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International Conference on "Aging And Social Change In Africa"

 June 15 - 17, 2006 Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

The Gerontology Institute at Georgia State University, which is in its third year of a gerontology education and research partnership with Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya, collaborated with the Association for Anthropology and Gerontology (AAGE) to sponsor an international conference on "Aging and Social Change in Africa", in conjunction with AAGE’s Fifth Annual Meeting.

Conference Goals:

1) To create opportunities for national and international networking among scholars and students interested in African aging.

2) To provide a forum for dissemination of findings of African aging research.

3) To expose American gerontology researchers and students to aging issues in the developing countries of Africa.

4) To encourage more interdisciplinary, collaborative research efforts between U.S. and African scholars on topics of aging.

5) To provide a forum for students and post-docs to present their work and obtain feedback in the AAGE Conference Mentoring Workshop.


Leading African and U.S. gerontologists who have conducted aging research in Africa, including:

Monica Ferreira (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
Nana Apt (Ashesi University, Ghana)
Maria Cattell (The Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago)
Richard Douglass (Eastern Michigan University)
Barry Gurland (Columbia University)
Gillian Ice (Ohio University)
Sinfree Makoni (Penn State University)
Brenda McGadney-Douglass (University of Toledo)
For the Conference Program, click here.

Pfizer, Inc. Sponsors Students for Aging and Social Change in Africa Conference
The Gerontology Institute is pleased to welcome Pfizer, Inc. as a sponsor of the Student Paper Mentoring Session at the Aging and Social Change in Africa Conference, June 15-17, 2006. Pfizer provided scholarships to students who presented at the conference. The Student Paper Mentoring session is a regular feature of the Annual Meeting of the Association for Anthropology and Gerontology, the co-hosts of the June conference. Students had an opportunity to present papers on any topic of ethnicity and aging and receive instant critique and feedback from conference speakers and scholars.