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THE BODY AND SOCIETY – BRITISH SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION

BSA Ageing, Body and Society STUDY GROUP 5TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE: Critical Perspectives, Future Challenges

Friday July 6th 2012

The British Library Conference Centre, London

Keynote Address: Professor Barb Marshall (Trent University, Canada) who will speak on: ‘Ageing, Embodiment and Corporeality: Lessons for the Sociology of the Body’

Plenary Panel including: Professor Toni Calasanti (Virginia Tech, USA); Professor Paul Higgs (UCL, UK); Professor Chris Phillipson (Keele University, UK); and Professor Julia Twigg (University of Kent, UK)

Call for Abstracts and Invitation to Delegates

During the last five years our study group has been exploring the social, cultural and biological dimensions of our bodies as we grow older.  For our fifth annual conference we wish to take the opportunity to review our progress and debate and consider our future challenges. In particular, this one day conference seeks to bring together academics and researchers whose work focuses on ageing bodies or wish to widen their interests by exploring the embodied dimensions of their research.  We encourage researchers to share their perspectives on ‘ageing, body and society’ and welcome abstracts on different theoretical and methodological approaches, emergent ideas, work in progress, practitioner perspectives, and empirical findings.

We therefore invite abstracts for presentations that will be 15-20 minutes in length.

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted by Friday 20 April 2012 online at: http://bsas.esithosting.co.uk/public/abstract/Abstracts.aspx

Participants will be informed of the acceptance of their paper before the end of May 2012.

Further information: www.britsoc.co.uk/events/ageing

Abstract submission: http://bsas.esithosting.co.uk/public/abstract/Abstracts.aspx

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The Man in Black

THE COMING OF THE BODY

NEW TITLE FROM VERSO: The Coming of the Body

By HERVE JUVIN

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“After gods, after revolutions, after financial markets, the body is becoming our truth system. It alone endures, it alone remains.” Herve Juvin

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This startling book argues that scientific developments are redefining what it means to be human. Though we live longer than ever before, we are increasingly obsessed with youth and longevity, and increasingly disconnected from suffering, need and time. In the process, are we losing our morality?

The human lifespan has tripled in the last two centuries, ushering in a new kind of humanity which places the body at its centre. In the West, money, technology and medicine combine to deliver the body from war, suffering, death and religion. Even as state and global institutions crumble, this emergent body no longer struggles or resists.

The new body is rendered immune and newly resistant to the ravages of time, nature and capital. An emergent ‘industry of life’—from diets and plastic surgery to sex-free reproduction and virtual reality—further seeks to liberate the body from its biological functions.

Newly translated into English, THE COMING OF THE BODY weaves together a rich variety of sources to paint a cogent, if chilling, picture of this new paradigm. Technological advancement couples with demographic shifts to bring about a sweeping change in social relations. Adult adolescence becomes increasingly protracted and a new ethics of desire begins to emerge. Unabashedly hedonistic, the body becomes a machine of desire that eschews family, state and nation in favour of individual health, security and pleasure. In a society governed by contracts rather than ethical ties, money replaces traditional morals, fidelity and family in an insatiable quest for eternal youth.

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Praise for THE COMING OF THE BODY:

“Mr. Juvin’s book is being read attentively by philosophers and politicians, because it warns that pretty much all the values we consider human or humanist are collapsing…If we accept Mr. Juvin’s argument, the trinity of western ideals (‘liberty, equality, fraternity’) is in the course of being replaced by another one (‘health, security, pleasure’).” Christopher Caldwell, Financial Times

“Juvin’s central message is a sinister paradox: what communism set out to do, and disastrously failed to achieve, capitalism is in the process of realizing—the discredited messianic goal of reinventing humanity.” Perry Anderson, New Left Review

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HERVE JUVIN is President and founder of the Eurogroup Institute and is the author of a number of books on economics, finance, and management. He was a columnist for LE MONDE and now regularly contributes to L’EXPANSION and ENJEUX LES ECHOS.

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ISBN: 978 1 84467 310 0 / $27.95 / £14.99 / CAN$31.00 / Hardback / 188 Pages

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For more information visit: http://www.versobooks.com/books/ghij/ij-titles/juvin_h_coming_of_the_body.shtml

To buy the book in the UK : http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/book/9781844673100/The-Coming-of-the-Body

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http://www.amazon.co.uk/Coming-Body-Herve-Juvin/dp/1844673103/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1283790998&sr=8-3

To buy the book in the US : http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Body-Herv%C3%A9-Juvin/dp/1844673103/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1283791027&sr=8-1

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Ageing?

FUTURES OF AGEING: SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND THE BODY

Monday July 19th at the British Library, London

We are delighted to announce the programme for our annual one day conference ‘Futures of Ageing: Science, Technology and the Body’ on Monday July 19th at the British Library, London.

In particular, we are delighted to present an excellent, dynamic and inter/national line up of keynotes, plenary papers, concurrent paper session, and posters. This includes:

Keynote address:

Professor Simon Williams (University of Warwick) ””Boosting the Brain?” Neuroculture, Active Ageing and Cognitive Decline’

Plenary papers:

Prof Joanna Latimer (Cardiff University) Intimations of (Im)mortality: how aging scientists debate the relation between the normal, the natural and the pathological.

Prof Paul Higgs (University  College London); Prof Ian Rees Jones (Bangor University) ‘Anti-Anti-Ageing’, progressive critique or conservative metaphysics?

Prof Stephen Katz (Trent University, Canada) Embodied Memory: Ageing, Neuroculture and the Genealogy of Mind

Prof Chris Gilleard; Prof Paul Higgs (University College London) Refusing to face the future?  Developments and tensions in the discourses of anti-aging surgery.

Plenary panel: Technogenarians: Studying Health and Illness through an Aging, Science, and Technology Lens

Professor Barb Marshall (Trent University, Canada);

Louis Neven (University of Twente);

Dr Katie Brittain (Newcastle University, UK)

Chairs: Dr Kelly Joyce (College of William and Mary, USA) and Dr Meika Loe (Colgate University, USA)

We also have a wine reception sponsored by Wiley Blackwell and launch of the latest Sociology of Health and Illness monograph Technogenarians: Studying Health and Illness through an Aging, Science, and Technology Lens

We very much hope you will join us for this exciting day of debate and discussion. 

We invite delegates to participate in this exciting area of study and if you wish to attend or hear more about the conference, please contact the British Sociological Association conference office at conference@britsoc.org.uk or alternatively download a booking form from http://www.britsoc.co.uk/events/ageing

We hope to see you all soon! b/w Wendy and Julia, co-convenors

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