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CfP: Arts of Caring, Arts of Knowing: Dementia workshop, 19-20 September 2019, Copenhagen

Please find details of a workshop on Dementia that we are organizing here in
Copenhagen this September below and attached. Please share widely with anyone
who might be interested. Thank you!


Arts of Caring, Arts of Knowing

A workshop on
Dementia and Knowledge Practices

19-20 September 2019, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


Prof. Janelle
Department of Anthropology, University of Washington

Prof. Annette
Leibing, Faculty of Nursing, University of Montreal

Dementia is often portrayed as the emblematic figure of morbid living in one's
later years, entailing "substantial human costs to countries, societies,
families and individuals" (WHO, 2017). Despite many ongoing efforts to
prevent, manage, and cure dementia through biomedical means, dementia remains
as a condition that is to be endured and lived with/through. At the same time,
we are observing the flourishing of different forms of knowledges about living
with dementia and creative engagements with dementia that aim to improve what
might be called "qualities of life" of people that are affected by dementia.
The notion of quality of life is also constantly challenged, negotiated, and
rethought in these knowledge practices. As such, dementia offers us generative
opportunities to renew our attention to the ways we know, care, and live,
thereby revitalizing critical, imaginative and creative engagements with
people with dementia.

Whereas the dominant discourse considers dementia as an irreversible loss of
personhood, people with dementia and their carers strive to seek new
possibilities of living differently with dementia. Putting together rich
empirical researches in dementia care, the workshop Arts of Caring, Arts of
Knowing: Dementia and Knowledge Practices aims to explore the generative
potentials of dementia that urge and inspire us to rethink, imagine, tweak,
improvise our ways of knowing, caring, and living as well as our analytic
concepts and methods in humanities and social sciences.

The two-day workshop challenges the prevalent imaginaries about dementia in
particular and older age in general that are shaped in specific
politico-economic and socio-cultural contexts, not least since these make it
difficult for us to creatively imagine and engage with the life with/in
dementia. We invite participants from diverse disciplines who are documenting
and producing alternative discourses, practices, and imaginaries about
dementia, and asking questions about what it means, is and takes to live a
"good" life as humans. We hope the workshop to be a venue for conceptual,
practical, and methodological innovations in dementia and dementia care
throughout the world.

We seek papers that engage with the following questions, but not limited to:

Everyday experiments in dementia care both in informal and formal care
Production and circulation of caregiver knowledge on dementia care
Relationships between biomedical knowledge and caregiver knowledge on
Mattering of "quality of life" of people with dementia and their carers in
different contexts
Historical changes in dementia-related policies and their ethical and
political implications
Innovative and creative engagements with dementia

If you are interested, please submit an abstract (250 words max.) including
3-5 keywords and a paper title to Jieun Lee
( and Laura Louise Heinsen
( by May 1, 2019. Due to space
limitations, selected participants will be notified by mid-May, 2019.
Participants will be asked to submit a short paper by the end of August, which
will then be circulated among participants and discussed during the workshop.
The workshop will take place in September 19-20, 2019 in Copenhagen.

The workshop is a part of the ERC funded project "The Vitality of Disease -
Quality of Life in the Making" (

Ayo Wahlberg
Professor MSO

Department of Anthropology
University of Copenhagen
ster Farimagsgade 5
1353 Copenhagen K
TEL +45 35 32 44 51
Latest publications: Good Quality - the Routinization of Sperm Banking in
Selective Reproduction in the 21st


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