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Christiane Brosius organizes workshop "Ageing in the City"

Oct 07, 2019

The student workshop "Ageing in the City" took place in the context of the project "New Directions in 'Active Ageing'" from September 27-30 at the School of Planning and Architecture in Delhi. It was organized by Prof. Christiane Brosius, the HCTS professor of Visual and Media Anthropology and architect and urban designer Prof. Arunava Dasgupta from the SPA.

The key question of the interdisciplinary workshop was: How do people 'age in place,' particularly in contexts of urban transformation in the so-called 'Global South?' In the context of the DAAD Project "New Directions in 'Active Ageing' and 'Age-friendly Culture' in India and Germany," twenty master and PhD-students from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, the SPA and Heidelberg University engaged in questions related to the 'age-friendly city.'

They jointly discussed and tested multiple conceptual and methodological approaches from an urban perspective as well as on urbanization from an ageing perspective. The focus included themes such as inequality and social justice, safety and well-being, spatial diversity and openness. Fieldwork in four teams was conducted in sites selected across the Delhi Capital Region, and supervised by faculty from the Department of Urban Design at SPA and students from the urban lab on social urbanism.


The cooperation project "New Directions in 'Active Ageing' and 'Age-friendly Culture' in India and Germany" between Heidelberg University and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), India offers an innovative, multifaceted program for an interdisciplinary knowledge exchange. The initiative is funded within the framework of Indo-German Partnership in Higher Education (IGP) by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for a period of four years from 2016 to 2020.

Both Germany and India face the challenges of "active ageing" and "age-friendly culture," but in different ways. With this purpose, the program was established to enhance "active ageing" and "age-friendly cultures" in India and Germany through various forms of knowledge exchange and to expand the focus through research-based teaching in Heidelberg and Delhi.

At Heidelberg, there is a cooperation for the programme by the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (Prof. Christiane Brosius), the Institute for Gerontology (Prof. Andreas Kruse, Dr. Michael Doh), and the South Asia Institute (Prof. William S. Sax, Dr. Martin Gieselmann).


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  • The participants of the workshop at the School of Planning and Architecture.