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Salon in der Komischen Oper Berlin

Salon in der Komischen Oper Berlin
Photo: Jan Windszus Photography

Old but Sexy?

Digital Salon about Aging

Salon in der Komischen Oper Berlin
Photo: Jan Windszus Photography

Old but Sexy?

Digital Salon about Aging


May 04, 2020, 7:30–9 p.m.

Broadcast on May 4, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. on Youtube, acces via the website of Komische Oper Berlin

“Old age is a massacre,” said the writer Philip Roth. But what is age and aging all about? How do elderly people live? What does it mean to be part of the majority in an allegedly aging society that wants to look youthful all the time? How are elderly people perceived and represented? How do other societies look at getting older?

How do our images of aging relate to medical insights? What does aging mean at the molecular level, and what is the relationship between biological and psychological age? What is the potential, what is the beauty of aging? The opera house, which presents largely old, even ancient works and caters for an on average “older” generation, seems to be the right place to answer these kinds of questions.

These questions will be discussed at a salon entitled “Old but Sexy? Salon about Aging” by Prof. Dr. Silke van Dyk (sociologist, University of Jena) and Prof. Dr. Vjera Holthoff-Detto (head physician, Alexianer Hospital Hedwigshöhe Berlin).

The Salon of the Komische Oper Berlin and the Schering Stiftung will take place digitally on May 4 at 7:30 pm. You can follow the discussion live via YouTube. More information on the access via the column on the left.

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Digital salon about Aging at Komische Oper Berlin

May 4, 2020

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The speakers 

Silke van Dyk has been Professor of Political Sociology at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena since 2016. She studied sociology, political science, economics and labor law at the Universities of Göttingen and Helsinki and received her doctorate at the University of Göttingen with a thesis on consensus and hegemony in processes of social and economic crisis management. In 2014, she completed her habilitation with a thesis entitled "Die Regierung des Alter(n)s. Zeitdiagnostische und theoretische Perspektiven“ (The governance of age(ing): contemporary and theoretical perspectives). She teaches and conducts research in the fields of political sociology, sociology of old age and demography, sociology of social policy and the welfare state, and perspectives of social criticism. She is the author of the introduction "Soziologie des Alters" (Sociology of aging; transcript 2015) as well as co-author of the monograph "Leben im Ruhestand. Zur Neuverhandlung des Alters in der Aktivgesellschaft" (Life in retirement: On renegotiating age in the active society; transcript 2014).


Vjera Holthoff-Detto is a specialist in neurology, psychiatry and psychotherapy, and clinical geriatrics, as well as a psychoanalyst. Her interest in neurobiological and intra-psychic processes and their importance for medical and psychotherapeutical treatment took her to the Max Planck Institute for Neurological Research in Cologne, the University of Michigan Medical School, USA, and the university hospitals in Cologne and Dresden. Her clinical focus is on the treatment and prevention of mental disorders at an older age and on psychotherapy with older adults. Following her habilitation and her appointment at the Technical University of Dresden, she has since 2014 directed the Clinic for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, and Psychosomatics at the Alexianer Hospital Hedwigshöhe Berlin.



This Project is realized in cooperation with the following partners:

Komische Oper Berlin
Gegenbauer Facility Management

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