"Ageing across Borders: Care, Generations, Citizenship"

Workshops, conferences 2018

  • Start: Oct 23, 2018 09:00
  • End: Oct 24, 2018 19:00
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Goettingen
  • Room: Library Hall
"Ageing across Borders: Care, Generations, Citizenship"
As the world’s population grows older, how do people experience ageing in global, mobile and transnational contexts? This workshop hosted by the ‘Ageing in a Time of Mobility’ research group at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity aims to shed light on how ageing and migration intersect to jointly shape new social and cultural transformations. Moving beyond looking at ‘older age’ and ‘ageing’ in isolation, the workshop will explore how care and intergenerational relationships are newly configured in transnational contexts; how new forms and practices of citizenship, community and belonging emerge on different scales; but also how borders and boundaries continue to shape or constrain experiences of mobility in later life in unequal ways.


For more details please contact menster(at)mmg.mpg.de.

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Tuesday, 23 October

09.00 Arrival

09.15-10.00 Welcome Remarks by Steven Vertovec (Managing Director, MPI-MMG)
Introduction to the ‘Ageing in a Time of Mobility’ Research Group by Megha Amrith (Research Group Leader, MPI-MMG)

10.00-11.15 Keynote Lecture 1 by Russell King (University of Sussex): "Unpacking the Ageing-Migration Nexus"

11.15-11.30 Coffee Break

11.30-13.10 Panel 1 – Care, Belonging and the Lifecourse
Chair: Victoria K. Sakti (MPI-MMG)

  • Ageing, Mobility and Relations of Care: First Generation Migrants in Austria
    Monika Palmberger (University of Vienna/KU Leuven)
  • Ageing Among Italian Migrants: A Transnational Life Course Perspective
    Elisabetta Zontini (University of Nottingham)
  • Affective Lives in Vietnamese Berlin: Ageing and Belonging over the Life-Course
    Anita von Poser (Freie Universität Berlin)

13.10-14.00 Lunch Break

14.00-15.15 Keynote Lecture 2 by Sarah Lamb (Brandeis University): "Ageing and Mobility: Care, Generations, and Citizenship beyond the Views of the West"

15.15-15.30 Coffee Break

15.30-17.30 Panel 2 – Care, Generations and Kinship
Chair: Dora Sampaio (MPI-MMG)

  • Connected Care: Everyday ICTs in Elderly Care Provision Among Indian Transnational Families
    Tanja Ahlin (University of Amsterdam)
  • Competing Interests, Spatial Disruptions and Moral Dilemmas: Intergenerational Care in Rural-Urban Labour Migrant Families in China
    Anni Kajanus (University of Helsinki)
  • Solidarity and Sacrifice: Grandmothers and Transnational Caregiving
    Kristin Yarris (University of Oregon)
  • Becoming a Nurse: Migration, Care, and Generational Relations and Transformation in the Central Philippines
    Resto Cruz (University of Manchester)

19.00 Dinner (for workshop participants)

Wednesday, 24 October

09.30-11.00 Panel 3 – Perceptions, Aspirations and Shifting Social Roles
Chair: Victoria K. Sakti (MPI-MMG)

  • “Maybe This Generation Doesn’t Like the Elderly”: How Outmigration Affects the Situation of Older People in Mountain Villages of Western Nepal
    Sarah Speck (University of Zurich)
  • The Transformation of Communities through Emigration: Care Provision, Inter-Ethnic Relations and the Agency of Older People ‘Left Behind’
    Elisabeth Schröder-Butterfill (University of Southampton)
  • ”Taking Care Of” versus “Keep to Your Own Business”: Kinshasa’s Elderly Negotiating Opposing Social Dictums
    Katrien Pype (KU Leuven)

11.00-11.15 Coffee Break

11.15-13.10 Panel 4 – Citizenship, Livelihoods, Politics
Chair: Nele Wolter (MPI-MMG)

  • We Built this City: Mobilities, Urban Livelihoods and Social Infrastructure in the Lives of Elderly Ghanaians
    James Esson (Loughborough University)
  • Political Ageing: Materialities, Bureaucracies and Voice
    Aija Lulle (Loughborough University)
  • Windrush and Broken Promises from the Motherland: Generation, Citizenship, Abjection
    Sweta Rajan-Rankin (University of Kent)

13.10-14.00 Lunch Break

14.00-15.15 Wrap-up discussion and next steps
Chair: Megha Amrith (MPI-MMG)

19.00 Dinner (for workshop participants)


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