FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS:
RGS/IBG Geography of Health Research Group Conference
Lancaster University, UK
Geographies of Disability and Ageing
July 13th -14th 2010
The RGS/IBG Geography of Health Research Group is running a mini-conference on July 13th-14th 2010 focused around Geographies of Disability and Ageing. The aim of the conference is to engage with debates increasingly being raised within health geography, but also more broadly within disability studies and critical gerontology, that disabled and frail older people are often treated as mutually exclusive groups despite the fact that a) impairment rises with increased age; and b) many issues around the body, stigma, exclusion, dependency and independency, care versus independent living and the social construction of disability and old age run in parallel.
By bringing together geographers and those working within disability and ageing studies the conference aims to open up opportunities for those working within these two broad areas of interest to engage in dialogue and debate that is designed to explore how we might develop meaningful common project.
Keynote speakers will include:
Prof. Sheila Peace, Gerontologist and Human Geographer at the Open University.
Prof. Carol Thomas, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for Disability Research at Lancaster University.
Dr Ruth Butler, Senior Lecturer working on Disability, Sexuality and Politics, University of Hull.
Those interested in participating in this conference should submit an abstract of up to a maximum of 250 words together with a proposed title (clearly stating name, institution, and contact details) to:
Prof Christine Milligan at: [log in to unmask] by April 30th 2010 at the latest.
The overall cost for participation in this conference is £65.00 including conference meal. Overnight campus accommodation can be booked separately if required. A number of small travel bursaries for geography students and unwaged/fixed term staff are available for attendance at this event. Registration forms can be obtained from Gill Betts at: [log in to unmask]