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Visiting Fellowship for Christiane Brosius

Oct 13, 2015

Prof. Dr. Christiane Brosius, co-leader of the Heidelberg-based project “Rethinking Ageing in a Transcultural Context” (with Profs. Axel Michaels, Classical Indology, South Asia Institute & Andreas Kruse, Gerontology), received a visiting fellowship at the Institute for Global European Studies, University of Basel. From September 1 to November 30, 2015, she will research within the joint network "Europe and Global Aging".

The collaboration with the Global Ageing-Network was started in 2013, culminating in an international workshop entitled “New Approaches to Ageing in South Asia and Europe” in February 2015. During her visiting fellowship in Basel, Brosius will work on the introduction to a volume co-edited with Roberta Mandoki, and an article on intergenerational contestations of ageing in Kathmandu (jointly with Rajendra Shakya, Lalitpur). A particular focus of Brosius own research work is on intergenerational notions of ageing in the historical city of Patan/Lalitpur. Points of interest are migration, modernization, cultural heritage and development, as well as the ways in which the city shapes notions of autonomy and precarity. Together with Sujan Chitrakar (Kathmandu University) and researcher Rajendra Shakya, Brosius co-curates an exhibition on old age, cultural heritage and public space in earthquake-afflicted parts of Patan for the international Photo-Kathmandu festival (3-9 November 2015).

Prof. Christiane Brosius is HCTS Chair of Visual and Media Anthropology and coordinates research project B19 "Ageing in a Transcultural Context" together with Profs. Axel Michaels and Andreas Kruse, as well as a number of other projects at the Cluster.

The network "Europe and Global Aging" deals with a new understanding of aging that is required by the change of the demographic curve in our times. The cooperation partners are examining aging in African societies, aging in emigration, and aging in the urban and rural environments of India and Nepal.

The Institute for European Global Studies is situated at the University of Basel, Switzerland. It approaches the processes of European integration in teaching and research and offers among others specialized study programmes and further education courses.


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