CFP Building Hospitable Communities for Aging, Saint Paul University, Ottawa

Dec 19, 2015 Oct 07, 2016

Call for Papers
Building Hospitable Communities for Aging: Challenges and Opportunities
An International Conference of Practitioners, Academics and Students
Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada,
September 29th to October 1st 2016

The dramatic shift to an aging demographic in Canada and other post-industrial countries affects many aspects of human living both personally and collectively. This demographic shift poses unique opportunities and challenges for citizens of all ages, care-providers, governments, institutions and communities.

As researchers and practitioners in geriatric sectors attest, there is both a need and a moral imperative to build hospitable communities for aging. Moreover, this must be done in a mindful, timely and humane way, if it is to meet the growing demographic challenge of an aging society. How, given the scope of this reality, might communities, institutions and governments transform in ways that are hospitable?

The goal of the conference is organized to increase critical reflection on aging in an inclusive manner and to break down the sectorial and institutional barriers between those working for hospitable communities for aging.

The conference organizers are pleased to welcome a broad range of paper and panel proposals relating to the theme. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Overcoming sectorial silos; coalition building
- Aging and public policy
- Aging, health promotion and public health
- Housing; service provision
- Demographic and economic challenges in an aging society
- Political economy of care and dependency
- Gender and aging
- Caregiving, from local to global
- The politics and politicization of age and aging
- Special populations; LGBTQI elders, immigrant elders, “orphan elders” … - Autonomy, agency and diminished capacity
- Ageism; intersectional analysis of aging
- Spiritual dimensions of aging and care
- Care ethics
- The philosophy of age and aging (de Beauvoir, Bovenschen, Holstein, Overall, etc.)
Papers in post-colonial, queer and feminist perspectives are encouraged.
For papers, please send an abstract of 300 words and for panel proposals an abstract of up to 1000 words; all proposals should include a short CV.
Send proposals to Matthew McLennan at McLennan no later than January 30th, 2016. For all other inquiries please contact Monique Lanoix at Lanoix.
Decisions will be made by March 1st 2016.

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