CONF: Care in the Past Conference

seen on the Classicists list (note that the registration date has passed)

Full information on the day, including registration forms, can be found at:

‘Care in the Past: Archaeological and Interdisciplinary Perspectives’

One of the major social challenges faced today is the provision of care for the elderly, the disabled and the young within society, with contemporary debates dominating local, national and global agendas. The importance of the study of care has been recognised by all research councils, resulting in the formation of the cross-council programme on Lifelong Health and Well-Being. Until recently the study of care has been shied away from in archaeological thought. However, cutting-edge research in both archaeology and bioarchaeology has begun generating questions that implicate care, particularly with regards to the social identity of those who required it. Such research, whilst promising, is still incipient, and the ways in which archaeology can contribute to and interact with other disciplines studying historical care have yet to be realised. This one day multidisciplinary conference aims to further this agenda and will cover perspectives on:childhood care, attitudes towards the disabled and elderly, and methods of treatment from across prehistoric and historical contexts.

Sessions will include keynote speeches by:

Session 1 – Childhood – Dr. Mary Lewis (University of Reading)

Session 2 – Disability– Dr. Irina Metzler (Independent Researcher)

Session 3 – Treatment and Care – Dr. Rebecca Gowland (Durham University)

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