Fourth International Workshop on Socio-gerontechnology

Call for papers for the Fourth International Workshop on Socio-gerontechnology

Exploring the co-constitution of ageing and technologies during Covid and beyond


 Dates: 8th- 9th September 2022

Location: University of Bristol, UK.


The network

The Socio-gerontechnology network is interested in exploring the entanglements of ageing and technologies. The network seeks to strengthen critical and reflexive thinking and research by emphasising the complex and co-constitutive relationship between ageing, technology and society. It brings together international scholars from a variety of disciplinary background (i.e. critical and cultural gerontology, science and technology studies (STS), sociology, anthropology, age studies, HCI and education) and provides a forum for productive, open and supportive exchange and dialogue, with the aim of fostering curiosity, reflexivity and enthusiasm for researching the topic. The network embraces both early and more established academic scholars but has a particular emphasis on activities that support early career scholars. After previous meetings in Vienna (2017), Barcelona (2018) and Stockholm (2019), this is the fourth annual workshop of the Socio-Gerontechnology Network. Since 2020 the network has also run a successful online seminar series entitled, ‘International Conversations in Ageing and Technology.’


The call for papers

Exploring the co-constitution of ageing and technologies during Covid and beyond


In many countries the pandemic has made the relationship between ageing and technology use and design more visible. From grandparents learning to use video conferencing to connect with their families to the care workers and medical staff delivering some forms of care in online spaces. Often the debates presented in the mainstream media have focussed on established binaries and stereotypes, pointing out the ‘digital divide’ between those who are tech savvy and those who are not, or between technologies that work well in the private sphere and public sphere.

In contrast, this conference call is looking for papers and other proposals that explore the co-constitutive relationship between ageing, technology and society.

We invite papers that explore what happens when scholars from the social sciences, humanities or design engage in research and practice about the co-constitution/ mutual shaping of ageing and technology? What logics govern these encounters? What radical new models emerge that might be useful for the fields of ageing and technology? How do multiple and innovative methods emerge in design and research processes? (How) does this research lead to better policies and practices in relation to technology design and innovation for older people?

We particularly welcome reflections on the above topics in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and moving beyond the pandemic. This might include reflection on how and what we can learn from our design and research experiences in pandemic times and how these experiences have opened up, or closed down, new opportunities for research and engagement with older people and technologies?

We invite scholars working across disciplinary boundaries to explore themes related to their critical engagement in ageing and technology debates. Whilst our network is focused on contributions from STS and Age Studies we are interested in fostering critical interdisciplinary debate about the design and role of technologies in relation to the lives of older people. For this workshop, we invite contributions from a wide disciplinary background in the social sciences, arts and humanities, including but not limited to critical and cultural gerontology, science and technology studies, design research, sociology, anthropology, age studies, HCI and education.


Themes may include (but are not limited to):

  • Interdisciplinary studies in ageing and technology,
  • Innovative methods in studying ageing and technology, including creative adjustments, reflections and learning around methods during and post Covid19
  • New modes of collaboration- with policy makers, older people, business or others
  • Ethics in ageing and technology research
  • Organisational practices and how they influence research in ageing and technology
  • Policy and practice entanglements
  • Materialities, biopolitics and temporalities in research


We encourage participants to submit proposals in a variety of forms. Please send up to 300 words by May 12th, 2022 proposing one of the following directly to

  • A 15 minute academic paper
  • A 45-60 minute workshop
  • A poster presentation or
  • A showcase of a technology design, labs or installations


Mode of attendance

This will be a face to face conference and will take place in the city of Bristol, UK. We are also considering running a couple of online sessions for those who might find it difficult to travel to the UK, specifically if you live very far away. Please let us know if you are not able to attend face to face and what timezone you will be hoping to join us from.



We are keen to meet face to face as a network for the first time in two years. In 2020 we had planned to meet at The University of Bristol in the UK and we therefore want to return to this venue. The beautiful city of Bristol, UK, is famous for balloons, Wallace and Gromit, Roni Size (amongst other drum and bass legends) and summer festivals. The University of Bristol is located centrally in the city and (despite the hills) is only a short walk from most city centre hotels.



Please check back later for further advice on accommodation.



There will be a small cost for the conference (not more than 50 Euros), which will be reduced for members. Please register for the conference at this link when your submission has been accepted. We will send out confirmation of acceptance by end of May 2022.


Social Dinner

There will be a social dinner for all attendees who wish to come. This will take place on the evening of September 8th 2022.