PhD Conference, June 2021

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Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Aging and Care: What Does It Mean to Grow Old?

5th International PhD Conference | Rijeka-Ljubljana-Graz

University of Graz, Austria | June 9-10, 2021

It is our great pleasure to announce that the PhD Conference "Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Aging and Care: What does it mean to grow old?", which had to be postponed last summer due to the pandemic, will take place online on June 9-10, 2021. The 5th International PhD Conference is organized by the University of Rijeka, the University of Ljubljana and the University of Graz, and will be hosted by the Center of Interdisciplinary Research on Aging and Care (CIRAC) at the University of Graz, Austria.

Conference language: English

Due to the change in medium (the conference will take place online), we are very pleased to present you with the following - very exciting - new format:

Day 1, June 9, 2021, 3.30 pm - 6.30 pm (CET) 

Workshop "Futures of Aging"

This creative and collaborative online workshop will be an opportunity to immerse in hitherto unimagined perspectives on aging and will provide a platform to discuss the ways we as PhD students do research.

Day 2, June 10, 2021, 3.30 pm - 6.30 pm (CET) 

Presentation of Papers + Discussion

Presentations will be limited to 12 minutes per person. The presentations will be divided into 4 thematically linked panels and held in two parallel sessions with a Q&A and discussion at the end of each session.

We are very much looking forward to a wonderful PhD Conference.

The Conference Team


This PhD conference aims at discussing age and aging from interdisciplinary perspectives. Contributions are welcome that discuss topics including, but not limited to, images and concepts of age and care, stereotypes of old age, medical/nursing/speculative ethics, dementia, disability, death and dying, intersectionality, marginalization, gender, LGBTQ2S+, “anti-aging,” trans- and posthumanism, life-extension, euthanasia/geronticide, socio-political dimensions of age(ing) and care, narrative medicine, age(ing) and care activism, artistic, cultural and literary representations of age(ing) and care, and questions of the end of life.

By bringing together emerging scholars who address the question of what it means to grow old, the conference aims at shedding light on current research in the field, highlighting the significance of interdisciplinarity in age(ing) and care research. Accordingly, we invite contributions that challenge traditional methods and/or propose new ones that aim at incorporating interdisciplinary aspects at an early research stage. Participants are invited to critically reflect on the meanings of age(ing) and care, and discuss perspectives from a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary point of view, including challenges and developments in academia, social practice, art, and activism.

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Age and Care Research Group Graz

The registration for participating in the workshop and presenting papers is closed.

Program Committee

Rector Prof. Dr. Snježana Prijić Samaržija, University of Rijeka, CRO
Prof. Dr. Aleksandra Kanjuo Mrčela, University of Ljubljana, SLO
Prof. Dr. Peter Scherrer, University of Graz, AT
Prof. Dr. Ulla Kriebernegg, University of Graz, AT

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