Seminar: Becoming old in the age of mediatization (ABSTRACTS DUE SEPT. 15th 2016)

Reminder: Our deadline for abstract submissions is Thursday 15 of September.

Here for more details.

We are proud to present our two keynotes for our seminar: Andreas Hepp and Kim Sawchuk:

Keynote: Media generation as a process: The generational self-positioning of elderly people in times of deep mediatization

Professor Andreas Hepp, University of Bremen, Germany

Does the population of elderly people represent a ‘media generation’ that differs from ‘digital natives’? Or is the media use of elderly people so variable that we cannot consider them as a homogenous group or ‘media generation’? These are the two questions I want to start my keynote with. In so doing, I first want to clarify what a ‘media generation’ might be. My core argument is that a media generation is not just a cohort of media users. Moreover, it would fall short to understand a media generation as an age group of people with the same patterns of media use. In contrast to such a concept, I want to suggest a ‘process understanding’ of media generations. From this point of view, a media generation consists of people who expe-rience certain forms of mediatization in relation to a certain stage of their life course. The ways media are appropriated in a media generation differ, often greatly. However, their mem-bers share a self-understanding as a certain generation of media users: ‘we, as the ones who grew up with radio and television and before the computer’, for example.
Taking this as a starting point of analysis, I want to focus on the media-generational self-positioning of elderly people. Taking the results of an empirical research project that com-pares different media generations in Germany, three points are striking: First, elderly people’s dissociation from digital media technologies: Even ‘digital pioneers’ (e. g. zero-hour comput-er programmers) from a certain point on disconnect from recent developments like the social web. Second, elderly people experience their own generation as ‘insufficient’ or ‘catching up’ in a troublesome process. Third, in our data, elderly people are the group with the biggest differences in their media use when it comes to communitization. Discussing this data on the basis of various examples, I want to sketch an understanding of what it means to be a member of the ‘analogue media generation’ that became adult before the deep mediatization of digital media and is now confronted with these changes.

Keynote: “Researching with…”: mediatization, research-creation and ageing together

Professor Kim Sawchuk, Concordia University, Canada

This paper critically ruminates on discussions and debates on the concepts of mediation and mediatization (Hennion; Williams; Lundby; Hepp). It does so through a reflection on a set of community-based ‘digital literacy’ projects with older adults, living in Montreal, Québec being conducted by ACT- Ageing Communication Technologies: experiencing a digital world in later life under the rubric of research-creation. This Canadian term recognizes that knowledge may be generated by engaging in creative collaborations with research participants. Engaging in research-creation may be one way that: older adults may engage in digital learning; play with media technologies to challenge current “myths” (Barthes) about what it means to live in networked societies (Castells) as ageing subjects; become implicated in research processes that ostensively are about them; and finally lend insight into mediatization as a concept.

Call for student applications: GUSEGG

ACT is co-sponsoring a module on ageing, this time titled Aging, Communication, Technologies, and will fund up to five graduate students to attend the school. This year, ACT researchers Stephen Katz, Line Grenier and Kim Sawchuk will teach at the school. You can learn more about the GUSEGG here. More information about ACT’s involvement in the school from last year (including a great video “trailer” produced during the last summer school) can be found here.

Interested students need to apply to ACT (not GUSEGG). The deadline for this application is  March 31, 2016. If you’re interested in applying, contact for more information.



Extended deadline: Music, Ageing, Technology Symposium (Joensuu, Finland, May 11-13 2016)

It’s not too late to apply! The deadline for the Music, Ageing, Technology Symposium at the University of Eastern Finland has been extended to February 29th, 2016.

In May 2016, the University of Eastern Finland, the Finnish Society for Ethnosicology, and Concordia’s  Ageing, Communication, Technologies project (ACT), will bring together researchers from music studies and various other disciplines in order to discuss music in relation to ageing and technology. The  Music, Ageing, Technology Symposium will be held in the Joensuu campus of the University of Eastern Finland, from May 11th to 13th, 2016.

Participants of the symposium will look at all genres of music and ageing, often in the context of modern communication technology. The symposium hopes to offer multilayered and critical perspectives on the crosscuttings of digital technologies and ageing in relation to music studies and to explore how these approaches relate to other research traditions. The theme is closely linked to the University of  Eastern Finland’s current research orientations surrounding human sciences and technology. 

Possible topics for proposals include, but are not limited to, the following themes:

· Music, musicians, and everyday ageing
· Theoretical and methodological ear points on research into music, ageing, technology
· Music genres and ageing
· Perspectives on historical research on ageing and music
· Sounds of generations and musical heritage
· Music, soundscape, memory
· Age, technology and music education
· Well-being, age, and music
· Other themes from all fields of music research

Organisers invite potential participants to submit  proposals for oral presentations (maximum length 20 minutes), panel sessions, and poster presentations. Proposals can be strictly or indirectly related to the theme of the symposium. It is also possible to propose presentations that are entirely outside the theme. Presentations can be given in Finnish, Swedish or English.

Abstracts for the symposium should be submitted by February 29, 2016 using the online submission system. All accepted abstracts will be announced on March 21, 2016.

The online submission system and the web page of the symposium can be found at 

CFP: NWSA Aging and Ageism Caucus

I invite you to submit an individual paper or panel proposal to the Aging and Ageism Caucus of the National Women’s Studies Association for presentation at the annual conference to be held in Montreal, Quebec, November 10-13, 2016.  The caucus co-chairs will organize these proposals into panels and submit them to the NWSA for consideration.  Please submit a proposal and forward this email to anyone you know who might be interested in presenting.

The NWSA conference, which annually draws more than 1,500 participants, is the largest gathering of feminist scholars in North America.  The Aging and Ageism Caucus works to ensure that feminist scholars consider age as a vital category of analysis. You must be a member of NWSA to present at the conference.  You can join and find more information here:


We will consider a proposal on any topic related to aging or ageism, but every proposal needs to in some way address one of the conference subthemes: 1) Unsettling Settler Logics; 2) Movement and Migrations; 3) Bodies and Biopolitics; 4) Borders and Be/Longings; 4) World Making and Resistant Imaginaries.  The general theme for the conference is “Decoloniality.”

In addition to these general themes, the Aging and Ageism Caucus has prepared calls for specific panels—details attached.

To propose a paper, please email the following to Corinne Field, by Sunday, February 7, 2016:

·      100 word abstract (with citations if applicable)

·      Title

·      Your full name

·      Institutional affiliation (if applicable)

·      Mailing address

·      Phone number(s)

·      Email address

·      Audiovisual rationale if you require a projector

Please note that the NWSA submission portal only allows for input of 100 word abstracts. In addition, NWSA will allow space to list works cited when submitting the proposals for consideration.  If you would like to include your sources please cite them for submission.  Thank you!

Hope to see you in Montreal,

Corinne Field

Call for Abstracts: Fostering Innovation in Research on Aging

CAG2016: Fostering Innovation in Research on Aging

45th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting
Canadian Association on Gerontology

October 20-22, 2016
Montreal, Quebec, Canada<>

The Canadian Association on Gerontology is pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts for CAG2016: Fostering Innovation in Research on Aging, October 20-22, 2016 in beautiful Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Join us for Canada’s premier multidisciplinary conference for those interested in individual and population aging.  Abstracts are welcomed from all disciplines and all interests in aging, including research, practice, policy and related work.  International submissions are encouraged.  We are also pleased to offer the CIHR-IA Student Poster Competition and student travel assistance grants.

Abstracts are due by April 15, 2016.

For more information, including discounted room rates at the Hotel Bonaventure, please visit<>

CAG2016 is hosted by the Quebec Network for Research on Aging (<>)

Call for Presenters

We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, or colloquia addressing one of the following themes:

  • Theme 1: Economic and Demographic Perspectives on Aging
  • Theme 2: Public Policy and Public Perspectives on Aging
  • Theme 3: Medical Perspectives on Aging, Health, Wellness
  • Theme 4: Social and Cultural Perspectives on Aging

More information at

CFP: Crossroads in Cultural Studies 2016

For the first time in its history, Crossroads in Cultural Studies is coming to the southern hemisphere. Hosted by the University of Sydney and Western Sydney University, the 11th International Conference Crossroads in Cultural Studies will be held in Sydney, Australia, from December 14th to 17th 2016, bringing scholars together in the beautiful summertime setting of Sydney University to engage with the past, present and future of cultural studies scholarship.

The Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference has played an important role in the creation of a global discussion of Cultural Studies. It has become a major international conference where scholars from all five continents gather regularly to exchange research, views, and insights. Organized by the Association for Cultural Studies (ACS), the Crossroads conference is held every other year in different parts of the world. Previous conferences have taken place in Birmingham (United Kingdom), Urbana-Champaign (USA), Istanbul (Turkey), Kingston (Jamaica), Hong Kong (China), Paris (France), and Tampere (Finland).

A day-long postgraduate/graduate research student conference will precede the main conference (on 13 December, 2016).

•       Submit your proposal using the online forms before April 30th, 2016: The call for both paper and pre-organised panel proposals is now open. Submission guidelines and forms can be accessed through our website:
•       ACS assistance scheme for Crossroads 2016: The Association for Cultural Studies will offer a small number of grants to assist participants from ACS under-represented regions with travel accommodation or registration expenses.
•       Information on keynote and plenary speakers, on registration and accommodation, and on the student pre-conference will follow soon.
•       Spread the news! Please forward this message to your colleagues and friends – we look forward to seeing you in Sydney in our summer 2016!

Possible topics
The conference is open to all topics relevant to cultural studies. Here are some suggested topics as food for thought, drawing on the work of our invited keynote, plenary and spotlight speakers, and on more general themes in cultural studies research. However, all contemporary cultural studies research is welcome at this conference:
•       Diversity, culture, governance
•       Indigenous knowledge and politics
•       Borders and mobilities
•       Culture, gender and decolonisation
•       Data cultures
•       Extraction: cultures and industries
•       Media regulation: from censorship to piracy
•       Popular affect online
•       Transforming christianities
•       Who counts in the anthropocene? gender, sexuality, race and class
•       Securitization
•       Australasian cultural studies
•       Consumption and everyday life
•       Critical and cultural theory
•       Digital infrastructure
•       Culture, gender and sexuality
•       Globalisation and culture
•       Human/non-human relations
•       Inter-Asian cultural studies
•       Managing cities
•       Migrant cultural studies
•       Multicultural, intercultural and cross-cultural studies
•       Popular cultures and genres
•       Public culture and cultural policy
•       Rethinking the human
•       Rural cultural studies
•       Screen and media culture
•       Transforming/Globalising universities

Steering Committee: Professor Catherine Driscoll (USyd), Professor Tony Bennett (WSU), Associate Professor Tess Lea (USyd), Professor Brett Nielson (WSU), Professor Elspeth Probyn (USyd), Dr Guy Redden (USyd), Dr Shanthi Robertson (WSU).


Call for papers on Living Labs for “OpenLivingLab Days” 2016

Concordia University (with ACT) and in partnership with Communautique will be hosting the OpenLivingLab Days 2016 of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) in August.

This is a summer school that showcases the work of Living Labs (mainly from Europe and North America) and also serves as a forum for emerging research on the Living Lab model, co-creation, and innovation.

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For more information, please see the full call for papers here:

Deadline: Monday April 11th, 2016

Women, Ageing, and Media International Research Summer School: Call for Applications

logo_partners06The 2016 International Women, Ageing and Media (WAM) Research Summer School (at the University of Gloucestershire) will take place in Cheltenham (UK) on 23rd and 24th June and will bring together international postgraduate researchers across disciplines whose research engages with women and ageing.

The Summer School will provide excellent opportunities for postgraduate researchers to make important connections with other researchers working in the field of Ageing Studies and, in addition to presenting work, there will be research training workshops exploring methods and conceptual issues relating to women and ageing studies. All participants will be expected to publish their reworked presentations or creative output in the Postgraduate Journal of Women, Ageing and Media as an event outcome (see ).

For more information, here is the full call for applications: WAM Summer School cfp 2016 The deadline for application is February 28th 2016.

Please direct inquiries and applications to Ros Jennings:

Please note: ACT has reserved funds for contributing to the travel costs of up to 6 ACT affiliated PhD students. For more information about funding for this opportunity, please contact Constance Lafontaine:

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS Ageing + Communication + Technologies (ACT) Postdoctoral Fellowship Deadline: February 6, 2016

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An ACT Postdoctoral Fellowships will be awarded to an emerging researcher working within one or more core areas of the SSHRC-funded research project “Ageing, communication, technologies: experiencing a digital world in later life.”

ACT is a multi-methodological project that brings together researchers, local community partners and international institutional partners to address the transformation of the experiences of ageing with the proliferation of new forms of mediated communications in networked societies. It encompasses research that is conducted along three axes:

1) Agency in ageing: collaborative creativity and the digital arts in later life entails a program of research that involves individuals and communities in the development of participatory action research projects that have both scholarly and creative outcomes.

2) Critical mediations: everyday life and cultures of ageing examines the everyday life practices and the variegated mediated experiences of adults in later life, including by looking at how older adults engage with music, photography, film, television or gaming.

3) Telecommunication technologies: ageing in networked societies investigates ageing in the context of networked societies. Research in this area bridges internet and telecommunications research with ageing studies.


The ACT Postdoctoral Fellowship entails a yearly salary of $45,000 and can begin as early as April 2016. Applications for one-year projects will be considered and there may be an opportunity for re-application for a second year. The ACT Postdoctoral Fellowship will be housed at Concordia University in Montreal, but can be undertaken in collaboration with a partner institution of ACT (see the website for the full list of partners).

A central goal of ACT is to train a new generation of Canadian scholars in the study of ageing from the perspective of the social sciences, the arts and/or the humanities.

As such, in addition to conducting and completing their own research project in coherence with the ACT mandate, the successful candidate will be expected to participate actively in the intellectual development of ACT, to work on a regular basis from the ACT offices located in downtown Montreal, and to perform some of the following tasks that are intended to complement their postdoctoral training:

– Assist in the organization and implementation of academic and community events, including conferences and workshops.

– Conduct public and university lectures.

– Contribute to the development of collaborative ACT projects including existing ones like ACTipedia, Ageing Media Watch and Interaction.

– Assist in the preparation of grant applications.


The successful candidates will have a Ph.D. in hand before beginning the position and will have received their Ph.D. no earlier than March 31, 2012.


In a single email addressed to, please provide the following three components as individual attachments.

– A letter of intent (maximum 3 pages) that articulates the research project to be undertaken, how the research fits within the mandate of ACT, the candidate’s suitability and expertise, the applicant’s timeline and collaborative interests within the ACT network.

– A CV.

– A list of three references with complete contact information, who could be called upon to write letters of recommendation.

The deadline for this call is February 6, 2016.

Questions pertaining to this position should be sent to Constance Lafontaine (