Emerging research on later life
ACT Graduate Student / Postdoctoral Fellow Symposium
October 5th , Concordia University, Montreal
The research project Ageing + Communication + Technologies (ACT), housed in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University, is seeking proposals for its first graduate student and postdoctoral fellow symposium. The one-day symposium, titled “Emerging research on later life,” will be held October 5, 2017 at Concordia University. This event brings together emerging researchers from multiple disciplines working on matters related to ageing, and invites them to present on their recent work to colleagues as well as to senior researchers and ACT members from Concordia University, the Université de Montréal and Women, Ageing and Media (WAM), a feminist research group based in the UK.
We invite interventions that fit within the mandate of ACT, specifically, research understood to fall within one or more of its three axes: (1) agency in ageing: collaborative creativity and the digital arts in later life; (2) critical mediations: everyday life and the cultures of ageing; or (3) telecommunication technologies: ageing in networked societies. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from all disciplines are invited to participate, and artistic and other non-traditional contributions are welcome. Presentations by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will take place throughout the day. In the afternoon, Dr. Josephine Dolan from WAM will deliver a public keynote lecture on titled ‘Old age’, gender and the silvering of contemporary Hollywood cinema: economics and ideologies.
There are no registration costs. Lunch will be served and a reception will be held after Josephine Dolan’s keynote address. Specific location is to be determined. Spots are limited. Interested candidates should send a title, an abstract (max. 300 words), and a bio (max. 150 words) to application (at) actproject (dot) ca by September 1, 2017. Questions can be sent to Constance Lafontaine at admin (at) actproject (dot) ca.
The event is sponsored by Concordia University’s Feminist Media Studio, engAGE and Department of Communication Studies. This event is also supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
The ACT panel “Ageing, the Digital and Everyday Life” will take place at the World Congress of Gerontology & Geriatrics, to be held from July 23 to 27 in San Francisco, USA. The panel is scheduled for 8am on Thursday, July 27, and brings together research from ACT members Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol, Loredana Ivan, Barbara Marshall, Wendy Martin, Kim Sawchuk and Andrea Rosales.
Ageing, the Digital, and Everyday Life Presentations:
Ageing: A Method of Inquiry (Time, Temporality, and Media), Kimberly Sawchuk
Visual Representations of Digital Connectivities in Everyday Life, Wendy Martin, Katy Pilcher
Older People Ways to Communicate in Facebook Communities: A Netnographic Approach, Loredana Ivan
Accumulative Learning Processes: Older Individuals Appropriating Smartwatches, Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol & Andrea Rosales
“Our Fitbits, Ourselves?” Wearables, Self-Tracking, and Aging Embodiment, Barbara Marshall
You can also catch other ACT members presenting at IAGG, including in a panel on “Ageing Body and Society: Critical Perspectives, Future Challenges,” which features the work of Paul Higgs, Stephen Katz, Barbara Marshall and Wendy Martin. This panel takes place at 2pm on Tuesday, July 25th.
Eugène Loos launched the Intergenerational Gaming Platform at the Human Computer Interaction conference held in July in Vancouver, Canada. He also organized three panels: New media in the life of older people, Digital gaming among older populations, Intergenerational use of new media. The panels were presented as part of the stream on Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population, and involved various ACT researchers, including Francesca Comunello, Benjamin Lille, Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol, Wendy Martin, Simone Mulargia, Barbara Ratzenböck, Margarida Romero, Andrea Rosales and Eugène Loos.
By Eva-Maria Trinkaus
The Graz International Summer School Seggau (GUSEGG) 2017 has started on July 2nd and through the long-standing cooperation with ACT, this year’s summer school is again host to one ACT module that focuses on aging in the framework of technologies. Line Grenier, who taught the first week of the module, has handed over to David Madden who will teach the second week, focusing on ageing and music, and ageing and material culture. This year, the module hosts 13 students from 12 different universities and 9 disciplines, and focuses on the “’art of aging in its intersections with the proliferation of computer-mediated communications and networked societies,” as described by the seminar professors.
In the lecture of the first week, Line Grenier shared her perspectives on aging and “The working force of concepts: critical reflections on ‘memory’ and its travels.” Grenier emphasized further emphasized the in-class topic of the seminar, and focused on the importance of memory in her lecture, addressing aspects such as memory loss, regaining memory through neuroscientific methods, and the nature of memory as a process that travels through space and time. David Madden will continue to delve into concepts related to age studies in week two, and also provide focus on the production of audio-based media capsules.
On June 9, 2017, the members of community organization and ACT partner Respecting Elders: Communities against Abuse (RECAA), along with Le Groupe Herencias and Encounters Project, organized a public walk comprised of moving art installations in downtown Montreal.
This event was organized to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which takes place on June 15 2017.
Our friends at Équipe VIES (Vieillissements, exclusions sociales et solidarités) and CREGÉS (Centre de recherche et d’expertise en gérontologie sociale) invited us to help them set the tone for their upcoming conference on May 15 at Concordia University in Montreal by making an introductory video. The free one-day conference, titled “Impacts de l’austérité sur les conditions de vie et de santé des personnes âgées,” brings together a wide range of speakers to discuss the implications of living later life within a climate of austerity.
In making our video, we asked five local seniors what austerity means to them, and how the politics of austerity and ageing intersect in their lives.
Over the course of the last two months, ACT research assistants and students, Ashley McAskill and Kelly Leonard, alongside ACT community partner, Groupe Harmonie, have been facilitating a creative digital photography workshop with three participants at an HLM downtown Montreal. On April 20th, we invite you to come and see the final outcome of this workshop, a photography exhibit entitled, “Dawn, Life, Moonlight”- a beautiful collection of photos taken by the participants in a mixture of black and white, and colour photos. Not only will you will see the art of the participants, but also have the opportunity to ask questions about how we created and fostered an intergenerational learning environment.
Du Fort Residence
Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 5:30pm-7:30pm
2101 boulevard René-Levesque West, Recreational Room (first floor), Montreal
Accessibility notes: Du Fort is accessible for wheelchair users and other mobility aids.
Public Transportation: The closest bus stop is René-Levesque/Seymour (52198) #350, 355, 358, 364, and 369. Please verify with bus driver if the bus stop has been moved due to current construction. Du Fort is also very close to the Atwater metro.
On April 26 at the Rialto Theatre, ACT partner Respecting Elders: Communities against Abuse (RECAA) and Montreal Assault Prevention are hosting a benefit concert, featuring some great local talent. The concert is organized by Pop Montreal.
Tickets are $25 and some of the performing guests include Brad Barr (the Barr Brothers), Jordan Officer, Katie Moore, Plants and Animals, Patsy Gallant and Jason Ford, Beatrice Deer, uRockaoke, Little Scream, Bud Rice, Lisa Moore (Cowbella).
Get more information and tickets here.