, Chair, NANAS, Professor, English Literature, Trent University, Canada
  • Dr. Ulla Kriebernegg, Chair, ENAS, Associate Professor and Deputy Director, Center for Inter-American Studies, University of Graz, Austria
  • Dr. Sally Chivers, Director, Trent Centre for Aging & Society, Professor, English Literature, Gender & Women's Studies, Trent University, Canada
  • ​Dr. Mark Skinner, Acting Dean, Social Sciences, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Rural Aging, Health and Social Care, Trent University, Canada

About the Organizers

The North American Network in Aging Studies (NANAS) was established in January, 2013 by a small group of humanities and social science scholars who were interested in critical examinations of older age that moved away from the experimental sciences and instead spoke to fundamental questions of human existence.

​The European Network in Aging Studies (ENAS) was first established in 2010 within the framework of the project "Live to be a Hundred: The Cultural Fascination with Longevity," funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) in the program Internationalization in the Humanities. When the NWO-funded project came to an end in 2013, the European Network in Aging Studies was re-launched as a formal international association located in Graz, Austria.

​The Trent Centre for Aging & Society (TCAS)  Drawing on Trent University's reputation in interdisciplinary excellence, TCAS was established in 2013 to promote innovative research, education and community engagement on aging, old age, and older populations that is critically informed, challenges ageist policies and practices, and is responsive to the issues facing older people and aging societies.

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