Age03
Tracking age in a transforming world

Convenors:
Gabriella Nilsson (Lund University)
Sandra Hillén (University of Gothenburg)
Stream:
Age
Location:
Aula 10
Start time:
17 April, 2019 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

From a perspective of critical age studies, this panel wishes to create a platform where the various meanings and implications of age are made transparent; that reflects on the transformations of what is expected, desired and predicted in different stages of life, in different cultural contexts.

Long abstract:

The demographic challenges of an ageing world put meanings, functions and consequences of age in the limelight. In most countries, age is an attractive tool for governmental practice. A broad spectrum of civil rights and obligations, resources and responsibilities, are tied to different ages, in various ways enabling and limiting the lives of the citizens. However, age is also a concept charged with different cultural meanings depending on the social and historical context. In times of welfare challenges the historical and cultural motivation for a certain age limit is sometimes made visible, and age norms problematized and questioned. Age and age categorizations are central parameters in many research fields and academic disciplines; however the meanings of age are not always explicitly addressed as the main interest, or as a more general matter. Sought with this panel is a platform where the various meanings and implications of age are made transparent; that reflects on the transformations of what is expected, desired and predicted in different stages of life, and what is not. We invite papers that, from a broad spectra of empirical angles, address and problematize narratives, norms, practices, power relations, embodiments and materialisations of age in a transforming world. How are different ages done, perceived, categorized and valued through time and space, in different environments and situations. Hereby the panel wishes to elaborate a perspective on age that is both politically and scholarly significant, as well as to strengthen the internationally growing theoretical field of critical age studies.