ACT at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference

Join us later this week, as several members of ACT present at the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Conference as part of panels organized by NWSA’s Caucus on Ageing and Ageism. The conference is being held from November 10th to 13th at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. The full conference program is available here.   PANEL […]

Postdoctoral fellowship/s: Human-Computer Interaction and older people

The Interactive Technologies Group ( at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF, Barcelona) is looking for and willing to support excellent postdoctoral Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) researchers who are interested in applying for a Beatriu de Pinós (BP) 2016 fellowship so as to conduct a two-year postdoc in the area of HCI and Ageing at a top Spanish […]

Barbara Crow to speak at Inaugural Monday Night Seminar on “The New Shape of Things: Big Data, Big Stories”

Barbara Crow, co-applicant in ACT, Dean and AVP Graduate in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at York University will be a speaker at this year’s Inaugural Monday Night Seminar organized by the McLuhan Centre for Culture & Technology and the Faculty of Information (iSchool) at the University of Toronto. This […]

Update from the Annual ACT Meeting

From October 14 to 16, 2016, the third annual ACT meeting took place in Castelldefels, Catalonia, Spain. This year, it was the ACT partner IN3 at the Open University of Catalonia (OUC) that welcomed the ACT team. Some 35 ACT members, including co-applicants, collaborators, community members and students, travelled from North and South America, Europe and Asia to participate in the meeting.

Call for papers: Special Issue on Therapeutic Recreation in a Digital World

The proliferation of digital technologies and the evolution of assistive technologies, virtual spaces, and new forms of leisure engagement raise key questions about the changing nature of therapeutic recreation and social justice. These varied technologies have the potential to benefit marginalized individuals and communities, but they may also be challenging and problematic. ICTs, therefore, have […]

ACT at the Canadian Association of Gerontology Conference in Montreal

ACT researchers will present as part of a panel titled Ageing, Communication, Technologies: Experiencing a digital world in later life at the upcoming conference of the Canadian Association of Gerontology (CAG) to be held in Montreal from October 20 to 22. The ACT panel will take place on October 22 at 3:15pm. The panel employs and explores […]

Shannon Hebblethwaite presents on “Grannie’s on the net” at McGill University

Shannon Hebblethwaite, Assistant professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences at Concordia University, will present her ACT-funded study on the uses of Facebook for family communication. This comparative case study brings together research on social media use, specifically Facebook, in Romania and Canada. The purpose of the study is to investigate how grandmothers communicate with […]

Generativity in older people: Later life as a time of development

The Communication Networks & Social Change Research Group (CN&SC) and Aging2.0 in Barcelona is pleased to invite you to an open lecture offered by Prof. Feliciano Villar, member of the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Barcelona and coordinator of the Research in Gerontology Group (GIG). The talk will take place at IN3 at the […]

Ph.D. student position on older adults’ interactions with robots

ACT partner institution, Ben-Gurion University in Israel, is seeking outstanding candidates for a PhD student position that entails conducting research on the topic of older adults’ interactions with robots. This position will be held in the Department of Communication Studies and the Center for Multidisciplinary Research in Aging of Ben-Gurion University. The deadline for applications […]

PhD Defence: “Humor in Interpersonal Communication. The Functions and Benefits of Humor for Older Adults”

Ioana Schiau, an affiliated ACT student from the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration in Bucharest, Romania, is defending her PhD thesis next week, on September 29th. Her research explores the use of humor by older adults, its social and psychological benefits, as well as particular gender-specific and culture-specific communicational practices in the […]