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Second International conference on Ageing Inclusive Futures: Forging an interdisciplinary dialogue in aging research and practice

Published on April 3, 2023


Event Date

October 4, 2023 9:00 am (IST)

Event Venue

Location - FLAME University, Pune

Event Date: October 4-5, 2023
Event Venue: FLAME University, Pune

Gerontological research in India, despite its significant empirical and policy contributions, remains divided in terms of disciplinary exchanges and collaborations. The goal of this Conference will be to explore fruitful areas of exchange between the social sciences and clinical interventions of aging research by borrowing and adapting theories, methods, vocabularies and interventions.  Specifically, the conference invites researchers and practitioners from a variety of disciplines including public health, demography, medicine, social work and nursing to present innovative research and theoretical findings that (1) improves overall well-being of older persons through person-centered interventions and theoretical provocations, (2) sharpens the link between research and practice, and finally, (3) facilitate a cross-disciplinary dialogue to imagine inclusive aging futures. We envision this conference to be a landmark intellectual event in generating futuristic gerontological knowledge in dementia, geriatric mental health, long-term care, retirement and technologies around aging in this country. Overall, by stimulating communications between researchers and those in practice, the Conference promises to contribute to the formulation of better policies and effective interventions in geriatric care.

Examples of topics might include but not limited to:

  • Family and caregiving
  • (Inclusive) Senior housing communities
  • Innovative practices in geriatric mental health (how do we deinstitutionalize long-term senior care?)
  • Rethinking community engagement models
  • Technologies for aging/Digital Aging (Human-non-human interface in senior care)
  • How can we use multiple cultural forms (music, art and theatre) in advancing professional practice in aging?
  • Methodological advances in geriatric intervention research
  • Smart home technologies and aging-in-place

Conference structure: We will follow a symposium-style format where papers submitted will be presented under broad thematic areas. Authors will have a chance to engage in a discussion and get feedback from experts to arrive at collaborative directions in future research and interventions. We welcome paper abstracts not exceeding 500 words and author bio to be submitted by June 15, 2023.

In addition to thematic sessions, the Conference will have a keynote and invited plenary speakers by researchers and practitioners who are pioneers in their fields.

Outcome: We anticipate two main deliverables.

1) We intend to invite selected papers to be submitted for a Special Issue in a top peer reviewed journal that covers social, behavioral and health dimensions of aging.

2) We aim to start an online research consortium that will facilitate an ongoing dialogue and exchange among academic peers, stakeholders and practitioners. This online (open-access) platform will host op-ed pieces, blogs and notes from the field by experts and thought leaders in geriatric care.

Key dates

Abstract submission portal openApril 15-June 30, 2023
Acceptance notificationJune 30, 2023
Complete manuscript submissionSeptember 1, 2023
Conference registration deadlineSeptember 30, 2023
Conference (Offline)Oct 4-5, 2023

For queries, please email: info@iimad.org

List of Selected Papers

Registration Link for the Conference: https://forms.gle/YQ73fXrGqjtBKNNd9

Schedule for the conference:


Oct 4 (Wednesday): Day 1

9:30 A.M – 10:30A.MInaugural Session
Welcome by the Vice Chancellor, FLAME University 
Overview of the conference Dr. Tannistha Samanta
 Vote of Thanks by  Prof S. Irudaya Rajan 
10:30 A.M – 11:00A.MBreak: Meet-and-Greet over tea and snacks
11:00 AM-11:45 A.MKeynote:
Prof. Loretta Baldassar
(Edith Cowan University, Australia) 
11:45 A.M – 1:15 P.MPlenary Session 1
Dr. Jonas Sunderakumar
(Brain Research Centre, IISC, Bangalore)

Dr Mahati Chittem
(Liberal Arts, IIT, Hyderabad)

Prof Harish Naraindas
( Centre for the Study of Social Systems, JNU)
1:15 P.M – 2:30 P.MLunch Break 
2:30 P.M – 4:30 P.MPaper Session 1: Psychosocial Dimensions of Aging
Chair: Prof. Irudaya Rajan (IIMAD)

Conference Dinner (7:00pm-9:00pm)- Location TBD (by invitation only)      

        Oct 5 (Thursday):Day 2

9:00 A.M – 10:00 A.MPlenary session 2
Prof.Mala Ramanathan
(Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum)Dr. Sadhna Srivastava
(Indian Council of Medical Research )
10:00 A.M – 10:30A.MTea Break
10:30 A.M – 12:30 P.MPaper Session 2: Between the borders: Aging, displacement and nostalgia
Chair: Dr. Saima Farhad
(University of Kashmir)
12: 30 P.M – 1: 00 P.MAnimated Short film
Dr. Swati Agarwal
(IDC School of Design, IIT Bombay)
1:00 P.M – 2:00 P.MLunch 
2:00P.M –  4: 00 P.M Paper Session 3: Aging & Health: Perspectives, Contexts and Methodologies
Chair: Dr. Tannistha Samanta
4:00 P.M – 4:30 P.MTea Break
4:30 P.M – 5:15 P.M Valedictory Session Chair: Dr. Tannistha Samanta
Speaker : Dr. William Joe
(Institute of Economic Growth, New Delhi)Closing remarks : Dr. Irudaya Rajan


Paper Presentation Session 1:Psychosocial Dimensions of Aging India: Charting New Frontiers

Chair: Dr. Irudaya Rajan (IIMAD)

TimeTitleAuthor (affiliation)
2:30 P.M – 3:00 P.M A Study on Elderly inmates in Tamil Nadu’s Central Prisons undergo Depression, Anxiety and StressSrinivasan. S (Bharathidasan University)
3:00 P.M – 3:30 P.MElder abuse as a risk factor of psychiatric disorders among older adults in India: Evidence from Longitudinal Ageing Study in IndiaJhumki Kundu (IIPS, Mumbai)
3:30 P.M – 4:00 P.MA Social Health Perspective on Policies for People with Dementia: A Policy EthnographySanghamitra Sarma & Prabhir Vishnu Poruthiyil, Ashank  (Desai Centre for Policy Studies, IIT Bombay)
4:00 P.M – 4:30 P.MUsing psychometric assessment to understand the dynamics of depression among elderly in India: Evidence from LASI Wave-1Harshita Chari (Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune)

  Paper Presentation Session 2: Between the borders: Aging, displacement and nostalgia

Chair: Dr. Saima Farhad (University of Kashmir)

TimeTitleAuthor (affiliation)
10:30A.M – 11:00 A.MThe health implications of forced displacement on the Kashmiri Pandit CommunityAshani Dhar (JNU)
11:00 A.M-11:30 A.MElderly and Refugee: An intersectional analysis of community engagement for PakistaniHindu migrants in JodhpurArunima Shandilya (University of Sussex)
11:30 P.M- 12:00 P.MGetting Older Between Borders: A Mixed Method Study of Aging Experiences Among Refugees in IndiaSabeena Khatoon (University of Hyderabad)
12:00 P.M – 12:30P.MWhen Milk Boils Over: Narratives of Caregiving In Proximity Vs At a DistanceMukta Sharangpani (Santa Clara University)

Paper Presentation Session 3: Aging & Health: Perspectives, Contexts and Methodologies
Chair: Dr. Tannistha Samanta

TimeTitleAuthor (affiliation)
2:00P.M – 2:30 P.MGender differences in active ageing level and daily time use pattern among left-behind and not left-behind older adults: A comparative mixed method study from India.Shinjini Ray, R. Nagarajan (IIPS, Mumbai)
2:30PM – 3:00P.MHealthy and successful ageing manifest themselves throughcommunity engagement in West Bengal, India.Nilanjana Goswami, Trishna Chaudhuri (BITS PILANI, GOA; MANIPAL UNIVERSITY, JAIPUR)
3:00 P.M-3:30P.MImpact of Economic, Cultural, and Social Capital on Physical Health of Older Adults in Lucknow CityAnamika Singh and Esha Chatterjee (IIT-Kanpur)
3:30 P.M – 4:00P.MExploring the Rural-Urban Divide in Computer Literacy among Elderly in IndiaAbna A (University of Kerala, Karyavattom campus)



S Irudaya Rajan

S Irudaya Rajan

Chair, IIMAD

The International Institute of Migration and Development

Tannistha Samanta

Tannistha Samanta

Associate Professor, Sociology

FLAME University, Pune

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