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Transnational ageing and care technologies: Mainland Chinese grandparenting migrants

July 2019 @ 14:00 - 16:00

Transnational ageing and care technologies: Mainland Chinese grandparenting migrants

Organizer: Max Planck Research Group
Lecturer: Dr. Elaine Ho (National University of Singapore)
Time: Thursday, 11. JULY 2019 | 14:15 – 16:00 |
Place: Hermann-Föge-Weg 12 (villa), Göttingen


Transnational ageing is an understudied topic compared to the attention that has been given to other aspects of transnational familyhood. This presentation focuses on grandparenting migrants from the People’s Republic of China who move temporarily to Singapore or Sydney to care for grandchildren and/or to receive care. Rather than “ageing in place”, they are charting transnational journeys of ageing by recreating social networks and social spaces abroad. Using WeChat, an ICT tool, they maintain social ties in China while also building new social connections abroad. Our presentation introduces the concept of “care technologies”, referring to two dimensions: first, in the Foucauldian sense of how technologies of subjectification are evinced in and through care relations; and second, the role that ICT tools play in mediating care relations across borders, exhibiting governmentality effects too. The presentation also shares insights on integrating qualitative research methods with Geographic Information Science (GIS) visualisations to extend understanding of the spatial and temporal care routines of the grandparenting migrants, as well as the “throwntogether” spaces which they share with older Singaporeans as they age abroad.

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July 2019
14:00 - 16:00
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Max Planck Research Group


Hermann-Föge-Weg 12
37073 Göttingen, 37073 Germany
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