workshops & WEBINARS

Workshop 1 - webinars

Originally planned as a two-day international conference, this event has now been reconfigured into a series of webinars. Each webinar will comprise of a number of panels from the original Programme.

Workshop 1 – Webinar 2

15 December 2020


15.00 to 17.30 GMT

Panel 3: Narrating Gender and Ageing

  • Linda Shortt (University of Warwick):
    (Un)Fit Ageing: the Ageing Male in Hermann Kinder’s writings
  • Anne Fuchs (UCD Humanities Institute):
    The Inner Voice of Ageing Women: Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge and Olive, Again
  • Mary Cosgrove (Trinity College Dublin):
    The Meaning of Middle Age in Contemporary German Literature

Panel 4: Memory and Experience

  • Aleida Assmann (University of Konstanz):
    Wisdom: a new concept for gerontology?
  • Zainabu Jallo (University of Bern):
    Ageing in Diaspora
  • Gillian Pye (University College Dublin):
    Happiness as emotional experience and narrative process in literary accounts of old age
Humanities Institute

Workshop 1 – Webinar 1

27 October  2020

A video of this webinar is now available to watch on our podcasts page.

Panel 1: Ageing Bodies and Identities

  • Rina Knoeff (University of Groningen): ‘Revisiting the centenarian cult: On
    the cultural significance of tales of exceptional old age’
  • Paul Higgs (University College London): ‘The ageing body and the social imaginary of the fourth age’
  • Julia Twigg (University of Kent): ‘Age, Dress and the Cultural Turn in Gerontology’

Panel 2: Gender, Subjectivity and Agency

  • Andrew King (University of Surrey) ‘Coming far, getting somewhere? The current
    concerns and future challenges facing older LGTB+ people’
  • Susan Pickard (University of Liverpool): ‘Last Love’
  • Wendy Martin (Brunel University): ‘Forever ‘Becoming’? Negotiating Gendered and Ageing Embodiment in Everyday Life’
Workshop documentation

Workshop 2

Trinity College Dublin, 2021

We hope that Workshop 2 will take place in TCD in 2021. It aims to develop one of the themes from the previous webinars in-depth, to address the methodological issues that arose. Workshop 2 will be responsive and self-reflexive.

reframing ageing Webinar

Covid-19 Reframing Ageing
Friday, 12 June 2020

There are many emerging stories in the global Covid-19 crisis, stories of sickness, death, lockdown, isolation, unemployment, alongside stories of human resilience, solidarity and hope for sustainability, social inclusion and fairness.

However, from an early point, the discourse on older people was controversial and troubling. While the intent was to protect vulnerable cohorts from infection, this well-intended policy resulted in severely restricted freedom and mobility over an extended period of time, causing mental and other health issues.

Against this backdrop our webinar on C19 asked what are the blind spots and biases that Covid-19 has revealed in public discourse, political rhetoric and narratives of experience?

Contributors: Ailbhe Smyth, Thomas Scharf, Ulla Kriebernegg, Paul Higgs, Dana Walrath, Andrew King, Susan Pickard, Rina Knoeff.

Chairs: Professor Anne Fuchs (Humanities Institute UCD), Professor Des O’Neill (Royal College of Surgeons/TCD), Professor Mary Cosgrove (TCD), Dr Julia Langbein (TCD).

The chairs have compiled a report on the webinar which is now available to download. Click here to read the report.