On March 16, 2017, Kelly Leonard, ACT Research Assistant and MA Student at Concordia University, presented a research poster as part of Concordia’s Individualized Program Research Day. Leonard’s poster, entitled “Practitioners’ perspective on Computer and Tablet Use in Therapeutic Recreation Practice,” was was awarded second place for best poster in the MA Student category. Leonard’s poster, available here, features research from her ACT-funded project “Bringing the Community to You!“.
ACT is sponsoring a module on ageing, communication and technologies as part of the Graz International Summer School Seggau (GUSEGG), to be held in July 2017 and organized by the University of Graz.
This year the module focusses on (Re)configuring Age and Ageing: Critical Mediations in Critical Times, and is taught by ACT researchers Line Grenier and David Madden. ACT will partially fund up to five graduate students to attend the school, and specifically cover costs pertaining to tuition and boarding. You can learn more about the GUSEGG here, and the module on ageing here. More information about ACT’s involvement in the school from 2015 (including a great video “trailer” produced during the summer school) can be found here.
This opportunity is open to ACT-affiliated students who have not had the chance to participate in the school. Interested students need to apply to ACT. Applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 12, 2017 and should include:
1) a 500-word letter on the student’s motivation to attend Graz International Summer School Seggau 2017 and why the topic of the lectures and seminar model is of value to them. The student should especially explain how their research fits within ACT and how they will benefit from courses in the module of (Re)configuring Age and Ageing: Critical Mediations in Critical Times.
2) A C.V.
3) The ACT student support form signed by a co-applicant or collaborator (form attached)
Successful candidates will be asked to provide more information to the GUSEGG, including academic transcripts and a copy of their passports.
The team for the ACT-funded research project Smartwatches, adoption(s) and appropriations(s) has recently completed one year of fieldwork.
The fieldwork extended from Winter 2015/16 to Winter 2016/17. During this amazing period we conducted bi.monthly semi-structured interviews with participants, and performed a usability test. Interviews were recorded and transcribed and we are now analyzing them to bring the results into discussion in conferences, and to publish journal articles.
The project involved nine participants: five in Barcelona (three women, two men), four in Rome (one woman, three men). With ages between 65 and 80 at the beginning of the study, the average age was 71.1 years old. We provided participants with a smartwatch: they could choose from among the Moto G 360 models available on the market during the recruitment process.
The project is led by ACT co-applicant Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol of Open University of Catalonia’s (OUC) IN3 in Barcelona, and includes other ACT members Francesca Comunello of Lumsa University in Rome, Simone Mulargia of Sapienza University of Rome and Núria Ferran-Ferrer of OUC.
On Friday March 17, our partner the Atwater Library and Computer Centre (ALCC) is organizing a full day of activities under the theme “Seniors Media Day.” This day of events, which is the culmination of ALCC’s “Downsizing Project” conducted in collaboration with ACT, brings together seniors from the community to engage in hands-on workshops, panels and discussions on the topics at the intersections of downsizing in later life and analog/digital technologies. ACT collaborator Eric Craven of ALCC and ACT co-applicant Line Grenier of the Université de Montréal will be part of the day.
Ressources ethnoculturelles contre l’abus envers les aîné(e)s (RECAA) and ACT invite you to their POP-UP Restaurant at Place Commune on March 25th, from 12pm to 2pm in Montreal.
This event is part of a food blog project, Food Talks, À table with RECAA and friends, developed in partnership with ACT. The project has unfolded through four main types of activities: cooking sessions and food forums that invite conversation, participation and inclusion; intergenerational digital skills workshops that focus on the skills required to write blog posts (photography, audio and writing workshops); the production and publication of blog posts and printed promotional cards; and cooking and eating events with partners and friends to favour discussion and raise awareness through community about RECAA’s concerns and mandate. Through this food blog project, RECAA, as an activist organization, strives to develop agency within a contemporary “food culture”.
Where: 7669 Querbes, Parc Extension – Wheelchair accessible (Metro Parc, 80 Bus)
When: Brunch will be served on March 25th, from 12pm to 2pm
How much: $8 for a plate; $2 for tea/coffee
Call for Papers – Summer School 2017
CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF WAM
“Noisy Women!”: The Women, Ageing and Media International Research Summer School 2017
27th – 29th June 2017
University of Gloucestershire, at Gloucester and Cheltenham
The 2017 International Women, Ageing and Media (WAM) Research Summer School (at the University of Gloucestershire) will take place in Gloucester and Cheltenham (UK) on 27th, 28th and 29th June. It will bring together international postgraduate researchers across disciplines, whose research engages with women and ageing in relation to popular cultural forms (e.g. popular music, film, television, literature. dance, fashion and digital social media) and any of the following approaches and/or issues: identity, activism, representation, cultural activity, creativity, lived experience. The Summer School theme is ‘Noisy Women’ (which can be interpreted broadly as older women who are not silent).
The Summer School will take place over three days and provides excellent opportunities for postgraduate researchers to make important connections with other researchers working in the field of Ageing Studies. In addition to presenting your own research, there will be workshops exploring methods and conceptual issues relating to women and ageing studies. The third day will involve discussions and learning opportunities co-created with representatives from WAM’s community partners.
In addition to the academic programme there will also be the annual WAM dancing event. This year will be an extra special celebration to mark the 10th anniversary of WAM – we very much look forward to celebrating with you!
Call for abstracts:
We invite applications to two different strands of presentation:
- Proposals for 20 minute presentations are invited from doctoral and early career researchers at any stage of their work and from any discipline whose topics are relevant to women, ageing and the theme ‘Noisy Women!’. Presentations may take the form of papers, posters, films and multimedia presentations.
- Proposals are also invited for our inaugural ‘Three Minute Thesis’ session. This is your opportunity to present a clear and precise account of your research thesis/project. It is a great opportunity to prepare for submission, viva and/or grant application.
Please submit abstracts of 250 words by 24th March 2017 to email@example.com
Your abstract details should include:
· Your name, email address, institutional affiliation and year of study
· Title of PhD/Research Project and disciplinary field
· Up to five key words, which will help reviewers classify your panel
· Technical requirements for presentation
We will confirm you have a place by 31st March 2017. The deadline for registration and payment is 31st May 2017. There is a fee of £80 (unwaged) and £120 (waged) which covers Summer School participation.
A full programme plus details for registration, travel and accommodation will appear on the WAM webpage by the end of April, once places have been confirmed:
If you have any queries, please contact WAM Administrator and WAM/ACT doctoral student Alison Willmott (AlisonWillmott@connect.glos.ac.uk).
ACT will partially fund up to four ACT-affiliated PhD students or postdoctoral fellows who have been admitted to participate in “strand 1” (meaning, they have been accepted to give a 20-minute presentation), and who have not yet had the chance to participate in the summer school. Priority will be given to those who have not received ACT funding in the previous 12 months. Funding will offset costs for the flight (or train) as well as accommodations, for a total amount of up to 1,500 CAD. Those wanting to be considered for ACT funding should include in their abstract to WAM a statement indicating they want to be considered for ACT funding. They should also send to ACT (firstname.lastname@example.org) a copy of their full application to WAM, a budget detailing costs for travel in CAD (flight or train, and accommodations), and a completed support form signed by a senior ACT researcher (available to download here). The deadline for the funding application to ACT is also March 24th, 2017.
This call for applications has been written with information originally published on the WAM website.
The Concordia University Research Chair in Aging and Public Policy is seeking candidates for a postdoctoral fellow position to conduct research on “The Politics of Social Gerontology in Asian Post-Industrialized Societies.” The selected candidate will work with ACT Collaborator Patrik Marier, as well as Meghan Joy at Concordia University. Applications are due April 1, and the complete call for applicants is available on the Concordia University website.
ACT members will be alongside partners Respecting Elders Communities against Abuse (RECAA) on the Older Women Live (OWL) radio programme on CKUT in Montreal. They will discuss the recent food blog project, and will talk about the longstanding collaboration between ACT and RECAA that spans creative and research projects. Listen in on Wednesday, March 8 at 6pm on CKUT (90.3) in Montreal.
Ageing (Wo)Men and their World will showcase the cross-cultural complexity of the ageing experience through a medley of still and moving images of elders in Montreal. It is a response to the limited (and often, white) representations of ageing in popular culture. The exhibition’s theme is guided by a remix of Nuit Blanche’s Expo theme—the Man and his World.
Ageing (Wo)Men and their World will demonstrate the enthusiastic and active world of elders in Montreal and the different projects that they do, specifically their relationship to and with technology. Examples include: images of women taking photos of each other, or of themselves; women working on a documentary about saris; elders using electronic music technology; and, elders in various Montreal public spaces together. The images and videos will be a mix of already existing imagery from ACT-related members and of new imagery that will be taken specifically for this exhibition and deal more specifically with the intersection of innovation, technology, and the Ageing (Wo)Men and their World.
The purpose is to catch the attention of spectators and those walking by or taking the bus on DoctorPenfield in order to make them re-consider the popular rhetoric of ageing and to contextualize the images.
The exhibition installation uses DIY techniques to mix new and old technologies to present image-based work. Nuit Blanche and it’s Expo 67 theme is the perfect festival to showcase this type of work. These methods also align with Concordia’s enthusiasm for the non-paradigmatic use of technologies and their potential to support critical thought. The Samuel Bronfman Building would be turned into a futuristic ‘pavilion’ with its windows turned into temporary screens.
From 6:00 pm – 1:00 am on Saturday, 4th March, spectators will be immersed in the world of Montreal residents moving in windows of the Samuel Bronfman ‘ACT Pavilion’.
This exhibition is funded by ACT and by the Social Science (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council).
The Curator of Ageing (Wo)Men and their World is Magdalena Olszanowski.
Les aîné(e)s et leur monde
Pour Nuit blanche, l’édifice Samuel Bronfman de l’Université Concordia se transformera en un pavillon futuriste. Ses fenêtres seront utilisées comme écrans temporaires sur lesquels seront projetés des images représentant les complexités interculturelles du vieillissement L’exposition cherche à repenser les stéréotypes du vieillissement et des technologies et à rendre l’invisible visible.