3rd International Workshop on Socio-Gerontechnology - June 19-20, 2019

The Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, together with Mälardalen University have the pleasure to invite papers for an international workshop exploring the intersection of Science and Technology Studies (STS) and Age Studies, to be held at The Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, on the 19th and 20th June 2019 in Stockholm.

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After its previous meetings in Vienna 2017 and Barcelona 2018, this is the third workshop of the Socio-Gerontechnology network that explores and theorizes themes at the intersection of STS and Age Studies. The aims of the Stockholm meeting are to bring together scholars working in this area and related fields, discuss recent developments in the field, and further build the network. There will be ample room to discuss papers. Contributions of early-career scholars including PhD students are welcome.

Where: KTH Flemingsberg, southern Stockholm
When: June 19 to 20, 2019

Organizers: Britt Östlund, Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, and Michela Cozza, Mälardalen University with the support of the Socio-gerontechnology Network.

The conference is free of charge. Find the registration form after the text below.

Invitation to the Socio-gerontechnology Workshop in Sweden 2019.pdf (pdf 200 kB)


Borrowing Kurt Lewin’s (1945) maxim – “there is nothing as practical as a good theory” – we invite to reflect upon the connection between theory and practice when STS and Age Studies meet. What happens if scholars at the cross-roads of STS and Age Studies engage with design processes? What is the contribution that critical studies of ageing and technology, can make in relation to innovation policy discourses? Can we create more reflective approaches towards technology design and policy by providing empirically-grounded insights into the mutual shaping of ageing and technology?

By posing these questions, we invite papers that explore themes at the intersection of STS, Age Studies and Practice. While this may include studies of specific design processes or methods, and how they relate to ageing and later life, we welcome all contributions that critically reflect, in a broad sense, upon the implications of science and technology for the lives of older people. Relying on this rich variety of contributions from STS and Age Studies, the workshop strives to foster a reflection on how our research contributes knowledge to the relationship between aging populations as one of the main social changes of our time and technological change and digitization.

We invite scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds to elaborate on this connection, how it can be theorized and which are the practical implications of theories and insights at the intersection of STS and Age Studies. Themes may include, but are not limited, to any of the following:

  • Critical theories of and approaches to ageing and technology
  • Design approaches for, with and by older people
  • Ageing, technology and social policy
  • (Applied) methods to study ageing and technology
  • Reflections on design as constituting ageing and later life
  • Ageing, everyday culture and technology
  • Design ethics in Gerontechnology
  • Gender, ageing and technologies


Abstracts of no more than 300 words are sent directly to Britt Östlund: brittost@kth.se .

Deadline for Abstract is January 31, 2019.
Acceptance information is sent out: February 28, 2019


This workshop takes place in the most beautiful time of the year in Sweden and in Stockholm, which is called the Venice of the north because it consists of many islands surrounded by water. For you who are interested to stay for midsummer celebrations at your own expense on June 21, you will be guided by Britt Östlund (see below).

How to reach the venue: The workshop takes place at KTH campus Flemingsberg south of Stockholm. It is easily reached (20 minutes distance) by a new commuter line from the city centre. We recommend that you book a room at Elite Hotel Arcadia to a special price, see more information below. This hotel is located near KTH Campus in the city and with a 15 minutes’ walk or 5 minutes bus tour you reach the commuter line at Odenplan to Flemingsberg. You can buy a ticket that last for 72 hours for 250 SEK (about 25 EUR).


Accomodation Accommodation is pre-booked at a special price at Elite Hotel Arcadia .

Single room: SEK 1350
Double room: SEK 1550

Rooms can be booked until June 4 by email to reservation.arcadia@elite.se , using the code 4846701. Please note the number of rooms are limited. Arlanda Express, the direct train from Arlanda airport (about 25 EUR single), takes you directly to the city centre.

Midsummer celebrations

Midsummer celebrations takes place June 21 and you are welcome to join Britt Östlund. We will visit Skansen, the outdoor museum and meeting place for Stockholmers at the Royal Djurgården and participate in traditional dancing and entertainments. Afterwards we will have a joint picnic outdoors. Even though the summers in Sweden can be as hot as in the Mediterranean as last year, you should bring rain clothes for midsummer.



For any questions, please contact Britt Östlund.

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