Ageing and Gerontology after 1945: Situating the Soviet Case


Thursday 5 December

1.00pm Welcome and Introduction: Aleksandra Brokman with Susan Grant


1.15-2.15pm Keynote 1: Key Issues in Ageing and Gerontology

Chair: Aleksandra Brokman

Susan Pickard (University of Liverpool)


2.15-2.45pm Refreshments


2.45-4.00pm Panel 1: International Comparisons: Germany and the UK

Chair: Botakoz Kassymbekova (LJMU)

James Chappel (Duke University), Socialist and Capitalist Styles of Aging in Post-war Germany

Pat Thane (Birkbeck, London), Ageing and Gerontology in the UK after 1945

Disc: Dina Fainberg (City University, London)


Comfort break 4.00-4.15pm


4.15-5.30pm Panel 2: Soviet Gerontology and Geriatrics

Chair: James Crossland

Isaac McKean Scarborough (LJMU), A New Science for an Old(er) Population: Soviet Gerontology and Geriatrics in International Comparative Perspective

Susan Grant (LJMU), Elder Health in the Soviet Union: Developing and Delivering Care through Geriatric Services

Disc: Stephen Lovell (Kings College London)


7pm Dinner  (Damas)


Friday 6 December


9.30-10.30am Keynote 2: The AMN Institute of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Kiev and Soviet Gerontology

Chair: Isaac McKean Scarborough (LJMU)

Victor Kholin (Chebotarev Institute of Gerontology of the National Academy of Medical Science of Ukraine)


10.30-10.45am Refreshments


10.45-12.15pm Panel 3: Older Selves and Female Identities in Russia and Ukraine

Chair: Tom Beaumont

Danielle Chelom Leavitt Quist (Harvard University), The New Soviet Babushka: Popular Perceptions of Elderly Women after Stalin (tbc)

Botakoz Kassymbekova (LJMU), An “egoist” Babushka: Gender, Family Roles and Aging in the Soviet Union

Alissa Klots (University of Pittsburgh), Babii Vek: Women Activists on Aging and Womanhood

Disc: Elena Zdravomyslova (European University St. Petersburg)


12.15-1.30pm Lunch


1.30-3.00 pm Panel 4: Mental Health and Ageing

Chair: James Whitehead

Aleksandra Brokman (LJMU), Protecting Mental Health in Old Age: Soviet Mental Hygiene and Psychoprophylaxis

Claire Hilton, Early years of Mental Health Services for Older People in England, c.1940 – 1970

Andrea Bělehradová (Masaryk University), Mental Health and Sexuality of Ageing Women and Men in Czechoslovakia during State Socialism

Disc: Mira Marcinow (Academy of Sciences, Poland)


3.00-4.00pm Concluding Comments and Discussion

Stephen Lovell (Kings College London)

Elena Zdravomyslova (European University St. Petersburg)

Donald Filtzer (University of East London)

Susan Grant (LJMU)