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Don’t miss AALCIG and AAGE events at #AAA2017, Washington D.C.

AAGE, with its partner orgaization the Anthropology of Aging and the Life Course Interest Group (AALCIG) will once again be holding two joint events at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Anthropology in Washington D.C. this year. The meeting will be held at the Wardman Marriot Hotel, November 28- December 3, and the theme is Anthropology Matters! We will be compiliing our annual guide to the meetings (see the 2016 guide here) so if you are an AAGE member and interested in having us advertise your panel or event, contact our AAA liasons Jay Sokolovsky or Maria Cattell. Also, if you want to keep up to date or exchange information to meet up at AAA for lunch or coffee, use our discussion forum HERE.

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Aging and the Life Course at #AAA2015

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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: http://faculty.usfsp.edu/jsokolov/ageguide14.htm).

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)

 

Sessions

* indicates AAGE members

 

Thurs 4-5:45PM November 19

HAVE WE FOUND THE MAGIC ELIXER? SENIOR (80+) CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGISTS CONFRONT THEIR OWN AGING AND MORTALITY

Sidney M Greenfield, Philip Singer, Pablo Landa

 

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

FAMILIAR STRANGENESS OF PLACE AND PERSON: ETHNOGRAPHIC INVESTIGATIONS OF “AGING IN PLACE”

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
Discussant
*Elana D Buch (University of Iowa)

 

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

LIVING AND DYING IN THE DIGITAL AGE

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

DYING AND BEREAVEMENT INTEREST GROUP OPEN BUSINESS MEETING

Margaret Souza and Cathleen E Willging

 

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

TECHNOLOGIES OF CARE, SENSIBILITIES OF THE SELF: TRACING THE ROOTS OF CAREGIVING THROUGH EVERYDAY ACTS OF PROVIDING FOR OTHERS

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
Discussant
Katherine A Mason (Brown University)
3:15 PM

Saturday, November 21, 2015: 8:00AM-9:45AM
Part I MIGRATION AND CHANGING AGE-SCRIPTS

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
Discussant
*Sarah Lamb (Brandeis University, Department of Anthropology)

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

Part II MIGRATION AND CHANGING AGE-SCRIPTS

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
Discussant
*Judith Freidenberg
Discussion

 

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 jsokolov@mail.usf.edu.

We will continue to deliver updates as they become available

See you in Denver!

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AAGE at AAA 2014, Washington DC, December 3-7 2014

April 15th is the deadline for submitting poster and panel abstracts for the 113th  AAA Annual Meeting.

The theme of the meeting is Producing Anthropology,” which,  the Program Chairs note, also produces a wealth of questions about anthropology:what are our epistemological commitments to the ways we make  scientific knowledge today? What impact do our epistemic convictions and  predilections have, intended or not? What goals do we want to set for  ourselves? What partnerships should we build? What audiences should we seek?  And how will the truths we generate change as we contend with radical shifts in  scholarly publishing, employment opportunities, and labor conditions for  anthropologists, as well as the politics of circulating the anthropological  records we produce?”

As always, AAGE will be present at the conference, linking our annual business meeting to that of the Aging and the Life Course Interest Group within AAA. This year, the Interest Group has continued its Interlocutor Special Event series with anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson. Mary Catherine Bateson about her book Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom (2010, Random House), which considers the implication of viewing 21st Century aging as an improvisational art form. It is a follow up to Composing a Life (2001 Grove Press), which had a similar way of weaving life stories with a sense of creative potential and inspiration in later life. Her latest book explores the many possibilities that longer life spans and greater resources afford for reimagining how to create meaning in later adulthood both individually and as a legacy to future generations (read the LA Times book review here).  Professor Bateson will be interviewed by Jay Sokolovsky and Athena McLean who will also facilitate dialogue with the audience.

The event is tentatively scheduled for Friday 12:15-1:30 as follows: INTERLOCUTOR EVENT: ADULTHOOD 2.0: EXPLORING THE IMPLICATIONS OF NEW CULTURAL SPACES FOR LATER ADULTHOOD. 

I believe that we will be able to count on Jay to bring the champagne and cookies as always.

The AAGE/Interest Group business meeting is a great way to get to know what is happening within and between these groups and to become more involved, from student intern positions to executive board positions. I believe it was my first AAGE business meeting when I was asked to write a book review not ten minutes in. A few years later, I was being asked to take on the Editor position for the journal. With plans underway for a 2015 AAGE workshop and further development of the journal, there are more ways to get involved than ever. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Per last year, we will request Saturday at 6pm or 12:15 as alternative time for that day.

Last but not least is the AAA Interest Group and AAGE Dinner (either Friday or Saturday night). All members are welcome to join and Jay Sokolovsky will update us about further details.

We’ll keep posting as we hear back about accepted panels, develop our agenda for the business meeting, and make our plans to meet up in DC.