Reimagining the Scholarly Conference

To support the range of options, and flexibility needed in our current climate, we will offer a blended conference experience. You do not need to commit either to a place-based or virtual presentation at the time of submission. You can present both ways, or change your mode of the presentation if your preferences change. The choice to participate virtually could also be a moral decision – for the planet, for security, or when the financial burden of travel is too great. We seek to foster spaces that align with principles of social justice and community development -- particularly in difficult times.
We also want to be ready for the possibility of place-based postponement due to COVID-19. If we are forced to postpone, the online engagement will still go ahead, and your registration will allow you to join the conference in person in a later year.
This way we build for our Research Network Members flexible, and at the same time resilient, spaces for communication, engagement, and participation.

Themes and Special Focus

Aging & Social Change: Eleventh Interdisciplinary Conference is a forum for discussion of challenges and opportunities for a rapidly growing segment of the population worldwide. The process of aging is a concern for individuals, families, communities, and nations. The social context of aging provides a rich background for community dialogue on this, one of the critical questions of our time. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries.

Aging & Social Change: Eleventh Interdisciplinary Conference features research addressing the following annual themes and special focus:

  • 2021 Special Focus—Aging Societies: Extended Working Lives and Discrimination Against Older Workers
  • Theme 1: Economic and Demographic Perspectives on Aging
  • Theme 2: Public Policy and Public Perspectives on Aging
  • Theme 3: Medical Perspectives on Aging, Health, Wellness
  • Theme 4: Social and Cultural Perspectives on Aging

Conference Chair

Andreas Motel-Klingebiel

Andreas Motel-Klingebiel

Professor, Ageing and Later Life, Department for Social and Welfare Studies, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden

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