The European Network in Aging Studies is organizing its 8th International Conference on Cultural Gerontology. It will be held from April 10 to 13 2014 at the National University of Ireland in Galway. The conference, titled “Meaning and Culture(s): Exploring the Life Course,” will provide a forum to present and discuss research on the process of ageing in its diverse cultural and social manifestations. The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2013. More information, including the call for papers, can be found on the conference website.
Dr. Barbara Crow will be teaching at the eleventh Oxford Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Programme, to be held at the University of Toronto July 8 to 19, 2013. The Summer Doctoral Programme will bring together doctoral students and leading academics in fields related to the Internet and other ICTs so as to discuss methodologies and practices in research design, among other topics. More information about the event is available here.
Dr. Barbara Crow recently took part in a forum on Building Digital Skills held at George Brown College in Toronto. The one-day event, which was held June 4, 2013, was intended to foster dialogue and build partnerships among industry, government and education stakeholders in the digital domain from France and Canada.
ACM directors Dr. Line Grenier and Dr. Kim Sawchuk will be presenting papers at the annual conference for the Canadian Communication Association (CCA), which will be held from June 5th to 7th in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Their papers will be featured as part of two panels organized on the topic of ageing at the conference. Dr. Grenier’s paper is titled “Étoile des Aînés: Memory Work Through ‘Music-ing’” and Dr. Sawchuk’s paper is titled “MemorySpace: The Mediation and Mediatisation of Personal Photographs for Public Display.” In addition, ACM research assistants Arwen Fleming, Sophie Guérin and Fannie Valois-Nadeau as well as postdoctoral fellow Dr. Giuliana Cucinelli will be presenting during these panels. More information about the conference, including the full conference program, is available on the CCA website (www.acc-cca.ca).
There are many new things going on over at Respecting Elders: Communities Against Abuse (RECAA). RECAA has recently launched a new website (www.recaa.ca) and a newsletter. The group is also presenting a theatrical event in Montreal on June 13th to celebrate its 10th anniversary and to recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The event is titled We Are Old! We Are Wonderful! More information about the event is available here or in the Events section of our website.
Co-director of the A C M Network Dr. Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol from the IN3-UOC in Barcelona has recently published two papers about the use (and non-use) patterns of mobile telephony performed by elderly people in two cities: one in Toronto, and another one in Montevideo (Uruguay). These two publications complete a case study series carried out in different contexts in the last two years; Los Angeles and Barcelona are the other cases under examination.
For the Barcelona paper, look for the following reference:
Fernández-Ardèvol, M, Arroyo L. 2012. Mobile telephony and older people: Exploring use and rejection. Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture. 3(1):9-24.
For a recent publication by Dr. Fernández-Ardèvol related to this topic, see the following link:
Fernández-Ardèvol, M. 2012. Missed calls: Barcelona and Los Angeles compared. Technology & Emerging Media Track – Annual Conference of the Canadian Communication Association (Waterloo, May 30 -June 1, 2012). Watterloo, Ontario: Canadian Communication Association.
Dr. Kim Sawchuk is chairing a conference titled Differential Mobilities: Movement and Mediation in Networked Societies. The conference is hosted by Concordia University’s Mobile Media Lab and will be held from May 8th to May 11th 2013 in Montreal, Canada. More information on this conference is available on the Mobile Media Lab’s website.
CBC news posted an article about seniors and social media, discussing some potential benefits on online communication on ageing populations.
Congratulations to Kendra Besanger, a Research Assistant at the Mobile Media Lab, Concordia for her prize-winning three minute story on the work being done by the A-C-M. Kendra submitted a short podcast as a part of this SSHRC competition “Research for a Better Life” and was selected as one of the twenty-five winners from across Canada. She will be attending Congress in Victoria, June 2-3, 2013 to receive her award and to attend a special session on research organized by SSHRC.
SSHRC is releasing the winning submissions on a weekly basis. Kendra’s submission will be available for listening on April 9, 2013 here.
There is a post on the SocioTramas blog written about the research done by Dr. Barbara Crow and Dr. Kim Sawchuk. It has been written by Maria Collier de Mendonca, a Ph.D. student at York University.