CFP: BSA Ageing, Body and Society Study Group

BSA Ageing, Body and Society Study Group 7th Annual Conference: Ageing and Culture

 Friday 26th February 2016

MICRA, University of Manchester

This year the Ageing, Body and Society study group is holding its annual day conference in Manchester, in collaboration with MICRA, University of Manchester. The theme of the day is Ageing and Culture. We will also be celebrating the publication of The Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology:

We are delighted to welcome a keynote address by Professor Andy Bennett (Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia) entitled ‘Music Scenes and Ageing Bodies’ and a plenary panel on Cultural Gerontology.


Our aim is to bring together academics and researchers from the arts and humanities, the sociology of ageing and social gerontology to provide a critical analysis of key perspectives and debates, and consider avenues for future agendas, within the field of cultural gerontology.We encourage researchers to share their perspectives on ‘ageing and culture’ and welcome abstracts on different theoretical and methodological approaches, emergent ideas, work in progress, practitioner perspectives, and empirical findings. Abstracts from the core concerns and focus of the study group are also welcome.

Call for Abstracts

The British Sociological Association and MICRA invites submissions to its Ageing, Body and Society study group 7th Annual Conference 2016: Ageing and Culture. We invite abstracts for posters and oral presentations that will be 15-20 minutes in length.

Abstracts of 250 words should be submitted before midnight on Tuesday 15th December 2015 online at:

Further Information:


We look forward to hearing from you

Wendy and Julia (Twigg)

CFP: Canadian Communication Association (CCA) Annual Conference 2016

Call for Papers
Canadian Communication Association (CCA) Annual Conference 2016
May 28, 29, 30, 31 2016.
University of Calgary,
Calgary, Alberta

“Energizing Communities” is the theme of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS) 2016 Congress within which the Canadian Communication Association (CCA) will hold its Annual Conference, May 28-31 at the University of Calgary, Alberta ( We are calling for proposals that explore, critique and extend this theme as well as for proposals on any other themes relevant to Communication Studies.

We invite scholars and professionals to submit proposals that develop the range and depth of scholarship in communication studies. Proposals may take the form of:

Single-paper presentations – Regular stream
Panels (maximum of 4 papers)
Roundtables or Workshops
Single-paper presentations – Graduate Master’s Sessions (Optional for Master’s students only)

Deadline for Submission of Proposals: January 11, 2016
Please note the submission deadlines for the 2016 conference are final and will not be extended.

Submission Details
In order to present a paper at the conference, you must be a member of the Canadian Communication Association. Membership dues must be paid by March 2nd 2016 in order to be included in the final program. If you are not already a member and wish to join the CCA, please visit the Membership section of the CCA website (
Proposals can be submitted online at or

Participants may only present one paper at the conference. While you may be listed as a secondary author on another co-authored paper, papers must be presented by one of the other authors. Those who present a paper (submitted individually or as part of a pre-constituted panel) may also act as a participant in a workshop or roundtable.
All proposals will be peer-reviewed by the conference organizing committee.

Presenters must:
1. Identify from the list of topics a maximum of three areas within which their submission is situated.
2. Include with their submission five (5) keywords from the key word index provided by the Canadian Journal of Communication (see…/journal/about/submissions…)

Topic Areas:
➢ International Communication and Development
➢ Journalism and News
➢ Media History
➢ Organizational and Interpersonal Communication
➢ Policy, Regulation and Governance
➢ Political Communications
➢ Public Relations and Advertising
➢ Representation, Race/Ethnicity and Culture
➢ Sexuality and Gender
➢ Technology and Emerging Media
➢ Theory and Ethics
➢ Visual Communication

Paper proposals must include:
➢ Author’s name, rank/status, and affiliation. Please use full first name (not an initial) and properly capitalize all names.
➢ Paper title. Please be brief because longer titles may be truncated during the online submission process.
➢ An abstract (between 400 and 500 words) outlining: the research object, problem or question; the findings, argument or inquiry to be developed; the method of analysis used; the significance of what is proposed in relation to existing scholarship in the field. Do not submit a list of bibliographical references.

Panel proposals should be submitted by the panel chair, and must include:
➢ Chair’s name, rank/status, and affiliation. Please use full first name (not an initial) and properly capitalize all names.
➢ Panel title. Please be brief because longer titles may be truncated during the online submission process.
➢ An abstract (between 400 and 500 words) for the panel outlining: the research object, problem or question; a list of the presenters and papers (maximum 4) to be included in the panel; and the significance of the panel in relation to existing scholarship in the field. Do not submit a list of bibliographical references.
➢ Every panel participant must submit a separate paper proposal, as above, for each paper included in the panel – i.e., Author’s name, rank/status, and affiliation; Paper title; abstract; and the title of the panel of which they are participating.

Roundtable proposals should be submitted by the roundtable chair, and must include:
➢ Chair’s name, rank/status, and affiliation. Please use full first name (not an initial) and properly capitalize all names.
➢ Roundtable title. Please be brief because longer titles may be truncated during the online submission process.
➢ An abstract (between 400 and 500 words) outlining: the workshop theme, problem or question; a list of the presenters to be included in the roundtable and a brief indication of their contribution; the significance of the roundtable in relation to existing scholarship in the field. Do not submit a list of bibliographical references.
➢ Every roundtable participant must submit a separate paper proposal, as above, for each contribution in the roundtable – i.e., Author’s name, rank/status, and affiliation; contribution title; abstract; and the title of the roundtable in which they are participating.

Audiovisual support will include a data projector and screen only. Participants are required to provide their own laptops, and any additional equipment.

Master’s students interested in taking part in the conference have the option of submitting proposals to either the regular stream or the Graduate Master’s Sessions (GMS) but not to both. Only one submission is permitted. Submissions declined from the regular stream will not qualify for presentation in the GMS.

GMS sessions are intended to provide a professionalization opportunity for students who wish to gain experience and mentoring in the area of conference presentations. .
In mid-April 2015, GMS participants will be informed by email to whom to send their finalized papers.

Completed papers should:
➢ Be 6,000-7,000 words in length (i.e. 20-25 pages) excluding the cover page and bibliography
➢ Have a cover page that includes: the title of the article, the author’s name, her/his institutional affiliation and address, and email address.
➢ Be double-spaced.
➢ Be typed, using Times New Roman 12 pt font.
➢ Have page numbers
➢ Be referenced using the Canadian Journal of Communication referencing format (see…/journal/about/submissions…)
The deadline for GMS participants to submit their completed papers to their panel chairs is 4 p.m. Friday April 29, 2016. Papers received after date/time will not be included in the GMS sessions.

The CCA has limited funds to help defray the travel costs of student participants. Details are available at

Important Deadlines

Submission of proposals: January 11, 2016

Beaverbrook Media@McGill Student Paper Prize: April 1, 2016
Nominated papers should be sent electronically (.pdf format) to Prof. Penelope Ironstone, CCA President ( Title page must indicate paper’s title, the author’s name, contact info, university affiliation, and degree status.

CRTC Prize for Excellence in Policy Research: January 15, 2016
Papers should be sent electronically (.pdf format) to Prof. Daniel J. Paré, CCA Vice President ( For eligibility and full submission details, please refer to the guidelines at:…/CRTC-CCA%20Prize%20TermsofReference…

Gertrude J. Robinson Book Prize: March 4, 2015
Nominations should be sent electronically to Prof. Penelope Ironstone, CCA President (, and must indicate the book’s title, author, publisher, date of publication and author’s complete affiliation and contact information.

Conference Chair
Daniel J. Paré, CCA Vice-President
Associate Professor
Department of Communication School of Information Studies (ÉSIS), & Institute for Science, Society, and Policy (ISSP)
University of Ottawa

Local Arrangements Coordinator
Rebecca Sullivan
Department of English
University of Calgary

CFP: Transmediations! Communication across Media Borders

Call for papers
The Linnæus University Centre for Intermedial and Multimodal Studies (IMS) invites researchers and research students to attend the conference Transmediations! Communication across Media Borders arranged at Linnæus University, campus Växjö, Sweden, 13–15 October 2016 (from Thursday 9.30 am to Saturday 4 pm).

The conference Transmediations! will include keynote speeches by Gunther Kress, João Queiroz, and Marie-Laure Ryan.

Official language of the conference is English. Each paper will be allotted 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion. Proposals for both individual papers and preconfigured sessions of two or three papers are welcome. There will be a strict selection of papers. As our goal is to attract participants from a broad area of research, papers and session with a marked interdisciplinary approach will be prioritized.

Call for papers in full (can also be found on the conference website)
Conference website

Please send your abstract (around 300 words, including an informative title and a short bio) to The conference fee is 100€, which will cover lunches, a conference dinner, and other arrangements.


Please note that Linnæus University will be releasing a new homepage on February 15, 2016. As a result the current conference page will also be moved, but can continuously be reached on the direct link

Deadline for abstracts: 1 March 2016.
Notification of acceptance: 18 March 2016.
Publication of preliminary conference program: 3 June 2016.
Deadline for registration and conference fee: 1 September 2016.

CfP – Futures of the End of Life: Mobilities of Loss and Commemoration in the Digital Economy

21-22 January Institute for Social Futures, Lancaster University, UK

This two-day symposium brings together critically and creatively engaged perspectives on how our physical and social deaths are becoming increasingly entangled within the webs of our technologically mediated lives. The aim is to address technologies not as passive tools but as configurations that emerge out of complex, socially situated design, development and appropriation processes.

Speakers include 

Paul Coulton, Professor of Speculative and Game Design, Lancaster University; Selina Ellis Gray, PhD, Lancaster University; Fiorenza Gamba, Associate Professor of Sociology, Sapienza University of Rome; Wendy Moncur, Reader in Socio-Digital Interaction, Dundee University; Stacey Pitsillides, Lecturer in Design, Goldsmith’s University of London; Corina Sas, Senior Lecturer in Computing, Lancaster University; Linda Woodhead, Professor of Sociology of Religion, Lancaster University;   


Call for Papers/Participation:


We invite contributions that bring analytical, critical, practice-based and creative insights to the use, design and development of technologies entangled at the end of life. Theoretical, empirical, practical and design or art-based research and approaches are welcome. 


Themes may include:


The digital economies of death, dying, commemoration and loss

Dying online or digital mediations of death

Personalization and hybridization of rituals, digital memorialization, mourning practices

Digital afterlives, agency and the social presence of the dead

Digital remains, digital legacy or peri or post mortem data

The multiple physical, informational, imaginative mobilities of death, loss and memory

The multiplying temporalities of practices, memories, experiences

Methodological considerations, e.g. ethics, privacy, value sensitive design

Please submit a 300 word abstract to For artworks or design proposals we also invite examples of practice, images or sketches. Please include full contact information, name, affiliation and email address in the submission. If you have any questions, please contact


Important information



Submission Deadline: 14th December 2015

Notification of Acceptance: 21st December 2015

Registration by 4th January 2016

Full programme and more information:



Monika Büscher

Professor of Sociology

Director Centre for Mobilities Research

Associate Director for the Institute for Social Futures

Department of Sociology

Lancaster University



email: m.buscher(at) 


mobile: 07890 847166

Twitter: @mbuscher


SecInCoRe project: 

Catalyst project: 

CFP: Seniors and Technologies: Issues of inclusion and exclusion

Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Communication
Guest Editors: Houssein Charmarkeh and Martine Lagacé


Information and communication technologies (ICT) are ubiquitous and omnipresent in our society. They shape the way we live, work and interact. However, all members of society do not enjoy equal access to the opportunities offered by this “information society” (Mason and Hacker, 2003). Digital divide exists and stems from different factors such as age, income, level of education, along with cultural, economic and social dimensions. For example, in respect to age, seniors are lagging behind other age groups in terms of ICT access. Yet, beyond access, there is a type of digital divide based on age that has been less studied: the second-level digital divide (Hargittai, 2002; DiMaggio and al. 2004) which relates to disparities between young and old in terms of ICT usage and skills (Michel et al, 2009).

The purpose of this volume is to explore the dynamics between age, aging, and ICT. Over time, as our global population ages, we are becoming more digitally connected underlining the importance of reflecting on and understanding the linkages between these phenomenons.


Authors are invited to submit manuscripts on various topics, including, by way of example only, the following:


-Perceptions of seniors on technologies (from communicational, social and psychological perspectives, etc.);

-Modes of usage (or non usage) and the process of appropriation (or non appropriation) of technologies by seniors;

-Intergenerational dynamics in terms of seniors’ interest and usage of technologies;

-Social Participation of seniors and technologies;

-Health / healthcare, seniors and technologies;

-Older workers and technologies;

-Design of technologies for seniors as well as services provided to seniors;

– Ageism and technologies.


Submissions should contribute to a critical analysis of the dynamics between age/aging and technologies with a focus on issues pertaining to inclusion and exclusion of older adults in a digitalized society. Manuscripts can rely on either theoretical or empirical approaches as well as different fields of study.


Extended abstracts (600 words) will be accepted until December 1, 2014. Please include a prospective title, 5-7 keywords and a short bio-note about yourself. We welcome abstracts and full-length papers in either English or French.

The editors will review the abstracts and invite submission of full-length papers (7,000 – 9,000 words) for blind peer-review. An invitation to submit a full-length paper is not a guarantee that the paper will be accepted, and all articles will undergo a peer-review process. Deadline for the submission of full-length papers: March 1, 2015.


To submit your abstract, or for any further queries regarding this special issue, please contact the issue editors directly: /



Appel de textes: Les personnes âgées et les technologies : Enjeux d’inclusion et d’exclusion

Volume spécial du Canadian Journal of Communication


Volume coordonné par: Houssein Charmarkeh and Martine Lagacé


Les technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC) sont omniprésentes et ont réduit sans nul doute l’espace et le temps. Elles façonnent notre façon de vivre, de travailler et d’interagir. Mais tous ne profitent pas de façon égale des multiples potentialités de communication et d’échanges qu’offrent cette « société de l’information » (Mason and Hacker, 2003). Des fractures numériques existent et sont basées sur le revenu, le niveau d’éducation, le capital culturel/social/économique et l’âge. L’écart le plus élevé entre ceux qui ont accès à l’informatique connectée et ceux qui en sont dépourvus reste lié à l’âge : plus on vieillit, moins on a accès à Internet. Cependant, il existe une fracture numérique qui n’est souvent pas prise en compte dans les statistiques nationales : c’est la fracture liée aux inégalités d’usages des technologies numériques, conceptualisée comme la fracture numérique de second degré (Hargittai, 2002 ; DiMaggio and al. 2004). Ce faisant, plus que la question de l’accès et de l’équipement, ce sont les disparités liées à la qualité de l’utilisation et aux perceptions, c’est-à-dire les multiples façons de profiter des potentialités de l’Internet qui accentuent l’écart sur la base de l’âge (Michel et al, 2009).

L’objectif de ce volume est d’explorer les dynamiques entre l’âge, notamment le vieillissement, et les technologies. Dans des sociétés de plus en plus connectées et de plus en plus vieillissantes, il apparaît essentiel de nourrir une réflexion sur ces enjeux sociaux.

Les auteurs sont invités à soumettre des manuscrits portant sur divers thèmes, incluant, à titre d’exemples seulement, les suivants :


-Perceptions des personnes âgées quant aux technologies (perspectives communicationnelle, sociale, psychologique etc.);

-Modes d’usage (ou non usage) et d’appropriation (ou de non appropriation) des technologies par les personnes âgées;

-Dynamiques intergénérationnelles dans l’intérêt et l’usage des technologies par les personnes âgées;

-Participation sociale des personnes âgées et technologies;

-Soins de santé, personnes âgées et technologies;

-Travailleurs âgés et technologies;

-L’offre de produits et services technologiques aux personnes âgées;

– Âgisme et technologies.


Les soumissions devront contribuer à une analyse critique sur les dynamiques vieillissement / technologies mais plus particulièrement quant aux enjeux d’inclusion et d’exclusion des personnes âgées dans les sociétés « connectées ». Les auteurs (de divers horizons disciplinaires) pourront privilégier des approches théoriques comme empiriques.


Les résumés (600 mots) seront acceptés jusqu’au 1er décembre 2014 et devront inclure un titre provisoire, un total de 5 à 7 mots-clés ainsi qu’une brève note biographique des auteurs. Les résumés (comme les manuscrits) pourront être soumis en français ou en anglais.

Chaque résumé fera l’objet d’une révision. Les auteurs sélectionnés seront ensuite invités à soumettre un texte complet (7,000 – 9,000 mots) qui sera également évalué par le biais d’un processus en double aveugle. L’invitation à soumettre un texte complet n’en garantit pas sa publication.

La date limite pour la soumission des textes complets est le 1er mars 2015.


Pour soumettre votre résumé et pour toute question quant à ce numéro spécial, merci de contacter les éditeurs : /

WAM summer school welcomes applicants

The 2016 edition of the Centre for Women, Ageing, Media (WAM) Summer School will be held at the University of Gloucestershire on June 23rd and 24th.

ACT co-applicant Barbara Marshall will lead the keynote presentation/workshop. The School welcomes applications from new researchers and from PhD students. ACT is sponsoring the School and will offer some funding from students. The deadline for applications is May 31, 2015 and the call for applications is available here.

Silver Gaming Intergenerational Summer School

The ACT Silver Gaming Intergenerational Summer School (SGISS), organized by Margarida Romero, will be held from August 21-22 2015 at the Université Laval in Québec City, Québec. SGISS will bring together students, elders and scholars in activities that aim to explore intergenerational digital creation activities as well as to exchange on the conception, the development and the uses of digital games in social sciences. For more information on the school, and opportunities for funding, please consult the call for applications.

Online Communication, Discourse and Context, July 16th – 17th 2015

3rd international Symposium: Micro-Analysis of Online Data (MOOD-Z) University of Zurich, Switzerland | July 16th – 17th 2015

The Micro-Analysis of Online Data (MOOD) network is an interdisciplinary group of scholars who explore theoretical and methodological issues related to the study of computer mediated communication (CMC). Although our broad focus is on the application and/or adaptation of conversation and discourse analytic techniques to online data, we are also sensitive to the fact that much online data consist of visual or hypertextual material. Therefore we are also interested in developing novel methods that are tailored towards multimodal environments with limited verbal and paralinguistic data from platforms such as Pinterest to Soundcloud to SecondLife.

The 2015 symposium will include two keynote speakers:

Prof. Dr. Miriam Locher, University of Basel Dr. Sean Rintel, University of Queensland and Microsoft Research Cambridge

We invite proposals for paper presentations that address theoretical, methodological, and method-based issues related to the analysis of CMC. We particularly encourage submissions related to the following topics:

  • The application of conversation analysis and various forms of discourse analysis to the study of online interaction.
  • Methodological challenges related to carrying out micro-analyses of online discourse/ CMC environments, particularly with methodologies typically applied to face-to-face interactions.
  • Theoretical considerations around the communicative conditions for online (written) communication, e.g. addressing issues such as physical vs. virtual presence, and how processes of reading and writing differ in their communicative conditions and consequences from face-to-face interaction.
  • The issue of ‘place’ and ‘space’ in (relation to) online discourse.
  • Technologies that support the analysis of online interaction.
  • Ethical dilemmas inherent to the study of online interaction.

Submission instructions: Proposals (max. 500 words) for presentations (15 minutes) should be submitted as Word documents to<> by 28th February 2015.

Please include the full title of your proposed paper, institutional affiliation, and contact information (including email).

For more information about the Symposium:

For more information about the MOOD network:

Organisation committee of MOOD-Z: David Giles (University of Winchester), Jessica Nina Lester (Indiana University), Katrin Lindemann (University of Zurich), Trena Paulus (University of Georgia), Emanuel Ruoss (University of Zurich), Wyke Stommel (Radbout Universiteit Nijmegen), Caroline Weinzinger (University of Zurich)

CFP – European heritages, realities and utopias: the elderly’s consumption of coffee, tea and “leisure” time

CFP: We are opening a call for papers for a panel taking place during the SIEF 2015 12th Congress, in Zagreb Croatia (June 21-25, 2015), and wanted to pass the information on to ENAS members. The panel focuses on ageing in a European context and is also part of  the conference’s “Food” stream because of its topical interest.

Conference:  SIEF 2015 12th Congress, Zagreb, Croatia (June 21-25, 2015)

Panel: European heritages, realities and utopias: the elderly’s consumption of coffee, tea and “leisure” time

Panel Organizers: Lisa Le Fevre (TC, Columbia University and Santa Clara University) and  Brian O’Hare (Columbia University)

Panel Description:
“When exploring conceptions of aging and the life course, media outlets offering the “feel-good” article have often concentrated on topics of enigmatic longevity, an individual’s miraculous ability to perform an activity or quaint gatherings of grandmothers and grandfathers for social causes. While articles such as these draw the public’s attention to “successful aging,” they also hint at the importance of sustained engagement to individual and social life. Researchers and scholars in anthropology, sociology and psychology, have long understood and focused on the importance of social and interpersonal relationships for sustaining healthy and meaningful lifestyles across the life course. As such, this panel takes a look at the heritages, realities and utopias that aging individuals bring to the table when they meet for coffee, tea or other “leisure” activities – particularly in the context of European lifestyles or ancestry. Using ethnographic data conducted during fieldwork and studies in countries such as Bulgaria and Spain, questions that the panel seeks to address ask what exactly is being “consumed” during these meetings, what are the intentional/unintentional meanings held in such gatherings and how can moments like these become movements to benefit those aging in Europe and beyond.”

Submission Requirements and Deadline:

•         All paper proposals should be submitted electronically at the following link by January 14, 2015: (

•         Please include the paper’s title, author(s) name(s) and email(s), a short 300 character or less abstract and a longer 250 word or less abstract. More information on the guidelines for submitting papers, and on the conference theme can be found at: (

•         If you have any further questions, please feel free to email the conveners Lisa Le Fevre  or Brian O’Hare through the submission site at: (