On Old Age and Its Multiplicity: Exploring Discourses and Materialities about Getting Older


  • Francesco Miele University of Trieste
  • Nicoletta Bosco University of Torino
  • Valeria Cappellato University of Torino
  • Elisa Castellaccio University of Bologna
  • Enrico Maria Piras Bruno Kessler Foundation




old age, pandemics, Alzheimer, gerontotechnology, vulnerability


Old age is at the core of complex constellations composed by media discourses, care and mundane activities, and affective and technological practices that involve a wide range of human and non-human actors. While during the last years concepts such as “active” and “successful” ageing have more and more emphasised the individual responsibility of older adults in managing their own health, in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic elderly have been increasingly framed as vulnerable subjects. This Crossing Boundaries will explore the different instances assumed by the “old age” as an emerging object by the enactment of discourses and materialities. In doing so, this Crossing Boundaries mobilizes different theoretical perspectives, such as STS, media studies and sociology of health. The authors will explore three main issues: 1) the public discourse about the health status of older people; 2) the collective management of Alzheimer’s disease in and outside institutions; 3) the involvement of older adults in designing information and communication technologies.




How to Cite

Miele, F., Bosco, N., Cappellato, V., Castellaccio, E., & Piras, E. M. (2023). On Old Age and Its Multiplicity: Exploring Discourses and Materialities about Getting Older. Tecnoscienza – Italian Journal of Science & Technology Studies, 13(2), 105–132. https://doi.org/10.6092/issn.2038-3460/17581



Crossing Boundaries