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Workshop on Ageing in South Asia and Europe

02. Mär. 2015

"New Approaches to Ageing in South Asia and Europe" was the topic of an international workshop in New Delhi from February 24 to 26, 2015. It was organised by research project B19 "Ageing in a Transcultural Context", which is coordinated by Prof. Christiane Brosius, Prof. Andreas Kruse and Prof. Axel Michaels.

The workshop kicked off with the Heidelberg Lecture 2015. Prof. Dr. Andreas Kruse spoke on "Contemporary Images of Age and Ageing: Vulnerability, Strengths and Developmental Potentials". The opening session of the workshop took place at the India International Centre. Prof. Dr. Beatrix Busse gave a welcome address and Prof. Dr. Axel Michaels an introduction to the topic.

The following two days at the Max Mueller Bhavan (Goethe Institut New Delhi) presented four sessions with a dozen lectures on a wide range of topics. The sessions focused on topic such as past and present narratives of old age, ageing through an institutional lense, ageing in the city, and transnational relationships. A highlight was the keynote lecture given by Prof. Dr. Sarah Lamb. The cultural anthropologist talked on "Ageless Aging or Meaningful Decline? A Critical Analysis of 'Successful Aging' through the Lens of Everyday Lives in India".
The workshop was organised by the Cluster's research project B19 "Ageing in a Transcultural Context". The interdisciplinary research group focuses on ageing in a transcultural urban context. It is coordinated by Prof. Dr. Christiane Brosius (Visual and Media Anthropology), Prof. Dr. Axel Michaels (Indology) and Prof. Dr. Andreas Kruse (Gerontology). Further group members include the doctoral candidates Roberta Mandoki and Annika Mayer, who are also strongly involved in the organisation of the workshop.

The research project closely cooperates with the research network "Europe and Global Ageing" initiated by the Institute for European Global Studies at the University of Basel. The institute's director Prof. Dr. Madeleine Herren-Oesch chaired the first session of the workshop in New Delhi.

Outlook: During the next summer semester, a public lecture series on the topic of ageing will take place at Heidelberg University. The "Studium Generale" series "Anders Altern – Kulturelle Vielfalt und Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten" will start with a talk by Prof. Dr. Andreas Kruse on May 11, 2015.

See the conference programme (PDF), welcome speech poster (PDF) and keynote poster (PDF) for more information on the international workshop in New Delhi.


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