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




Wednesday 7th September

Afternoon: ECR event

Wednesday night: Executive board (informal meeting) + committee members meal


Thursday 8th September

9-9.15 am arrival, tea and coffee

9.15-9.30 Intros and welcome. Intros to the network. Ground rules.

 9.30-11:00 4 papers

11:00 BREAK, tea and coffee and fruit/biscuits

11.30-1:00 4 papers


2-.3.30pm WORKSHOP

3.30 pm Break, tea and coffee and cake

4- 5 pm 3 papers

5-5.30 pm Dance for dementia workshop

SGT DINNER 7.15 pm at River Station


Friday 9th September

9.30-10.30: 3 papers

10.30- 11 Break: tea, coffee and fruit/biscuits

11-12  3 papers

12-12.45 pm Poster session

12.45- 2 LUNCH

2-3.30 pm WORKSHOP

3.30 pm Break. Tea, coffee and cake

4-4.30: Lab presentations…

4.30-5.30 pm SGT network meeting: bringing themes together and what next?



Bristol Information



You have choices of where to stay in Bristol. Bristol is a hilly city and the University is at the top of a hill in the area of Clifton. The conference will be happening at 35 Berkeley Square, BS8 1JA. From the harbourside area of the centre of Bristol Berkeley Square is only about a 10-15 minute walk – but it is up a hill.

There are, of course, also many Air BnB options.

Below we have recommended a range of hotels in different price brackets for you to choose from. If you have any questions about where to stay then do get in touch with


Harbourside and City Centre Hotels (NB there are loads of others)


Clifton Apartments and hotels near the venue


Travel in Bristol

Bristol is notoriously bad for traffic but very bike and walking friendly. You can hire bikes from the train station and from various bike hire outlets in the city. We also have electric bikes and scooters (Voi’s) on the streets that are brilliant for getting around town and don’t cost much to hire for a one off trip or for a 24 hour period. If you want to hire a scooter whilst over here you’ll need to bring your driving license with you.


From the Airport

There is a bus that runs from the airport into town – although it takes around 45 minutes. It goes from just outside the airport. There are also taxis available but best to pre-book as they are often very busy.

From the train station

The train station was built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel who was unfortunately not allowed to build in the centre of the city so it is about 10 minute walk into the Harbourside area and another 10-15 minutes from there up the hill to the University. Bikes and scooters are available for hire from the station.

From the bus station

If you arrive at a London airport – Heathrow in particular- it’s quite convenient to get a coach. The coach will drop you at the bottom of the hill near the Bristol Royal Infirmary – about a 15 minute walk up to the University or into the centre of town.


Just get in touch with Helen if you have any questions or worries!