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New frontiers in social gerontechnology – Exploring Challenges at the Intersection of STS and Ageing Studies dans le cadre de la conférence de la 4S/EASST BCN-2016 qui se tiendra à Barcelone du 31 août au 3 septembre 2016. Attention, les propositions sont attendues avant le 21 février 2016.

Convenors : Alexander Peine (Utrecht University) and Louis Neven (tbd)

Short Abstract : This track brings together contributions at the intersection of STS, social gerontology and gerontechnology to arrive at empirically-grounded theoretical insights about the changing entanglement of later life with technoscientific objects.

Long Abstract: Research into technology and innovation to support Europe’s ageing populations have seen a multi-billion euro investment under labels as « ICT for Ageing Well », « Ambient Assisted Living » or more broadly: Gerontechnology. Driven by a firm believe that innovation will be able to solve alleged challenges of demographic ageing, these programs share a techno-optimistic future of a brave new « active and healthy ageing » with technology. Only recently, such optimistic visions have received criticism from social gerontologists and STS scholar alike for their lack of attendance to the social, cultural and ethical implications (Joyce and Mamo, 2006; Peine and Neven 2011; Mort et al., 2013). So far, such insights have remained under-theorized and scattered across disciplines.

This track brings together contributions at the intersection of STS, social gerontology and gerontechnology to arrive at empirically-grounded theoretical insights about the changing entanglement of later life with technoscientific objects. Presentations in the track may address, but are not limited to the following topics.

  • Which images of older people are made visible in the design of technology, examples of outdated perceptions and new liberating design?
  • How can we understand Gerontechnology implementation as changing socio-technical arrangements? Who drives implementation? What changes during implementation?
  • What are the implications of ageing-in-place technologies on the geography and nature of the home and health care at home?
  • Can and should we re-think older technology users as co-creators and indeed user innovators?
  • How can we improve Gerontechology design and extend our imagery of older technology user underlying such design?
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