HISTORIES OF HEALTHY AGEING, International conference, University of Groningen, 21–23 June 2017

As Western populations grow increasingly older, healthy ageing is presented as one of today’s greatest medical and societal challenges. However, contrary to what many policy makers want us to believe, the aspiration to live long, healthy and happy lives is not a problem specific to our times. On the contrary, successful ageing has a long history. The conference Histories of Healthy Ageing questions concepts and (medical) practices related to health, happiness and longevity.

Many speakers at the conference, such Siglinde Clementi, Fabrizio Bigotti and Sarah Toulalan, focus on health, old age and longevity in the 17th century.

During the conference the exhibition Gelukkig Gezond! Histories of Healthy Ageing – on the history of the six Hippocratic non-naturals – officially opens at the Groningen University Museum.

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Call for Papers: Literature without Frontiers?

Next year (9-10 February, 2018) a conference will be organised at Ghent University  about perspectives for a transnational literary history of the Low Countries. This conference – Literature without Frontiers? – aims to bring together a number of telling examples that advocate a transnational perspective for the construction and writing of the literary history (histories?) of the Low Countries in the period 1200-1800. We invite scholars of the periods involved to address case studies (authors, texts, translations, mechanisms of textual production, motifs, tropes, genres) that on account of their ‘transnational’ character have fallen outside the scope of the current attempts of literary historiography.

Proposals for a thirty-minute presentation are expected soon, by June 1st, 2017. For more details, see the complete call for papers.