We are proud to present the first episode of Eurozine’s new weekly talk show, Standard Time. The inaugural discussion takes stock of societal pressures, especially on women, regarding youthfulness and the often unrealistic standards set by society. The episode features three distinguished guests, each bringing a unique perspective to the discussion.

Marleen Wynants joins online from the Netherlands. She is the director of Crosstalks, and a guest editor of the Flemish journal rekto:verso. She co-curated their 99th edition, dedicated to the theme of ageing. Her recent book has gained significant attention for its thoughtful analysis of ageing and its impact on society.

Fiona Rupprecht is a gerontologist from the University of Vienna. Dr Rupprecht’s work focuses on the science behind ageing, offering valuable insights into the biological and psychological aspects of this inevitable process.

Zsófia Loránd is a historian of ideas and a recurring author of Eurozine, who brings a fresh perspective on societal age norms. Her work challenges conventional beliefs and promotes new ways of understanding age in the context of historical and cultural developments. Find her articles taking stock of feminist foremothers hereby.

Join us for this thought-provoking episode that promises to shed light on the existential aspects of ageing and how it shapes our lives. Tune in to Standard Time and engage in a conversation that redefines the narrative of ageing in today’s world.

Related reads

Marleen Wynants, Goedele Nuyttens. Age: From the Anatomy of Life to the Architecture of Living
rekto:verso’s thematic issue on ageing, co-edited by Marleen Wynants
Baba Yaga laid an egg by Dubravka Ugrešić
Fiona Rupprecht’s research article on ageing
Zsófia Lóránd honouring the prolific feminist journalist and author Slavenka Drakulić

Cited source

Bret Stetka for Scientific American on ‘Extended Adolescence: When 25 Is the New 18′

Creative team

Réka Kinga Papp, editor-in-chief
Merve Akyel, art director
Szilvia Pintér, producer
Margarita Lechner, writer-editor
Zsófia Gabriella Papp, executive producer


Hermann Riessner, managing director
Judit Csikós, project manager
Csilla Nagyné Kardos, office administration

Video crew, Okto TV

Senad Hergić, producer
Leah Hochedlinger, video recording
Marlena Stolze, video recording
Clemens Schmiedbauer, video recording
Richard Brusek, sound recording


István Nagy, lead video editor
Kateryna Kuzmenko, dialogue editor


animation by Victor Maria Lima
theme music by Cornelia Frischauf 

Hosted by The Alte Schmiede Kunstverein, Vienna

This talk show is a Display Europe production: a content-sharing platform soon to premiere.

This programme is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and the European Cultural Foundation. Importantly, the views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors and speakers only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor the EACEA can be held responsible for them.

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