‘The Good Death: An exploration of dying in America’ reviewed by Caroline Pearce.

‘The Good Death: An exploration of dying in America’ by Ann Neumann (Beacon Press, 2016). Is it possible to have a ‘good’ death? And if so what might constitute a ‘good death’? In her book — The Good Death: An exploration of dying in America — writer and journalist Ann Neumann addresses questions familiar to Read the full article…

Histories of Healthy Ageing (CfP, Conference, University of Groningen, 21–23 June 2017)

As Western populations grow increasingly older, ‘healthy ageing’ is presented as one of today’s greatest medical and societal challenges. However, contrary to what many policy makers want us to believe, the aspiration to live long, healthy and happy lives is not a problem specific to our times. On the contrary successful ageing has a long Read the full article…

‘Juvenescence: A Cultural History of our Age’ reviewed by Aprajita Sarcar

‘Juvenescence: A Cultural History of our Age’ by Pogue Harrison (The University of Chicago Press, 2014).  Juvenescence is the consciousness of being young; which can be ascribed to an individual or a civilization. Robert Pogue Harrison delves into how people, places, and moments in history, are young. The book asks how are ‘we’ as a Read the full article…

Ageing, Embodiment and the Self: A One-Day AHRC Symposium (University of Warwick, March 18th 2016)

Added program details: ‘The day will include a performance work-in-progress by Jonathan Heron.’  Visit the Symposium website for details. This event, run under the aegis of the AHRC Modernism, Medicine and the Embodied Mind project, will explore experiences of ageing and dementia from a number of perspectives–medical, literary, philosophical, literary, and performative–thinking in particular about the Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Juvenescence: A Cultural History of our Age’ by Robert Pogue Harrison

We are pleased to offer for review ‘Juvenescence: A Cultural History of our Age‘ by Robert Pogue Harrison (University of Chicago Press, 2014). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. How old are you?  The more thought you bring to bear on the question, the harder it is to answer.  For we age Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Alive, Alive Oh!’ by Diana Athill

We are pleased to offer for review ‘Alive, Alive Oh!‘ by Diana Athill (Granta, 2015). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. Several years ago, Diana Athill accepted that she could no longer live entirely independently, and moved to a retirement home in Highgate. There, she found herself released from the daily anxieties of Read the full article…

‘Aging and Loss: Mourning and Maturity in Contemporary Japan’ reviewed by Chisaki Fukushima

‘Aging and Loss: Mourning and Maturity in Contemporary Japan’ by Jason Danely (Rutgers University Press, 2015). Jason Danely has produced a moving account of the contradictions of ageing and loss in contemporary Japan. He intentionally eschews a heavy handed theoretical approach, in favour of one that prioritises the stories of the people with whom he Read the full article…

Wellbeing and the Life Course: Intercultural and Intergenerational Perspectives (Symposium, University of Sussex, 24/25 September 2015)

A symposium to launch the new Centre for Innovation and Research in Wellbeing Conference Centre, Bramber House, University of Sussex Co-hosted with Young Lives at the University of Oxford, this two-day event seeks to foster intercultural perspectives on wellbeing and the life course by bringing together researchers working in a variety of contexts from multiple Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Ordinary Medicine: Extraordinary treatments, longer lives, and where to draw the line’ by Sharon R. Kaufman

We are pleased to offer for review ‘Ordinary Medicine’ by Sharon R. Kaufman (Duke University Press, 2015). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. Most of us want and expect medicine’s miracles to extend our lives. In today’s aging society, however, the line between life-giving therapies and too much treatment is hard to see—it’s being obscured by Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Aging and Loss: Mourning and Maturity in Contemporary Japan’ by Jason Danely

We are pleased to offer for review ‘Aging and Loss: Mourning and Maturity in Contemporary Japan’ by Jason Danely (Rutgers University Press, 2014). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities, but this book may be of particular interest to anthropologists and social scientists. ‘By 2030, over 30% of the Japanese population will Read the full article…