Age and Generation

The global increase in life expectancy brings about the reshaping of relations between the generations. Corresponding debates as well as social, institutional, temporal and spatial practices are the result and basis of longer-term processes of transformation that produce specific demographic structures; also in Africa and Asia. Without ignoring the studies on youth, the focus of this research unit strengthens the historical perspective as well as the ongoing research on middle aged and the elderly. The unit seeks to understand how state as well as civil society organizations influenced contextual conceptions of age and generation and resulting practices. It studies how the reorganization of intergenerational relationships transforms socio-spatial practices triggered by rapid urbanization, infrastructure development and migration. How does this affect debates on intergenerational justice? Can we identify context-dependent concepts of ‘correct’ coming of age through the study of transforming intergenerational relationships?


Research Projects

PD Dr. Katrin Bromber

Veterans, Volunteers and Welfare in Colonial and Postcolonial East Africa

Dozent Dr. Samuli Schielke

The Search for a Normal Life: House-building and Home-making between Egypt, Europe and the Gulf (Thyssen)

Dr. Nitin Sinha

‘Fixing’ the Future: Money, Morality, and Modernity

Dr. Aksana Ismailbekova

Future Building in Central Asia: Intergenerational Cooperation, Infrastructure, and Translocal Mobilities

Dr. Sarah Jurkiewicz

Liminal Spaces: Topographies of Political and Social Change in Morocco, Egypt and Palestine (VW)

Kyara Klausmann

A Global History of Political Thought at Kabul University, 1964–1992