Call for papers for AAG 2014: Researching the lifecourse: time, space and mobilities

The focus of this session is the exploration of lived experience from a lifecourse perspective, which refers to a multidisciplinary paradigm for the study of people's lives, structural contexts, and social change. This approach encompasses ideas and observations from an array of disciplines, and directs attention to the powerful connection between individual lives and the spatial, historical and socioeconomic context in which these lives unfold.
We aim to stimulate discussion with a particular emphasis on questions of time, space and mobilities and the lifecourse. We invite papers from researchers who use a range of methodological approaches to study the lifecourse.  To date most lifecourse research (and publications) has had a particular focus on demographic ageing.  We welcome papers that cover the lifecourse, with a focus on childhood, adulthood and/or older age.

In particular, we are interested in a papers that
  • Represent the diversity of lifecourse methodologies in the social sciences
  • Consider epistemology-how different knowledge claims are connected to our research practices (Consideration of how we understand different aspects of lifecourse research through different research approaches)
  • How different theoretical frameworks/positionality affects the research process
  • Acknowledge and discuss the 'messiness' of social science research-examining the challenges of designing research, focusing on how authors worked through methodological issues-reflexive accounts of the process of lifecourse research, including a focus on ethical issues

Please send an abstract of 250 words to Irene Hardill ( or Nancy Worth ( by October 15, 2013.  More information about the conference is available at

Organizers: Irene Hardill (Northumbria University) and Nancy Worth (McMaster University)
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