The workshops will be an afternoon’s length in duration (2-5pm) and will feature relatively brief position statements or case studies from speakers, who will build their presentations as responses to the concepts under focus, to be followed by open debate.

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Workshop 1: Late-life creativity: identity and discipline (Keele, Friday 16 March 2012)

  • To what extent does late-life creativity depend upon and/or focus on questions of identity?
  •  To what extent does creative activity affect identity in late life?
  • How does creative activity in old age affect identity?
  •  At the same time, how does the study of late-life creativity affect the disciplinary identity of academics in arts & humanities and in gerontology?

Ruth Ray (Wayne State University, English & Gerontology)

Jennifer Mason (Realities Project, Sociology, University of Manchester)

Angela Glendenning (fundraiser, Newcastle-under-Lyme)

Mel Hill (jazz trumpeter, Newcastle-under-Lyme)

Mel Wright (social worker, musician, novelist, London)

For further details and reports, click here.

Workshop 2: Late-life creativity and the idea of ‘late style’ (King’s, Friday 18 May 2012)

  • Late-life creativity is frequently described in terms of the concept of ‘late style’ or ‘late work’. What exactly is meant by these terms?
  •  And to what extent are they adequate for a critical understanding of the impact of old age and proximity to death on creative activity?
  • How is late life creativity experienced, represented and produced, both individually and collectively?
  • What is the value of late exploration of artistic ability?
  • What are the emotional/neurological impacts of old age and how do they affect creativity?

Linda Hutcheon (University Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature, University of Toronto)

Michael Hutcheon (Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto)

Sam Smiles (Emeritus Professor, History of Art, University of Plymouth)

Amir Cohen-Shalev (Film Studies, Or-Yehuda University)

Anthony Payne and Jayne Manning (composer and soprano)

For further details and reports, click here.

Workshop 3: Community and creativity in late life (Keele, Friday July 2012; to coincide/overlap with the British Society of Gerontologists conference at Keele, 11-13th July)

  • To what extent do communities intersect with opportunities for creativity?
  • Is creativity in old age necessarily more communal, more collaborative, than earlier in life?
  • To what extent do different communities define ageing differently? Where, and on what terms, do we belong to a place, or places?
  • What ‘imagined communities’ are meaningful in later life and how are they constructed, experienced and represented?
  • How have such communities differed across the centuries? Is creativity as a community resource a modern opportunity?
  • How should we aim to remake or rethink ‘communities’ in the light of the need to age actively and creatively?

Anne Basting (Center on Age and Community, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee)

Sandra Torres (Maelardelan University, Sweden, and visiting Prof at King’s)

Sally Chandler (Programme Manager), and Sherry de Wynter (VOP Cultural Offer Manager), ‘Valuing Older People’, Public Health Manchester, Manchester City Council

For further details and reports, click here.

Workshop 4: Memory and/in late-life creativity (King’s, Friday 9th November 2012)

  • What is individual memory? Where is it located? How is it enabled, stimulated and (re)formulated by contact with others, and how are collective memories produced and performed within and between the generations?
  • To what extent, and by and for whom, is memory vested in forms of community ownership (archives); how might it be stimulated, restored and reshaped by creative practices (such as theatre, literature, art, music)?
  •  How does memory affect creativity?
  • In what circumstances does memory break down, and with what consequences? What happens to the memory when dementia sets in, and can memory be replaced, and identity preserved, by the recognition of  embodied or gestural modes of communication? And how does dementia affect creativity?

Pam Schweitzer (Reminiscence Theatre/Age Exchange Theatre)

Neil Vickers (King’s)

Pia Kontos (Toronto Rehab, specialist in bodily communication among Alzheimer’s sufferers)

Nina Taunton (Brunel University)

For further details and reports, click here.

If you wish to post an item on the ‘blog’ or become a regular contributor please email David, Gordon, or Robin. Their email addresses can be found on the ‘Contacts’ page.