Program Symposium Düsseldorf

Time Shifts
Age(ing) and Society

Saturday, 21. August 2021
13.00 – 19.30
Palais Wittgenstein, Bilker Str. 7–9, 40213 Düsseldorf

The first of two symposia aimed at the general public, Time Shifts: Age(ing) and Society looked at current and potential developments – medical, demographic, and social – as well as their cultural reflections and repercussions. It posed questions about the future of age(ing) and traced its individual and societal challenges.

Photos: TAIFUN (copyright)


13.00 – 13.15
TAIFUN Project & Peter Grabowski (Moderator)
Welcome with a welcome note of

Kiminori Iwama
Consul General of Japan in North Rhine-Westphalia

I. What is age(ing) and what will it be?

13.15 – 14.15
Andreas Kruse, Heidelberg
»The future of age(ing) – opportunities and risks for society and the individual«

II. How old can we get?

14.15 – 14.45
Thorsten Hoppe, Cologne
»Why we age. And how much longer …«

14.45 – 15.15
Jane Reznick, Cologne
»Die young at an old age?«

III. Questions not asked

15.15 – 16.00
Silke van Dyk, Jena
»What do the elderly owe us?«

16.00 – 16.45

IV. What can Germany and Japan learn from each other?

16.45 – 17.30
Shingo Shimada, Dusseldorf
»How Germany and Japan deal with aging«

V. Concepts of age(ing) in the arts

17.30 – 18.00
Nanako Nakajima, Kyoto
»Embracing the aging body in dance«

18.00 – 18.45
Aagje Swinnen, Maastricht
»Age(ing) reimagined«

VI. Panel discussion

18.45 – 19.30
Andreas Kruse, Silke van Dyk, Aagje Swinnen, Shingo Shimada, Thorsten Hoppe
»The possible futures of age(ing)«
Moderator: Peter Grabowski

All lectures include simultaneous interpretation into German or English and are available on YouTube in both languages:

→ YouTube German
→ YouTube English