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Call for papers : Ageing in place in a mobile world: new media and older people’s support networks

30 September / 2015

Call for papers : Ageing in place in a mobile world: new media and older people’s support networks
ISA World Forum of Sociology, Vienna, July 2016
Joint Session: RC 31 Migration (host) & RC 11 Ageing
Organised by: Loretta Baldassar (UWA); Paolo Boccagni (Trento); Majella Kilkey (Sheffield); Laura Merla (UCL) and Raelene Wilding (La Trobe)

In this session we wish to consider mobilities and technologies as a new paradigm for reassessing approaches to healthy ageing. For example, while notions of ‘ageing in place’ (e.g. Olsberg & Winters 2005; Bhat & Dhruvarajan 2001) and ‘community dwelling’ (e.g. Andrews & Phillips 2005; Broe et al 2002) represent important contributions to knowledge, the concepts of ‘place’ and ‘community’ in such studies tend to assume strong – even exclusive – ties to proximate family, friends and local communities (Fry 2005). We welcome papers that consider how the recent proliferation of a wide range of affordable communication technologies is central to important transformations in our social and intimate lives, with a particular focus on what these new media mean for ageing and the importance of ‘ageing in place’. Access to social networks and a capacity to belong with and engage with other people is now understood to be one of the most significant indicators of healthy ageing (e.g. Tomaka et al 2006; Avlund et al 2004; Glass et al 2006; Mendes de Leon et al 2003). Importantly, the extraordinary uptake of new communication technologies means that social activities, social interactions and a sense of belonging are no longer limited to local, proximate networks and communities. The research on ‘ageing in place’ includes a growing number of studies advocating attention to such factors as availability of appropriate housing, transport and health services, as well as the ability to access good quality food and engage in social activities and interactions. This latter factor, social interactions and activities, is emerging as particularly important, with recent research indicating that the notion of ageing in place may be putting too much emphasis on attachment to ‘place’, and insufficient attention to the desire to ‘attach’ to people (Hillcoat-Nalletamby & Ogg 2013; Wiles et al 2011).

Questions to consider include:

  • How is the emerging polymedia environment transforming the ways in which the elderly experience ageing in place?
  • In what ways is the social (and even intimate) life of the elderly no longer conducted wholly ‘in place’, within neat physical and territorial boundaries?
  • How can ideas about ‘ageing in place’ be conceived of as incorporating distant ties and connections?
  • How are mobile lives lived by elderly bodies that are located in particular places ?
  • In what ways can new media be used to support those who are ‘ageing in place’, including by supporting their social networks and interactions with family and friends who are mobile or living at a distance?
  • Is the thesis of ‘ageing in place’ simply about being supported to remain in a specific geographic location or is it best understood as an embodied and culturally informed experience of location that is shaped by social interactions that can be face-to-face or mediated, local or distant?
Submission deadline : 30 September 2015. Abstracts of max 300 words should be submitted online through this link: http://www.isa-sociology.org/forum-2016/

Accepted participants for oral presentation and distributed papers will be notified in early December. Full papers will be due by 30 March 2016, and will be considered for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Transnational Social Review. Please note that only original contributions will be considered for publication.
To facilitate discussion and exchanges during the session, full papers will be circulated in advance to session participants and each paper will be assigned a discussant.  

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Summer School 2015 "INNOVATION & BUSINESS"

27 July / 2015

The Summer School will provide a creative learning environment for 40 students taking part in a transformational action learning experience, which will help them develop the practical and transferable skills necessary for successful innovation. The programme will take place in two locations: Trinity College Dublin (6-10 July) and IESE Business School Barcelona (27-31 July).
Participants will learn about active and healthy ageing, industry challenges and opportunities, the art of idea creation, the basis of entrepreneurship, business language, and business plan development, including project management and entrepreneurial financing. Guest speakers (successful entrepreneurs and venture capitalists) will share and discuss their experiences, while a coach will work with participants to help them pitch their ideas. A selected set of participants’ business plans will be presented to and reviewed by a panel of experts.
No Registration fee is requested from applicants. EIT Health, Trinity and IESE will be covering the costs of the Summer School and the meals on campus.
For your convenience, accommodation at a reduced price will be arranged for you at both sites. Upon acceptance of your application, you will be requested to make a down-payment for the accommodation. Students are expected to cover their travelling expenses.

More info on this event: http://www.summerschool.eithealth.eu/en

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Women, Ageing and Media International Research Summer School

20 July / 2015

The 2015 International Women, Ageing and Media (WAM) Research Summer School (at the University of Gloucestershire) will take place in Cheltenham (UK) on 20th and 21st July and will bring together international postgraduate researchers across disciplines whose research engages with women and ageing.

The Summer School has the general theme of ‘space and place’ and welcomes research papers that engage with this theme in relation to older women and: screen cultures, technologies, popular music, popular culture, cultural activity, creativity and lived experience.

The Summer School will provide excellent opportunities for postgraduate researchers to make important connections with other researchers working in the field of Ageing Studies and, in addition to presenting work, there will be research training workshops exploring methods and conceptual issues relating to women and ageing studies. All participants will be expected to publish their reworked presentations or creative output in the Postgraduate Journal of Women, Ageing and Media as an event outcome.

Call for abstracts:

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 the conference theme and approaches as outlined above.

Presentations may take the form of papers, posters, films and multimedia presentations.

Please submit an abstract of 200 words by 31st May 2015 to wambookings@glos.ac.uk

Your abstract details should include:

· Your name, email address, institutional affiliation and, if applicable, year   of study (please indicate if your research centre is a member of the ACT partnership)
· 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 whether you have a place by 5th June 2015. The deadline for registration and payment is 19th June 2015. There is a fee of £60 (unwaged) and £100 (waged) which covers Summer School participation (including lunch and refreshments each day).

Scholars who are members of the ACT partnership are eligible for funding towards their participation providing their research aligns with ACT research themes and the themes of the Summer School.

A full programme plus details for registration travel and accommodation will appear on the WAM webpage and WAM Facebook by the end of June, once places have been confirmed:

http://insight.glos.ac.uk/researchmainpage/centres/wam/Pages/default.aspx.

If you have any queries please contact Dr Ros Jennings (Director of Women, Ageing and Media, University of Gloucestershire), rjennings@glos.ac.uk

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Summer School 2015 "INNOVATION & BUSINESS"

06 July / 2015

The Summer School will provide a creative learning environment for 40 students taking part in a transformational action learning experience, which will help them develop the practical and transferable skills necessary for successful innovation. The programme will take place in two locations: Trinity College Dublin (6-10 July) and IESE Business School Barcelona (27-31 July).
Participants will learn about active and healthy ageing, industry challenges and opportunities, the art of idea creation, the basis of entrepreneurship, business language, and business plan development, including project management and entrepreneurial financing. Guest speakers (successful entrepreneurs and venture capitalists) will share and discuss their experiences, while a coach will work with participants to help them pitch their ideas. A selected set of participants’ business plans will be presented to and reviewed by a panel of experts.
No Registration fee is requested from applicants. EIT Health, Trinity and IESE will be covering the costs of the Summer School and the meals on campus.
For your convenience, accommodation at a reduced price will be arranged for you at both sites. Upon acceptance of your application, you will be requested to make a down-payment for the accommodation. Students are expected to cover their travelling expenses.

More info on this event: http://www.summerschool.eithealth.eu/en

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Aging Families, Changing Families: An International Conference, June 3-6, 2015, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

06 June / 2015

Aging Families, Changing Families: An International Conference, June 3-6, 2015, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.  This conference will provide a
forum for scholarly papers on aging in the context of family life with an emphasis on social change and global perspectives. Co-sponsored by the Research Committees on Aging and Family Research of the International
Sociological Association and the Aging Studies Institute of Syracuse University. Abstracts are due December 15, 2014.  For more information and online abstract submission, visit:
http://asi.syr.edu/event/agingfamilies2015/
Email questions to:
AgingFamilies2015@maxwell.syr.edu

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Call for Papers: Aging in Slavic Literatures

31 May / 2015

Editor: Dagmar Gramshammer-Hohl (University of Graz, Austria) To be published in the Aging Studies series. Publication anticipated December 2016.

Aging and old age are aspects of human experience that have always inspired literary imagination. In recent decades, scholarly attention has increasingly been paid to aging as represented and narrated in literature. Age/aging studies have become more and more aware of the degree to which the critical analysis of works of fiction can contribute to our understanding of the aging process in all its diversity. Nevertheless, there is still an urgent need for greater attention to age in the humanities. This holds true all the more for Slavic studies, where thus far aging and old age have been only marginal concerns.
This volume aims to gather together the scattered research that has been done up to now on aging as represented in Slavic literatures. Its goals are to popularize among the age studies community, as well as among an interested broader audience, pertinent findings from Slavic studies scholarship; to foster international scholarly exchange within and across the discipline; and, not least, to encourage further research in this vein.

For more information visit: http://www.agingstudies.eu/page/AS_Series

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N.A.N.A.S Conference: Aging and Age Studies: Foundations and Formations

19 May / 2015

Inaugural Conference of the North American Network in Aging Studies Marcum Conference Center, Oxford, OH. 

Panels will undertake the following topics and acontributions: Becoming an Age Friendly University: Lessons from The University of Wisconsin-StoutEnacting Old AgeThoughts on Moral Development in Later Life Care Home Stories: Challenges, Changes and ContinuitiesSilent Lives Hidden and RevealedSpaces for Age Studies“Serializing Age: Temporal Narrative Complexities of Age and Aging",  in TV Series“Practicing Care, Living a Long Life: Dementia and Gerontological Literacy, Older Women: Fighting Back, Challenging Age, Authority and Misconceptions, Older People and Fallacies of Care –Case Studies on Meaning Well, Age Studies’ Foundations and Innovations in the College Classroom, Changes of Perceptions: Center and Periphery in Aging Studie, Expressions of Agency, Ageing and Digital Game, Creative Selves in Late Life Writings , Suffering, Time and Meaning in Age Experience, Cross- and Multicultural Perspectives on Aging, Challenging Scripts of “Normative” Age, What’s in a Number?: Chronological Age and Its Performances, “Showing” Age, Aging Brains Rethought: Humanities, Society, Science, Age, Culture, Humanities: Keywords and Contexts, Learning “Age”: Past and Future.

For more information, visit: https://regstg.com/Registration/Introduction.aspx?rid=423310db-9f4c-497a-b0f5-63f78652758b 

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Dietary Strategies for a Healthy Ageing Workshop (Expo 2015 Milano)

18 May / 2015

In the framework of Expo 2015, a workshop will be devoted to Dietary Strategies for a Healthy Ageing.

The workshop will present past and future EU funded research projects that contribute to a better understanding of nutritional needs for a better quality of life while ageing. Among the projects that will be presented during this event, Xavier Allirot –SIforAGE partner and member of the Basque Culinary Center- will give presentation entitled SIFORAGE "Food in context: Social innovation for active and healthy ageing".

The workshop will take place the 18th of May 2015 in the European pavilion (1st floor), Milano, Italy. Further information the event and the registration procedure can be found here.

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Mutual Learning Session

23 April / 2015

The 23rd of April, the Mutual Learning Platform of SIforAGE will be officially launched. This event will be hosted at the Vittoria Theater in Turin (Italy). Both the city of Turin Deputy Major –Elide Tisi and the Scientific Coordinador of SIforAGE –Elena Urdaneta- will be in charge of presenting this initiative. During the event it will be presented the platform addressed to improve the participation of policymakers in the research making process. The main goal is to increase the awareness of their involvement for ensuring a higher impact of research in society through Mutual Learning activities. In the next months five other mutual learning session in five different countries will be organized.

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Event: Active, Healthy Ageing in the EU: Transforming Care, Growing the Silver Economy

21 April / 2015

According to the European Commission, the number of citizens over 65 will increase to almost 30% between 2010 and 2060, while the number of those aged over 80 will nearly triple. During this time, health and care services across Europe need to adapt to a growing demand, while facing a shrinking labour force no longer able to provide for the growing needs of an ageing population. 


Launched in 2012, The European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing is now in its implementation stage with more than 3,000 partners involved in promoting people-oriented, demand driven innovation for ageing well. 

This international symposium provides a timely opportunity to discuss the different ways healthy and active ageing can be encouraged to ensure the well-being and engagement of the elderly in society. The symposium will explore practical solutions to some of the issues associated with an ageing population in Europe. 

Further information on the conference in the following website: http://www.publicpolicyexchange.co.uk/events/FD21-PPE2

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