We are a friendly and informal international network of academics and researchers with a shared interest in critical approaches to dementia. We welcome anyone who wishes to explore critical thinking and perspectives in dementia studies. In particular, our focus is on the ‘critical turn’ in related fields such as disability, feminism, post-colonial studies, queer studies etc. and how these fields might offer the potential for fresh and alternative approaches to dementia – theoretically, methodologically and empirically.
The network was launched in 2018 through a series of workshops to explore relevant ideas and approaches to the emerging field of critical dementia studies. Since its inception the network has been hosting several seminars and workshops. The aim is to promote interdisciplinary sharing and debate via the network, working towards jointly written publications, co-organised events and collaborative research. The network has also resulted in the book series Dementia in Critical Dialogue published by Routledge. The first volume in the series Critical Dementia Studies: An Introduction was published in March 2023.
The network is open to anyone with an interest in joining us. Step one is to sign up for the network on this website. Please submit a short 2-3 line bio, details of your affiliation and areas of interest/expertise. Step two, register relevant publications or other outputs produced by you on the resources page.
Activities of the network have been kindly sponsored by the Swedish research council for Health, Working life and Welfare and Riksbankens jubileumsfond.