Days of paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters, and colloquia.
Delegates from all over the world who attended the Aging and Society: Sixth Interdisciplinary Conference.
The aging of societies is a global social megatrend, but it differs between societies in reasons, timing, and extent as well as in potential consequences and societal responses. Moreover, it is related to profound social change. Long-term changes in political, economic, and institutional conditions due to international integration and globalized competition between societies, recurring economic and political crises, as well as shifts in national and international social policies all contribute in transforming social and demographic structures as well as people’s lives, and vice versa. Current societies tend to be more diverse and unequal while life-courses show increasing plurality, rising inhomogeneity, and a previously unknown mobility. Shifts in prerequisites and trajectories of later life are a major consequence: new cohorts of older people exhibit previously unwitnessed diversity due to different life experiences and increasingly diverse ethnic background, display extended potentials, and face new risks.
Aging research must deal with these highly complex issues of social development and institutional change in dynamic times on the one hand, as well as with the individual lives embedded into them on the other. In doing so, aging research needs to integrate a variety of fields, such as research on welfare systems, demographic developments, socio-economic and health-economic issues, families and social networks, health, migration, work and retirement, as well as social structure and social inequality. This means putting a focus on proper micro-macro integration, which leads to issues of time and the life-course concept, as well as to the relation of social change and individual agency. Current policy topics like welfare state retrenchment, economic crises, and international con ict would also be put on the agenda. The issue of ageism, age discrimination, and age stereotypes may serve as a key example for such approaches. Against this backdrop, we invite you to share your ideas and proposals as well as theoretical and empirical approaches on aging, life-courses, and social change at the 2016 conference.
Andreas Motel-Klingebiel is professor in Ageing and Later Life at Linköping University, Sweden. Since 2016 Prof. Motel-Klingebiel serves as Institute Director of the National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life (NISAL). Before accepting the chair in Sweden, he served as Head of Research and Deputy Institute Director at the German Centre of Gerontology (DZA) in Berlin, where he was serving among other positions as the director of the Germany Ageing Survey for many years. His research and teaching focusses on the interaction between societal institutions and individual ageing with an emphasis on the perspective of life-courses and social change in a national and international comparative perspective. Within this main framework, thematic interests cover issues of ageing and families, migration and socio-economic conditions as well as social inequality and exclusion.
Annika Taghizadeh Larsson is senior lecturer in Ageing and Later Life at Linköping University, Sweden, and serves as Head of Unit of the National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life (NISAL). Her research mainly comprises questions at the intersection of social gerontology and disability studies. She has been part of pioneering research at NISAL exploring the lives and ageing of people with early onset disabilities from a life course perspective. Currently, she is doing research on how the conditions for citizens with dementia to practice their citizenship is regarded and realized, and is a core member of an international network on dementia and citizenship. Apart from teaching and coordinating doctoral student courses at NISAL, she works in the undergraduate and master program in social work at Linkoping University and is a board member of the Swedish National Graduate School for Competitive Science on Ageing and Health.
The Aging and Society: Sixth Interdisciplinary Conference featured plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field.
For each conference, a small number of Graduate Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students who have an active academic interest in the conference area. The Award with its accompanying responsibilities provides a strong professional development opportunity for graduate students at this stage in their academic careers. The 2016 Graduate Scholar Awardees are listed below.
Linköping University, Norrköping, Sweden
Virtual Posters present preliminary results of work or projects that lend themselves to visual representations. View the poster session through the link below.
Lightning talks are 5-minute "flash" video presentations. Visit our YouTube channel through the button below to view the lightning talks.