Thursday, January 22, 2009

Aging and the Indigenous People of North America: Call for Papers

Subject: Aging and the Indigenous People of North America announcement

CALL FOR PAPERS - "Aging and the Indigenous People of North America"

The Seventh Annual Conference of the Association for Anthropology and Gerontology will be held at the University of Oklahoma-Norman from June 5 - 7, 2009. This year's theme broadly focuses on "Aging and the Indigenous People of North America." Any topic is welcome; examples include aging and health issues, the revitalization of culture and language, and overviews of the field as a whole. The conference is an interdisciplinary small-scale meeting emphasizing the close critique of works-in-progress. It includes a workshop focused on the future of gerontological work with the indigenous people of North America. It also features an optional mentoring component for students and junior researchers, who are paired with senior researchers who offer technical assistance concerning research proposals or manuscripts.

Papers from the conference will be considered for publication either individually or as a special issue of the Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology. Presenters are invited to submit a one-page abstract by February 15, 2008 to Dr. Lori L. Jervis, University of Oklahoma, Registration forms are available here.

The Association for Anthropology and Gerontology (AAGE) was established in 1978 as a multidisciplinary group dedicated to the exploration and understanding of aging within and across the diversity of human cultures. Our perspective is holistic, comparative, and international. Our members come from a variety of academic and applied fields, including the social and biological sciences, nursing, medicine, policy studies, social work, and service provision.

AAGE is a network of friendly, helpful individuals throughout the U.S. and Canada and in other nations. We provide a supportive environment for the professional growth of students and colleagues. We are genuinely interested in one another's projects and in helping each other contribute to understanding the aging process and the lives of older persons in the Americans and around the world.

AAGE promotes direct intellectual exchange among its members by facilitating the organization of symposia and workshops at the annual meetings of professional organizations such as the American Anthropological Association, Society for Applied Anthropology, Gerontological Society of America and International Association of Gerontology. We have exhibition tables at some meetings. AAGE's annual business meeting is held during the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association.

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