How to think about ageing: insights from disability theology

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Presented by Michael Mawson

Lectures, talks and seminars

SACS Series - Religious Studies

17th Apr 2019 7:30pm to 17th Apr 2019 9:00pm

Government Buildings Lecture Theatre 1 (GBLT1)

This lecture will reflect upon the relationship between ageing and disability. In particular, it will explore how insights from disability theology can contribute to richer and more concrete accounts of ageing and its associated complexities.

On the one hand, standard disciplinary approaches to ageing (e.g. gerontology and geriatric medicine) have given limited attention to human limits and vulnerability, or at least to how these can be integral to identity and relationality. On the other hand, this concern has been at the heart of recent work in disability theology (e.g. Deborah Creamer and Thomas Reynolds). Accordingly, this lecture will explore the significance of this work for how we understand and respond to ageing.

For more information contact: Geoff Troughton

Speaker Bios

Dr Michael Mawson is Senior Lecturer in Theological Ethics at Aberdeen University. He holds a PhD from the University of Notre Dame and degrees from Victoria University of Wellington. He is the author of Christ Existing as Community: Bonhoeffer’s Ecclesiology (Oxford, 2018) and co-editor (with Philip Ziegler) of the Oxford Handbook of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Oxford, 2019). He is currently working on a new book on ethics and ageing. His wider interests include German theology and philosophy, disability studies, phenomenology, and bioethics.