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CfP EASST 2022 panel: "Aging Technofutures: Futuring Old Age in Technological Societies"

Dear colleagues,

We are organizing a panel titled "Aging Technofutures: Futuring Old Age in = Technological Societies" at the upcoming EASST Conference, which is taking = place from 6-9 July 2022 in Madrid. The panel will be interested to scholar= s working in the field of STS and Critical Studies of Aging whose work revo= lves around future-making, anticipation and expectations.


The technoscientific capacity to make ageing futures knowable and actionabl= e in the present is key in the governance of aging (Moreira 2016). In the m= idst of the crisis usually associated with aging societies, namely a 'care = crisis', an 'environmental crisis' and a 'socio-economic and cultural crisi= s', technoscientific developments are usually placed both as the necessary = responses for the prevention or mitigation of their harmful consequences an= d as a source of multiple uncertainties, risks and dangers also for the mos= t aged (especially for disabled or racially or socio-economically minoritiz= ed older people).

At the intersection of STS and Age Studies (Peine, Marshall, Martin & Neven= , 2021), this panel welcomes contributions that foreground and critically a= ssess the aging futures that technoscientific developments materialise and = that aim to explore ways for STS scholars to intervene in the making of the= se techno-futures. We know from STS literature that futures are made throug= h expectations (Van Lente 2012), imaginaries (Jasanoff and Kim 2015), visio= ns (Konrad et al 2017), and sometimes hypes (van Lente et al. 2013) that sh= ape discourses about the future, define what is thinkable and drive investm= ent, government policy and legislative frameworks. We also know that future= s play an important role in technoscientific developments, both in biomedic= al research (Moreira, 2005)and technological innovation (Callon, 1989). Mor= eover, tracing which futures of aging are opened up and which are closed do= wn (Stirling, 2008) or who or what is able to claim the future raises quest= ions of social justice in aging future imaginaries (Urry, 2016). Aging tech= nofutures are largely driven by powerful actors such as nation states, tech= nology companies and technocratic elites (McCray, 2013) that determine how = problems are framed and the kinds of =E2=80=98solutions=E2=80=99 that are i= magined. But these =E2=80=98big=E2=80=99 technofutures also depend on =E2= =80=98little=E2=80=99 futures (Michael, 2017) that happen in everyday lives= of diverse groups of people who experience, perform and negotiate these fu= tures from different sociocultural positions.

In this panel, we welcome theoretical and/or empirical papers, or interacti= ve, hands-on, or performative activities and workshops exploring questions = such as:

What aging futures are materialized in gero-technological developments and = in the science of aging? How are these aging futures shaped and shape the problems and solutions usu= ally associated with the challenge of aging: for instance, the transformati= on of the social and health care sector, the development of age-friendly en= vironments or the inclusion of older people in the digital society? Whose aging futures are included or excluded in these developments? What normativities of good aging are enacted in these futures, and for whom= these are good or bad futures? How might we imagine or (co)-design alternative aging futures? Abstract submission closes on 1 February 2022 and we look forward to readin= g your submissions. Don=E2=80=99t hesitate to contact us in the meantime if= you have any questions.

Panel organizers:

Daniel L=C3=B3pez-G=C3=B3mez, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya; Helen Manchester, University of Bristol; Juliane Jarke, Bremen University; Alexander Peine, Utrecht University Contact person: Daniel L=C3=B3pez,

Daniel L=C3=B3pez G=C3=B3mez IN3 - Internet Interdisciplinary Institute=20 CareNet Research Group Estudis de Psicologia i Ci=C3=A8ncies de l'Educaci=C3=B3 Associate Professor (+34) 933 263 681 twitter

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