Kavita Sivaramakrishnan's Roundtable on Old Age and History looks at all life as fragile, valuable and interdependent

Thursday, February 4, 2021

"To Understand All Life as Fragile, Valuable, and Interdependent”: A Roundtable on Old Age and History", a new piece in the Radical History Review, covers a roundtable discussion bringing together scholars from three different areas within aging studies to define the field’s terms and map out some of its contours and potential future directions. Columbia Aging Center faculty member Kavita Sivaramakrishnan’s research in global public health and South Asian history brought her to the study of physiological old age as it intersects with social histories in the global South, thus critiquing Eurocentric epistemologies of aging. Stephen Katz draws on poststructuralist theory, feminism, and theories of materiality and embodiment in his historically informed work in critical gerontology. Columbia Pat Thane is a social historian interested in old age in relation to gender, labor, inequality, and welfare states, as well as the long arc of the meaning of old age in the West.