Mid-Life Conversations

Mid-life Conversations (September 13th and 14th 2018) will examine understandings of health and well-being in middle age from a variety of perspectives and traditions. This workshop will not only draw together scholars, practitioners and communities with a critical interest in health and well-being in middle age, but also open the conversation to creative voices, experiences and insights to provoke and stimulate a wider range of discussion.

According to the medical anthropologist Margaret Lock, middle age was the last life stage to be discovered. It may also be apt to say that middle age has been the last life stage to be created: to be medically and culturally constructed, invested with politically contingent meaning, and dissected as a phase of specific and seemingly predictable bodily and psychological crisis and transition.

This two-day conference workshop draws together scholars, practitioners and communities with a critical interest in health and well-being in middle age. Looking outwards to incorporate perspectives, voices and experiences that have been too often neglected, it will include both academic researchers and participants who are less familiar with formal academic contexts but who can bring new forms of experience, insight and creativity to conversations about midlife.

Download the Conference rationale.

The conference workshop will be held on 13th and 14th September 2018 at the University of Exeter.

A detailed timetable will be published in summer 2018.

Details of our speakers will be published shortly.

We would like to commission a creative and provocative input to the workshop. (See document for more details.) We are open to proposals from creative people at all stages of their careers, and to proposals across a range of media and modes of participation.

Closing date for proposals – Friday 1st June 2018

The details of the provocation call-out can be downloaded from here: Mid-Life Provocations

More information will follow shortly, but if you have any questions in the meantime, please contact us at wellcomecentre@exeter.ac.uk or 01392 722143.