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About "gray floods" and "silver tsunamis:" Age discrimination from a cultural gerontological point of view

Passing on knowledge and experience in a lecture from the Vita activa series

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

“In principle, we are allowed to grow old, but we don't like it.” - says the cabaret artist Dieter Hildebrandt. Even if we can rate the increasing life expectancy as a great success of our health and social system, the demographic change in the public is often provided with formulations that equate old age with catastrophe scenarios such as floods and tsunamis. But what do such negative ascriptions and evaluations mean for our own aging? What is the socio-cultural impact of ageism - discrimination based on age? And are extremely positive counter-images, such as the idea of ​​“successful aging,” a suitable antidote? This lecture is devoted to the question of how linguistic images shape our ideas about age.

Lecture with discussion

Opportunities to participate:
▶ Online via live transmission over the Internet;
Requirements for this are: PC, notebook or tablet, stable internet connection, loudspeakers (e.g. headphones); Microphone and webcam (optional)

Interested adults of all ages

Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

You can only take part in this event via live broadcast over the Internet.

Assoc.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Ulla Kriebernegg, Americanist and head of the Center for Interdisciplinary Aging and Care Research (CIRAC) at the University of Graz; Chair of the Age and Care Research Group Graz, Deputy Chair of the European Network in Aging Studies (ENAS) and Associate Editor of The Gerontologist; Research focus: Aging & Care Studies, Spaces of Aging, Medical Humanities, North American literary and cultural studies
Selected publication: Care Home Stories: Aging, Disability, and Long-Term Residential Care (edited together with Sally Chivers), Bielefeld 2017.

Dr. Marcus Ludescher, University of Graz, Center for Further Education

Registration: Limited places, therefore registration required
Registration deadline: Monday, January 10, 2022

Language: German

Flyer here

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