2017 AAGE Conference

Punting on the Cherwell near Magdalen Bridge

Punting on the Cherwell near Magdalen Bridge

8-9 June, 2016

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 deadline for submissions has ended


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, we will be seeking proposals for papers, posters, panels, and roundtables that draw connections between generations and between different moments in the life course. Themes may include, but are not limited to

  • 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
  • Reminiscence and memory
  • Intergenerational transfers and economies of care
  • Political activity and rights among youth and older adults
  • Aging youth cultures
  • Wisdom and intergenerational narrative building
  • 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!

Deadline for abstract submissions has passed

Other important dates

Registration for conference opens November 1, 2016

Notices of acceptance delivered by Mar 1, 2017

Full program available by June 1, 2017


© Joanna Eldredge Morrissey

We are excited to have Prof. Mary Catherine Bateson as our keynote speaker from the United States. 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 second 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.

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All events will take place on 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!

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.


Follow this link to register (from Nov 1, 2016, 13:00 GMT)

Professional level:                                            £100.00 (£75*) in advance, £120 same day

Student, retired, volunteer sector:                £60 (£40*) in advance, £70 same day

*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.