The Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW) and Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) invite PhD candidates and ReMa students to register for the Summer School When we get older… – Ideals and Standards of Ageingto take place in Summer 2023.
Erasmus University Rotterdam
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The registration deadline is on August 1st 2023.
About the topic
How do we want to grow old? What standards and ideals of good ageing should be pursued in health care and health policies? These questions are becoming increasingly relevant in the context of ageing societies. A particular challenge is the increase in neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s – both as a societal challenge and as an individual challenge raising questions of one’s own identity and autonomy. In general, ageing is a challenge for our own self-image, our self-ideals, and our ideals of a good life. In this summer school, we will discuss and explore ideals, experiences, and artistic imaginaries of ageing from ethical, phenomenological and interdisciplinary perspectives – with a focus on the aging brain, mental health issues and neurodiversity.
Aim / objective
In this course we will, inter alia, gain a deeper understanding of the following questions:
- What should we accept or value as phenomena of the normal ageing process? What interventions and enhancements shall be made with regard to which aspects of ageing?
- Is there an optimal process of ageing or even the option to overcome ageing at all? To what extent should we try to prevent or slow down ageing?
- What is the relation between physical and cognitive symptoms of ageing and mental health with regard to ideals of ageing well?
- How can we make room for a greater diversity of desires, self-images, and life plans in the process of ageing?
This is a preliminary program. The exact order and titles of the presentations may change.
Tuesday, August 22
13:00 – 13:15 Walk in
13:15 – 13:45 Welcome & Introduction (Katharina Bauer & Maren Wehrle)
13:45 – 15:45 Student introductions & Group Work
15:45-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 -17:30 Lectures & Discussion: Mark Schweda: “A season to everything? The role of life course perspectives in medical ethics”
10:30-12:00 Lecture & Discussion: Rozemarijn van Bruchem-Visser: t.b.a. (ethics in geriatrics)
12:00-13:00 Lunch Break
13:00-16:00 Student Presentations
10:30-12:00 Lecture & Discussion: Maartje Schermer: t.b.a. (Healthy Ageing, anti-ageing)
12:00-13:00 Lunch Break
13:00-16:00 Artistic Explorations with Sijben Rosa
10:30-12:00 Lecture & Discussion: Annemie Halsema: t.b.a. (Simone de Beauvoir on ageing; feminist perspectives)
12:00-13:00 Lunch Break
13:00-14:30 Lecture & Discussion: Marli Huijer: t.b.a. (ageing & the end of life)
14:30- 15:00 Coffee Break
15:00-17:00 Student Presentations / Group Work
10:30-12:00 Final Discussion & Evaluation
Katharina Bauer & Maren Wehrle (Erasmus School of Philosophy)
Key note speakers
Rozemarijn van Bruchem-Visser (Erasmus MC, Geriatrics)
Annemie Halsema (University Leiden, Faculty of Philosophy, Socrates Professor; VU Amsterdam, Faculty of Humanities)
Marli Huijer (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus School of Philosophy)
Sijben Rosa (Visual Artist, https://rosasijben.nl/)
Maartje Schermer (Erasmus MC, Medical Ethics, Philosophy and History of Medicine)
Mark Schweda (School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg)
t.b.a. (Neurlogist / Neuroscientist)
Participants are expected to:
- Do a short interview in preparation of the course.
- Read the assigned literature.
- Prepare questions for each session.
- Actively participate in discussions and group work.
- Give a presentation about their (potential) research project on / specific research interest in the topic of ageing.
- Write a short essay (2000 words) discussing philosophical and artistic explorations of ageing, to be submitted before the end of September.
In preparation of the course:
- we ask you to do a short interview with ‘an older person’ of your own choice (a relative, a friend, a colleague, a neighbour…) about their perception and experience of getting older;
- you will be required to read some introductory papers;
- you are required to prepare a short presentation (10 minutes) about your research project on / research interest in the topic of ageing.
More precise guidelines and questions for the interview, specifications about the presentation as well as the literature and guiding questions for the reading will be sent to you after your registration.
Last updated on February 27, 2023
Certificate / credit points
For this course participants can earn a certificate after successful completion. Please note, however, that the OZSW is not accredited to reward students with credits/ECTS directly. The study load is mentioned on the certificate, which can usually be exchanged for ‘real’ credits (ECTS) at your home university. For more info please see https://www.ozsw.nl/request-certificate/.
The study load for this activity is: 5 ECTS.
The summer school is free for:
- ReMa students who are a member of the OZSW or another research school in Humanities (LOGOS)
- PhD candidates who are a member of the OZSW or another research school in Humanities (LOGOS)
- Postdocs who are a member of the OZSW or another research school in Humanities (LOGOS)
Others pay a tuition fee of 300 euro.
Participants from abroad are welcome, but are themselves responsible for arranging their travel and accommodation.
How to apply / register
Please register for the course through this link here.
If registration has been closed because the maximum amount of participants has been reached, you can submit your name to the waiting list by sending an email to Fenanda Jacobs email@example.com.
Cancellation and registration policy
Katharina Bauer (firstname.lastname@example.org) & Maren Wehrle (email@example.com)