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Message posted on 16/02/2021

CfP: 4S 2021 - Aging with other-than-humans: STS and age studies beyond technological solutions

                Dear all,

(With apologies for cross-posting)

We invite you all to submit an abstract to our Open Panel "Aging with
other-than-humans: STS and age studies beyond technological solutions" (see
CFP below) as part of the 4S Annual Meeting (2021).

This year's conference, "Good Relations: Practices and Methods in Unequal and
Uncertain Worlds," will take place in Toronto and worldwide October 6-9, 2021.

We welcome presentations from all disciplines and practices. Submissions will
be open until March 8, 2021.

For more details on how to submit, please visit:

For submission, please use the abstract submission platform of the conference
and choose the Open Panel:

For further questions, please email 

Kind regards,
Daniel & Nete

Panel 9: Aging with other-than-humans: STS and age studies beyond
technological solutions

In recent years, Science and Technology studies have paid increasing attention
to ageing and elderly care. At the cross-road with critical age studies, new
areas and theoretical developments such as socio-gerontechnology or material
gerontology are making important contributions. Informed by
material-semiotics, post-humanism, and affect theory these developments are
shedding light on the critical role of materiality and other-than-human beings
in the constitution of old age as a social construct and bio-political device.
They show how notions of ageing well (such as active ageing or successful
ageing) are materialised in technological and biomedical innovations and how
these configure modes of doing age in older’s people daily-life. Drawing on
the more-than-human turn in STS and age studies, this panel is an invitation
to extend the reach of these developments beyond their traditional focus on
innovative digital and biomedical “solutions” for the ageing society. We
invite papers that consider more-than-human entanglements with animal, plants,
buildings, landscapes, etc. in critical studies of age and elderly care. We
also look for contributions that delve into the politics of relations in these
more-than-human entanglements in later life.

The panel is an invitation to consider questions such as:
- How elderly care is reconfigured when care is not considered from
anthropocentric visions?
- What does ageing and old age become when ageing is seen as a stage of
becoming-with other-than-humans?
- How do other-than-human ageing and elderly care matter in these
- What notions of ageing well and good elderly care emerge as a result of

Keywords: ageing, care, ecologies, more-than human, materiality, technology,
affect, interspecies entanglements

Daniel López Gómez
IN3 - Internet Interdisciplinary Institute
CareNet Research Group
Estudis de Psicologia i Ciències de l'Educació
Associate Professor
(+34) 933 263 681 

Av. Carl Friedrich Gauss, 5
08860 Castelldefels 

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