Aging in Data seminar at Graz International Summer School Seggau 2024

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May 27, 2024

Aging in Data will be holding an international, interdisciplinary and academically intergenerational seminar at the Graz International Summer School Seggau 2024 taking place in Leibnitz, in the south of Austria from June 30 – July 13, 2024. This two-week course, taught by professor Kim Sawchuk, will consider both aging as data and the datafication of aging, by posing a critical approach to aging as more than number (a chronological, demographic approach to ag/ing). Aging in Data has funded 5 students to participate in this year’s summer school.

In an academically intergenerational environment (BA, MA, PhD students), this course will explore critical age and critical data studies. Students will interrogate politics of representation to question common notions of both age and data. In the context of age, explicit attention is paid to the key concept of intersectionality. Discussing the power of algorithms, students will explore social implications, such as inclusion and exclusion or “data harms” (Redden 2018) through datafication. This seminar will focus on the question of what it means to age in a datafied world. 

Students participating in the AiD seminar will be given the opportunity to engage in project development, and to explore data collection from a qualitative point of view. They will also benefit from the entire academically rigorous program of the Graz International Summer School Seggau. GUSEGG 2024 will bring together approximately 80 students from 30 different countries. This offers students from the AiD consortium the opportunity to pursue a short-term study program in a diverse international environment in Central Europe.