May 24 , 2022
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