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Call for Abstracts: Home futures: towards a critical feminist geography of housing, ageing and health CFP- RGS-IBG Annual Conference

Event Type: National Conference
Location: London
Dates: 29 August 2017 - 01 September 2017
Contact Email: mailto:M.FernandezA@lancaster.ac.uk

Home futures: towards a critical feminist geography of housing, ageing and health CFP- RGS-IBG Annual Conference, 29 Aug.- 1 Sept., London

Session Sponsored by the Geographies of Health and Wellbeing Research Group (GHWRG)

Session conveners: Melissa Fernández Arrigoitia (Lancaster University), Sheila Peace (Open University) and Karen West (Aston University)

Home is a complex topic: a social, physical and emotional environment supportive of personal identity that may mitigate isolation and loneliness associated with significant physical and mental health risks in older age. As societies around the world face unprecedented social, economic and political pressures alongside socio-demographic transformations, housing models are evolving and some are proposing citizen-led innovations in social and material design that challenge mainstream ways of doing/living, including women-only senior groups. By providing alternatives to traditional housing development practices and to living alone, these modes of action and living may enhance individual and collective well-being while ageing in place by facilitating forms of mutual-care and companionship alongside independence, empowerment and engagement. They may also generate new power asymetries or exclusions. These developments are not limited to the Global North and span a range of spatial scales and cultural practices. The critical theoretical and empirical questions they raise are only beginning to be explored- and in this session, we want to bring some of these strands of thought together.

Drawing on the growth in both senior and inter-generational cohousing (and other collaborative housing) movements in Europe and internationally, this session is interested in how different groups of people, including women-only groups, might actively decolonize housing and ageing knowledges by taking matters of personal and collective concern over the future of residential environments into their own hands. We are interested in the ways in which alternative arrangements of home space and performances of age might disrupt, (and/or reproduce) hegemonic understandings of needs in relation to housing, health and wellbeing in later life.

The ‘Home’ can include socio-technical, material, psychosocial, emotional and geo-political approaches. We welcome contributions that draw from or work at the intersections of: human geographical approaches to practices, conceptualizations and meanings of urban home futures; psychosocial approaches to ageing and homes; feminist and STS-approaches to care, mutual-aid and social reproduction in/through home; socio-material approaches to environmental gerontology, health and well-being; and feminist geopolitics of the home. Themes may include (but are not limited to):

-alternative housing, care practices and visions

-age and home futures

-emotional and/or feminist geographies of the home

-socio-spatial approaches to loneliness and companionship

-temporal dimensions of morale and well being

-design, co-design and material home cultures

-psycho-social and biopsychosocial methodologies

-critical home and ageing methods

-participatory research methodologies

Following the conference, we are looking to produce a special issue on this topic. Please indicate in your email whether you would be interested in this.

Abstracts of 300 words should be submitted by Wednesday 8th February 2017 to Melissa Fernandez at: M.FernandezA@lancaster.ac.uk