Conference: (Re)constructing the aging body: Western medical cultures and gender 1600-2000, 26.-28.09.08, Mainz

Zeit: 26.-28.09.2008,
Ort: Atrium Hotel, Flugplatzstrasse 44, 55126 Mainz
Deadline: 15.08.2008
With an ever growing proportion of elderly people in many Western societies, and modern medicine promising to prolong life and well-being, the aging body has become an increasingly common image in current society. ‚Anti-aging‘ has developed into a popular movement for promoting activity, mobility and lifestyle choice instead of conventionally held stereotypes of decline and decrepitude. Current theoretical contributions argue that the aging body cannot completely be reduced to culture and stand up for a materialistic deconstructionist perspective considering the elderly’s experiences and the interaction of mind, body and society. It is the meaning attached to gendered aging bodies by medical cultures that needs further investigation.
We welcome colleagues from a variety of disciplines who are willing to discuss cross-disciplinary angles focusing on the meanings attached to, the knowledge produced of, and the processes inherent to gendered aging bodies in past and contemporary Western societies.

Keynote speakers:

Stephen Katz (Trent University)
Susannah Ottaway (Carleton College)
Annette Leibing (Université de Montreal)
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