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New Historical Perspectives on Ageing and the Life Course

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Weetwood Hall, University of Leeds

Otley Road


LS16 5PS

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Registration is now open for "New Historical Perspectives on Ageing and the Life Course". This free two-day interdisciplinary conference at the University of Leeds, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), will bring together speakers in the humanities and social sciences from Europe, America, and Asia to share new perspectives on the role and value of historical approaches to ageing.

We warmly invite all delegates to join us for the conference dinner at the venue at 7.30pm on Monday 19th March. Please sign-up via this link:


Day One (Monday 19th March 2018)

9.30am Tea and Coffee

9.50am Welcome and Introduction (Dr James Stark, University of Leeds)

10am Panel One: The Ageing Woman in Film, Literature, and Art

Claire Mortimer (Independent Scholar)

"The dullness of the teatime of life": Performing Female Ageing in the Post-War British Crime Caper

Jade French (Queen Mary University, London)

Towards Mature Modernism: Bodies, Beauty Cultures, and Visibility

Sinikka Vakimo (University of Eastern Finland)

Images of Old Women in National Context

11.30am Keynote: Sarah Falcus (University of Huddersfield)

12.30-1.30pm Lunch

1.30pm Panel Two: Histories of Ageing in Science, Technology, and Medicine

Lijing Jiang (Chemical Heritage Foundation)

Ageless Cell Redux: The Immortal Cell from Carrel's Alchemy to the Fountain of the Worm

Brad Bolman (Harvard University)

Companions in Age: Pets, Owners, and the New Geroscience

Graeme Gooday (University of Leeds) and Karen Sayer (Leeds Trinity University)

Hearing the Material Culture of Ageing

3pm Break and Refreshments

3.15pm-4.45pm Panel 3: Women, Ageing, and Beauty in the Early Twentieth Century

Cara Kiernon Fallon (Harvard University)

Ageless Faces: Gender, Aging, and the Rise of Investigative Dermatology in the United States, 1930-present

Chris Gilleard (University College, London)

Cutting Out Age: The Early Work of Modernity’s Beauty Surgeons

Claire Martin (University of Leeds)

From “Fortified at Forty” to “Grow Young!”: Ageing Women and the Press, 1900-1940

4.45pm Break

5pm Panel 4: Institutions and Social Structures

Andrea Bělehradová (Masaryk University)

“Fading Away” Women and Dysfunctional Men: Sexuality in Old Age in Czechoslovakia during State Socialism

Anna Kinnunen (University of Eastern Finland)

Home or Hospital Care? Constructing the Boundaries between Normal and Pathological Ageing in Finnish Psychiatric Case Histories of the 1930s

Maria Cannon (University of Portsmouth)

Rethinking Childhood as a Category of Analysis: Parenting Adult Children in Early Modern English Society

7.30pm Conference Dinner (Weetwood Hall Dining Room)

Day Two (Tuesday 20th March 2018)

9am Panel 5: Masculinities

Rebecca Fallas (University of Leeds)

Not Always Virile? Fertility and the Ageing Male in Ancient Greece

David Doddington (Cardiff University)

Old Age and American Slavery

Jack Litchfield (University of Leeds)

The Worth of “Olde Knyghtes Actes”: Reading for Old(er) Age in Fifteenth-Century Middle English Texts

10.30am Break and Refreshments

10.45am Panel 6: Subjectivity and Ageing Voices

Wiesława Duży (Polish Academy of Sciences)

Classical Dietetics and Proper Ageing: On Everyday Practices of Old Poles in the 18th and 19th centuries

Jane Corrie (University of Glasgow)

“For God’s sake let us meet before we die”: Attitudes to ageing among the Edinburgh professoriate in the last quarter of the eighteenth century

Katarzyna Bronk (Adam Mickiewicz University)

“Thy age is now spectator grown”: John Dryden’s Dramatization of Old(er) Age

12.15pm Lunch

1.15pm Panel 7: New Methodological Perspectives on Ageing

Amanda Ciafone (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Devin McGeehan Muchmore (Yale University)

Radical Histories of Ageing and Old Age: A View from the United States

Kelsey Henry (Yale University)

Desiring Archives Differently: Rewriting Life Course Theories in Queer Studies

Thomas Söderqvuist (University of Copenhagen)

Ageing Gracefully Through Memoir Writing: Historical Inspirations for 21st century Academics

2.45pm Break

3pm Keynote: Hyung Wook-Park (Nanyang Technological University)

4pm Closing Remarks

4.15pm Close

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