A rewarding day of conversations across sectors and disciplines about ageing as a lifelong process. Thanks to Camille Aubry for this illustration of a productive SAACY conference at Science Gallery London.
Tag Archives: ageing
Life Narratives and the Biological Reality of Ageing
In March 2023, I was invited to deliver a seminar at Trinity College Dublin. The hybrid seminar was part of the Medical and Health Humanities Seminar Series in association with Trinity Long Room Hub. It examined the role of illness in older age in directing self-perceptions and self-representations of ageing as failure, and considered different forms of life narratives and their possibilities and limitations in articulating ageing as a biological reality. You can listen to a podcast of the seminar following this link.
Our Lifelong Ageing workshop as part of SAACY brings together ECRs taking a lifecourse perspective of ageing with interested participants from local and national charities and third sector organisations. Check out our call for papers.
‘Exhausting, frustrating and lonely’
In July this year, the Founder Trustee of the Pam Britton Trust for Dementia in Warwickshire, Tony Britton, and I had a joint paper published in the journal Dementia: the international journal of social research and practice. Here’s the press release about the paper.
The Sciences of Ageing and the Culture of Youth
In a guest post for the Science and Policy Blog of the Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy I reflect on diverging perspectives on ageing, motivations behind SAACY and recent work with third sector project partners.
Psychological Humanities and Narrative Medicine
In July 2022, contributed to the Summer School at the University of Trento, reflecting with students on the role of dementia in bestselling fiction, particularly exploring aspects of care and family relationships.
From a ‘care-free’ distance?
A book chapter on how adult sons perceive of themselves as they confront their parent’s older age and memory loss, reading Michele Farina’s Quando andiamo a casa? (2015), Jonathan Taylor’s Take Me Home (2007) and Nick Taylor’s A Necessary End (1994). In the open access essay collection Ageing Masculinities, Alzheimer’s and Dementia Narratives (London: Bloomsbury, 2022), edited by Heike Hartung, Rüdiger Kunow and Matthew Sweney.
A conversation on ageing
…together with Sridhar Venkatapuram (Global Health Institute, King’s College London), in a series of cross-college seminars hosted by the Centre for Humanities and Health, King’s College London.
Interdependent narratives: dementia in science, medicine and literature of the long 20th century
A keynote delivered at Amnesie d’autore: 1920-2020, un secolo di parole per raccontare l’amnesia, an international conference about memory loss at the University of Urbino Carlo Bo, Italy, 23-25 September 2021.
Review of The Diseased Brain and the Failing Mind
Review by Matthew Broome, chair in psychiatry and youth mental health, and director of the Institute for Mental Health, at the University of Birmingham, in Times Higher Education.