Aske Juul Lassen's PhD defence – University of Copenhagen

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30 September 2014

Aske Juul Lassen's PhD defence

On Friday, September 26th, 2014, Aske Juul Lassen, Copenhagen Centre for Health Research in the Humanities (CoRe) and Center for Healthy Aging, defended his PhD thesis titled: “Active ageing and the unmaking of old age: The knowledge productions, everyday practices and policies of the good late life”.

Aske’s dissertation discusses how active ageing policies are constructed, what effects they have in the world, and how they are negotiated with everyday practices of the elderly.

He explores these topics via ethnographic fieldwork at two activity centres in the Copenhagen area, via document studies of policy papers and gerontological literature about the concept of activity, and via participation in a public-private innovation partnership that developed technologies catering to the active late life.

The defence was both well attended by colleagues, friends and family, and well received by the assessment committee consisting of:

  • Sarah Lamb, Professor of Anthropology, Brandeis University
  • Lotte Huniche, Associate Professor at the Institute of Public Health, University of Southern –Denmark
  • Klaus Lindgaard Højer, Professor at the Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen (chair)