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 →


Sfuggite al dominio culturale dell’età cronometrica

Diamo per scontato che l’”età” indichi una fase in un processo logico di invecchiamento. Ma è solo una misura del tempo trascorso dalla nascita Jan Baars, professore di Gerontologia Interpretativa all’Università di Studi Umanistici di Utrecht e autore di Aging and the Art of Living Il mio incontro con il lavoro del professor Jan Baars …

Ageing & Society reviews Ageing, Meaning and Social Structure

Jan Baars , Joseph Dohmen , Amanda Grenier and Chris Phillipson (eds), Ageing, Meaning and Social Structure: Connecting Critical and Humanistic Gerontology, Policy Press, Bristol, UK, 2013, 216 pp., hbk £70.00, ISBN 13: 978 1 4473 0090 8. Academic texts on the intersection between critical and humanistic gerontology are sparse in academia. Most of the literature in … Continue reading →

What Makes Life Precious

Jan Baars is the author of Aging and the Art of Living The prospect of dying has always fascinated and haunted human beings. Today, scientists are talking about treatments that could expand average life spans by decades or may even outwit mortality. On the other hand, philosopher Jan Baars says we have exalted longevity over … Continue reading →

68th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America

The 68th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America conference is the most important yearly event in the gerontological calendar, drawing thousands of attendees from all over the globe. This year it takes place in Orlando, Florida – 18-22 November 2015. To encourage interdisciplinary debate between the different sections of GSA, this year’s conference presents … Continue reading →

HelpAge India reviews ‘Ageing, Meaning and Social Structure’

Mala Kapur Shankardass reviews Ageing, Meaning and Social Structure in HelpAge India: “The book has much to offer to theoretical and empirical understanding of growing old in changing societies, with its deep elaborations on theory and case studies to a large section of scholars and researchers, from the social science stream and health practice as well as administrators, policy makers and practitioners involved with the field of ageing. It is a rare collection as it combines intersection done seldom between critical and humanistic gerontology.” Download PDF

The World Congress of Gerontology 2017

The World Congress of Gerontology is held every four years and attracts thousands of attendees from all over the globe. Instead of individual keynotes the 2017 program will see some invited keynote sessions, in which three speakers address an important issue. One of these keynote sessions will be about Social Inequality and Social Justice. This keynote session will be chaired by Jan Baars and include Dale Dannefer (Case Western Reserve University) and Chris Phillipson (University of Manchester) as speakers.

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