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Professor of Interpretive Gerontology, at the University of Humanistic Studies in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Jan Baars is the author or many publications on aging, ranging from conceptual analysis to polemic criticism and more reflective existential perspectives. He has given Master classes at universities in Europe, the United States, New Zealand and South Africa. Continue reading →

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Turkish-English Conference on ‘Ageing and Wisdom’

May 7-8, 2015: Turkish-English Conference on ‘Ageing and Wisdom’ in Assos, where Aristotle lived from 347-344 BC and began to develop his philosophy after he had left Plato’s Academy (347-344 BC). Lectures by Terence Seedsman, Ismail Tufan, Betul Cotuksoken, Ahmet Inam, Ozlem Duva Kaya, and Jan Baars. Read more

Unlocking the Demographic Dividend

8th Congress of the European Region of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Dublin, Ireland (23-25 April 2015). For more information about the program click here.

Announcement Interdisciplinary Conference ‘Ageing Histories, Mythologies and Taboos’ , University of Bergen, Norway, 30 and 31 January 2015

The Research Group Literature and Science from the University of Bergen, Norway organizes on 30 and 31 January 2015 an Interdisciplinary Conference ‘Ageing Histories, Mythologies and Taboos’.  This conference is particularly remarkable as it brings together scholars from different fields of the Humanities, including experts on Russian, English, French, Italian, German, Nordic and Scandinavian Literature. It is a sign that aging is increasingly seen as an intrinsic part of life and as an important subject of study and reflection. Continue reading →

The yearly “Theoretical Developments in Social Gerontology Award”

The yearly “Theoretical Developments in Social Gerontology Award’ has been initiated by Scott Bass from the American University, Washington D.C., in cooperation with the Gerontological Society of America. It has played an important role in stimulating theoretical work and reflection in a field that is mostly overburdened with practical demands. The 2014 Awardees are Ken Ferraro and Patricia Morton. The celebration took place during the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, in Washington D.C. 

The Awardees with members of the Jury: Scott Bass (left) and Jan Baars (right)

An Interview by the ‘Moscow Research Institute of Psychiatry’ (FGBI, Russian Ministry of Health)

Старость не заканчивается неизбежно деменцией Эксперт в области старения о жизни после выхода на пенсию Старение – дело совсем не страшное, говорит социальный геронтолог Jan Baars (Ян Баарс). Как специалист в данной отрасли, он знает, что 65 лет – это не возраст, и что старость вовсе не заканчивается неизбежно деменцией с последующим пребыванием в доме ухода в ожидании смерти. Continue reading →

Jan Baars has been awarded Fellowship of the British Academy of Social Sciences

In honor of his contributions to international social science, Jan Baars has been awarded Fellowship of the British Academy of Social Sciences. This honor, rarely awarded to scholars who are not British citizens, is conferred on scholars who are a leading figure in their field and who have already made a clear mark. The formal installation will take place in London during the next Academy General Meeting in July.