2020 AAGE Conference: “Aging and Social Justice”

Call for Abstracts

Association for Anthropology, Gerontology, and the Lifecourse (AAGE) 

“Aging and Social Justice”

June 27-28, 2020

Victoria College, University of Toronto

This conference will bring together emerging and established scholars including intervention researchers in the field of aging and anthropology, developing opportunities to further collaborate and strengthen our specialist network. The conference program will also include workshops and mentoring opportunities directed towards students and early career scholars to help create links with the professional and academic community across disciplines.

University of Toronto

The conference theme, “Aging and Social Justice,” invites work that addresses how age as a dimension of difference intersects with – and is illuminated by – questions concerning justice. Participants are encouraged to consider both terms broadly: “aging” may encompass work that addresses how age matters throughout the life course (not only in old age), and “social justice” may address different aspects of justice, at scales ranging from the interpersonal to the global, and including both basic social science and crossdisciplinary research and intervention science.

We seek abstracts for papers, posters, panels, and roundtables, or other creative formats (film, drama, interactive piece, etc.) on any aspects of aging and social justice from an anthropological perspective. Themes may include, but are not limited to:

    • health and justice
    • care and justice
    • environmental justice
    • economic justice / cumulative inequality
    • migration and justice
    • intergenerational justice
    • justice, rights, and end-of-life issues
    • justice systems, incarceration, and aging

The Keynote Speaker for the conference this year is past-president of AAGE, Jason Danely. Jason has been conducting research on aging and the life course in Japan for the last 15 years, publishing on a range of topics, including, unwitnessed ‘lonely’ deaths, fatigue, frailty, loss and bereavement, religion in later life, and pilgrimage. His work with unpaid carers of older family members was supported through a Fellowship from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science and the John Templeton Foundation. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University (UK).

His keynote will focus on the topic of his most recent fieldwork with older ex-offenders in Japan and England. As populations age, the proportion of incarcerated older people is also growing. In England and Wales, prisons are the largest provider of care for older adult men. In Japan, almost one in five prisoners are over 65, with some reports suggesting that many are intentially reoffending in order to return to prison. What does justice mean when the institutions meant to protect it violate human rights of older and disabled persons? Can we re-envision justice for an aging society? How do older offenders give us greater insight on broader vulnerabilities in an urban aging society?

Please submit your proposals online by February 17, HERE

Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words. Be sure to indicate the type of submission (paper, poster, other) and if it is part of an organized panel. Abstracts will be peer reviewed by a scientific committee of AAGE members that includes students as well as faculty.

Other important dates:      Notices of acceptance delivered by March 23, 2020   (Registration will be required upon acceptance)


Full program will be available by June 1, 2020


We wish to acknowledge the land where this conference will be held, the land on which the University of Toronto operates. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.