Category Archives: Governance

AAGE and Aging and the Life Course Interest Group at #AAA2017

AAGE is proud to once again partner with the Aging and the Life Course Interest Group at #AAA2017 in Washington D.C. November 29-December 3. We’ll be hosting events, panels, networking, mentoring events this year, and you can find ways to get more involved by attending our joint business meeting, where you can also learn about student awards, publishing opportunities and how to be a part of the new AALCIG advisory board!

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Accepting nominations for Secretary of AAGE!

AAGE is seeking nominations (self-nominations encouraged) for the position of Secretary, effective immediately. If you are interested, please contact the president at, and include your current CV and a short narrative consisting of a statement of experience and reasons for interest in the position. The deadline for nominations will be February 1, 2017. Continue reading

AAGE Member News June 2016

As this month’s member news attests, it is not only the senior members of AAGE who get all the accolades. All of the entries for this month’s news are students and early career (within 5 years of last degree) members who deserve tremendous praise for finding success in this highly competitive field.

For those of us who can no longer count ourselves among the ‘early career’ group, it is always nice to remember where we came from and how AAGE influenced where we are now. In what is also to be a regular feature of the news, scroll down to see a short reflective piece by one of our long-standing members, explaining why they continue to participate in AAGE and what it has meant for their career. You might think of this as member news on a different scale of time, but we also hope it encourages our current members to make the most of this association and to get to know their colleagues.

Now, to our members!

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Danely_J_p0077392What can I say, I live in the UK where we don’t have a Thanksgiving to celebrate today (although for some reason they still have Black Friday), but I am feeling very, very thankful.

Thank you

to everyone who cast their vote in this year’s AAGE election. It is an honor and a privilege for me to accept the role as President-Elect of AAGE, and  following the examples of my predecessors, I look forward to what all of us can achieve together over the next three years. I also want to congratulate Ender Ricart who was elected to Secretary of AAGE, and thank her for taking on this key responsibility.

This year’s election saw a record turnout, and that to me is a good sign that there are dozens of members out there eager to participate and make the most of their membership. Over the next three years, my goal is to create the opportunities for members to get more involved in AAGE, whether you are a retired professional or a first-year Masters student. These opportunities will include chances to highlight your work in a blog post or member news column on our website, better forums for collaborating, networking and organizing events, mentoring of student members, contributing to our organizational history project, and creating links with other organizations. These opportunities should support individuals’ goals while at the same time strengthening the activity within AAGE in a way that attracts greater attention from outside. I hope that everyone who attended the AAA and GSA conferences this year is feeling energized and ready to start thinking about how to make the most of AAGE to disseminate research, find resources, and find your place in this global intellectual community. While I was unable to attend, I hope to hear more about all of your papers and posters soon.

AAGE would not be able to take steps toward expanding our activities were it not for the tremendous efforts and personal dedication of our two past presidents, Samantha Solimeo and Iveris Martinez. It was Samantha who, back in 2011 asked me to take over editorship of the AAGE journal, Anthropology and Aging Quarterly, through which we had the opportunity to work more closely and cultivate a shared vision of the organization. Having brought a new level of professionalization to the journal (e.g., registering an official ISSN number, organizing a peer-review system), Samantha went on to tackle the organizational challenge of AAGE as a whole. After several months of detective work, she managed to find the organization’s badly outdated by-laws and create a plan to revise them in line with the most recent regulations for 501c3 non-profit organizations. It was not until mid-2015 that Samantha’s work finally achieved this tremendous goal, putting us on a much firmer footing and earning her our endless gratitude.

Iveris worked alongside Samantha during this process and has also been integral in the task of organizing Although I was unable to attend, I was very excited when I found out about the plans to have an AAGE workshop/conference in Miami Florida last February. The report on the conference can be read here. Unni Karunakara’s key note address at the event was published in the June issue of Anthropology & Aging here. I look forward to working more closely with Iveris in my year as President-Elect.

Although I am excited about taking on this new role in AAGE, it does mean that I will also have to step away from my former role as Editor of Anthropology & Aging. I am grateful for the last four years working with the journal staff, editorial board, reviewers, and most importantly, the contributors without whom we could have no journal at all. I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish over my tenure as Editor, and I know that we are on track to continue improving the journal as the organization expands and brings in new ideas and talent. For me, Anthropology & Aging is more than a convenient venue for publishing our work and furthering our careers (although this is an important part of it to be sure). It is also a place where we share ideas to push the field forward, an intellectual home where the inhabitants speak my language, a resource that brings our work to a global audience. It is, in other words, a symbol of AAGE’s values and a means by which we try to achieve those values. In 2016, Anthropology & Aging will be publishing volume 37, and while four years may not be very long in the history of the journal, we have made some significant changes that I hope will have a lasting effect.

When I took on the role of editor, I remember clearly being told that the time commitment was somewhere along the lines of “four hours a month.” That may have been so for the journal that we were, but not for the journal that I came to envision. It was a steep learning curve. Having never edited a journal before, I proceeded cautiously at first, expanding the editorial board, then making small changes to the layout design. These changes were just the beginning. I soon got the idea that the newsletter content, like conference guides, member news, elections information, and other business could be moved from the journal to the website, and that by concentrating mainly on scholarly and research content, the journal could become a more attractive place to publish and potentially reach a wider audience. After my first year as Editor-in-Chief, we produced four issues with more of this academic content than we had had in the previous eight years, including a double special issue, and an issue inaugurating the new Portfolio section of visual representations of aging around the world.

In the second year, the journal moved from being a largely static pdf, circulated only among the membership, to an open-access journal integrated with the new organization website. The special issue on the Body was a particular success during this time, comprising five peer-reviewed articles, a five-page portfolio of artwork, and a commentary/response format piece by our new Secretary, Ender Ricart. This was a fun, but exhausting issue to put together, and by the end of it, I had asked Phil Kao and Jonathan Skinner to take the reins of the next few issues while I was on a one-year fieldwork fellowship in Japan. Between Phil, Jonathan, and myself working from the field, we managed to produce two more issues: Silver Linings: Older People Defying Expectations, and Aging, Sex and Well-Being in Brazil.

Phil had been an AAGE member at least as long as I had, and was completing a Post-Doc at University Pittsburgh when he started as my co-editor. It was thanks to Phil that we were able to finally create the website we use today, based on the Open Journal Systems platform. Not only does the website function in a more coherent and intuitive way for visitors, but it contains the entire review and editing process. This was the same platform used by major groundbreaking anthropology journals like HAU, as well as smaller niche journals like ours. We have since produced three issues using the new website, enough to break it in a bit and figure out the kinks. Time enough as well to allow the journal managers to apply for additional index/abstracting through databases like EBSCO and ProQuest. The journal would be more accessible and more citable than it had ever been. A recent article in the Annual Reviews of Anthropology on Aging and Care by Elana Buch cited six different articles that had been published in Anthropology & Aging while I had been editor. While the author is a member of AAGE and familiar with the journal, she has obviously found it valuable as well.

I am sure that my role in the journal is far from over. That’s fine by me. Designing covers, getting to read the latest work from students just emerging from the field, and working with important and established scholars as board members and reviewers, has been an honor and a joy. Producing and issue, promoting it to the world and watching the hits climb on our analytics page is a little thrill. I will continue to do what I can during my term as President and beyond to encourage our members around the world to publish in Anthropology & Aging, and to raise the profile of the journal and the field in the years to come.

With a solid organizational foundation and a vibrant journal, AAGE is now in a strong position to grow and flourish. Over the last year, I have had the opportunity to get to know more members working and studying in Europe, and have been impressed with some of the strong submissions to the journal from outside North America, where AAGE began and held most of its meetings. In thinking about the future of the organization, I can see a much stronger role for these Europe-based scholars, and for AAGE as a bridge between North America and the international community. We are also attracting interest from other groups with interest in the life course. Working with the Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group of the AAA, some of our members have formed a Collaborative Research Network to organize joint conferences and create a forum for new conceptualizations of the fundamental nature of the life course today. Links like these not only broaden the appeal of our work, but is a catalyst for bringing about new lines of inquiry.

In the spirit of keeping the momentum of projects like this going, I will make regular blog contributions and encourage other members to do the same. My introduction to AAGE began with conversations over dinner at the AAA meeting in San Jose, and I still think of this organization as a way to make those important connections and keep the conversation rolling between meetings. I look forward to many more chances to keep in touch, and hope everyone has a as much gratitude as I have this Thanksgiving.

Jason Danely

Cast your ballot in the 2015 AAGE elections!

Elections for President-Elect and Secretary of the Association of Anthropology and Gerontology are currently open and will remain open until October 30, 2015.

If you are an active member of AAGE, you can cast your ballot HERE

Danely_J_p0077392Jason Danely is the unopposed candidate for President-Elect.

Candidate Statement

It is difficult to overstate the important role AAGE has played in my academic career ever since I joined the organization in 2006. It has not only been a place to network, but a place to be nurtured, a unique home for those of us who do the kind of work and ask the kind of questions that do not fit neatly into the standard frameworks of gerontology or anthropology. I am now at a point in my own career where I feel ready to take on greater responsibility and give back a little of what I have gained from this unique organization over the last nine years.

AAGE continues have a vital role in supporting emerging scholars to pursue their work in anthropology and gerontology. As Editor –in-Chief of Anthropology & Aging, I have placed a priority on encouraging students and junior scholars to contribute to greater scholarly exchange and professional activity by submitting research reports, commentaries, and articles to A & A. In 2012 helped to initiate the reinstatement of the Margaret Clark Award for student essays, and in June 2015, the first winning essays were published (the first since I became a member!). I have developed a mentorship format in 2013 to give student writers the chance to have their work reviewed by leading scholars, many of whom sit on the editorial advisory board. Of the numerous changes that I have made to the journal over the last four years (the move to digital open-access, the portfolio section, expansion and internationalization of the editorial board, general redesigns of look and content), making A&A an inviting venue for professional development is the achievement that I am most proud of. As president, I plan to continue supporting the development of the journal by actively recruiting contributors to enhance its digital features, increase visibility through online promotion, and create continuity between the journal and AAGE’s other online content, such as blog (PAAGE), member news, interviews, conference reports, and social media.

Thanks to strong leadership and hard work over the last few years, AAGE has nearly completed its transition to official 501.c3 non-profit status. This will allow us to make badly needed updates to our membership recruitment and registration infrastructure, and presents an opportunity for AAGE to increase in both size and engagement. As president-elect, I plan to support the follow-through with this transition, and as president I will increase outreach efforts through more sustained and widespread campaigns, including reintroducing the member newsletter with reports on our membership, activities and opportunities. My goal is to give every member the opportunity to have their work (publications, promotions, projects, papers, policy reports, pedagogy) spotlighted by AAGE as a means of facilitating recruitment, communication, and networking.

Currently, about 20 percent of our members are based outside of America (including me). As president I plan to work with some of these members to organize an International AAGE conference in the UK during my term. This conference would not only aim at including these international members who may find it difficult to attend GSA or AAA each year, but also taking advantage of the interest and opportunities outside the US to build our international presence. I would also work with ENAS (European Network for Aging Studies) and other groups. I also see room to strengthen links between AAGE and the AAA Interest Group, Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group, the North American Network of Age Studies, and other groups that many of us are already involved in.

If elected, I will miss the exciting work of managing the journal, where I have learned so much over the last four years. As president, I hope to learn about AAGE from a new perspective, and do what I can to understand the needs of members and help the organization work better to meet those needs.

Link to full bios and statements 2015 AAGE candidates

Ender Ricart is the unopposed candidate for Secretary.

photoERCandidate Statement

For the last several months I have been heading AAGE’s new online forum, PAAGE to facilitate member discussion around content pieces. Having successfully defended my dissertation and recently begun a post-doctoral position in Tokyo, I am eager to involve myself even further with AAGE. The secretarial position would be an ideal way for me to get to know the inner workings of AAGE and familiarize myself with its members, expanding my professional network. I believe I have demonstrated my interest in service by publishing in AAQ, applying for the graduate student paper prize, joining AAGE events at last year’s AAA conference, seeking-out correspondence with many AAGE members, and offering my services to brainstorming and developing PAAGE. With my current specialization, I can offer an even further expansion of AAGE to include interested anthropologists and gerontologists in Japan. My dissertation research and now post-doctoral research is situated at Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology (TMIG) where I know many researchers have expressed interest in the social and cultural dimensions of aging within and beyond Japan. I am organizing an international and interdisciplinary aging studies conference co-sponsored by the Gerontological Society of America and Japan Gerontology Society in 2016. I hope to advertise this conference to AAGE members to solicit them to submit papers and attend.

My own research deals with Japan’s attempt to drive down national spending on a generous and comprehensive Long-term Care Insurance (LTCI) system (Kaigo Hōken), available to all persons aged 65 and over, by promoting old-age disease prevention and health maintenance programs. Through an ethnographic analysis of this newly formed Care-Prevention System (Kaigo Yobō Seido), I explore how health, self, and society are experienced and understood by its proponents and participants, including gerontologists, government employees, program managers, and seniors.

Link to full bios and statements 2015 AAGE candidates


Vote here by October 30, and thank you for taking the time to support your candidates.


Aging and the Life Course at #AAA2015



AAGE and the AAA Interest Group on Aging and the Life Course are gearing up for #AAA2015 in Denver, Colorado, November 18-22!

Jay Sokolovsky has started compiling a 2015 Guide to the Meetings and a Guide to Core Anthropology of Aging and the Life Course Resources (The 2014 Research Guide is at:

Here are the highlights

Key Interest Group Events

Thurs – 12:15-1:30PM Reception and Interlocutor event: “Global Visions of Work in Late Life” 

This event begins with a celebration of recent books and continues with a conversation with authors, Anthropologist, Caitrin Lynch (Retirement on the Line: Age, Work, and Value in an American Factory) and Journalist, Jospeph Coleman, (Unfinished Work: the struggle to build an aging American workforce).

Fri – 8am-9:45AM Invited Session of the Interest Group

Familiar Strangeness of Place and Person: Ethnographic Investigations of “Aging in Place”

Sat – 12:15-1:30PM Joint Business Meeting with AAGE

Networking Dinner – Friday or Saturday night (location/time TBD)



* indicates AAGE members


Thurs 4-5:45PM November 19


Sidney M Greenfield, Philip Singer, Pablo Landa


Friday 8am-9:45AM November 20, Invited Session


Jessica Robbins – Aaron Seaman, organizers

Liminal Homes: Older People, Loss of Capacities, and the Present Future of Living Spaces
*Annette Leibing (University of Montreal)
8:15 AM
Flexible Home: Remaking Person, Family, and Place
*Aaron T Seaman (University of Chicago)
8:30 AM
Place-Making and Refashioning Later Life, Detroit Futures, Rivers of Toxic and Nourishing Heritages
*Mark R Luborsky (Wayne State University, Department of Anthropology)
8:45 AM
The Local Community: What Food Provisioning Can Reveal about Aging and Place
*Erika Carrillo (Wayne State Univ)
9:00 AM
The Spatiotemporality of Aging: Creating Moral Persons and Places in Poland
*Jessica C Robbins-Ruszkowski (Wayne State University)
9:15 AM
*Elana D Buch (University of Iowa)


Friday, November 20, 2015 Capital Ballroom 3 (Hyatt Regency): 10:15 AM-12:00 PM


Chair: Margaret Souza

10:15 AM
Chronic Illness Management in the Digital Age: Electronic Medical Records and Clinician Autonomy
Linda M Hunt (Michigan State University) and Allison Baker (Michigan State University)
10:30 AM
Digitizing Cancer Survivorship Care
Tara Eaton (Independent Research Consultant)
10:45 AM
“Sites” of Stigma and Contestation: Positivesingles.Com and on- and Off-Line Dating with STDs
Zakea Boeger (University of Hawaii at Manoa)
11:00 AM
Death Cafes: A New Look at Dying
Margaret Souza (SUNY/Empire State College)
11:15 AM
Technologies of Data Collection: International Classification of Disease As Discourse
Laurette A McGuire (California State University San Marcos)
11:30 AM
The Optimizing Self
Dorthe Brogaard Kristensen (University of Southern Denmark) and Matthias Bode (University of Southern Denmark)

Friday 12:15-1:30PM


Margaret Souza and Cathleen E Willging


Friday, November 20, 2015: 1:45 PM-3:30 PM


Organizers: Anna I. Corwin; Felicity Aulino; and Anna I. Corwin

1:45 PM
Form, Authenticity, and (Non-)Disclosure: An Everyday Buddhist Ethics of Care
*Felicity Aulino (UMass Amherst)
2:00 PM
Decoding the Divine: Being God in a Catholic Convent Infirmary
*Anna I. Corwin (Stanford University)
2:15 PM
Care and the Other in Bosnian Mixed-Ethnicity Families
Keziah Conrad (University of California, Los Angeles – Department of Anthropology)
2:30 PM
Dehumanizing Care
*Ender Ricart (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)
2:45 PM
Care in the Anti-Crisis
Stacey A Langwick (Cornell University)
3:00 PM
Katherine A Mason (Brown University)
3:15 PM

Saturday, November 21, 2015: 8:00AM-9:45AM

Organizer:  Cati M Coe Chair:  Erdmute Alber

Migration and New Ways of Aging in Sri Lanka
Michele R Gamburd (Portland State University, Department of Anthropology)
8:15 AM
Left behind and Alone? Elderly Care in Rural Circumstances of Western African Hinterland Villages
Erdmute Alber (University of Bayreuth) and Tabea Häberlein (University of Bayreuth)
8:30 AM
Openness to New Aging Trajectories: Interest in Old Age Homes and Senior Day Programs in Southern Ghana
Cati M Coe (Rutgers University)
8:45 AM
Care of the Elderly, Migration, Community: Explorations from Rural Romania
Tatjana Thelen (University of Vienna)
9:00 AM
*Sarah Lamb (Brandeis University, Department of Anthropology)

Saturday, November 21, 2015:10:15AM-12PM


Transnationalized Aging Trajectories: Home Care As Piecework in the Andes
Jessaca B Leinaweaver (Brown University – Department of Anthropology)
10:30 AM
Sité on a Hill: Aging and Class in a Retirement Home in Turkey
Deborah L Durham (Sweet Briar College)
10:45 AM
The Translocality of ‘Healthy Aging’: Exploring the Situated Effects of Health Promotion to Ethnic Minorities in Denmark
Nanna Hilm (University of Copenhagen)
11:00 AM
DIY Aging: Retirement Migration and Intentional Communities
Liesl L Gambold (Dalhousie University)
11:15 AM
*Judith Freidenberg


If you have any related aging and life course related panels and sessions information or anything else that you would like included in the guide, contact Jay Sokolovsky at

We will continue to deliver updates as they become available

See you in Denver!

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Call for nominations

Dear AAGE members,

The call for nominations for President-Elect and Secretary the Association of Anthropology and Gerontology has been extended. Please consider demonstrating your commitment to the unique value and future of AAGE by nominating yourself or a colleague to run for office! We ask that if you are nominating someone other than yourself, you please obtain that person’s permission.

The terms for officers begin at the annual business meeting held in November 2015.The President-Elect serves a one-year term, followed by a two years as President, and one year as Past-President. The President-Elect assists the President with decision-making, planning and coordinating activities and replaces the President in his/her absence. Attendance at the annual business meeting of AAGE is expected, which is typically held in conjunction with the national meetings of other professional associations— such as the American Anthropological Association or the Gerontological Society of America—that our members are likely to attend. AAGE has, in the past, accommodated different conference schedules of members by holding meetings in both locations and coordinating those meetings via liaisons at each location. All other meetings of officers are held by phone conference.

The Secretary serves a two-year term and is expected to record minutes of all AAGE meetings, including the annual business meeting. He/she also handles official correspondence of the organization.

Nominees should submit the following to Rebecca Berman, Elections Coordinator at

Name, title, affiliation and all contact information
A brief nominee statement indicating your interest in service, the position being sought (President-Elect or Secretary) and special qualifications for contributing to AAGE
An abbreviated Curriculum Vitae or Résumé (1 page)

In addition we are looking for a volunteer to step up and assist with managing the AAGE web site.

Thank you for being willing to contribute to the future of AAGE!

Members please vote on revisions AAGE bylaws soon!

Proposed changes to the existing bylaws have been made in order to comply with federal requirements for 501C-3 status. We need approval from a majority of our members. If you did not receive an email in November with a link to the ballot for approval of the revisions to the bylaws and a copy of the bylaws, please contact Rebecca Berman at as soon as possible!

Thank you for your time and continued support.

Nominations for the position of Treasurer

The Association for Anthropology & Gerontology is seeking nominations for the position of Treasurer. Self-nominations are encouraged.

The Treasurer is an elected position with a 5 year term of office.

Responsibilities include:

  • maintaining a record of income and expenditures
  • maintaining a record of dues paid
  • preparing an annual report
  • collaborating with the Secretary to maintain organizational paperwork
  • collaborating with the social media coordinator to maintain the membership system.

Prior financial expertise is not required, though organizational skills are a plus but not required.

The outgoing Treasurer will work with the incoming Treasurer in an advisory capacity.

This position is central to the functioning of our organization and is an excellent way for early career members to foster their own professional network.

Nominations are open and should be sent to Rebecca Berman .

Candidates must be members in good standing prior to accepting their nomination. Membership renewal can be completed online here