Historicizing the ageing self: Literature, medicine, psychology, law


Symposium at the University of Warwick

The symposium "Living a Good Life in Older Age: Literary, Philosophical, Medical and Psychological Insights" will take place at the University of Warwick, July 5-6, 2018.


The symposium is taking place as part of the Historicizing the Ageing Self project, and aims to go beyond the current prescriptive models of 'successful ageing' and 'active ageing', contributing to the development of a more nuanced conception of fulfillment, contentment and wellbeing in older age. Without neglecting the biological and social aspects of late life, it will seek out a more historically sensitive, critical and values-based model of ageing, considering subjective as well as objective perspectives. To this end, we will build on the work done in European and Anglo-American philosophy on self-realization, agency, rights and values. The event will think about coming to terms with loss, illness, and dementia, as well as celebrating the particular creative and emotional resources of later life.

For inquiries please contact Dr. Liz Barry <E.C.Barry@warwick.ac.uk> or Margery Vibe Skagen <margery.skagen@if.uib.no>.