Critical Perspectives in Age Studies

This workshop explores the meaning of age studies as an interdisciplinary field.  These include research in the humanities and culture (fiction, narrative, biography, media), feminism (age/gender based inequalities, sexualities), the social sciences (generations, biopolitics, intersectionality, technologies, globalism), the sciences of aging (geriatrics, gerontology, lifecourse studies) and the health professions (caregiving, nursing, advocacy).  Age Studies is a creative boundary-crossing and collaborative thought space, where the plurality of approaches reflect the  diversity of the aging process itself.  The workshop aims to appeal to students and emerging scholars interested in critical and reflexive aging perspectives in a time of rapid social change.

Dr. Stephen Katz, Trent University
Dr. Kim Sawchuk, Concordia University

October 13, 2021
11am to 1pm EDT

Registration is full

COVID Conundrums: Rethinking Research Methods in a Pandemic

As a pandemic has upended our lives, the ways in which we do research have also shifted. Students and other emerging researchers, in particular, are asked to make impactful decisions about their own academic practices and research projects. Social distancing measures have altered fieldwork and disrupted academic plans. The predominance of online tools have posed challenges for data collection. How can we adapt, rethink or shape our research methods in ways that are attuned to an era of profound and rapid societal change? What strategies can be harnessed to help us grapple with methodological choices in uncertain times?

From discussing practical tips to probing methodological conundrums, this interactive workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows working on matters related to age and ageing, from diverse disciplines.

This workshop is for all graduate students or postdoctoral fellows working on matters related to age and ageing

Dr. Line Grenier, Université de Montréal
Dr. Shannon Hebblethwaite, Concordia University

June 30, 2021
10am to 1pm EDT

Demystifying public policy for emerging researchers

How can our research findings foster policy debates to promote more responsive public interventions and better ageing futures? This workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are interested in mobilizing and communicating their research findings to policy makers to help promote societal change. From reports, to white papers, to engagements with decision makers in multiple echelons of society, workshop participants will learn more about the different forms that policy involvement can take. They will discover tips on how to translate research into language and formats that are attuned to policy making processes, and about the sorts of content and strategies that can be most impactful. It is organized and facilitated by researchers Dr. Patrik Marier, Dr. Stephanie Paterson and Dr. Francesca Scala (Concordia University). Space is limited, register now!

Dr. Patrik Marier, Concordia University
Dr. Stephanie Paterson, Concordia University
Dr. Francesca Scala, Concordia University

June 28, 2021
11am to 1pm EDT

Op-Ed Writing for Ageing Studies

Do you want to bring your research into public and media discussions on age and ageing? You should write an Op Ed!

Op Eds are short commentaries that are generally published in newspapers or magazines, and centred on presenting an opinion and argument on a socially-relevant matter. Ageing + Communication + Technologies (ACT) Lab and the engAGE centre for research on aging are teaming up with Informed Opinions to organize a two-day workshop for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. This workshop is led by Shari Graydon, founder of Informed Opinions, author and women’s advocate. Because space is very limited, we are asking those interested to submit a short blurb about how they would translate their research into a commentary.

Shari Graydon, Informed Opinions

June 21 and 23, 2021
11am to 1pm EDT