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Aging and the language of intervention: How we make sense of living beyond the bounds of age

From wrinkle creams to blood transfusions, the anti-aging industry is a multi-billion dollar enterprise that has expanded far beyond the reach of cosmetics and facelifts to include everything from workout routines and dietary supplements to stem cell research and DNA sequencing. The desire to look, feel, function and think younger is an unstated yet inescapable given in the cultural landscape of successful aging and healthy living.

In her talk, Dr. Ellison will draw on a decade of research on anti-aging technology to discuss what it means to take a communications approach to the topic of aging and why we need to think critically about the tools we employ to make sense of our aging bodies. She suggests that although representation is only one factor in the lived realities of what it means to grow old, it plays a fundamental role in shaping the kinds of lives we see as worth living, and bodies we see as worth inhabiting.

This event is part of the Trent Centre for Aging & Society's Aging & Society Seminar Series. We bring in researchers from a wide range of disciplines to discuss their work and illuminate current issues facing older adults and their supporters. Critical dialogue is most encouraged at these free events. All welcome.

Light refreshments will be available and guests are welcome to bring their lunch to the talk.

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Dr. Kirsten Ellison is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Trent University, Canada funded through the SSHRC Insight Grant, Digital Culture and Quantified Aging. She holds a PhD in Communication and Culture (University of Calgary), an MA in Communication and Culture (York University), and an Hons. BA in Sociology (University of Toronto). Broadly, her work has examined the intersections of health, science, aging and technology in popular culture. Her independent and collaborative work has appeared in the Journal of Aging Studies, British Food Journal, Journal of Media and Cultural Studies and the International Journal of Cultural Studies.


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