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 disciplinary backgrounds in the global north and south. Intercultural and interdisciplinary perspectives are crucial if we wish to question normative understandings of wellbeing, and to sharpen recognition of the role of culture and politics in shaping desires and possibilities of differing life pursuits.

The symposium will address key questions relating to wellbeing and the life course, from intercultural and intergenerational perspectives, such as:

  1. What are the influences on different life projects across the life course?
  2. What is the role of material conditions in wellbeing?
  3. What is the impact of migration in wellbeing in differing contexts and across the life course?
  4. What comparisons can we make between cultures and between the global north and global south?
  5. What is fundamentally of shared interest between differing disciplinary perspectives when it comes to wellbeing?
  6. What does an intercultural lens promise for policy?

The event will be framed around the following themes:

  • Youth Transitions and Wellbeing
  • Migration, Wellbeing and the Life Course
  • Intergenerational Dynamics and Wellbeing
  • Ageing, Retirement and the Life Course

Speakers include:

  • Professor Jo Boyden, University of Oxford
  • Professor Charles Watters, University of Sussex
  • Professor Viginia Morrow, University of Oxford
  • Dr Gina Crivello, University of Oxford
  • Professor Janet Boddy, University of Sussex
  • Professor Paul Statham, University of Sussex
  • Professor Maya Unnithan, University of Sussex
  • Professor Ilse Derluyn, Ghent University
  • Penny Shimmin, Chief Executive, Sussex Community Development Association
  • Dr Elaine Chase, University of Oxford

There is a charge of £75 for this event. A limited number of places will be available for students at half price assigned on a first-come-first-served basis.

To reserve a place at this two-day event, email Keira Pratt-Boyden.

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