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 http://joensuusymposium2016.blogspot.fi/ 

Kim Sawchuk

Kim Sawchuk

Kim Sawchuk, Principal Investigator of the ACT team,  is a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University, Concordia University Research Chair in Mobile Media Studies and the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies- Faculty of Arts and Science. Sawchuk has been writing on age, ageing and its cultural impact since 1996. She is most well-known for her research on “seniors and cell phones” conducted with Dr Barbara Crow of York University as well her research-creation work in Critical Disability Studies. Sawchuk is a co-founder of the Mobile Media Lab (York-Concordia) located in Concordia’s Department of Communication Studies. She has just completed a six-year term as the editor of the Canadian Journal of Communications (www.cjc-online.ca) and she is the co-editor of Wi: journal of mobile media (www.wi-not.ca). In addition to her academic research, in 1996 Sawchuk co-founded of StudioXX,  a feminist research and media arts centre in Montréal.


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Constance Lafontaine

Constance Lafontaine

Constance Lafontaine is the Associate Director of ACT and works with the Director to manage the project from Concordia University. As part of her work with ACT, Constance develops and leads participatory action research and research creation projects with Montreal-based partners. She also explores the intersections of animality and human and non-human ageing, including probing multi-species temporalities. Constance is also completing a PhD in Communication Studies at Concordia University, where she focuses on the intersections between discourses of global warming and contemporary animal spectacles, focussing on polar bear displays in Canada. She has completed undergraduate degrees in Communication and Political Science and a Master of Arts in Communication at the University of Ottawa.


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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 bacrow@yorku.ca
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.

Contact : fannie_valois_nadeau@hotmail.com

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