Cristin-prosjekt-ID: 531893
Sist endret: 10. desember 2020 22:16

Cristin-prosjekt-ID: 531893
Sist endret: 10. desember 2020 22:16
Prosjekt

Historicizing the Ageing Self: Literature, Medicine, Psychology, Law

prosjektleder

Margery Vibe Skagen
ved Universitetet i Bergen

prosjekteier / koordinerende forskningsansvarlig enhet

  • Institutt for fremmedspråk ved Universitetet i Bergen

Finansiering

  • TotalbudsjettNOK 8.852.000
  • Norges forskningsråd
    Prosjektkode: 259163

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Tidsramme

Aktivt
Start: 1. oktober 2016 Slutt: 30. september 2021

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Tittel

Historicizing the Ageing Self: Literature, Medicine, Psychology, Law

Populærvitenskapelig sammendrag

From project start, questions of interdisciplinarity have been in the foreground. In his first annual seminar, "Challenges of Interdisciplinarity for a Cultural History of Ageing", George Rousseau's theoretical and methodological lectures were especially tailored for the project's historical and microhistorical approach to the ageing self within the field of Literature and Science.

The researchers pursue their respective specializations while contributing to the project goals. The anthology, Cultural Histories of Ageing, is a result of this coordinated diversity which will also produce monographs, such as Skagen's study of reverie-inspired  writing in French literature, Helle's on Tolstoi, Rousseau's research memoir, Sture's Proust study. Our publications also reflect common subtopics of the main theme. Interdisciplinary encounters continue to typify the project, orienting it towards such specific topics as gender, participation, social justice and psychological states characteristic of senescent selfhood.

The seminar "Defining Old Age" in 2017 brought together scholars of humanistic gerontology, cultural history, literature, psychology, law and philosophy of science. It highlighted, historicized and glossed different discursive criteria for distinguishing later lifestages. A main question asked was how ageing individuals are delimited; culturally, therapeutically, legally. 

The 2018 symposium "Living a good life in older age: literary, philosophical, psychological and medical perspectives", co-organized with the University of Warwick, aimed to extend current models of 'successful ageing', and contribute to a more historically sensitive, critical and values-based model of ageing. The papers dealt with loss, illness, and dementia, but also with creative and emotional potentials of later life. Important philosophical contributions raised problems of social justice in contemporary society. 

Rousseau's 2018 seminar "Sleep, Senescence, Subjectivity" combined literary, cultural historical, psychological and medical approaches to sleep. Cross examining another aspect of ageing from the viewpoints of different disciplines, our group presented a panel on "aloneness" at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics Congress 2019 in Gothenburg.

The 2019 G. Rousseau seminar "Ageing & Gender", hosted by the Centre of Woman and Gender Studies at UiB, brought together literary and gender scholars from New York, Oxford, Oslo and Bergen. The arts also prominently featured in the presentation of life writing, a composer's gendered approach to ageing composers, and the launching of a documentary.

The aforementioned events have demonstrated how various aspects of the ageing subjectivity invite interdiciplinary and interartistic approaches. So far our work has embraced interdisciplinarity and attended diverse academic institutions, without prioritizing public impact. Our next event, a "Late Life Festival" open to the public, is a collaboration between UiB, Bergen National Opera, KODE and Bergen Municipality. It will constitute an unique opportunity to further the approaches we have been taking, by extending beyond academia, through art performances and into the community. The amalgamation of such different kinds of institutions - academic, artistic and communal - constitutes a new type of multidisciplinarity in itself. And it may be that the NRC's further recent grant for extraordinary dissemination has recognized this potential.

For further information and videos please see:

http://www.uib.no/prosjekt/aldring

Vitenskapelig sammendrag

SAMKUL research project October 2016 - September 2021

HISTORICIZING THE AGEING SELF: LITERATURE, MEDICINE, PSYCHOLOGY, LAW

ABSTRACT
The demographic changes in present societies require a more critical and nuanced approach to the different stages of human life, not least to definitions and cultural comprehensions of old age. This project will produce new knowledge about subjective and symbolic aspects of late life in different contexts, and contribute to a broader understanding of the cultural and scientific assumptions underlying past and present paradigms of ageing from early to late modernity in Western societies. On the basis of mostly literary, but also medical, psychological and legal discourses, it will provide detailed exemplifications of the psychologies, philosophies and rhetorics of senescence, especially in regard to shifting concepts of selfhood and identity. Accordingly, it will examine changing criteria for defining the various phases within late life in terms of the psychological, medical, social and legal status of the older person. Contributing in this way to a cultural history of the ageing self, the project will heighten awareness of the divergent conceptions of old age that exist side by side in today’s multicultural society, their continuities and discontinuities under the pressures of globalization and mass-mediatization. Through critical analysis of traditional and post-traditional representations of late life, it will provide tools and models for a humanistically informed reconstruction of the third and fourth age. As distinct from humanistic sub-disciplines of gerontology, this project’s interdisciplinary approach to ageing is rooted in the humanities, especially in literary studies and cultural history, but will also draw on gerontology, medicine, psychology and law. It will thus give a fresh and socially relevant focus to issues pertaining to the humanities, and contribute to the renewal of literary studies through cross-disciplinary approaches to human existence.

 

prosjektdeltakere

prosjektleder

Margery Vibe Skagen

  • Tilknyttet:
    Prosjektleder
    ved Universitetet i Bergen

Eli Okkenhaug

  • Tilknyttet:
    Prosjektdeltaker
    ved KODE Kunstmuseer og komponisthjem ved Museer

Agathe Novak-Lechevalier

  • Tilknyttet:
    Prosjektdeltaker
    ved Université Paris Nanterre

Anna Helle-Valle

  • Tilknyttet:
    Prosjektdeltaker
    ved Bergen kommune

Jill Diana Hjørnevik

  • Tilknyttet:
    Prosjektdeltaker
    ved Universitetet i Bergen
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Resultater Resultater

“Reverie and Late Writing: From the Exemplary Montaigne to Rousseau and Baudelaire.”.

Skagen, Margery Vibe. 2021, UIBVitenskapelig Kapittel/Artikkel/Konferanseartikkel

“How Can Literary Studies Contribute to a Cultural History of Ageing?” .

Skagen, Margery Vibe. 2021, UIBVitenskapelig Kapittel/Artikkel/Konferanseartikkel

Cultural Histories of Ageing: Myths, Plots and Metaphors of the Senescent Self.

Skagen, Margery Vibe. 2021, UIBVitenskapelig antologi/Konferanseserie

Festival om aldring går digitalt.

Skagen, Margery Vibe. 2020, UIBIntervju
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