2017 AAGE Conference “Culture, Commitment and Care across the Life Course”

2017AAGE Conference_Program

The 2017 AAGE Conference will be hosted by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Oxford Brookes University, one of the top ranked Modern Universities in the UK, located in the beautiful and historic city of Oxford, England. In cooperation with the Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group of the American Anthropological Association, the conference theme will be Culture, Commitment and Care across the Life Course. In accordance with this theme, delegates will present papers that draw connections between generations and between different moments in the life course. Themes include,

  • Changing patterns of the normative life course
  • Representations of childhood and old age
  • Vulnerability and dependence across the life course
  • Cultural understandings of personhood over time
  • Intergenerational activities and programs
  • Political activity and rights among youth and older adults
  • Wisdom and intergenerational narrative building
  • Age, gender, and intersectionality
  • Migration and transnational care over the life course
  • Futurity and hope
  • The value of ethnography in human development

As the first AAGE conference to be held outside of North America and also the first to be held in cooperation with the Children and Youth Interest Group, this is certain to be a very exciting conference not to be missed!

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Day 1 Afternoon Workshops

Workshops are designed to introduce and enhance students’ and early career scholar’s knowledge of different career pathways and opportunities, and to encourage them to keep doing work in this field. There is no early registration for these, but in order to make room for all students who want to attend, we ask more established scholars to attend one of the parallel sessions during the afternoon of Day 1.

Young Lives is an international study of childhood poverty following the lives of 12,000 children in Ethiopia, India (in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana), Peru and Vietnam over 15 years. In this workshop, four YL researchers discuss the challenges and strategies for conducting multi-sited collaborative research with children and families. It will be of particular interest to students and early career researchers interested in development and social policy.

Oxford Institute of Population Ageing is the the UK’s first population centre on the demography and economics of ageing populations. In this workshop, Prof. Jaco Hoffman will introduce some of the ways interdisciplinary research on age and the life course can impact social policy, focusing on the Sub-Saharan Africa.

Keynote speakers


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We are excited to have Prof. Mary Catherine Bateson as our day 1 keynote speaker. Prof. Bateson is the author of several books, including With a Daughter’s Eye, Composing a Life, and Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom. She has been a longtime supporter of AAGE and has led an energetic push within anthropology to re-conceptualize life course development in the contemporary world.


christensenOur day 2 keynote will be delivered by Prof. Pia Christensen Leeds University. Prof. Christensen is an anthropologist who has has published widely on issues surrounding childhood and education in the UK and Denmark. She was previously Professor and Director of Research in the Institute of Education at the University of Warwick (2005-2012), Professor in the Research Unit for General Practice at the University of Copenhagen, and Senior Researcher at the National Institute of Public Health in Denmark.


All events will take place in the award winning John Henry Brookes building at the Gipsy Lane Campus of Oxford Brookes University.

Accommodation and Travel

There are lots of economical options to choose from for accommodation in Oxford, many of which are close to the conference venue (Oxford Brookes Headington Campus). Please see below for a range of options:

Oxford University Rooms (http://www.universityrooms.com/)

They say: ‘A unique backstage pass providing an opportunity to stay in historic Oxford college room accommodation. These bed and breakfast (B&B) and self-catering rooms in central Oxford are a brilliant alternative to cheap Oxford hotels whilst providing the colleges with revenue to contribute to the upkeep of the famous buildings.’

Although a bit further away, Oxford Brookes University has accommodations at the Scott House, and the campuses are connected with regular direct bus service through the city centre. The ride can be between 30min-45min, however, so good thing that there is free Wi-Fi on board!

Punting on the Cherwell near Magdalen Bridge

Experience Oxford provides a useful list of options for a variety of budgets: http://experienceoxfordshire.org/stay/

The Oxford City Guide also offers a good list across a wide price range: http://www.oxfordcityguide.com


Oxford is very easy to reach from London and local airports. Two bus companies, The Oxford Tube and The Oxford Bus Company run 24 hour services to Oxford from London Victoria, with multiple departures in each direction every hour. The Oxford Bus Company also runs a regular bus service to Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

Oxford is also easily accessibly on the train, with journey times from Paddington (London) and Marylebone (to Oxford Parkway) at approximately 50-60 minutes.

Oxford is a relatively small city, with good public transport and taxi services. The centre of town is a (healthy) 20-minute walk from the conference venue.

10th Biennial AAGE Conference

Jun 8-9 2017
Oxford, OXF, United Kingdom

Professional Registration


AAGE/ACYIG member registration

member status will be confirmed after purchase

Student, retired, underemployed


Student or retired member

For members of AAGE or ACYIG. confirm status

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*AAGE and ACYIG members receive discounted rates, and no additional cost to pay on site

Lunch and coffee/tea on both days is included in cost of registration.