Deadline for Proposals: 31 July 2020


InMind Support

Scientific Committee:
Prof. Wojciech Owczarski - University of Gdańsk, Poland

Dr. Katarzyna Kręglewska - University of Gdańsk, Poland


In 2050, according to scientists’ expectations, 17% of world population will be people aged 65 and over. There will be twice as many elderly people as today. In the light of these predictions, it is obvious that we have to change radically our viewpoint on many aspects of life. We have to re-think our attitudes toward cultural, social, political, economic, medical, and many other dimensions of the world’s near future.

  The International Interdisciplinary Conference “Ageing and Society” should become an excellent opportunity for such a reflection. Thus,  we want to describe the phenomenon of aging in its multifarious manifestations: psychological, social, historical, cultural, philosophical, religious, economic, political, and many others. We also want to devote considerable attention to how this phenomenon appears in artistic practices: literature, film, theatre or visual arts. That is why we invite researchers representing various academic disciplines: anthropology, history, psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis, sociology, politics, philosophy, economics, law, literary studies, theatre studies, film studies, memory studies, migration studies, consciousness studies, dream studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, medical sciences, cognitive sciences, and urban studies, to name a few.

  Different forms of presentations are encouraged, including case studies, theoretical inquiries, problem-oriented arguments or comparative analyses.

  We will be happy to hear from both experienced scholars and young academics at the start of their careers, as well as doctoral and graduate students. We also invite all persons interested in participating in the conference as listeners, without giving a presentation. 

 Our repertoire of suggested topics includes but is not restricted to: 

 1. Societies:

  • Ageing and social exclusion
  • Ageism
  • Ageing and social policy
  • Ageing and urban planning
  • Ageing and family relations
  • Multi-generational families
  • Great-great-grandparents and great-great-grandchildren
  • Domestic violence
  • Ageing and crimes
  • Ageing and law
  • Ageing and politics  

2. Cultural frames of aging:

  • History of ageing

  • The elderly in different parts of the world

  •  Multi-Cultural ageing
  • Cult of youth
  • Age and authority
  • Ageing and creativity
  • The elderly and love
  • The elderly and sex
  • Ageing and death
  • Ageing and trauma
  • Ageing and New Age
  • Ageing and religions
  • Ageing and spiritual life 

3. Health and Caregiving:

  • Geriatric medicine
  • Chronic disease
  • Physiology of ageing
  • Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias
  • Ageing and memory loss
  • Ageing and depression 
  • Ageing and suicide
  • Euthanasia
  • Nursing homes 
  • Homecare services 
  • Family caregiving 
  • Wellness 
  • Elixirs of youth 
  • Long-lived individuals  
  • 4. Economic Challenging
  •  Ageing and employment
  • Economic status of the elderly
  • Ageing and retirement
  • Ageing and social security
  • Ageing and job security

5. Literature and the arts:

  • Literature for the elderly
  •  Elderly writers
  •  Elderly readers
  • Old-fashioned literary genres
  • Ageing as a theme of literature, film, theatre and fine art
  • Literature and the arts against age discrimination

Please submit abstracts (no longer than 300 words) of your proposed 20-minute presentations, together with a short biographical note, by 

31 July 2020  to: 

Confirmation of acceptance will be sent by 05 August 2020.

The conference language is English.