Ageing, the Digital and Everyday Life

Ageing, the Digital and Everyday Life

This one day seminar entitled ‘Ageing, the Digital and Everyday Life is free to attend. Registration is essential.

The seminar brigs together an interdisciplinary and international group of academics and researchers from the arts, the social sciences and Science and Technology Studies (STS) whose work focuses on ageing, the digital and everyday life.

The seminar will examine and review the study of ageing, the digital and everyday life from a wide range of perspectives and to critically explore future challenges and possibilities.

Organised by Dr Wendy Martin (Brunel University London) and Professor Paul Higgs (University College London) and is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) international partnership ‘Ageing, Communication, Technologies (ACT): experiencing a digital world in later life’.

Provisional Programme

10:00  Refreshments

10:30  Welcome 
           Professor Geoff Rodgers, Vice-Provost Research, Brunel University London
           Professor Kimberley Sawchuk, Principal Investigator
                            Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
                            international partnership ‘Ageing, Communication, Technologies (ACT)

Papers 1 – Chair – Dr Wendy Martin, Senior Lecturer, Division of Health Sciences, Brunel University London 

10:45  Measured, monitored, optimized: quantified aging and digital culture
           Dr Barbara Marshall, Professor of Sociology, Trent University, Canada

11:15  Agency and Ambivalence in Grandmothers’ Digitally Mediated Everyday Lives
Dr Shannon Hebblethwaite, Associate Professor, Applied Human Sciences, Concordia University, Canada

11:45  Group Discussion

12:15  Networking Lunch

Papers 2 – Chair – Professor Paul Higgs, Professor of the Sociology of Ageing, University College London
13:00  The Co-Constitution of Ageing and Technology: 
           A model as an inspiration for theorizing the age-technology nexus
           Dr Alexander Peine, Assistant Professor, Science Technology and Innovation Studies, Utrecht University
           Dr Louis Neven, Lector Active Ageing, Avans University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

13:30  The Place of Age in the Digital Revolution
Dr Chris Gilleard, University College London

14:00  Group Discussion

14:30  Tea

Papers 3 – Chair – Dr Wendy Martin, Senior Lecturer, Dept of Life Sciences, Brunel University London

15:00  Troubling Participation in care-ful codesign with older people
           Dr Helen Manchester, Reader in Digital Inequalities and Urban Futures, University of Bristol

15:30  Digital Media-Making with Older Adults:
           participatory action research, promising practices and ongoing issues
           Dr Kimberley Sawchuk, Professor of Communications Studies, Concordia University, Canada

16:00  Panel discussion with all presenters – Chair – Professor Paul Higgs

16:30  Closing comments – Dr Wendy Martin


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