Generativity in older people: Later life as a time of development

The Communication Networks & Social Change Research Group (CN&SC) and Aging2.0 in Barcelona is pleased to invite you to an open lecture offered by Prof. Feliciano Villar, member of the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Barcelona and coordinator of the Research in Gerontology Group (GIG). The talk will take place at IN3 at the Open University of Catalonia in Castelldefels on October 14. The public talk is co-sponsored by ACT and will coincide with the first day of the annual ACT meeting, also to be held at IN3. For more information about the talk, including abstract and bio, please consult the website.

My Experience at GUSEGG 2016: Transformation, Transgression and Trust

In the Aging, Communication and Technology seminar (Ageing with Technology: “Digitally Ageing/Digital Ageism”), professors Dr. Kim Sawchuk, Dr. Line Grenier and Dr. Stephen Katz led my classmates and I through interdisciplinary approach which considers the “art of ageing” in connection to computer-mediated communications and networked societies.

Extended deadline: Music, Ageing, Technology Symposium (Joensuu, Finland, May 11-13 2016)

It’s not too late to apply! The deadline for the Music, Ageing, Technology Symposium at the University of Eastern Finland has been extended to February 29th, 2016.

In May 2016, the University of Eastern Finland, the Finnish Society for Ethnosicology, and Concordia’s  Ageing, Communication, Technologies project (ACT), will bring together researchers from music studies and various other disciplines in order to discuss music in relation to ageing and technology. The  Music, Ageing, Technology Symposium will be held in the Joensuu campus of the University of Eastern Finland, from May 11th to 13th, 2016.

Participants of the symposium will look at all genres of music and ageing, often in the context of modern communication technology. The symposium hopes to offer multilayered and critical perspectives on the crosscuttings of digital technologies and ageing in relation to music studies and to explore how these approaches relate to other research traditions. The theme is closely linked to the University of  Eastern Finland’s current research orientations surrounding human sciences and technology. 

Possible topics for proposals include, but are not limited to, the following themes:

· Music, musicians, and everyday ageing
· Theoretical and methodological ear points on research into music, ageing, technology
· Music genres and ageing
· Perspectives on historical research on ageing and music
· Sounds of generations and musical heritage
· Music, soundscape, memory
· Age, technology and music education
· Well-being, age, and music
· Other themes from all fields of music research

Organisers invite potential participants to submit  proposals for oral presentations (maximum length 20 minutes), panel sessions, and poster presentations. Proposals can be strictly or indirectly related to the theme of the symposium. It is also possible to propose presentations that are entirely outside the theme. Presentations can be given in Finnish, Swedish or English.

Abstracts for the symposium should be submitted by February 29, 2016 using the online submission system. All accepted abstracts will be announced on March 21, 2016.

The online submission system and the web page of the symposium can be found at 

Barbara Crow

Barbara Crow

Professor Crow is the Dean, Graduate Studies.  Her research interests are in the social, cultural, political and economic implications of digital technologies. She has edited collections on mobile technologies, US radical feminism, and Canadian Women’s Studies. She has worked on a number of large-scale interdisciplinary grants with engineers, designers, artists and communication scholars to produce technical and cultural content for mobile experiences, (MDCN, 2004-2007 and CWIRP, 2006-2008). She is one of the co-founders of the Mobile Media Lab, co-founding editor of wi: a journal of mobile media, and was the president of the Canadian Women’s Studies Association (2002-2004). Her most recent SSHRC project is “Senior and Cells” with Professor Kim Sawchuk.

Contact information

University York University
E-Mail Address
Phone Number (416) 736-2100, ext. 40549
Office Location 230 York Lanes

Fannie Valois-Nadeau

Fannie Valois Nadeau

Dr. Fannie Valois-Nadeau is a postdoctoral researcher co-supervised by Professor Kim Sawchuk at Concordia University and Professor Samantha King at Queen’s University. Her postdoctoral research explores the articulations between active ageing discourses, the culture of philanthropy and “retromarketing” practices within the Canadiens Alumni Association. Her work is part of a critical reflection about ageing in public and the political context of ageing in Quebec. Her research interests are situated in cultural studies, memory studies, ageing studies and sport studies. She is currently student rep for the ACT network.

After a MA and a BA in Sociology at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Dr. Fannie Valois-Nadeau has completed her PhD in the Joint Program in Communication at Université de Montréal (UdM). Under the supervision of Dr. Line Grenier, her doctoral dissertation explores the centennial anniversary of the Montreal Canadien hockey team and proposes a communicational approach to “doing memory”. This project has brought into light the valorization of intergenerational relations in the Montreal Canadien discourse and produces a critical reflection on its commodification and its political implication.

As a research assistant, Fannie Valois-Nadeau participated the collaborative ethnography regarding the musical contest “Étoile des Aînés” directed by Dr. Line Grenier. The article “‘Vous êtes tous des gagnants.’ ‘Étoile des aînés’ et le vieillissement réussi au Québec” is the first to have come out of this collaboration.

In addition to her participation in the ACT network, she is also member of the Lab Culture Populaire Connaissance Critique (CPCC) and of the King research group.

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Eugène Loos

Dr. Eugene Loos

Prof. dr. Eugène Loos (born in 1963 in Herwijnen, the Netherlands) is a Professor of Old and New Media in an Ageing Society in the Department of Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam. He is also a Senior Lecturer of Communication, Policy and Management Studies at the Utrecht School of Governance (USG), Utrecht University in the Netherlands. He is a member of the Dutch research schools ASCoR (Amsterdam School of Communication Research) and the Netherlands Institute of Government (NIG). As a linguist, he has conducted research and written several books, book chapters and journal articles in the field of organizational (intercultural) organization and the use of new media.

Currently he investigates the (ir)relevance of age for: (1) senior citizens’ digital information search behavior, (2) the impact of textual and visual signs in health information on their cognition and affection and (3) the use of digital (sport) games for their physical and social wellbeing, to guarantee senior citizens’ inclusion in our society.

He was part of the COST Actions 269 “User aspects of ICT”, COST 298 “Participation in the Broadband Society” ( and COST Action IS0906 “Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies” ( Since 2014 he is the co-chair of the Media working group of Cost Action IS1402 “Ageism from a multinational, interdisciplinary perspective” ( He was a member of the Evaluation Board of the European research project “Third Age Online (TAO) Community & Collaboration” (2011-2013). He is a reviewer for Ashgate, associated editor of the Observatorio (OBS*) Journal, (, a member of the Universal Access in the Information Society journal and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Communication and Media Technologies, and a reviewer for New Media and Society.

He is an international expert on inclusive website design and encouraging online participation in the face of a range of physical and life stage challenges. His extensive contribution to the field of accessible (digital) information delivery for senior citizens include Generational Use of New Media (published by Ashgate August 2012, co-edited by Haddon and Mante-Meijer), New Media Technologies and User Empowerment (Peter Lang 2011, co-edited by Pierson and Mante-Meijer) and The Social Dynamics of Information and Communication Technology (Ashgate 2008, co-edited by Haddon and Mante-Meijer).

He also published several chapters and other refereed (inter)national publications. Over his career  Prof. dr. Eugène Loos has had extensive consultancy experience in multi-channel and user-friendly projects, especially for communities of senior citizens. In 2009 he raised funding (50.000 Euro) to conduct an eye-tracking project for the Dutch senior citizens organization ANBO. Academic contributions are augmented by several Dutch radio interviews.

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Catherine Middleton

Catherine Middleton, B. A. (Queen’s), MBA ( Bond University, Australia), Ph. D. (York). Dr. Middleton holds a Canada Research Chair in Communication Technologies in the Information Society and was named to the inaugural cohort of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists in 2014. Her research focuses on the development and use of new communication technologies, with specific interests in mobile devices and fixed and wireless broadband networks. She is also interested in how Canadians use (or don’t use) the internet in their daily lives.

Dr. Middleton’s research has been funded by SSHRC, Infrastructure Canada, Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society, Statistics Canada and Ryerson University. Her research projects have investigated the use of ubiquitous communication technologies (like Blackberries) in organizations, the development of next generation broadband networks (including Australia’s National Broadband Network), competition in the Canadian broadband market, and Canadians’ internet use. She was the Principal Investigator for the Community Wireless Infrastructure Research Project and is the Co-Investigator on the Canadian Spectrum Policy Research Project. She is a member of the Ageing + Communication + Technologiesresearch team.

Dr. Middleton was a “Big Thinking” speaker in 2010, offering insights to Canadian parliamentarians about what is needed to develop a digital society for all Canadians and gave testimony to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology Study of Broadband and Internet Access Across Canada in 2013.

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Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol

Mireia Fernandes-Aldevor

Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol is a researcher at the IN3, the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (UOC, Open University of Catalonia) and Co-director of the Research Program “Mobile Communication, Economy & Society”.

Mobile communication has been one of her main areas of study since 2003, with a combined sociological and economic focus. Her interests are set both in developed and in developing countries.


  • Mobile Communication and Society. A Global Perspective (2006)
    Castells, Manuel;Fernández-Ardèvol, Mireia; Qiu, Jack L.; Sey, Araba
    MIT Press: Cambridge, MA.(translated into Spanish, Chinese, Italian, Portuguese among others)
  • Comunicación móvil y desarrollo social y económico en América Latina (2011)
    (Mobile communication and social and economic development in Latin America)
    Fernández-Ardèvo, Mireia; Galperin, Hernan; Castells, Manuel (dirs.)
    Ed. Ariel and Fundacion Telefónica, Barcelona.
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