News and announcements 29 April, 2019

Jobs and Studentships

2 x Research Posts at the University of Sheffield

Closing date: Monday 29th April

We have two exciting opportunities at the University of Sheffield for
social science researchers to work in our multi-disciplinary Sustainable
Care Programme, within teams working on Achieving sustainability in care
systems: the potential of technology and Combining work and care: how do
workplace support and technologies contribute to sustainable care
arrangements?. As part of the broader SC research team, and in
collaboration with UK and overseas partners, you will also contribute to
the development, delivery and outputs of the SC programme and participate
in its programme-wide activities: including theoretical and methodological
work on care, sustainability and wellbeing; the SC early career researcher
network; and delivery of the SC impact strategy.

Achieving sustainability in care systems: the potential of technology
You will have knowledge of social care arrangements in the UK and
experience of developing, evaluating or studying technologies, preferably
in care settings. You will have an established interest in research on
older or disabled people with support needs, and of publishing / writing up
research results. Candidates with interests in, and knowledge of, the
development and marketing of technologies for use in the homes of people
with support needs are particularly encouraged to apply.

Combining work and care: how do workplace support and technologies
contribute to sustainable care arrangements?
You will be a social scientist with expertise in qualitative research, and
with the ability and skills needed to work effectively with international
academic, employer and policy partners. Candidates with an established
interest in working carers (employed people who care for or support a
relative or friend who needs help because of illness, disability or in old
age), or in schemes designed to improve workplace support for people with
care responsibilities (including those using technology) are particularly
encouraged to apply. Ideally, you will also have a record of publishing the
results of studies on which you have previously worked.

All application must be made via the University of Sheffield jobs website.
Please follow the links to apply and for more information:

Best wishes,

Dr Matthew Lariviere
UKRI Innovation Fellow (Care, Ageing and Technology)
ESRC Sustainable Care Programme

Postdoctoral fellowship in Cultural Sciences, Lund University!

Deadline 10 May 2019

Lund University hereby calls for applications for two two-year postdoc positions in cultural sciences located at the Department of Art and Cultural Sciences with specialisations in any of the department’s research nodes.

Ref no: 2019/1254

First day of employment: October 2019 or according to agreement

For questions concerning the position: Head of Department Monica Libell (tel. +46 46 222 0948, (Monica. Assistant Head of Department with responsibility for research and PhD studies Gabriella Nilsson (+46 46 222 3966

For questions concerning terms of employment: Human Resources manager Lena Kandefelt (+46 222 7224,



Conferences and workshops

Caring for Elderly and Dependent People: Promoting Gender Equality and Social Justice

abstracts close April 30

Where: Rovira i Virgili University (Tarragona, Spain)

International Congress organized by the GenderCare project

When: September 12-13, 2019

Abstracts, in English or Spanish, of a maximum of 500 words should include: title, name and affiliation of author/s, academic position and e-mail. They should also contain: selected thematic area, objectives, methodology, main lines of analysis and main sources, as well as 5 keywords.

Abstracts should be sent before April 30th to: The list of accepted proposals will be published on 5th of June 2019. The registration period (40€) will open on 6th of June 2019.

Full CfP and details here [pdf-embedder url=”” title=”CfAGenderCare_092019″]

Summer Course on Ethics in Dementia Care

early bird registration is May 15

The Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law of the KU Leuven is organizing the 5rd edition of the Summer Course on Ethics in Dementia Care (Leuven, Belgium, 2-5 July 2019). The objective of the course is to foster exchanges on foundational, clinical-ethical and organizational-ethical approaches to dementia care practices.

During the Summer Course, national and international experts will give presentations on various ethical topics in the domain of dementia care. There will be time for intensive discussions. The language of instruction will be English.

The Summer Course is of interest to participants from diverse professional backgrounds, such as medicine, nursing, psychology, social work, gerontology, health care administration, philosophy and theology, and to PhD students undertaking courses of study in these areas. Detailed information on program, funding opportunities, registration and payment can be found at our website under Summer Course or in the enclosed brochure. The deadline for early bird registration is May 15.

Professor Chris Gastmans

Course Coordinator

Bioethics and Human Temporality: Perspectives from the Beginning, Middle and End of Life

Registration deadline May 1, 2019. 

Date: 27-28.5.2019

Venue: Schlaues Haus Oldenburg


Prof. Dr. Mark Schweda
(University of Oldenburg, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Department of Health Services Research)
Dr. Nitzan Rimon-Zarfaty
(University Medical Center Göttingen, Dept. of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine)

The role of temporality in bioethical debates has long been neglected: What does it mean for bioethical reasoning that life is lived, experienced, and understood as a process in time with fundamental temporal characteristics such as directedness, irreversibility, or finality? What does it mean that life is traditionally interpreted in terms of a particular temporal structure and extension, including a sequence of phases or stages connected to different social roles, norms and expectations? What does it mean that certain medical interventions and accompanying moral questions and conflicts focus on particular points in life?

The lack of reflection on the relevance of human temporality becomes particularly salient in ethical discussions at the beginning and end of life. Many bioethical discussions on the beginning of life rest on moral assumptions about the development of human existence over time. An example are the debates on prenatal diagnosis and abortion and the underlying models of phases of fetal development, or the bioethical discussions on informed consent and proxy decision making in the treatment of neonates.Bioethical debates on reproduction also exemplify the importance of temporality. For example, the common metaphor of the “biological clock” encompasses concerns about (reproductive) ageing and the finality of women’s reproduction. Finally, medical interventions in the fields of geriatric medicine and biogerontology promote more ambitious standards of health, fitness, and functionality for later life and challenge common views of aging and the life course.

This international and interdisciplinary workshop is dedicated to the role and relevance of temporality for ethical reasoning in the field of biomedicine, healthcare, and the life sciences at the beginning, middle and end of life. It aims to develop a more concrete, empirically informed and culturally sensitive perspective on bioethics and human temporality. Talks by Claudia Bozzaro (Freiburg), Nolwenn Bühler (Lausanne/Neuchâtel), Limor Meoded Danon (Jerusalem), Jozef Dorscheidt (Groningen), Naomi Gershoni (Beer-Sheva), Solveig Lena Hansen (Göttingen), Julia Perry (Göttingen), Nitzan Rimon-Zarfaty (Göttingen), Ari Schick (Jerusalem), Mark Schweda (Oldenburg) & Karin Jongsma (Utrecht) (for program, see

Due to limited space, registration is required by 1 May, 2019. Please register via email:

Arts of Caring, Arts of Knowing: A workshop on Dementia and Knowledge Practices

Abstract deadline May 1, 2019

19-20 September 2019, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


Dementia is often portrayed as the emblematic figure of morbid living in one’s later years, entailing substantial human costs to countries, societies, families and individuals” (WHO, 2017). Despite many ongoing efforts to prevent, manage, and cure dementia through biomedical means, dementia remains as a condition that is to be endured and lived with/through. At the same time, we are observing the flourishing of different forms of knowledges about living with dementia and creative engagements with dementia that aim to improve what might be called “qualities of life” of people that are affected by dementia. The notion of quality of life is also constantly challenged, negotiated, and rethought in these knowledge practices. As such, dementia offers us generative opportunities to renew our attention to the ways we know, care, and live, thereby revitalizing critical, imaginative and creative engagements with people with dementia.

Whereas the dominant discourse considers dementia as an irreversible loss of personhood, people with dementia and their carers strive to seek new possibilities of living differently with dementia. Putting together rich empirical researches in dementia care, the workshop Arts of Caring, Arts of Knowing: Dementia and Knowledge Practices aims to explore the generative potentials of dementia that urge and inspire us to rethink, imagine, tweak, improvise our ways of knowing, caring, and living as well as our analytic concepts and methods in humanities and social sciences.

The two-day workshop challenges the prevalent imaginaries about dementia in particular and older age in general that are shaped in specific politico-economic and socio-cultural contexts, not least since these make it difficult for us to creatively imagine and engage with the life with/in dementia. We invite participants from diverse disciplines who are documenting and producing alternative discourses, practices, and imaginaries about dementia, and asking questions about what it means, is and takes to live a “good” life as humans. We hope the workshop to be a venue for conceptual, practical, and methodological innovations in dementia and dementia care research throughout the world.

We seek papers that engage with the following questions, but not limited to:

  • Everyday experiments in dementia care both in informal and formal care settings
  • Production and circulation of caregiver knowledge on dementia care
  • Relationships between biomedical knowledge and caregiver knowledge on dementia
  • Mattering of “quality of life” of people with dementia and their carers in different contexts
  • Historical changes in dementia-related policies and their ethical and political implications
  • Innovative and creative engagements with dementia

If you are interested, please submit an abstract (250 words max.) including 3-5 keywords and a paper title to Jieun Lee ( and Laura Louise Heinsen ( by May 1, 2019. Due to space limitations, selected participants will be notified by mid-May, 2019. Participants will be asked to submit a short paper by the end of August, which will then be circulated among participants and discussed during the workshop. The workshop will take place in September 19-20, 2019 in Copenhagen.

The workshop is a part of the ERC funded project “The Vitality of Disease – Quality of Life in the Making”

3rd International Workshop on Socio-Gerontechnology

The final programme of the 3rd International Workshop on Socio-Gerontechnology is now available!   The event is free of charge and you can find the programme, the registration form, along with more information about the venue and accommodation, on the workshop webpage:

Where: KTH Flemingsberg, southern Stockholm
When: June 19 to 20, 2019

Organizers: Britt Östlund, Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, and Michela Cozza, Mälardalen University with the support of the Socio-gerontechnology Network.



Margaret Clark Award For Student Papers

Sponsored by the Association for Anthropology, Gerontology, and the Life Course

Deadline: June 1, 2019

AAGE invites graduate and undergraduate students to submit papers of interest to anthropology and gerontology to compete for the Margaret Clark Award. This award supports the continued pursuit of work following the example of Margaret Clark, a pioneer in the multidisciplinary study of socio-cultural gerontology and medical anthropology, and a scholar committed to mentoring younger colleagues.                                                                                       


Contributions are invited from students of all disciplines and methods. Non-members and members are invited to apply.  We welcome submissions that are research, analytic, or literary in nature, and academic, applied or practice oriented. Graduate and undergraduate status are determined by enrollment status during the 2018-2019 academic year.

Essays will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Originality and timeliness of topic.
  • Effective use of theory and evidence.
  • Significance to anthropological studies of aging.
  • Clear and effective writing and organization.

Published or accepted manuscripts are ineligible for this competition.  Limit one entry per student.

Submission of Manuscripts

Submissions must include the following as a single MS Word document:

Title page with the following information

  • Undergraduate or graduate status during 2018-2019 academic year
  • Name, mailing address and institutional affiliation and email address (and future contact information if a change is anticipated).
  • Brief (150-200 words) abstract
  • Word Count (no more than 9,000 words)

Manuscript should be no more than 9,000 words (including all materials, notes, & bibliography), written in English, double-spaced with references in any standard bibliographic format (e.g. American Anthropologist, American Psychological Association).                                                                             


Materials must be submitted by June 1. Only complete submissions will be considered. Submissions and related questions should be sent to both award chairs via email with “Margaret Clark Award” in the subject line:

Jessica Robbins   

Samantha Grace 

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