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2018 Margaret Clark Awards for best graduate and undergraduate student papers

AAGE invites graduate and undergraduate students to submit papers of interest to anthropology and gerontology to compete for the Margaret Clark Award. This award supports the continued pursuit of work following the example of Margaret Clark, a pioneer in the multidisciplinary study of socio-cultural gerontology and medical anthropology, and a scholar committed to mentoring younger colleagues. Published or accepted manuscripts are ineligible for this competition. Limit one entry per student.

Winning papers will receive $300, and the jurors may select papers for Honorable Mention with a free AAGE year membership. Winning papers will be given the right of first refusal by Anthropology & Aging and acknowledged at the American Anthropological Association annual meeting. Abstracts of the winning manuscripts will also be published on the AAGE website. Continue reading

Ageing + Communication + Technologies (ACT) Postdoctoral Fellowship (deadline Feb 6)

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Ageing + Communication + Technologies (ACT) Postdoctoral Fellowship

Deadline: February 6, 2016

 

An ACT Postdoctoral Fellowships will be awarded to an emerging researcher working within one or more core areas of the SSHRC-funded research project “Ageing, communication, technologies: experiencing a digital world in later life” (ACT- www.actproject.ca).

 

ACT is a multi-methodological project that brings together researchers, local community partners and international institutional partners to address the transformation of the experiences of ageing with the proliferation of new forms of mediated communications in networked societies. It encompasses research that is conducted along three axes:

 

1) Agency in ageing: collaborative creativity and the digital arts in later life entails a program of research that involves individuals and communities in the development of participatory action research projects that have both scholarly and creative outcomes.

 

2) Critical mediations: everyday life and cultures of ageing examines the everyday life practices and the variegated mediated experiences of adults in later life, including by looking at how older adults engage with music, photography, film, television or gaming.

 

3) Telecommunication technologies: ageing in networked societies investigates ageing in the context of networked societies. Research in this area bridges internet and telecommunications research with ageing studies.

 

POSITION

 

The ACT Postdoctoral Fellowship entails a yearly salary of $45,000 and can begin as early as April 2016. Applications for one-year projects will be considered and there may be an opportunity for re-application for a second year. The ACT Postdoctoral Fellowship will be housed at Concordia University in Montreal, but can be undertaken in collaboration with a partner institution of ACT (see the website for the full list of partners).

 

A central goal of ACT is to train a new generation of Canadian scholars in the study of ageing from the perspective of the social sciences, the arts and/or the humanities.

 

As such, in addition to conducting and completing their own research project in coherence with the ACT mandate, the successful candidate will be expected to participate actively in the intellectual development of ACT, to work on a regular basis from the ACT offices located in downtown Montreal, and to perform some of the following tasks that are intended to complement their postdoctoral training:

 

– Assist in the organization and implementation of academic and community events, including conferences and workshops.

– Conduct public and university lectures.

– Contribute to the development of collaborative ACT projects including existing ones like ACTipedia, Ageing Media Watch and Interaction.

– Assist in the preparation of grant applications.

 

ELIGIBILITY

 

The successful candidates will have a PhD in hand before beginning the position and will have received their PhD no earlier than March 31, 2012.

 

APPLICATION

 

In a single email addressed to application@actproject.ca, please provide the following three components as individual attachments.

 

A letter of intent (maximum 3 pages) that articulates the research project to be undertaken, how the research fits within the mandate of ACT, the candidate’s suitability and expertise, the applicant’s timeline and collaborative interests within the ACT network.

A CV.

A list of three references with complete contact information, who could be called upon to write letters of recommendation.

 

The deadline for this call is February 6, 2016.

 

Questions pertaining to this position should be sent to Constance Lafontaine (constance.lafontaine@concordia.ca).

 

 

Anthropology & Aging Vol.36 no.1

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The June 2015 issue of Anthropology & Aging features the latest commentaries, articles, and reviews, available free now through our open-access agreement. In addition to our usual content, this issue includes a commentary/response format first introduced in the special issue on the body (33.3) and reintroduced in this issue by Maruta Vitols and Caitrin Lynch’s piece on representations of aging in films and a reflective response by A&A co-editor Philip Kao. Stephanie May de Montigny’s Portfolio continues this discussion of performance, narrative, and creativity on the stage. We hope these contributions spark more interest and interaction here on our blog as well as in cafes and classrooms everywhere!

Every issue of Anthropology & Aging that we produce depends on the skills and time volunteered by our editorial staff, our board, peer reviewers, and digital publishing support. This issue is especially exciting because also it showcases the work happening across the Association of Anthropology and Gerontology—from supporting student work with the Margaret Clark Award, to the international conference held last February.

Anthropology & Aging 36(1) begins with an commentary adapted from the keynote address delivered by past International President of Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders  (MSF), Dr. Unni Karunakara at the 2015 AAGE Conference on “Health Disparities in Aging” hosted by Florida International University. Dr. Karunakara writes from the front lines of global public health and humanitarian response, and his evaluation of the recognition (or lack thereof) of the important roles of older people in high risk, post-disaster circumstances reveals the need to rethink how aid organizations are held accountable for including older adults as a priority in their work.

In addition to Dr. Karunakara’s Keynote, the AAGE conference also provided a chance for our organization to support student research and professionalization. One of our banner activities in this regard has been the awarding of the Margaret Clark award for student papers. In 2014 AAGE awarded two Margaret Clark Awards, one at the graduate level (Ben Kasstan, Durham University), and another at the undergraduate level (Lilly Lerer, University of Chicago). The awardees both revised their papers into articles and braved the peer-review process to be accepted for publication in A&A. Ben Kasstan’s article focuses on the voices and experiences of Shoah survivors at a UK day center mediate their experiences of past trauma by incorporating elements of Judaism, literally through food and memory. Lilly Lerer’s article is a sensitive and intimate account of her fieldwork with hospice patients and staff as they mutually embody a temporality of ‘slow care’ that contrasts with the efficient and cure-centered care of the biomedical end of life settings.

Care is a theme running throughout this issue, and, as the authors note, throughout current discussions of doing anthropology in the Anthropocene. Two additional articles in this issue take up the theme of care for older adults. Iza Kavedžija’s ethnographically rich depiction of community care in urban Japan looks at the co-productions of categories of ‘elderly’ and ‘carer’ as individuals move through various care settings, employing symbolic and linguistic cues that mark roles and relationships along a spectrum of social potentialities. Fetterolf, a student member of AAGE, examines healing in Alzheimer’s care in the US, adopting a case study approach, proposing that close attention to personhood creates ‘bridges’ to providing better care.

Enjoy this issue and we look forward to bringing you our next special issue on “Aging the Technoscape” in the Fall. CFP is still open until June 30 for this issue, and general submissions on other topics are always welcome!

How Anthropology & Aging became Open-Access: some thoughts on transitions and trajectories

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On days like today, I will most likely spend several hours at the computer, mostly reading. When I have a moment away from other work, I will open some links to articles that google scholar sent me, or scroll through the updates on blogs I follow, and spend twenty minutes here, an hour there, filling up with ideas and images that often find their way into my lectures or a presentations.

If you are like me, you expect to be able to access important news, thoughtful essays, and even high-quality academic articles instantly and effortlessly as your curiosity leads you. I expect my students to be able to do the same when they are writing papers or considering research projects (sometimes we do this together as we brainstorm). With my academic affiliation I can access a lot more than most people, but even then, I always manage to find dead-ends, blocked by some pesky paywall. In these cases I will usually do what my students do, take down the citation for another time, and wander back to the free stuff.

And why not? Lately the free stuff, not only in anthropology, but in aging studies as well, has been really top notch. It may have once been the case that digital journals lacked the clout and the credentials to be taken seriously, but open-access sites like Anthropology of This Century and HAU: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography not only have contributors and editorial boards that include some of the most prominent anthropologists in the world, but they have embraced the potential of new media, creating attractive, interactive formats with unique content. (I have included links to examples of open-access digital journals in anthropology and aging studies below) The scholarly digital publishing wave is exciting, and as a small, non-profit run, niche publication like our journal, it allows us to get our work out into the world and have a greater impact on both the field of aging studies, and on the lives of older adults.
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Margaret Clark Award For Student Papers: Deadline June 1, 2014

Award Competition

AAGE is invites graduate and undergraduate students to submit papers of interest to anthropology and gerontology to compete for the Margaret Clark Award. This award supports the continued pursuit of work following the example of Margaret Clark, a pioneer in the multidisciplinary study of socio-cultural gerontology and medical anthropology, and a scholar committed to mentoring younger colleagues.

Winning papers will receive $300, and the jurors may select papers for Honorable Mention with a free AAGE year membership. Winning papers will be given the right of first refusal by Anthropology & Aging and acknowledged at the American Anthropological Association annual meeting. Abstracts of the winning manuscripts will also be published on the AAGE website.

Applicants

Contributions are invited from students of all disciplines and methods.  Non-members and members are invited to apply.  We welcome submissions that are research, analytic, or literary in nature, and academic, applied or practice oriented.

Essays will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Originality and timeliness of topic.
  • Effective use of theory and evidence.
  • Significance to anthropological studies of aging.
  • Clear and effective writing and organization.

Published or accepted manuscripts are ineligible for this competition.  Limit one entry per student.

Submission of Manuscripts

Submissions must include the following as a single MS Word document:

  • Title page with the following information
    • Undergraduate or graduate status
    • Name, mailing address and institutional affiliation and email address (and future contact information if a change is anticipated).
    • Brief (150-200 words) abstract
  • Manuscript should be double-spaced with references in any standard bibliographic format (e.g. American Anthropologist, American Psychological Association).

Deadline

Materials must be submitted by June 1. Only complete submissions will be considered. Submissions and related questions should be sent to both award chairs via email with “Margaret Clark Award” in the subject line:

Elana Buch: elana-buch@uiowa.edu

Emily Wentzell: emily-wentzell@uiowa.edu

ASA Graduate Student Award Deadline: 11/30

Submit your research paper to the American Society on Aging to be considered for the graduate student research award! The winner will gain the recognition of peers and thousands of professionals in the field. The graduate student research award is given to spur academic and clinical interest in the field of aging and rewards the best unpublished graduate research paper on a completed project relevant to aging and applicable to practice. Membership in ASA is not a requirement, but is a consideration.

Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate-degree program or have completed their studies less than one year before submission, and be sponsored by a faculty member. The winner will receive a $500 honorarium, an opportunity to present their paper at the 2013 Aging in America conference (March 12-16 in Chicago), complimentary one-year student ASA membership and registration for the Aging in America conference.

The deadline to submit research papers has been extended to November 30. Call 415-974-9600 if you have any questions, or visit:

http://www.asaging.org/graduate-student-award