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Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing

MICRA Sponsors Conference on Older Women and the Cultural Sector

7 March 2018

MICRA are delighted to sponsor Changing the Narrative: Older Women and the Cultural Sector. This event is hosted by the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures and will take place on Friday 18th May 2018.

The conference looks at the experience of women in their 50s and 60s, asking questions such as: what are the opportunities and barriers that exist for women who wish to continue to contribute to the sector that they spent their working lives in? Are there models of intergenerational work to build on which help ditch the old/young binary? Does creativity develop with age? How are the expectations of the way we live in our 60s and beyond changing? Rather than being a time of shrinking horizons, can the leadership experience and wisdom of older women be harnessed and how can we make the most of the new longevity?

Conference organiser Virginia Tandy said: “This conference will present current academic research to a wide audience, informing and enriching a broader conversation about the role of older professional women and using examples from architecture and the arts as the context for the discussion”

Speaking at the conference are Dr Aideen Young, Evidence Officer at Centre for Ageing Better, Professor Penny Tinkler of the University of Manchester, Professor Carol Atkinson, Associate Dean of Research at MMU Faculty of Business and Law, Suzanne Ewing, Head of Architecture at EASLA University of Edinburgh and Gerri Moriarty, independent arts consultant.

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