4th Special Interest Meeting ESHMS - August 24th & 25th 2017 (NB Changed date!)

Discourses of Health in Old Age

Date: from Thursday 24 August 2017 to Friday 25 August 2017

Location: University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

Discourses of Health in Old Age: Changing Societies and their Consequences for Population Health and Wellbeing

The aim of this Special Interest Meeting is to examine critically the discourses of ageing and health in Europe, the nature of change in societies and their implications for health and wellbeing in national, European and global contexts.

For example, a growing expectation of healthy, active or ‘successful’ ageing is voiced by Western governments and the mass media which anticipate older people engaging with more individualised health regimes as the population lives increasingly longer lives with more time spent in paid employment. However, concerns over population ageing and its effect on national healthcare systems are increasingly being voiced across the globe. ‘Apocalyptic demography’ (Gee, 2000) is an ideological position that portrays increasing numbers of older people putting intolerable strain on formal healthcare systems and families. In this context, older people become ‘a ticking time bomb’ or a ‘burden’ on the state and their loved ones.

Sociologically and/or epidemiologically informed contributions are sought for this two-day meeting that examine how societies, social care systems and families influence discourses of health and wellbeing in ageing societies. Submissions focusing on ageing and health, employment, social and cultural change and wellbeing are welcome, together with papers that address more broadly the social positioning and determinants of health experiences among people and societies, and social change and its consequences for population health and wellbeing.  As in the previous ESHMS Special Interest Meetings we particularly encourage comparative contributions. Apart from theoretical, qualitative and quantitative contributions focusing on Europe we also welcome work comparing European countries with countries in other world regions.  

The Meeting will also focus on providing opportunities to create new globally oriented research collaborations.

Format
The format of the Meeting will be in-depth discussions of full high quality paper presentations. The workshop is limited to 25 presentations in two parallel working groups. Each paper will have a 40-minute time slot, with 15 minutes for the presenter, 10 minutes for a discussant, and 15 minutes for general audience questions.

Participants
We are keen to receive submissions from postdoctoral researchers and PhD students in the final stage of their research. Early PhD students are welcome when accompanied by their supervisor. We welcome participants as either presenters and/or discussants.

Submission for participants who wish to present should include:
- An extended abstract (word limit 800 words)
- Contact details of the author (name, affiliation, email and postal address)
- Notification of whether you are willing and able to be discussant for (an)other paper(s)
- Submission for discussants should only include contact details (name, affiliation, email and postal address)

The deadline for submission is 3rd April 2017. Acceptance of abstracts will be announced by 17th April 2017. Accepted presenters should send full papers by 10th June 2017 (APA style, 7000 words, tables and references not included). Submissions should be sent by email to Professor Karen Lowton k.lowton@sussex.ac.uk.

It is anticipated that registration will be free of charge for PhD students and that a small number of bursaries will be available.

Website with detailed information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/sociology/outreach/sociology-conferences/eshms

Conference details

Website: Conference website

Contact:
k.lowton@sussex.ac.uk
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/sociology/outreach/sociology-conferences/eshms