Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging

Living Edition
| Editors: Danan Gu, Matthew E. Dupre

European Network in Aging Studies

  • Ulla Kriebernegg
  • Barbara RatzenboeckEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_838-1



The European Network in Aging Studies (ENAS) is an association of researchers concerned with the study of cultural aging. It facilitates international and interdisciplinary collaboration among Aging Studies scholars at all career levels, most notably in the humanities and social sciences. The network promotes academic research on cultural dimensions of human aging. Among others this includes research on cultural narratives and popular (self-)images of aging and old age and their histories, literary and other artistic representations of aging and old age, as well as collective memory, and media and policy discourses on aging and old age. Furthermore, it encompasses research on generational identities; intersections of age with other social categories such as gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religion or belief, (dis)ability, or class; the social meaning and organization of life course transitions such as retirement or relocation; and people’s aging experiences in...

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The authors thank Aagje Swinnen (University of Maastricht/University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht, the Netherlands) for her assistance in preparing this entry.


  1. ENAS (2019) Website of the European Network in Aging Studies. www.agingstudies.eu. Accessed 19 Mar 2019
  2. Swinnen A, Port C (eds) Age, narrative, performance: Essays from the humanities. Special issue. International Journal of Aging and Later Life (2012) 7(2).  https://doi.org/10.3384/ijal.1652-8670.1272

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Inter-American StudiesUniversity of GrazGrazAustria

Section editors and affiliations

  • Danan Gu
    • 1
  1. 1.Population Division, Department of Economic and Social AffairsUnited NationsNew YorkUSA