Kendra Besanger wins SSHRC Storytellers Contest for her story on the A-C-M

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.



Dr. Barbara Crow and Dr. Catherine Middleton Part of “Taking Ontario Mobile” Team

Dr. Barbara Crow and Dr. Catherine Middleton were part of a research team for the “Taking Ontario Mobile” Report.  This research report provided a summary of the status of wireless communications in Ontario and prepared recommendations for the Ontario government to consider in terms of how to address and support wireless as part of an economic and social strategy for innovation and change. For more information, click here.

Guest Prof. Eugène Loos to offer a conference on senior citizens and information accessibility at the IN3-UOC, Barcelona

The Mobile Communication, Economy & Society Research Program (CMES) of the IN3-UOC is hosting for the public talk Prof. Dr. Eugène F. Loos, from the University of Amsterdam, will give next April 11th in Barcelona, Spain (one of the places where the Ageing Communication Media network has presence).

The title of the conference is “Senior citizens: Digital immigrants in their own country? Debunking myths of age related information accessibility”. Population in most western countries is ageing at a rapid pace, and at the same time, these countries are increasingly becoming digitised by providing information in a digital form. The question raised by Loos is: to what extent is there an actual problem for senior citizens who are looking for accessible information? Are they really digital immigrants in their own country? The speaker will address these questions by presenting 5 common myths on the topic and will attempt to debunk them based on empirical research, which will be illustrated by documents and videos.

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Dr. Catherine Middleton and Dr. Tamara Shepherd will attend CRTC hearing

Dr. Catherine Middleton and Dr. Tamara Shepherd will be attending the upcoming Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) hearing which will take place in Gatineau, Quebec, February 11th, 2013.  This hearing is part of a larger process which included a call for comments about the creation of a wireless code for mobile wireless service providers.  Dr. Middleton, Dr. Shepherd, along with Dr. Leslie Regan Shade, Dr. Kim Sawchuk, and Dr. Barbara Crow, submitted an intervention to the call for comments.  For information on the call for comments and their intervention, click here.

Call for Papers- At a Critical Age: The Social and Political Organization of Age and Ageing

The journal Organization Studies has issued a call for papers for a special issue entitled “At a Critical Age: The Social and Political Organization of Age and Ageing.”  The guest editors include Susan Ainsworth (University of Melbourne), Leanne Cutcher (University of Sydney), Cynthia Hardy (University of Melbourne), and Robyn Thomas (University of Cardiff).  The deadline for submissions is January 31st, 2013.  For the full call for papers and more information, click here.