On March 24, 2017 George(Gino) Pavia, Roberto Giua and Laura Dryjanska, members of the Working Group 4 of the INTERFASOL have met at the Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity of Malta. Maria Aurora Fenech , invited by George(Gino) Pavia, has joined the meeting representing both the Ministry and the University of Malta. The participants have discussed the involvement of the Key Stakeholders in their respective countries in the promotion of intergenerational family solidarity, identifying the best ways to obtain audio or video-recorded statements from them. This task is being carried out in full collaboration with Dr. Marvin Formosa (Department of Gerontology, Faculty for Social Wellbeing, University of Malta), the leading expert in ageing-related issues and consultant of the Ministry of Health for the National Dementia Plan and Strategy of Malta. The INTERFASOL COST Action has made possible this (and many other) projects by giving numerous opportunities to meet and interact to its members, who in turn have further enlarged the network.
13th ESA Conference, Athens, 29.08.2017 – 01.09.2017 RN13 – Sociology of Families and Intimate Lives
Coordinator: Isabella Crespi, University of Macerata, Italy isabella.crespi(at)unimc.it
Our RN invites submissions of papers on current new findings in family research as well as current new theoretical and methodological approaches to explore families and inti-mate lives. Taking up the conference theme, scholars are especially invited to explore whether and how their family studies relate to aspects of making or unmaking Europe or the causes or consequences related to such processes (e.g. formation of transnational couples, poverty of families, family ties as instruments for compensating social depriva-ion or cutbacks in social benefits, changes in fertility behaviour, re-traditionalisation of gender roles etc.). However, linkage to the main conference theme is not a precondition for submissions. RN13 requires all authors to submit two abstracts: You are asked to submit the standard abstract of 250 words and in addition you are also asked to upload a longer, extended version, that is a second abstract of 500 words. Please outline within your abstract (as appropriate) the research question, theoretical approach, data, methodology, research findings, and interpretation. Please indicate in the beginning of the abstract (like this: “[theme RN13_XX]”) which of the following session themes your submission relates to best. Continue reading (Un)Making Europe: Capitalism, Solidarities, Subjectivities→
3rd Call for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) for Intergenerational Family Solidarity Researchers
Call for applications is open between December 5th till December 16th, 2016
All STSM activities must occur in their entirety until April 1st, 2017
COST strives to support European scientists in their networking activities by Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) that will allow scientists to learn from an institution in another COST country. STSMs involve visiting a partner institution for a period of up to 3 months to improve closer cooperation and exchange, to develop capacity building and joint research, publications, and preparation of future projects. The following detailed information is withdrawn from COST H2020 VADEMECUM (pages 28-29).
Who can apply?
STSM applicants are PhD or post-doctoral researchers, or employed by or officially affiliated to an institution or legal entity (public or private, as Home Institution);
COST Action IS1311 INTERFASOL subscrives COST strategy towards increased support of Early Career Investigators (ECI) (COST 295/09). Therefore, the participation of ECIs in STSM is particularly encouraged. An applicant can be considered as being an ESR when the time that has elapsed between the award date of the applicant’s PhD and the date of the applicant’s first involvement in the COST Action IS1311 INTERFASOL does not exceed 8 years. PhD students are also eligible to partake in STSMs.
The table below (see category A) details the possible STSM scenarios available to the respective Researcher. The Host institution (category B) concerns the institution/organisation that will host the successful applicant.
During Interfasol meeting in Dublin (Nov., 15-16, 2016) Prof. Zviad Kirtava (Tbilisi State Medical University / Partners for Health NGO) made a presentation to participants about ICT and e-Health applications for benefit of Interfasol research.
Professor Mark Morgan speaks to ISCH COST Action IS1311 Intergenerational Family Solidarity across Europe (INTERFASOL) delegates, Higher Education Research Centre, Dublin City University, November 17, 2016.
Special Issue on “Aging and Migration in Europe” just appeared in GeroPsych – The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry
Europe is experiencing demographic and social challenges unprecedented in its history. Migration flows, though not a new phenomenon, represent one of these challenges. Migration as the movement of social and national groups within as well as into Europe includes several motivations and objectives. Depending on these motivations, migrants are considered as welcome asset or as not-wanted claiming benefits of the national social security systems.
What can we learn from earlier migration waves? Currently, a large number of first-generation immigrants of the big immigration waves of the 1960s and 1970s are approaching retirement age in many European countries. Contrary to earlier expectations, studies have shown that only a part of these aging migrants return to their countries of origin after retirement, whereas a larger part decides to stay permanently in the receiving country or to commute between both countries. Growing old in the context of migration has thus become a hot topic for many societies.