RN1 - Ageing in Europe

RN Coordinator:

Kathrin Komp, Centre for Population Studies, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden


Bernhard Weicht (co-chair), University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria


Europe’s population is the oldest in the world - and it is still ageing. This demographic shift affects both individuals and societies as a whole. Ageing is therefore of substantial interest to sociologists and researchers from other disciplines, such as social policy, demography, and economics. It is crucial to recognise that ageing is not a uniform process and that population ageing exacerbates old, and creates new, social inequalities within and between European countries. As a consequence, international comparative research on these issues is vital and the Research Network on Ageing in Europe aims accordingly to facilitate contacts and collaboration among those with research interests in ageing. Our Research Network sessions will allow both the continuation of ongoing discussions and the development of new themes, based within and beyond the conference topic: "Differences, inequalities and sociological imagination".

General call for papers:

The Research Network on Ageing in Europe has been organising outstandingly successful sessions at conferences of the European Sociological Association since 2001. Increased interest in the topic of ageing resulted in a record number of sessions at the Torino conference (2013), and we thank everyone who helped to make those sessions so stimulating and exciting.

At the 12th conference of the European Sociological Association in Prague in 2015, the Research Network will again hold sessions that focus on empirical, theoretical and conceptual aspects of ageing. Papers could fit into the following thematic areas:

  • Ageing and the Lifecourse
  • Social Inequalities in Old Age
  • Ageing Societies and the Welfare State
  • Older Workers and Retirement
  • Ageing and Technology
  • Senior Markets and Consumerism in Older Age
  • Formal and Informal Care in Old Age
  • Health, Mortality and Quality of Life in Old Age
  • Social Networks and Intergenerational Relations in Old Age
  • Culture, Values and Images in the Field of Ageing
  • Active Ageing and Social Participation in Old Age
  • Religion, Spirituality and Ageing

We will also consider papers on the topic of “Ageing in Europe” that do not fit into any of these categories. Papers with a cross‐national, comparative focus are particularly welcome. Submissions from early-career researchers are also encouraged. Please note that individuals should not be the first author (i.e. the presenter) of more than one paper. If you require additional information, please contact the RN coordinators (info@ageing‐in-europe.net). 


Notes for authors

Authors are invited to submit their abstract either to the general session or any specific session. Please submit only to one session. After abstract evaluation, coordinators will have the chance to transfer papers between sessions where applicable.

Abstracts should not exceed 250 words. Each paper session will have the duration of 1.5 hours. Normally sessions will include 4 papers.

Abstracts must be submitted online to the submission platform, see below. Abstracts sent by email cannot be accepted. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed and selected for presentation by the Research Network; the letter of notification will be sent by the conference software system in early April 2015.

Abstract submission deadline (extended):                                        15th February 2015

Abstract submission platform:                                                                                         www.esa12thconference.eu

If you have further questions on the conference, please visit the conference website. For further information on the Research Network, please visit www.europeansociology.org