Dear „Ageing in Europe“ Members and Associates,
herewith we would like to draw your attention to the call for papers of our Research Network (RN01) at the upcoming European Sociological Association Conference in Manchester from August 20-23, 2019.
As in the previous years, we have a **general call** for papers aimed at all topics in the field of ageing research.
In addition, we have also created four **joint sessions** with other ESA Networks with specific thematic foci.
RN01 will also host a **Semi-Plenary**, i.e. a 90 minute session with two longer presentations of keynote character in between the regular sessions.
Please find details for all three types of sessions below; you may also find these in the overall conference programme at
All three types of sessions are open for abstract submissions until February 1, 2019.
You can find further details at the following webpage where you can also start the submission process: https://www.europeansociology.org/abstract-submission-now-open
As always, we would warmly welcome abstracts submissions for all types of ageing-related sociological research and especially encourage young researchers to share their research in Manchester. In case of any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Kind regards & seasons’s greetings on behalf of the RN01 board!
1. General Call
Population ageing creates new societal compositions, implying new challenges and/or opportunities. Questions about various issues – such as the design of intergenerational relations, the organisation of (health) care or the arrangement of work and retirement transitions - have shaped controversial public and political debates. On a cultural level, previously fixed definitions and meanings of age are increasingly in flux. Yet, from a sociological perspective, it is vital to keep in mind that such changes and transformations often do not reflect uniform process but rather change old and create new inequalities within and between European countries.
Against this background, at the 14th conference of the European Sociological Association in Manchester in 2019, the Research Network will again hold sessions that focus on empirical, theoretical and conceptual aspects of ageing. These sessions will allow for the continuation of ongoing discussions and the development of new themes, based within and beyond the conference topic: "Europe and Beyond: Barriers, Boundaries and Belonging”.
Papers are invited for the following thematic areas:
• Theories of Age and Ageing
• Ageing and the Lifecourse
• Work, retirement, post-retirement and voluntary work
• Social inequalities and social exclusion in older age
• Ageing and Technology
• Silver Economy and Consumerism in Older Age
• Ageing Societies and the Welfare State
• Formal and Informal Care
• Health, Mortality and Quality of Life in Old Age
• Social Networks and Intergenerational Relations in Old Age
• Culture, Values and Images in the Field of Ageing
• Active Ageing and Social Participation in Old Age
• Religion, Spirituality and Ageing
• Gender and Sexuality
We will also consider papers on the topic of “Ageing in Europe” that do not fit into any of these categories. Papers with a cross‐national, multi-national or comparative focus are particularly welcome. Submissions from early-career researchers are specifically encouraged.
2. Joint sessions
** 1. Joint session of RN01 and RN13 (Sociology of Families and Intimate Lives):
“Intergenerational relations in times of ageing societies”
How are intergenerational family relationships changing in times of ageing society? Across Europe, people live longer, often implying a higher demand for care. Meanwhile, because of lower fertility, childlessness and migration there is less people available to care for older persons. This trend affects family relationships and everyday family life. This session focuses on how care for people in older age is organised, what are the consequences for intergenerational relationships and how social policies can respond to these circumstances.
** 2. Joint session of RN01 and RN16 (Sociology of Health and Illness)
“European Health Policy and Ageing Societies: Challenges and Opportunities”
The potential challenges confronting ageing societies are well documented. For example, how will nation states manage economically and socially as the proportion of people of working age reduces in relation to those who have retired? It is vital, however, to resist an excessively negative portrayal of ageing societies. The changing nature of ageing could lead to new opportunities. For example, how can the contributions of older people be best utilised to support the provision of healthcare?
** 3. Joint session of RN01 and RN21 (Quantitative Methods):
Potentials and Limitations of using Methods of Quantitative Analysis in Ageing Research
This Joint Session focuses on potential and limitations of quantitative approaches in ageing research. It welcomes both theoretical and empirical papers, for example focusing on: •
- Measuring key aspects of ageing using quantitative indicators
- Ethical aspects of research in ageing
- New ways of collecting quantitative data
- Potential and limits of longitudinal data
- New advanced methods of data analysis
Other topics linked to both RNs aims and missions are also as well
** 4. Joint session of RN01 and RN37 (Urban Sociology)
Urban Ageing: Towards an enhanced spatial perspective
Cities have become central to research on the complexities and multidimensionality of ageing. By combining the perspectives of urban sociology and the sociology of ageing we seek a better understanding of what urbanity represents in terms of experiences, advantages and disadvantages for older residents. We would welcome papers applying innovative theoretical and methodological approaches in studies on urban ageing, but also papers comparing aspects of ageing in urban, suburban, or rural settings.
3. Semi-Plenary Session
Ageing in Europe: Agency, Citizenship and the Dynamics of Power
This Semi-Plenary brings together topics that have traditionally stood at the core of sociological thinking, but that have not always been at the heart of ageing theory and research. Sociological investigation points to the contemporary struggles over the representation of older age within and beyond the realm of the social sciences. Later life and older people are, on one hand, represented as a quiescent minority bearing multiple disadvantages within a social status of limited agency and increasing dependency, experiencing a loss of autonomy and the need to redefine one ́s role in the community and society.
On the other hand, older people are also seen as a source of new political economic, and cultural ‘grey’ power, as an influential actor in contemporary societies, shaping the contours of new policies and welfare regimes. These debates reflect the diversity of the experiences of ageing selves and the pluralities of life courses as well as of the institutional, political, and social changes with which the personal and individual experience is inseparably interlinked. They also promote the reformulation of concepts of agency, autonomy, or power themselves and to the calling for their even more reflexive application in academic accounts of later life. The Semi-Plenary invites papers that focus on the dynamics of power and citizenship in later life. Potential papers may, for example, relate to issues of (in)dependence, interdependency and personhood in older age, older persons as (political) actors in contemporary societies or the roles of various stakeholders in ageing related agendas and policies.
Prof. Dr. Dirk Hofäcker
Fakultät für Bildungswissenschaften
Institut für Soziale Arbeit und Sozialpolitik
Raum S06 S04 B32
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