"Generate" to Generating NANAS: A Working Retreat

 July 25-28, 2013

Hiram College, Hiram, OH

This small-scale working retreat will bring invited participants together to help shape the future of age studies in North America.  The goals of this retreat are to:

  • Serve as the inaugural meeting of “Generate” project collaborators and advisors;
  • Gather a diverse group of scholars interested in advancing humanistic inquiry into aging and connecting practitioners of age studies with practitioners from multiple other disciplines;
  • Review key moments and avenues of successful connection between diverse practitioners of age studies (particular scholarly efforts and publications, organizations/conferences, grants, etc.);
  • Determine the needs, constituencies, and organizational possibilities for the newly formed North American Network of Aging Studies;
  • Collaborate on finding revenue streams and organizational support for NANAS; and, in particular
  • Begin the initial draft of a collaboratively proposed NIA R24 grant.

The motivation for the retreat arises from a few particular initiatives.  In 2010, thanks in large part to a grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, the European Network of Aging Studies (ENAS) was formed to bring together an interdisciplinary group of aging studies scholars that included strong representation from humanities scholars.  Many of the North American participants of the ENAS’s landmark inaugural conference in Maastricht on October 6-9, 2011 expressed the desire for a North American equivalent of ENAS.  In December of 2012, thirty age studies scholars from across the humanities, social sciences and medical sciences collaborated on submitting a grant to the NEH titled “Generate: Seeding the Future of North American Age Studies.”  This grant, if funded, will provide opportunities for scholarly exchange and collaborative publications; even if not funded, the grant has provided valuable momentum for organizing our interests.   In January of 2013 at a meeting sponsored by ENAS following the Modern Language Association Conference in Boston, the North American Network of Aging Studies (NANAS) was officially launched.  It is now time to solidify what this organization will do, where it will be housed, and how its activities will be funded.

This is where the summer retreat at Hiram comes in.  Hiram’s Center for Literature and Medicine has a long tradition of bringing together emerging and established scholars and practitioners for intensive summer seminars and workshops that cross disciplinary and professional boundaries.  While many of our summer seminars are open to the public, this summer’s working retreat will be by invitation only and will provide an intimate gathering focused on rich, polyvocal conversation and action-oriented planning.  If you are interested in actively participating in the building of NANAS, we hope you will join us in July.  (We hope you will also mark your calendars for our 2014 Summer Seminar on “Age and Ability.”  Open to a wide public constituency, this seminar will focus on increasing dialogue between the aging studies and disability studies communities and exploring practical interventions to decrease ageism and ableism among healthcare practitioners and within education.)

For this summer’s retreat, Hiram has committed to funding the lodging and meals for the participants of the “Generate” grant.  Additional working scholars and partners are very much encouraged to join the retreat; Hiram will subsidize a portion of their meals and accommodations. Hiram is unable to support travel expenses for any participants.Please follow the links below for more information about the logistics of costs, lodging and travel, the retreat schedule, etc. 

We ask that all interested participants please register via the link below by April 30th, 2013.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact Erin Lamb at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (330) 569-6139. 


Schedule of Events


Registration Application:  Registration Deadline: April 30, 2013

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