AAGE at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting (Nov 17-21, 2021), Baltimore

The Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association begins this week (17th-21st November).The hybrid format includes asynchronous, ‘view-on-demand’ library of podcasts and videos, synchronous ‘virtual sessions’, live broadcast sessions from Baltimore, and non-broadcast in-person events for attendees. A little of something for everyone? AAGE members are, as usual, well represtented at the conference, but not always the easiest to find. The AAA Aging and the Life Course Interest Group has put together a list of sessions that would be of interest to our members.

There are two events we especially want to highlight: the annual Interest Group Interlocutor event, and the Interest Group Sponsored Session

 (3-2492) Anthropology of Smartphones and Smart Ageing: Exploring the future of multimodal-digital ethnography

Friday19th, 10:15 AM-12:00 PM Virtual SPECIAL EVENT (link for attendees)

Jay Sokolovsky and Maria Cattell will interview Danny Miller, Charlotte Hawkins and Xinyuan Wang  – Co-Sponsored by the Senior Anthropology Section of AAA

This conversation will bring to the meeting Professor Danny Miller (Univ College London), director of a newly completed multisited global ethnography study, the Anthropology of Smartphones and Smart Ageing (ASSA – https://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/assa/about/), and two post-doctoral researchers from the project, Xinyuan Wang and Charlotte Hawkins. This conversation ultimately explores three grand issues: 1. As a successor to the global “Project A.G.E.” (Age, Generation and Experience), carried out in the 1980s, how does the ASSA Project move forward a comparative, cross-cultural understanding of older adulthood in the 21st Century? 2. Can the methodological efforts of the ASSA project properly transcend what Gabriele de Seta calls “the three lies of digital ethnography”? These are: illusions of the networked field-weaver, the eager participant-lurker and the expert fabricator. 3. How do the methods of the ASSA project inform anthropology about the possibilities of fieldwork and research dissemination in the age of COVID?



(4-2872)  Precarious Connections: Exploring Social Disconnection Across the Life Course

Saturday 20th, 10:15AM – 12:00 PM (Virtual), Society for Cultural Anthropology  (link for attendees)

Participants: Aaron Seaman, Janelle Taylor, Jolanda Lindenberg, Celeste Pang, Elizabeth Fein,
Daina Stanley

Precarious Connections: Exploring Social Disconnection Across the Life Course (Anthropology of Aging and Life Course Interest Group)
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About the author

Jason A Danely

Jason Danely is Past-President of AAGE (2016-18). He is Senior Lecturer of Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University. His book, Aging and Loss: Mourning and Maturity in Contemporary Japan was published in 2014 by Rutgers University Press. He is also editor of Transitions and Transformations: Cultural Perspectives on Aging and the Life Course (Berghahn 2013). From 2011-2015, he served as Editor-in-Chief of Anthropology & Aging, the journal of AAGE. He has served as convenor of the AAA Anthropology of Aging and the Life Course Interest Group (2017-2020) and the EASA Age and Generations Network (2018-20) and from 2020 will become Chair of the Commission on Aging and the Life Course (IUAES). His current research projects look at older ex-offender resettlement; unpaid family carer subjectivities; and transdisciplinary perspectives on frailty.

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