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Age is the first book bringing together an interdisciplinary and intergenerational mix of studies, research, reflections, projects and activism against ageism and exploring the opposite. Age wants to contribute to the escape routes out of a society driven by competition and profit and divided by class, income, race, sex, education and age. Discrimination against age is deeply rooted and an immense and often not recognized threshold for many human oriented initiatives for a better world for everybody. Age is a counter narrative, celebrating life, solidarity and the empowerment of all people with regard to their own health, whatever one's age. This 6th Crosstalks book is a carefully selected mix of studies, research, reflections, projects and activism uncovering ageism and exploring the opposite. Philosophy and art are brought for their capacity to provide culturally driven contexts in which to think free and to activate slumbering senses and sensibilities. Not acting one’s age, whether it is intentional or not (and, following Butler’s theory, it mostly is not on the stage of life) is both a dangerous and a promising enterprise - Aagje Swinnen

In many ways, age in men often equates with the concept of 'sage;' ironic, since we all know many older men who are complete doofuses. There certainly seem to be more male role models who are reaching their older years with dignity and grace while in the public eye, compared to the number of high-ranking women in the fields of government, science, religion, education, politics … do I need to continue the list? - Ellen Snortland

Ageing populations have been identified as a major problem in most Western societies. Why? As noted previously, the elderly are not particularly dangerous; they are usually not violent and hardly have any impact on criminal statistics and crime rates. - Cor Wagenaar

Ageism is to age what racism is to race. Both are socially constructed ideas that have changed over time and serve a social and economic purpose. They’re not about how we look, they’re about how people in power assign meaning to how we look. - Ashton Applewhite


Goedele Nuyttens obtained an MA in Germanic languages at Ghent University before she began working as an editorial assistant at Snoeck Publishers, producing art books and exhibition catalogues. She later became commissioning editor at Academic & Scientific Publishers and VUBPRESS. Together with Luc Derycke, she is the founder of ASA publishing. Today she is project and communications manager at Crosstalks and a freelance editor. Marleen Wynants started out as a music producer, presenter and content researcher for the official Belgian Radio and Television in its pre-commercial stage. While continuing as a freelance journalist on music, art and gender, she ran the post-punk magazine Fabiola together with Jan Vanroelen, both leaving the scene in 1988, the year Hillel Slovak, Chet Baker, Divine, Sylvester and Roy Orbison died. She was a contributor to Janus, the magazine launched by Jan Fabre. She runs her own company, Nux Publica. Wynants wrote children books, short stories and a large number of articles and columns on art and on science projects and on the people behind them. Since 2003 she is the director of Crosstalks, the interdisciplinary platform at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Crosstalks links academic and corporate research to art, architecture and design with an eye on novel insights and pre-trajectories for an ecological and sustainable future. Most recent books are We can change the Weather – 100 cases of Changeability and Bridges over Troubled Waters (co-edited with Goedele Nuyttens).