The panel is supposed to present results of ethnographic research on the body in different stages of life as it is reflected in social norms and conventions, narratives, and multiply visions of the globalized world.
Conceptions of the body are central to anthropological and ethnological research, where they affect both theory and methodology; they are also important to folklore studies, where the body appears as a significant aspect of folklore expressions and various forms of tradition. In the recent decades social scholars tend to consider the body as a physical as well as symbolic artefact, as both naturally and culturally conceived, and as a product of particular historical situation. Thus the body in different phases of life is linked to times past and present, as well as to materialization of utopian imaginations. It is a central issue in expressive culture and everyday practices in numerous spheres: the body invariably appears in social norms and social structure, rituals, religious beliefs, people's motivations, emotional experience, political context, gender stratification, marriage and partnership, mass media representations, and many other aspects of culture. We would like to invite scholars from the fields of anthropology, ethnology, folkloristics, and related disciplines to present their research results on the body and age, as they are reflected in three main areas: social norms and conventions, narratives, and multiply visions of the globalized world.