Growing Up, Growing Old: Times and Seasons 2nd Global Meeting
May 5 - May 7| £299
Growing Up, Growing Old: Times and Seasons
2nd Global Meeting
Thursday 5th May to Saturday 7th May, 2016
Prague, Czech Republic
Since time immemorial humans have lived in close association with each other and their environment. Their success has depended on their ability to interact, to adapt and to survive. While it is fascinating to look at this from such a general and external perspective, even more exciting in many ways is to examine the individuals and groups involved and trace their development, the battles faced, the challenges which arise and the solutions derived which enable individuals to progress from birth to death. Hopefully this lifespan will be over a period of years allowing them to not only grow up but to also grow old.
This life course is one with which we are all familiar and the intent of this project is not to simply reiterate these life stages but rather to consider such aspects of them as will enable us to better understand what these basic transformations mean on both an individual and a societal level. Such basic questions which might be considered are: How do these stages differ within societies? What do childhood and adulthood really mean? Who are the elderly and what role do they play? Most importantly, are these definitions and concepts changing, and if so, what are the implications for communities? These questions themselves give rise to many others including not only historical changes but also the impact of culture, of environment, of war or famine, of violence, of knowledge and learning, of technology and communication, and especially of medical advances. Indeed, every aspect of existence may well affect the way in which we grow up and grow old.
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