Location: Online

The international conference “Old Challenges, Recent Changes: Elder Care as a Political Struggle in Europe” is organized within the framework of COST Action 18119 Who Cares In Europe?, whose aim is to explore the relationships among families, states and voluntary associations in the creation of social welfare in Europe. It consists of one-day on-line meeting, hosted by the Centre for the Study of Equal Opportunity Policies (CPES & FSPUB) of the University of Bucharest, in collaboration with the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory (IFDT) of the University of Belgrade.

This conference brings together scholars coming from a whole variety of disciplines (history, political science, anthropology, social work, philosophy, sociology, etc.) who are interested in reflecting upon and analyzing the extent to which elder care has become (or not) a political concern in different European regions or national settings. The overall objective of this meeting is to discuss the main research questions and angles of inquiry allowing contributors to define a common basis for a coherent joint academic publication.

It will take place on November 5, 2021, 10.00 — 17.15 (CET)


10.00 – 12.00: Round-table (presentations of contributions)

12.00 – 13.00: Lunch break

13.00 – 15.00: Q&A session

15.00 – 15.15: Coffee break

15.15 – 17.15: Final discussions (practical concerns for a joint publication)


Ursula Trummer (Center for Health and Migration, Vienna) AUSTRIA, Austria, Romania and the Economy of Home Care

Erna Lučić & Tanja Pavlović & Nihada Delibegović Džanić & Nusreta Salić (Tuzla University) BOSNIA and HERZEGOVINA, Elderly Care in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Danijel Baturina & Jelena Matančević (University of Zagreb) CROATIA, Elderly care in Croatia: policy struggles in between state’s dominance and private initiative 

Hanne Marlene Dahl (Roskilde University) DENMARK, Old age care as a particular kind of gendered problem

Christophe Capuano (Grenoble-Alpes University) FRANCE, Waiting for a revolution in care and old age. The missed opportunities of a French policy on care for the elderly

Irena Zemaitaityte & Jolanta Pivoriene & Raminta Bardauskiene & Agata Katkoniene (Mykolas Romeris University) LITHUANIA, Older Adults Digital Inclusion: New Challenges for Lithuanian Social Policy

Magdalena Rosochacka-Gmitrzak (University of Warsaw) POLAND, Attractive enough to get proper political attention? Men on the older adults caregiving board

Ana Paula Gil (Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences (CICS.NOVA), NOVA FCSH, Lisbon) PORTUGAL, Uncertainties around the caregiver status in Portugal: an issue for social policy

Simona Ioana Bodogai (University of Oradea) & Diana Mărgărit (University Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Iași) & Anca Dohotariu (University of Bucharest) ROMANIA, Elder Care as a Political Concern in Post-socialist Romania

Ljiljana Pantović & Bojana Radovanović & Adriana Zaharijević (Institute of Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade), SERBIA, Elderly Care in Serbia: When Closeness Becomes an Impediment for Care

Ľubica Voľanská (Institute of Ethnology and Social Anthropology, SAS, Bratislava) SLOVAKIA, The story of a senior centre: (un)successful community activism

Majda Hrženjak (Peace Institute, Ljubljana) & Jana Mali (Faculty of Social Work, University of Ljubljana) SLOVENIA, Political struggles in regulating eldercare in Slovenia: deinstitutionalization, gender blindness and personalization of services

Antía Pérez-Caramés (University of A Coruña) SPAIN, Recent developments in long-term care policies in Spain. Challenges and competing discourses amidst the global pandemic

Pat Thane (Birkbeck College, University of London) UNITED KINGDOM, Elder Care in Britain since 1945

Shir Shimoni (King’s College, London) UNITED KINGDOM, Covid-19 and older people: A return to risk subjectivit