Entries by Kendra Besanger

End of Season Storytelling Café on December 8: La Tertulia

On Friday, December 8, the University of the Streets will host its last storytelling event of 2017 and they’re calling it la tertulia. A tertulia is a social gathering with literary or artistic overtones: an informal meeting of people to discuss current affairs, arts, etc. Anne Caines, the coordinator and one of the founding members of […]

Virtual Graveyards & Cybermemorials

Yasmin Jiwani is an ACT collaborator whose recent research focuses on the online memorialization of loss. Her other research interests encompass issues of media, race, gender and intersectionalities of violence. There is nary an area of social life that has not been touched by digital technologies. Death is not exempt from this either. Today, we […]

Trent University Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity: 2018

Applications are invited for the following postdoctoral research opportunity: Position title: Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Culture and Quantified Aging Supervisor: Dr. Barbara L. Marshall, Department of Sociology, Trent University Location: Trent University, Peterborough, ON We are seeking an emerging researcher to work with us on a SSHRC-funded project on “Digital Culture and Quantified Aging”. This […]

Call for papers: Cultures of Participation – Arts, Digital Media, and Politics

CULTURES OF PARTICIPATION – ARTS, DIGITAL MEDIA AND POLITICS (find full call here) International and interdisciplinary conference: April 18-20, 2018 Aarhus University, Denmark Please submit your abstract proposal (max 300 words) and a short bio (max 100 words) to  culturesofparticipation2018@cc.au.dk no later than 5 January 2018. We welcome individual papers as well as panels with three or four […]

“Without the grandmas, there is no revolution”

Catalan emotions ran high in September and October 2017. On October 1st, the population was called to an independence referendum. The pro-independence movement is a bottom-up movement that transverses across age groups. Of interest is the strong commitment of the older generations. While it might be too early for an in-depth analysis, three elements should be considered to justify this particularity. First, the willingness of the older people to get involved in the protests – a must in grassroots movements. Second, the public recognition of the role of older people now and during the dictatorship. And third, older people’s active participation in the digital spaces that articulate and support the movement.

Age 3.0 Aging in the City – Concordia University, November 1

From age friendly cities, to smart cities to sustainable cities, how we live, work, play, engage and negotiate the urban environment is on the public agenda. On November 1, 2017, Age 3.0: Aging in the city will explore the multiple intersections of innovation, technologies and aging, and bring together voices from the university, Montreal-based community groups, and local […]

ACT Researchers in the Media

The work of ACT Associate Researcher, Andrea Charise, was featured on CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition on October 15. In this episode, Andrea Charise discusses the importance of choosing our words (and metaphors) wisely when we talk about aging. Learn more about the episode and listen here.

IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics

The ACT partnership was very well represented at one of the largest ever conferences in ageing studies: the IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, a joint conference hosted by the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) and the Gerontological Association of America (GSA), that took place in San Francisco in July 2017. ACT […]