Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Treatment and Wellbeing in an Ageing Society

14 March 2019, 9:30 am–5:30 pm


'Treatment and Wellbeing in an Ageing Society: Disciplinary intersections between Literature, Art and Health' is jointly organized by the Institute of Advanced Studies and Grand Challenges at UCL, and the Niels Bohr Professorship “Uses of Literature: The Social Dimension of Literature” and the Danish Aging Research Center at the University of Southern Denmark.

This event is free.

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Stefano Rossoni, Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen


IAS Forum
Ground floor, South Wing, UCL
United Kingdom

This symposium brings together researchers from multiple disciplines including Public Health, Biosciences, Art and Literature. Gathering cross-disciplinary knowledge, the symposium will explore the differing, but cross-fertilizing meanings pertaining to disciplinary understandings of treatment and the challenges related to wellbeing in ageing societies.

Funded by IAS, Grand Challenges Human Wellbeing and SELCS.


  • 9.30 Coffee welcome and introductions
  • 10.00-11.15: “The last years of life: Health, treatment and wellbeing”Kaare Christensen, Jens Søndergaard and Frans Boch Waldorff (SDU Danish Aging Research Center)Chair: Sonu Shamdasani (UCL Health Humanities)Respondent: Gill Livingston (UCL Psychiatry)
  • 11.15 – 12.00: “How museums can help those who are lonely and at risk of isolation”Helen Chatterjee (UCL Biosciences)
  • 12.00 – 12.15: Coffee & Exhibition
  • 12.15 – 13.00: Exhibition & talk: “Measuring wellbeing creatively. Co-production of a non-verbal wellbeing Measure”Jo Volley (UCL Slade School of Fine Art) and Nir Segal (UCL Slade School of Fine Art). Exhibition at Mezzanine in IAS Forum and presentation of tool-kit
  • 13.0013.45: Lunch
  • 13.45 – 15.15: Panel presentations: Ageing (in) humanities: Literature, old age and wellbeing. Chair: James Wilson (UCL Philosophy. Adina Stroia (UCL French/IMLR) - 'Impersonating Age: Breaking Down the (In)Visible Older Woman'Stefano Rossoni (UCL Comparative Literature) – ‘“Old Age is a Massacre”: Treatment/s of the Male Ageing Body’Peter Simonsen (SDU Literature): ”When I am an Old Woman: Hedonism and Its Discontents”Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen (UCL Scandinavian): “Henry James's Terminations”
  • 15.15: Coffee break
  • 15:30 – 16:15: Uses of literature: Narrative Medicine and Human Health at SDUAnne-Marie Mai (SDU Literature)
  • 16.15 – 17.00 : Open roundup debate
  • 17.00 – 17.30 : Reception