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Workshop: Exploring the Potential for Industry - Academia Collaboration in Social Science Research on Smart Ageing Care

20 May 2024 | 08:00 - 09:30 | Online

This workshop aims to showcase industry-academia collaboration in social science research on smart ageing care and provide a platform for attendees to explore potential collaborations within and beyond the workshop

Speakers: Dr Chao Fang (XJTLU Visiting Fellow, University of Liverpool), Mr Binbin Chen (CEO, Beijing Guangrong Innovative Technology Co.), Ms Yanda Cui (CTO, Beijing Guangrong Innovative Technology Co.).

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New Perspectives on the Menopause

15 June 2024 | King's College London

A one-day cross disciplinary conference discussing recent developments in researching and understanding the menopause. 

The aim of the conference is to bring together speakers and attendees from a range of disciplines, backgrounds and geographies in order to discuss recent developments in researching and understanding the menopause in diverse contexts, whether professional, medical, historical, cross-cultural or personal.

The conference will have four non-parallel panels that will broadly focus on the following areas: the experience of the menopause in different cultures and contexts; mediatic representations of the menopause; menopause in the workplace, including the plenary by Professor Kathleen Riach; and biocultural and historical discourses on the menopause.

A selection of papers presented at the conference will be put forward for consideration in a forthcoming volume on the menopause, edited by Professor Susan Pickard, in the De Gruyter series, Ageing and Care in 2025.

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The organisers are pleased to acknowledge the financial support of King’s College London Arts and Humanities Diversity and Inclusion Fund and Small Grants for Research Students.



Past event highlights

Taking upon ourselves the entirety of our human state, imagining what it is to be old

14 May 2024 | HS436 and Tencent Meeting, XJTLU

According to Simone de Beauvoir, the old are the Other in society and indeed, in a contemporary society which resists, denies, and increasingly tries to find 'cures' for ageing, this is more the case perhaps than ever.

Professor Susan Pickard discussed for the Centre for Culture, Communication, and Society, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University.



Fear of ageing is really a fear of the unknown - and modern society is making things worse

26 April 2024 | X-Bar, XJTLU

For the first time in human history, we have entered an era in which reaching old age is taken for granted. Yet, despite this longer life expectancy, many people today view ageing as something negative and frightening.

Dr Chao Fang discusses for the Centre for Culture, Communication, and Society, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University.





Centre for Ageing and the Life Course Seminar Series

17 April 2024 | Seminar Room 1, University of Liverpool Management School

Talk 1

Title: “Having a senior moment” in film and TV: The Women Over 50 Film Festival fighting ageism and celebrating older women in cinemas, community venues and elder-care residential homes.

Speaker: Ms Nuala O’Sullivan, Founder and Director of the Women Over 50 Film Festival (WOFFF)

Talk 2

Title: Problematising the Problem of the Older Worker

Speaker: Professor Martin Hyde, Professor of Management, School of Business, University of Leicester


CALC February Seminar: "We are good neighbours, but we are not carers!" Conflicted ideas about frailty and (in)dependence in retirement community residents

14 February 2024 | Hybrid | Lecture Theatre 3, Rendall Building, University of Liverpool

Speaker: Dr Sam Carr, Department of Education and Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath


British Sociological Association (BSA) Death, Dying and Bereavement Working Group Annual Symposium

14 December 2023 | School of Law and Social Justice Building (Hybrid)

This year's symposium, focussed on the theme of 'Death and Sexuality', was a hybrid event co-organised by the Centre for Ageing and the Life Course and the British Sociological Association


Clinical, Sociological, and Cultural Dimensions of Frailty: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue

14 - 16 November 2023 | Fondation Brocher, Geneva 

An annual symposium from Fondation Brocher.

"Despite the rich and complex nature and meanings of frailty, researchers who study frailty tend to do so in distinct disciplinary enclaves and rarely talk to one another. Clinicians and social scientists, those working in the field of social or cultural gerontology and medical humanities, anthropologists of ageing, and science and technology (STS) scholars have their own conferences and their own journals, and consequently they pose different questions through different conceptual tools and rarely if ever share this knowledge with other disciplines.

Our understanding of frailty – both viewed as a clinical technology and as a socio-cultural phenomenon - will immensely benefit from conversations between the social sciences and biomedicine to generate new transdisciplinary understandings of the problem. Such understandings would seek to go beyond ‘decline’ narratives (Gullette, 1997) and notions of individual and/or physiological failure, by bringing different conceptual tools and approaches to bear on the issue, as well as reconfiguring ones we already have, and finally by drawing on insights from societies in the east and the global south."


Often Seen but Seldom Heard: Giving Voice to Britain’s Birth Cohort Members

8 November 2023 | School of Law and Social Justice Building

Have you heard of cohort studies? Are you interested in mixed methods research? Here was a fantastic opportunity to engage with a world-leading researcher on British cohort studies from the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at UCL.

We were joined by Dr JD Carpentieri, Associate Professor of Social Sciences and Policy, Institution of Education, University College London, who gave the lecture. 


Help Really Wanted? The Impact of Age Stereotypes in Job Ads on Applications from Older Workers

11 October 2023 | School of Law and Social Justice Building

In the inaugural seminar for the Centre for Ageing and the Life Course with Professor Ian Burn, Professor of Economics, Management School, University of Liverpool, Ian uncovers age discrimination in labour market for older workers.

Have you ever wondered whether the words used in job ads influence who actually applies? Professor Burn brought us some fascinating research that gets right to the heart of this question. We already know from previous studies that older job seekers face discrimination. But have you ever considered the impact of the language used in job ads? Taking real job ads as their inspiration, Professor Burns and his team employed machine learning techniques to create ads that randomly include or exclude ageist language connected to age-related stereotypes. Interestingly, it turns out that the language used in job ads, which relates to ageist stereotypes, can discourage older workers from pursuing job opportunities. This holds true even when the language isn't overtly or explicitly about age. This effect on the hiring of older workers can be just as significant as direct age-based discrimination in the hiring process.


Exploring Different Sexual Realities in Mid-Late Life: The Consideration of Menopause and the Double Standard of Ageing

15 June 2023 | School of Law and Social Justice Building

In this talk titled, “Exploring Different Sexual Realities in Mid-Late Life: The Consideration of Menopause and the Double Standard of Ageing,” Doctoral Candidate at the University of Georgia, Keely Fox, discussed the importance of considering a multi-dimensional approach when attempting to understand the sexualities of women in their mid-to-late life. Fox aims to connect both feminist and life course perspectives to guide the beginning stages of her mixed methods investigation to capture the lived experiences of women who are ageing in two different countries: the United Kingdom and the United States.


Centre for Ageing and the Life Course - Research Cluster Launch 

16 May 2023 | 13:00 - 16:00 | University of Liverpool

We celebrated the launch of the interdisciplinary Centre for Ageing and the Life Course (CALC) research cluster, based in the School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool.

The following researchers gave presentations at the launch:

  • Professor Liz Barry, University of Warwick, presented on: ‘Blue Nights: The Experience of Frailty in Modern Life-Writing, Literature, and Thought.
  • Professor Yu Song, XJTLU, presented on ‘Migrant Grandparents: Care Arrangements and Identity (Re)formation.
  • Dr Shibley Rahman, University College London, presented on: ‘When I’m 65. The Precarity of Delirium’.





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