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Age(ing) in Society

Illustration: (c) Christine Rösch 

Mission Statement

In times of demographic change, the topic of age(ing) is gaining in significance in the social, economic and legal dimension. Age(ing) is often discussed in such a framework as an individual phenomenon or a natural biological process. “Age(ing) in Society” focuses on societal changes and reciprocal effects, causes of problems, their consequences and how to deal with them. Of paramount importance are human coexistence and participation, cultural practices, psycho-social conflicts, political action, medical practice, economic interests as well as legal possibilities and limitations.
Against this social perspective background, this section aims at a transdisciplinary exchange and at an integration and synthesis of knowledge about the multi-factors influencing age(ing). Promoting early-career researchers is central to this goal. Doctoral students are the primary target group; advanced students are also welcome. The activities of the section will include outreach in the region in order to encourage dialogue with actors from different fields of practice (e.g. politics, culture, health and civil society).

Thank you for your interest in working with us and expanding the network at the Justus Liebig University Giessen and beyond.

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Head of Section

Dr. Susanne Christ:

Dirk Medebach, M.A.:

Dr. Jonas Metzger :


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