Interactive documentary "Elderscapes. Ageing in Urban South Asia"

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Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Asian History / Studies, Film and Film History, Research and Methodology, Urban History / Studies

Dear all,


we are very delighted to introduce our interactive documentary Elderscapes. Ageing in Urban South Asia which is now available at* 

The website offers an insight into contemporary everyday life of older people from the middle class in urban South Asia. It is a public outcome of the research project “Ageing in a Transcultural Context” (B19) at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”, Heidelberg University, Germany. This open-access project is based in visual anthropology and interweaves multiple media types such as video, text, sound and images. It is both aimed at the academic audience and the general public. The non-linear structure allows the audience to individually explore the content and regulate the process of knowledge production.


The project has been developed by filmmaker Jakob Gross and the anthropologists Annika Mayer, M.A. and Roberta Mandoki, M.A. for the Chair of Visual and Media Anthropology at Heidelberg University. It is based on the PhD research of Annika Mayer in Delhi, India, and Roberta Mandoki in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, and covers various aspects of ageing in urban environments focusing on the social commitment of older persons from the middle class, their everyday life and social bonding, on their memories as well as perspectives on what it means to grow old in a city. Older people show their city and their activities from their own view and reflect on the changes they have witnessed. The heterogeneity of experiencing older age can individually be explored along different topical lines. The non-linear transmedia format supports the illustration of these diverse experiences.


For further information please visit For questions please contact Annika Mayer ( (Delhi, project management) or Roberta Mandoki ( (Nepal) or Jakob Gross ( (shooting, website).


*[Please note: : If you encounter problems while viewing the project, please check your browser settings or use a different browser.].



Annika Mayer, Roberta Mandoki and Jakob Gross

Contact Info: 

Annika Mayer, M.A.
PhD Candidate, Project B19 „Ageing in a transcultural context”
Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context"