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 →


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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Second Forum of the Gero-Philosophy School in Assos (Turkey)

The proceedings of the First Forum of the Terrence Seedsman Gero-Philosophy School on Aging and Wisdom have been published, including the translation of the original presentations in Turkish or English. The second Forum of the Gero-Philosophy School is scheduled for the 3rd-5th of May 2016 in Assos (Turkey) with presentations and workshops on Aging and … Continue reading →

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

European IAGG Congress: Unlocking the Demographic Dividend

8th Congress of the European Region of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Dublin, Ireland (23-25 April 2015). This major conference was visited by thousands of professionals from all European countries and beyond. It was organized by Desmond O’Neill and other colleagues from Ireland. After being officially opened by the Prime Minister of Ireland, there were three plenary key note lectures. You can listen here to the first of them, delivered by Jan Baars

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)