Registration now open: The Cultural Politics of Ageing in the Nineteenth Century - Interdisciplinary Perspectives

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Department of English and American Studies, University of Regensburg

The Cultural Politics of Ageing in the Nineteenth Century:
Interdisciplinary Perspectives

International Conference at the University of Regensburg, 24-26 November 2011

Conference Venue: Haus der Begegnung, Hinter dem Grieb 8, Regensburg (Germany)

Confirmed Speakers: David Amigoni, Katharina Boehm, Lynn Botelho, Karen Chase, Nigel Goose, Kay Heath, Inge Kroppenberg, Norbert Lennartz, Teresa Mangum, Gordon McMullan, Greta Olson, Jochen Petzold, Rebecca Probert, Helen Small, Brian Worsfold, Anne-Julia Zwierlein

This international and interdisciplinary conference aims to investigate medical, juridical, cultural and literary conceptions of ageing as they evolved during the nineteenth-century. Many of the questions that define current discussions about old age – questions about social justice, quality of life in old age and elderly care – were first posed by the Victorians. Nineteenth-century debates about old age inflected social and political reforms, and they also propelled the formation of new fields of scientific and juridical knowledge. The works of literary authors reflected these discourses and frequently intervened in them. The interdisciplinary angle of the conference makes it possible to explore the animated struggles over cultural authority and over the legitimacy of scientific, legal and literary systems of knowledge in which debates about old age were embedded.

The conference programme is available on our website:

The conference is hosted by the Department of English and American Studies and the Faculty of Law of the University of Regensburg. It is funded by the DFG (German Research Foundation). Conference Committee: Anne-Julia Zwierlein, Inge Kroppenberg, Katharina Boehm.


Attendance of the conference is free. Please email to book your place. Please include your name, affiliation and contact address in your email. Registration closes on 22 November 2011.

All conference participants are invited to attend the conference dinner on 25 November 2011 at a cost of 30€. Please indicate if you would like to attend the conference dinner in your email.