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Prof.dr. Aagje Swinnen

Aagje Swinnen
Position

Bijzonder hoogleraar International Humanism and the Art of Living namens Stichting Socrates

English biography

Aagje Swinnen holds a PhD in literary studies from Ghent University, Belgium (cf. Het slot ontvlucht, 2006). She joined the Center for Gender and Diversity of Maastricht University in 2006 when she was awarded a Veni postdoctoral fellowship from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).

In 2010, she has been granted tenure as Assistant Professor. Originally trained as a literary scholar, Swinnen has broadened the scope of her research to cultural studies of aging, focusing on the workings of age ideologies and the intersection of age and other markers of social difference in a wide variety of cultural texts, such as photography and film.

She has published in journals, such as The Gerontologist, Dementia, Journal of Aging Studies, and International Journal of Ageing and Later Life, and co-edited the volumes Popularizing Dementia (with M. Schweda, 2015), Aging, Performance, and Stardom (with J.A. Stotesbury, 2012) and Seksualiteit van ouderen (2011). 

Swinnen advocates the integration of social sciences and humanities approaches in the study of aging and later life. This is, for instance, illustrated by her project on poetry and storytelling interventions in person-centred dementia care (“Poëzie- en verhalenkabinet,” subsidized by the Dutch Cultural Participation Fund in collaboration with Van Eyck Academy, 2015). 

Committed to stimulate dialogue among disciplines, Swinnen is co-founder and current vice-chair of the European Network in Aging Studies (established with support of NWO in the program Internationalization in the Humanities) as well as co-editor of the journal Age, Culture, Humanities, published by the Athenaeum Press of Coastal Carolina University. Since October 2016, Swinnen holds the position of Socrates Endowed Chair International Humanism and the Art of Living at the University of Humanistic Studies in Utrecht.

Research

Swinnen zal de leerstoel International Humanism and the Art of Living invullen met verder onderzoek naar creativiteit op latere leeftijd in relatie tot levenskunst vanuit diverse invalshoeken: hoe de kunsten ons kunnen inspireren om op creatieve manieren om te gaan met negatieve stereotiepe betekenismodellen van ouder worden, de manier waarop professionele kunstenaars creativiteit in de latere fasen in hun carrière ervaren en de deconstructie van de wijze waarop creativiteit wordt ingezet in het culturele dictaat om “succesvol” ouder te worden.

Selection of publications

Swinnen heeft gepubliceerd in tijdschriften zoals Journal of Aging Studies, The Gerontologist, Dementia en International Journal of Ageing and Later Life. Ze heeft o.a. de bundels Aging, Performance, and Stardom: Doing Age on the Stage of Popular Culture (met J.S Stotesbury, 2012) en Popularizing Dementia: Public Expressions and Representations of Forgetfulness (met Mark Schweda, 2015) samengesteld. 

In het kader van het NWO-programma Internationalisering Geesteswetenschappen heeft ze het European Network in Aging Studies (ENAS) opgericht waarvan ze momenteel vice-voorzitter is. ENAS werd ingewijd met de conferentie Theorizing Age: Challenging the Disciplines in Maastricht in 2011. 

Swinnen is ook co-editor van het tijdschrift Age, Culture, Humanities: An Interdisciplinary Journal, gepubliceerd door de Athenaeum Press van Coastal Carolina University.


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Ancillary activities

In het kader van het NWO-programma Internationalisering Geesteswetenschappen heeft Swinnen het European Network in Aging Studies (ENAS) opgericht waarvan ze momenteel vice-voorzitter is. 

Swinnen is co-editor van het tijdschrift Age, Culture, Humanities: An Interdisciplinary Journal, gepubliceerd door de Athenaeum Press van Coastal Carolina University.