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

2017 AAGE Conference Program

The 2017 AAGE Conference was 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 was Culture, Commitment and Care across the Life Course. In accordance with this theme, delegates presented papers that drew connections between generations and between different moments in the life course. Themes included
  • 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 was a very exciting conference, and I hope there will be more collaboration in the future!

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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 took place in the award winning John Henry Brookes building at the Gipsy Lane Campus of Oxford Brookes University.

Read responses from conference participants

Harvard M.Div Student, Michelle Bentsman on finding community

Senior Research Officer of Young Lives (Oxford) on ‘crossing boundaries’

Past-President of AAGE, Iveris Martinez (FIU) on ‘contesting categories’

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