The Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Aging and Care (CIRAC) at the University of Graz in Austria was founded in November 2020. The first of its kind in Austria, it was created to address socially relevant questions of aging, old age, and the organization of care (care structures and care cultures) from the perspectives of the humanities and social sciences. CIRAC’s fields of research include the analysis of cultural representations of age, care, and the life course, human-technology interaction, ecologies of care, ethics and politics, and health humanities. Its mission is to contribute to the growing field of Aging and Care Studies by facilitating inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration and supporting early career researchers.
Research, teaching, and the promotion of early career researchers at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Aging and Care aims to integrate the humanities, the social sciences, and cultural studies into its methods.
The Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Aging and Care has identified five core research areas that are paramount to its research. Focusing on critical and interdisciplinary issues of aging and care, these research areas are: Ethics & Politics, Ecologies of Care, Human-Technology Interactions, Cultural Representations, and Health Humanities & Life Extension.
These research areas shall be further enriched by keeping social developments and transformations, as well as networks of care in mind. As a conceptual framework questions of Public Health, Care Ethics, and Palliative Care will also be applied.
To fully realize its potential, the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Aging and Care extends beyond the city of Graz by means of various partnerships and collaborations. Among these are institutions such as ENAS, NANAS, the GSA, AgeCap Gothenburg, and TCAS Trent. Furthermore, the Age and Care Research Group Graz (ageandcaregraz.at), a collaborative research group of all four universities in Graz, which is coordinated by CIRAC, allows for cooperation with other universities and institutional partners from practical fields and the general public on a national and international level.