Conference Schedule

Thursday, February 5th PM, 2015

Time Topic/Activity
AM Arrival and hotel check-in
12:00-1:00 Lunch on your own (Graham Center)
1:00-1:30 Welcome and Introductions
1:30-2:00 Richards: Trying to Keep my Mind: Wellbeing and Caregiving among older African Americans in Detroit, Michigan (student)
2:00-2:30 Strandroos: Multilingual and institutional interaction: a case study from a dementia care facility (student)
2:30-3:00 Carrillo: Exploring Senior Shopping Day: Food Provisioning For Detroit Elders (student)
3:00-3:15 Coffee Break
3:15-3:45 Moon: Aging in Rural South Korea (student)
3:45-4:15 Stanley: California’s Death Row: An Ethnographic Study of Health, Aging and Care in Prison (student)
4:15-5:00 Mentoring Time*
  Evening on your own (dinner options available in Graham Center or other options)

*Student Group photo



Friday February 6, 2015

Time Topic/Activity
8:30-9:00 Arrival/Registration
9:00-9:30 Introductions
9:30-10:00 Pomales: Growing Old in the Sex Trade: Gender, Aging and Activism in Costa Rica (student)
10:00-10:30 McAlvain: Evaluation of Cultural Competency in Graduate Geriatric Medicine Programs in the Western United States (student)
10:30-11:00 Break


11:00-11:30 Paul-Ward: Using Interdisciplinary Perspectives for Understanding Life course Disruption: The Case of Foster Care
11:30-12:00 Mentoring Time


12:00-1:00 Networking Lunch


Time Topic/Activity
1:00-2:30 Discussion on Applying Anthropological Aging Research to Policy with Marsha Jenakovich (Alliance for Aging, Inc.)
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-3:15 Briller: Preparing for New Types of Aging Careers
3:15-4:15 Panel Discussion: What does anthropology have to contribute to health education and reducing health disparities?
4:15-5:00 Tour of Frost Museum/Campus
5:00-6:30 Free Time
6:30 Evening on your Own – see suggested outings










Saturday, February 7, 2015

Time Topic/Activity
8:30-9:00 Arrival/Registration
9:00-10:00 Key Note – Are humanitarian agencies meeting the needs of older people in crises? – U. Karunakara
10:00-10:30 Discussion on Global Health Disparities
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-11:30 Gordiejew: Race, Age and Masculinity in a Shrinking Rust Belt City
11:30-12:00 Jervis: Mourning the Future Yet to Come: Purple Martin Landlords and the Ironies of Conservation


12:00-1:00       Networking Lunch (box lunch)*


Time Topic
1:15-1:45 Antelius: Dementia in the Age of Migration: disruption of cultural continuity as a cause of illness
1:45-2:15 Hvenegaard & Oxlund: Energized Aging? Health Disparities of aging men and women in the Danish Provinces
2:15-2:45 Vesperi: Aging, Health and Media: What’s Being Said, How to Join the Conversation
2:45-3:00 Break*
3:00-4:00 The Future (everyone)
4:00-6:30 Free Time
6:30 Meet for Dinner at Tap Tap on Miami Beach

*Group Photo


Call for Abstracts

We are pleased to announce thenext Workshop Conference of the Association for Anthropology and Gerontology, to be held at Florida International University in Miami, February 5-7, 2015.

This year’s conference theme is: “Health Disparities in Aging.” We will consider entries on aging among minority groups, the experience of aging among immigrants, and other vulnerable populations around the world.


About the Conference

The AAGE conference is a small-scale meeting devoted to anthropological approaches to aging research, with ample opportunities for interaction and discussions without the distractions of a larger conference. AAGE conferences provide valuable opportunities to receive feedback on new work, hear “what’s happening” in the anthropology of aging, share tips on research techniques and resources, expand your networks, and reflect on and contribute to the direction of AAGE’s future development as an organization. Papers from past conferences have been published as a special issue of the association’s journal. There will be mentoring opportunities for students, and a session with the local department of aging on applying aging research to policy. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Unni Karunakara, past-president of Doctors without Borders. Dr. Karunakara will give a global perspective on aging health disparities.


How to Submit

Those who wish to present a paper for discussion and feedback are invited to submit your name, affiliation, 300-word abstract and 3 objectives via email attachment to by October 31, 2014 to Notifications will be sent out if your presentation has been accepted as a paper or poster by December 9th, 2014. Registration fee is only $125 for Members, and $100 for Student Members. The fee for non-Members is $150. The fee includes lunch & coffee for two days and transportation to campus.

Please fill out our online registration form here: Online Registration Form.

**You are not required to present a paper to attend the conference. All are welcome to attend as observers and general participants in the discussions of papers. Additional information on conference registration, housing, the conference schedule, and the student scholarships will be posted on the AAGE website as it becomes available. For more information visit us at:

Student Mentorship Workshop

Students and researchers who are new to aging are invited to participate in the Student Mentoring Workshopto be held the first day of the conference.Topics for mentee proposals are not limited to those related to the conference themes; all aging topics are welcome.  Students will receive feedback on their proposal from senior faculty/researchers who volunteer to serve as mentors. To participate as a student/new aging researcher mentee, please submit a 1-page proposal (with name, affiliation, project aims and summary) for research on aging on as an email attachment by December 1, 2014 to with “Student Mentorship” on the subject line.  Two student scholarships, provided by a grant from the Leon Center for Geriatric Research and Education at Florida International University Wertheim College of Medicine, will be available to graduate students. Please indicate your desire to be considered for a scholarship. Recipients are expected to present a report on their research at the conference.

See you in sunny Miami!

Travel and Hotel Accommodations

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