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Ageing in the Anthropocene: doing and undoing the anthropology of ageing in an era of planetary changes 
Cristina Douglas (University of Aberdeen)
Cathrine Degnen (Newcastle University, UK)
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Thursday 18 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

This panel aims to understand how ageing is experienced and shaped by more-than-human creatures and entities, and by planetary changes. We invite reflections on how ageing adds to efforts of decolonising anthropology, ageing studies, and to a critique of the Anthropocene.

Long Abstract:

Despite a more-than-human turn over the last decades, anthropological studies of ageing remain, despite their analytical finesse, limited to humanistic approaches. However, ageing is not restricted to humans, nor human ageing lived in ecological isolation. Rather, ageing is entangled and shared across life forms, enmeshed in more- and less-than-human webs of being in the world. Moreover, how ageing may be experienced, both in the global South and North, is profoundly shaped by migration, but this is rarely approached in terms of its other-than-human envelopments and unfolding, such as environmental migration or humanitarian crises generated by climate change.

This panel asks: what can an approach that is not limited to the humanistic alone bring to our understanding of how forms of ageing, care, and harm - both human and other-than-human - are enacted as ways of being in the world? How is ageing experienced, as more- and less-than-human, across borders when anthropocenic and humanitarian issues are of concern and people are on the move? How are technological imaginaries shaping ageing processes, both human and other-than-human, at local and planetary levels? What moralities and imaginaries of ageing are mobilised in narratives of a ‘grey tsunami’ and baby boomer generation, seen as entangled with planetary harm? How is ageing imagined and understood otherwise across the global South and North, in more-than-human practices and forms? How can these contribute to efforts of decolonising anthropology in general and anthropology of ageing in particular, and add to a critique of the Anthropocene?

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Session 1 Thursday 18 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Thursday 18 July, 2024, -