We are seeking contributions for a special issue of International Journal of Aging and Later Life  that explores ageing with digital technologies.

The task of this special issue is to provide a counter-narrative to dominant accounts of ageing  and technology.  Its main focus is on critical engagements with ageing and technology, questions of old age, design and use. We look for contributions that shed light on the ‘messiness of practice’ emerging from, sometimes unexpected, encounters which involve questions of subjectivity, agency, digital (dis)engagement and technology non-use. We welcome proposals from scholars working across a variety of locations and disciplines. In line with IJAL’s aims and scope we particularly welcome contributions that advance the conceptual and theoretical debates on ageing and later life in relation to digital technologies. We welcome international contributions, especially those coming from the Global South.

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Contributions may address and expand to following topics, but are not limited to them:

  • Critical engagement and conceptualizations of aging and technology
  • Theory / practice and agency
  • The ‘messiness’ of practice of aging and technology
  • Creativity / technology non-use
  • Critical engagement with design (and co-design) of technologies
  • Agency, aging and technology
  • Subjectivity, aging and technology
  • Sex, gender, race, old age and technologies (intersectional approach)

Please submit a max. 500-word abstract by email to Magdalena Kania-Lundholm at mkd@du.se and ijal@ep.liu.se  by August 31st 2020. A selected number of abstracts based on scientific quality and relevance for this Special Issue will be invited to full manuscript submission with deadline December 15th 2020. Expected publication of the Special Issue: Fall/Winter 2021

Guest editors:

Dr Magdalena Kania-Lundholm is a Senior Lecturer in sociology at the School of Health and Social Studies, Dalarna University College, Sweden.

Dr Helen Manchester is a Reader in Digital Inequalities and Urban Futures at the University of Bristol, UK.


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