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Registration Open: 11th Annual McDonald Centre Conference

Tuesday, 4 February 2020 - 9:15am

Registration is now open for the forthcoming 11th Annual McDonald Centre Conference, which will take place 28-29 May 2020 at Christ Church, University of Oxford.

The theme of the conference is 'Ageing, Suffering, and Despair: Toward Patience and Hope for Health and Care'. Accordingly, the McDonald Centre, in partnership with the Oxford Institute for Population Ageing and Healthcare Values Partnership, will gather theologians and philosophers for conversation with health and social care researchers and practitioners, from the areas of such as gerontology, community care and palliative care. The conversations about older age will focus on experiences of suffering and despair. 

Although ageing, suffering and despair offer the thematic contours for the conference, further thinking about essential virtues for overcoming despair and the means and practices of hope will be considered, so that health and care might be resourced and public policies, education, and professional practice be re-examined.

Conference plenary speakers include Prof Els van Wijngaarden (University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht) and Prof Fritz de Lange (Protestant Theological University, Groningen). See the conference website for a full list of speakers.

In addition to the conference, pre-conference activities will include a policy workshop and free public lecture that take place on 27 May 2020. The policy workship will focus on ageism, and will include presentations by Prof Liat Ayalon (Bar-Ilan University, Israel), and Dr Alexandre Sidorenko (HelpAge International). The evening public lecture will be delivered by Prof Farr Curlin (Duke University/ Duke Divinity School).

Further information about the conference and related events can be found at the following website:

Please register quickly as space is limited!