8th International Conference on Cultural Gerontology, 10-12 April 2014
Keynote Speakers

Harry R. Moody, Ph.D.,

recently retired as Vice President and Director of Academic Affairs for AARP.  Educated at Yale, he holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and comparative religion from Columbia University (1973). Before coming to AARP, he served as co-founder and Executive Director of the Brookdale Center on Aging at Hunter College and Chairman of the Board of Elderhostel (now Road Scholar).  He is the author of many articles and books on aging, including a textbook, Aging: Concepts and Controversies (now in its 7th edition); Ethics in an Aging Society; and The Five Stages of the Soul: Charting the Spiritual Passages That Shape Our Lives, translated into seven languages worldwide.  He is currently Visiting Professor, at Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan and in 2011 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society on Aging,  He edits the monthly newsletter, "Human Values in Aging," devoted to humanistic gerontology and aging studies.  He is currently at work on two books: Dreams for the Second Half of Life and Leaving A Legacy: Our Aging Society and Future Generations (with Andrew Achenbaum).


Professor Stephen Katz, Trent University, Canada

Stephen Katz is Professor of Sociology at Trent University, Peterborough, Canada.  He is author of Disciplining Old Age, Cultural Aging: Life Course, Lifestyle and Senior Worlds, and numerous book chapters and articles in Generations, Journal of Aging Studies, Body & Society, History of the Human Sciences, Dementia, and Journal of Women and Aging.  His current research is on the cultural aspects of memory and cognitive impairment and he is working towards a new book on 'Age: Mind, Body and Self in Later Life.'  In 2009 he received the prestigious Trent University Distinguished Research Award for his work in critical aging studies.

Dr. Aagje Swinnen, University of Maastricht, The Netherlands

Aagje Swinnen is assistant professor at the Center for Gender and Diversity / the Department of Literature and Art of Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Originally trained as a literary scholar, Swinnen has broadened the scope of her research to cultural studies of aging, focusing on the workings of age ideologies and the intersection of age and other markers of social difference in a wide variety of cultural texts such as photography, film and television. Swinnen advocates the integration of social sciences and humanities approaches in the study of aging and later life. This is illustrated by her work on the sexuality of older people as well as her project on poetry interventions in person-centred dementia care. Committed to stimulate dialogue among disciplines, Swinnen is co-founder and current chair of the European Network in Aging Studies as well as co-editor of the new journal Age, Culture, Humanities.