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International Conversations in Ageing and Technology: Critical Explorations of Ageing Bodies and Socio-Gerontechnology

Co-hosted by the BSA Ageing, Body and Society Study Group and the Socio-Gerontechnology Network

24 May 2022 (4-6 pm GMT)

About the Symposia

The 21st century has been characterised by a proliferation of technologies within our daily lives, including a vast growth in digital devices and information systems of communication. Digital devices and processes of datafication increasingly shape the social worlds of people in later life, particularly as technologies are invested with popular optimism for solving the ‘problems’ of ageing. Technologies have therefore become increasingly immersed into the daily lives of people as they grow older and are significant to the embodied identities, lifestyles and social networks of people in mid-to-later life.

The aim of these two interconnected symposia is to extend and deepen our understandings of the intersection of ageing bodies, digital technologies, algorithms and datafication. In particular, these symposia aim to share ideas and perspectives around ageing, the body and the digital from various disciplines, including Science and Technology Studies (STS), critical age studies, critical data studies and others. The symposia will therefore raise critical questions that might shape a creative and interdisciplinary research agenda.

Symposium Two: Ageing bodies, datafication and algorithms

Participants will seek to illuminate a variety of interrelationships with, and conceptualisations of ageing bodies, as they emerge in everyday entanglements with data infrastructures, AI systems, the data bases that inform machine learning algorithms, and others. Contributions in this symposium explore the many intersections of data infrastructures and ageism, both in the making of algorithms and the everyday encounters with them.

Chair: Alexander Peine (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)

Speakers: Kelly Joyce (Drexel University, USA); Natassia Brenman (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK), and Juliane Jarke (Bremen University, Germany)


This event is free to attend, however, registration is required.