Ageing and Society

Ageing and Society

Welcome to the Section Ageing and Society of the German Sociological Association!


  • Dr. Claudia Vogel, Deutsches Zentrum für Altersfragen (spokesperson) >> Contact
  • Prof. Dr. Harald Künemund, Institut für Gerontologie, Universität Vechta (deputy spokesperson) >> Contact
  • Dr. Ludwig Amrhein, Fachbereich Angewandte Sozialwissenschaften, Fachhochschule Dortmund >> Contact
  • Dr. Miranda Leontowitsch, Arbeitsbereich Interdisziplinäre Alternswissensschaft, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt   >> Contact
  • PD Dr. Helga Pelizäus-Hoffmeister, Institut für Soziologie und Volkswirtschaftslehre, Universität der Bundeswehr München >> Contact
  • Prof. Dr. Simone Scherger, SOCIUM - Forschungszentrum Ungleichheit und Sozialpolitik, Universität Bremen >> Contact
  • Prof. Dr. Klaus R. Schroeter, Institut Integration und Partizipation, FHNW Hochschule für Soziale Arbeit, Olten (Schweiz) >> Contact

Postal Adress

Sektion Alter(n) und Gesellschaft der DGS

c/o Prof. Dr. Harald Künemund (deputy spokesperson)
Universität Vechta
Institut für Gerontologie
Driverstr. 22
49377 Vechta


About the section

The Section Ageing and Society is a forum for debate on questions of the relationship between ageing and societal development, the social framework of ageing and the implications for sociological theories and approaches to research vice and versa. 

The working group "Ageing and Society" was founded during the Sociology Congress in Freiburg in 1998. The Council of the DGS had previously approved the application to set up the group. After two years successful work and following an application made by us in September 2000, the section "Ageing and Society" evolved from the former working group. Our activities include conferences and meetings, information and networking on activities in the relevant thematic areas. This is also the objective of the series of books Alter(n) und Gesellschaft im VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, published by Gertrud Backes and Wolfgang Clemens. 


Any sociologists, but also other social scientists who work in the areas of ageing and old age and share our interests and concerns can become members of the Ageing and Society section. It is not necessary to be a member of the German Society for Sociology (DGS), but DGS members are very welcome. 

The section is a forum for lively and productive exchanges. It thrives on the participation and initiatives of its members. Active participation is therefore not only possible, but also explicitly requested.
You can apply for membership by >> E-Mail. Please tell us something about yourself, your training and your professional activity. The board of the section will then decide on your membership at its next meeting.
Our statistics: We currently have 255 members (12/2017).
Our section receives minimal funding from the DGS. We therefore ask all members for a small contribution.
The membership fee is € 10.00 per year (for students and those unemployed € 5.00).