Take Back Aging

Power, Critique, Imagination

May 28 - 31, 2019, Trent University, Peterborough, Canada

About the Second Joint Conference of NANAS and ENAS
Held at Trent University in Peterborough, Canada, Take Back Aging: Power, Critique, Imagination is the second joint conference organized by NANAS and ENAS that invites researchers, writers, and scholars from all disciplines and at every career stage to share their diverse approaches to conventional fields of gerontology and critical aging studies. We wish to encourage new insights into assumed styles of life and thought, imaginative reflections on the meanings and representations of aging, challenging perspectives from cross-cultural and global experience, and activist strategies to take back aging from those powers and practices that relegate it to the margins of social existence and citizenship.
Organized over four days in May 2019, we welcome you to explore our beautiful Ron Thom designed campus, enjoy the vibrancy of our city and forge lasting connections with colleagues from all corners of the academy.
Conference Co-Chairs
Dr Suzanne Bailey, headshot, smiling at camera
Dr. Suzanne Bailey, Chair, NANAS
Professor, English Literature, Trent University, Canada
Ulla Kriebernegg, headshot, smiling at camera
Dr. Ulla Kriebernegg, Chair, ENAS
Associate Professor and Deputy Director, Center for Inter-American Studies, University of Graz, Austria
Dr. Sally Chivers, Director, Trent Centre for Aging & Society
Professor, English Literature, Gender & Women's Studies,
Trent University, Canada
Dr. Mark Skinner, Acting Dean, Social Sciences
Professor and Canada Research Chair in Rural Aging, Health and Social Care,
Trent University, Canada
Conference Support Staff
Sylvia Dick, Conference & Administrative Coordinator,
Trent Centre for Aging & Society
Jeannine Crowe, Conference Support,
Trent Centre for Aging & Society
About the Organizers
The North American Network in Aging Studies (NANAS) was established in January, 2013 by a small group of humanities and social science scholars who were interested in critical examinations of older age that moved away from the experimental sciences and instead spoke to fundamental questions of human existence.
The European Network in Aging Studies (ENAS) was first established in 2010 within the framework of the project "Live to be a Hundred: The Cultural Fascination with Longevity," funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) in the program Internationalization in the Humanities. When the NWO-funded project came to an end in 2013, the European Network in Aging Studies was re-launched as a formal international association located in Graz, Austria.

The Trent Centre for Aging & Society (TCAS)  Drawing on Trent University's reputation in interdisciplinary excellence, TCAS was established in 2013 to promote innovative research, education and community engagement on aging, old age, and older populations that is critically informed, challenges ageist policies and practices, and is responsive to the issues facing older people and aging societies.

About Trent University
Located on the traditional territory of the Mississauga Anishinaabeg, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across Canada and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities.
Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues.
Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.
“Welcome to TrentAging2019. We are excited to host the world's critical aging scholars at Trent University for a week of new insights, imaginative reflections, and challenging debates on aging in the twenty-first century.” 
- Dr. Suzanne Bailey, Chair, NANAS; Dr. Ulla Kriebernegg, Co-Chair, ENAS;
Dr. Sally Chivers, Director, Trent Centre for Aging & Society; Dr. Mark Skinner, Dean of Social Sciences, Trent University

Courtesy of Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development, Photos by Justen Soule