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'Brown Bag' Social Sciences Seminar


A lunchtime Social Sciences seminar

Start Date

15 Nov 2019 12:00 pm

End Date

15 Nov 2019 1:00 pm


Sandy Bay Social Sciences Room 506. Via video link to Rm L172, School of Social Sciences, Newnham campus, and Rm A119, Cradle Coast campus

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The Expression of Ageing through Modern Dance: A Review of the Literature

Christine Robertson

Embodiment perspectives are imperative to understanding the experience of ageing. The ageing body is integral to the social life of all humans, and all older adults experience culturally constructed representations of ageing in and through their bodies. The dominant narratives of ageing permeate society with negative stereotypes of the older body as declining, homogenised and ‘unwatchable’. These social constructions of ageing reinforce ageist attitudes, behaviours and policies that devalue and stigmatise older bodies. Despite the universality of the embodied ageing process and its associated implications, ageing embodiment remains understudied in sociology. A significant shortfall exists in subjective understandings of how older adults embody the social constructions of ageing. This review examines the current literature on embodiment and ageing—with a specific focus on older bodies and dance—to consider the embodied experiences and performances of older adults; and their perceived capacity for performing, renegotiating or circumventing the socially constructed norms and stereotypes of ageing through their dancing bodies.

'Brown Bag' is a series of lunchtime seminars held at the University of Tasmania. Hosted by Professor Can Seng Ooi (Cultural and Heritage Tourism, School of Social Sciences), Dr Susan Banks, (Senior research Fellow, Institute for the Study of Social Change) and Gerry Smith (PhD candidate, School of Social Sciences), it is a friendly space where academics may present their research to their colleagues and friends, and engage one another in cross-disciplinary discussions. The seminars are open to everyone, including from outside the School of Social Sciences.

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This free seminar series is presented by the School of Social Sciences and the Institute for the Study of Social Change. All welcome. Feel free to bring your lunch.