Open lecture: Older people go mobile…their way

Open lecture: Older people go mobile…their way

Last Friday, September 13, CNSC codirector Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol, delivered an open lecture titled “Older people go mobile…their way” at the Pavillon Lionel-Groulx of the Université de Montréal.

In her lecture, Mireia reviewed empirical evidence on the intersection of older age and mobile communication from a non-patronizing perspective. She examined the ways heterogeneous groups of older individuals appropriate mobile devices, the meanings of these uses, and the paramount role of the mobile phone.

By acknowledging the heterogeneity often hidden under the label “old age,” Mireia’s presentation identified the challenges faced in research to achieve a richer and more complex analysis of a networked society at different stages of later life. She argued that there is a need for critical analytical frameworks able to move beyond rooted and invisible ageist prejudices which would help achieve more nuanced and precise understandings of the place of mobile communication in later life.

This open lecture is part of the activities involved in her research visit at Université de Montréal, funded by the José Castillejo mobility program of the Ministry of Education and Professional Formation of the Spanish government. In addition, it also served as the open keynote of the ACT Project’s 2019 annual meeting, hosted by Dr. Line Grenier from the Department of Communication of the same university.