Two weeks between my last blog of 2014 and my first one for 2015.
In the last one I reflected a bit on AEA (Association for Education and Ageing. I’m pleased to say that our efforts to get a bid together for a small grant from BSG (British Society of Gerontology) have been successful. We are looking at a date in June to have a seminar on later life leaning with a view to seeing up a special interest group focused on this area. AEA has been thinking about how to develop closer links with BSG for some time and I think this could be a useful way to do that.
In the last day or so I have booked my ticket for the joint MICRA,AEA, Manchester Metropolitan University event on sexuality in later life. The details are here:
Older people and sexual wellbeing: research, practice and educational issues
From MICRA, Manchester Metropolitan University, the Association for Education and Ageing (AEA) and Age UK
Friday 6 February 2015
• Seminar 2.00pm-4.00pm, free networking lunch from 1.00pm
• G306B, Jean McFarlane Building, The University of Manchester M13 9PL
• Dr David Lee, Age UK Research Fellow, The University of Manchester – ‘Sexual health, quality of life and well-being among older people in England’
• Professor Josie Tetley, Professor in Nursing, Ageing and Long Term Conditions, Manchester Metropolitan University – ‘Let’s talk about sex – what do older men and women say about their sexual relations and sexual activities’
• Dr Sharron Hinchliff, Senior Lecturer in Social/Health Psychology, The University of Sheffield – ‘Sexual health and well-being in middle and late adulthood: current knowledge and future directions’
Human sexuality is a universal part of living but stereotypes of older adults continue to ignore sexuality, and the question of how important sexual health and fulfilment is to overall health and wellbeing has been largely neglected. Questioning whether sexual decline is an unavoidable consequence of growing older reflects changes in the ways in which we view ageing. There is a view that the sexual health of older people, particularly in terms of defining ‘normal’ versus ‘abnormal’, has become overly medicalised, focussing on the physiological mechanisms of ‘dysfunction’ and neglecting the potential importance of social and behavioural factors. This seminar will explore some of the current issues around sexual lifestyles and ageing, examining how sexual health issues contribute to wellbeing in later life, what factors older men and women specifically identify as impacting on their sexual activities and relationships, and future directions for research and practice.
I hope this is one of a number of conferences that AEA will be involved with. AEA has made a conference booking for the first annual ForAge/AEA conference. It will be held at the Open University (OU) main campus in Milton Keynes. Dates are Wednesday 23rd to Thursday 24th September 2015 (advised arrival date 22nd September).
I addition to this I am hoping we will be able to have a conference to follow up on the first one we had that looked at older workers and work transitions and have one about positive ageing.
I also need to get cracking on developing the programme at the Open University in relation to informal learning – the next step of which will be a journal club meeting – probably in March, as this would give a month’s break from a writing group that takes place on 5th February. I might what synergies there are and approach a couple of people to talk about their writing in relation to informal learning.
As this blog has developed a conference theme, I will add that Colin McCaig, Marion Bowl, Ann-Marie Bathmaker and I now have a symposium proposal in for the BERA conference on Belfast this September, Prospects for equity and differentiation in a marketised Higher Education system with my paper called, ‘Contesting the imaginary market in HE through an exploration of the implications of the marketisation for equity and differentiation’. The paper will analyse some of the economic jargon that forms the discourses of marketisation but I had to smile to myself that I had managed to pack so much jargon into the title. The plan is that developing this symposium will help develop the co-authored book proposal we are planning.
I’ve decided that I will go for 1200k as a running target again this year , and (early days I know) nicely on schedule. I will also aim to maintain a (more-or-less) weekly blog. it would probably help if I identified a regular slot to do this – in the past I went for Wednesday morning, might try this again.