The Age and Care Research Group Graz is dedicated to sustainable and future oriented research in Aging and Care Studies and deals with questions around demographic change, health opportunities in old age and the "good life" until the end of life on the basis of inter- and transdisciplinary, interfaculty, and interuniversity collaboration.
The Age and Care Research Group Graz is building its research on the longstanding expertise at the University of Graz in the field of aging studies and brings together researchers from various disciplines such as the Humanities, Cultural and Social Sciences as well as from the Legal, Economic and Natural Sciences, Medical Ethics, Nursing Science, Technology and Architecture. The Research Group acknowledges that sustainable interdisciplinary cooperation is of particular importance and, therefore, focuses on the interdisciplinary promotion of young researchers.
The Age and Care Research Group Graz is dedicated to the social and cultural construction of images of aging as well as questions in Dementia Research, Medical Ethics, Nursing Ethics and the End of Life. The Research Group bases its research on a concept of care that is not narrowly used in a medical context, but understands ‘care’ according to Joan Tronto's concept of "Caring Democracy" as a form of living together interdependently, and caring for each other and oneself which brings a democratic-political aspect to the fore. This opens up versatile dimensions of the care aspect which go far beyond the field of ‘care’ in terms of nursing and eldercare. The Age and Care Research Group Graz puts its interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research work at the service of the university's social engagement, as academic knowledge is produced and organized in interaction with and through generation processes with relevant social actors. The Age and Care Research Group Graz assumes responsibility for the social role model function of the University of Graz in order to defend itself in research and practice against ageism, and to recognize the individuality and diversity of aging experiences.
Department of American Studies