Workshop summary: Unsettling technogenarians

Workshop summary: Unsettling technogenarians

CNSC recently co-organized the 2nd workshop of the Socio-Gerontechnology Network entitled “Unsettling technogenarians: Interferences and synergies at the crossroads of Age Studies and Science and Technology Studies.” This workshop brought together academics and professionals interested in the intersections of both fields, allowing the sharing of perspectives from different disciplines and taking the network a step further in its development.

The workshop, which was celebrated last June 21 and 22 at the IN3-UOC in Castelldefels (Barcelona), was hosted by the CareNet research group and received financial support from the IN3-UOC as well as from the Ageing + Communication + Technologies (ACT) project.

The 2nd meeting of this growing network had CNSC and ACT project members presenting their own research related to the field. CNSC codirector and ACT co-applicant, Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol, presented a paper co-authored by fellow CNSC and ACT member, Andrea Rosales, entitled “The variegated online practices of the (older) old people,” where she provided some preliminary results of the ACT co-funded cross-national longitudinal study “Older Audiences.” CNSC member and ACT affiliated student, Daniel Blanche, also presented a paper co-authored by Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol, entitled “Generative and networked: The Iaioflautas olders’ movement,” where they examine the organizational structure and dynamics of the movement as well as the solidarity driven involvement of its participants.

ACT project fellow members, Barbara Marshall (Trent Universiy) and Wendy Martin (Brunel University), as well as ACT affiliated student Gabrielle Lavenir (Concordia University) and “Older Audiences” student member Vera Gallistl (University of Vienna), also presented ongoing projects in the incipient field of socio-gerontechnology.

The 3rd meeting of the network is expected to be celebrated in Stockholm (Sweden) by mid-June in 2019.