Anna Corwin: Embracing Age. How Catholic Nuns Became Models of Aging Well
The next talk in the online webinar series Unfolding Finitudes: Current Ethnographies of Aging, Dying and End-of-Life Care on Tuesday May 24, 2022, 17.00–18.30 CEST.
We would like to invite you to attend the next talk in the online webinar series Unfolding Finitudes: Current Ethnographies of Aging, Dying and End-of-Life Care on Tuesday May 24, 2022, 17.00–18.30 CEST.
We are very happy to announce that in this webinar Dr. Anna Corwin (Saint Mary’s College of California) will talk about her recent book Embracing Age: How Catholic Nuns Became Models of Aging Well. Dr. Kristine Krause (University of Amsterdam) will act as discussant for the talk.
Registration: If you would like to join the webinar, please register here. You will then receive the zoom-link for the webinar one week in advance.
NB: Please note that this webinar starts later in the day than previous webinars in this series, namely at 17.00hrs CEST.
About the book
Embracing Age: How Catholic Nuns Became Models of Aging Well examines a community of individuals whose aging trajectories contrast mainstream American experiences. In mainstream American society, aging is presented as a “problem,” a state to be avoided as long as possible, a state that threatens one’s ability to maintain independence, autonomy, control over one’s surroundings. Aging “well” (or avoiding aging) has become a twenty-first century American preoccupation. Embracing Age provides a window into the everyday lives of American Catholic nuns who experience longevity and remarkable health and well-being at the end of life. Catholic nuns aren’t only healthier in older age, they are healthier because they practice a culture of acceptance and grace around aging. Embracing Age demonstrates how aging in the convent becomes understood by the nuns to be a natural part of the life course, not one to be feared or avoided. Anna I. Corwin shows readers how Catholic nuns create a cultural community that provides a model for how to grow old, decline, and die that is both embedded in American culture and quite distinct from other American models.
About Anna Corwin
Dr. Anna I. Corwin is an Associate Professor at Saint Mary’s College of California. She received her Ph.D. from UCLA and is a recipient of fellowships from the National Science Foundation and The National Endowment for the Humanities for her research on aging and well-being.
About Unfolding Finitudes
The European Research Council-funded Globalizing Palliative Care project at Leiden University is hosting a three-monthly webinar series that highlights current anthropological research on care, aging and dying. During this series, invited speakers present their recent or ongoing ethnographic work in this field. Our aim is to create a platform for discussion of novel anthropological perspectives on unfolding finitudes at the end of life.
We hope to see you in the webinar!
Natashe Lemos Dekker and Annemarie Samuels
Ruth Prince: Refiguring the Social? Health Insurance for the Poor in Kenya
Hybrid seminar on 24th May 2022 at 16:00–17:15bst as part of the LSHTM Medical Anthropology series.
You can join in person at the Manson Lecture Theatre in our Keppel Street building in London, or join online in zoom webinar: https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/newsevents/events/refiguring-social-health-insurance-poor-kenya
Across the globe, current moves towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) appear to extend ‘the social’. Reviving a language of fairness and social justice, solidarity and human rights, UHC promises to ensure access to quality healthcare for all ‘without financial hardship’. In Africa, moves towards UHC involve experimentation with progressive policies of expanding state responsibility for healthcare and social protection for citizens. However, they also occur amidst continual expansion of private healthcare and growing social inequality. Indeed, UHC can easily be dismissed as a sticking plaster solution that merely reproduces neoliberal forms of governance and healthcare reform, offering minimal forms of financial protection and healthcare for targeted beneficiaries such as ‘the poor’.
Our research aims to move beyond the impasse between endorsement and critique to take seriously the aspirations and interpretations of actors, and the translations and frictions involved in moves towards expanding access to health care for ‘all’. In this vein, Professor Prince’s presentation will follow the Kenyan government’s recent attempts to expand health insurance for its citizens. She draws upon ethnographic research conducted in several periods from 2018 to the present with actors involved in the design and implementation of these schemes, as well as with ordinary Kenyans struggling to access healthcare. In doing so she explores relations between policy design and implementation as actors struggle with a spectrum of complexities, from locating ‘the poor’ to digital registration, to ensuring financial flows and the delivery of medicine.
Ruth Prince is Professor of Medical Anthropology at the University of Oslo. She leads a European Research Council Starting Grant project, ‘Universal Health Coverage and the Public Good in Africa: Anthropological Perspectives’, which explores relations between health care, citizenship and the state, and between formal and informal forms of welfare and social solidarity. She is currently studying Kenya’s experiments with universal health coverage and health insurance markets, social networks of care, and class relations.