AAGE 2022: Conference Program

Time Zone: All time zones are listed in Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Conference Format: All sessions will be hosted via Zoom



[**POSTPONED**] 10:00AM – 12:00PM

Plenary: A Playful Engagement with Age (roundtable)

Organizer: Carrie Ryan

Abstract: This roundtable gathers artists, gamers, carers, and researchers that challenge ageist renderings of older adults as boring, stagnant, and passive by depicting and engaging them instead as playful. This roundtable will invite each presenter to present their playful depiction of/engagement with age and to reflect on the role play and playfulness might have for future ageing research. 

Presenters: Phoebe Davies, Robert Speker, and Carrie Ryan


12:30PM – 2:30PM

Mentoring Session for Students and Early Career Professionals



10:00AM – 12:00PM

Welcome from AAGE President, Aaron Seaman

Creative Responses to Change (paper session)

“Unsettling the Prairie: Creatively refashioning practices of care for people and things among older rural Iowans” – Elana D. Buch

“Aging War Orphans in Japan” – Yukifumi Makita

“The Relationality of Reminiscence: Exploring the Social and Collective Elements of Reminiscence Practices among Older Adults” – Jessica C. Robbins

“Quest for Possibility: Building A World Amidst the Improbable Among Institutionalized Older Adults in Lima, Peru” – Magdalena Zegarra Chiappori

“Stories of the Elderly in the Indian Diaspora During the Pandemic” – Annapurna Pandey


12:30PM – 2:30PM

Representations of Aging (paper session)

“Changing Social Representations of Dementia in China” – Yan Zhang

“Carescopes- on Caring and ‘Looking at’: A Case of Positive Dementia Portrayals in North Italy” – Barbara Pieta

“Life, a work in progress” – Lois Kamenitz

“Changing Portrayals of Older Adults among the Indian (New) Middle-Class” – Ashwin Tripathi



10:00AM – 12:00PM

Methods 1: Reflexivity in Research on and through Art with Older Adults (paper session) 

“Engaging Flash Nonfiction Values and Autoethnography and Portraiture Methods in Understanding and Presenting Experiences of Care Partners” – Kelly Munly

“Why Do Women Weave?: Women’s Creativity Life and Aging” – Kaori Otera Chen

“The Empathy and Imagination Assignment: Creativity as Transformative Pedagogy in a College Gerontology Course” – Justine McGovern



10:00AM – 12:00PM

Infrastructures of Care and Creativity (paper session)

“Preventing Creaticide: How Professional Systems are Killing Older People’s Creativity, and How They Could Do Better” – Amy Clotworthy and Rudi G. J. Westendorp

“Aging as Optional: At What Cost?” – Rosalynn A. Vega

“Creatively Engaging in a Critical Evaluation of Integrated Care Programs through the Lived Experiences of Older Adults Aging in Place” – Krystal Kehoe MacLeod


12:30PM – 2:30PM

Methods II: Using the Arts for Research on Aging (paper session)

“Utilizing Technology-Supported Data Collection in a Setting-Based Study of Aging: Lessons Learned from the Food-Related Activities Engagement and Adaptation Study” – Widya A. Ramadhani and Lynne Dearborn

“Recipes for Life:  An Approach to Reminiscence through Photography, Food and Life Lesson-Sharing” – Jean J. Schensul and Kim Radda

“An Application of Hunleth’s “Imaginal Caring” to Contexts of Dementia Care” – Laura Sutherland

“Alzheimer’s Disease and Object Elicitation: Exploring the Importance of Creativity to Emotional Memory” – Eric E. Griffith



10:00AM – 12:00PM

Plenary: Turning Life Course Research into Comics and Graphic Narratives (workshop)

Organizers: Laura Haapio-Kirk and Charlie Rumsby

Abstract: The visual dissemination of social science research has, in recent years, expanded from photography and film to the production of comics and graphic narratives. Such material has great potential within teaching, and for extending the reach of research beyond the academy to the public. Illustrations of research can be particularly effective when dealing with topics such as ageing by communicating stories and experiences that are difficult to put into words, as well as creating a form of representation for marginalised groups. The Illustrating Anthropology (www.illustratinganthropology.com) exhibition demonstrates the diversity of graphic forms employed by contemporary researchers. This workshop, led by one of the curators of the exhibition and one of the featured researchers, will include a discussion on using graphic methods with research participants from opposite ends of the life course: older adults and children. Laura Haapio-Kirk will discuss the production of collaborative comics as a research method in her ethnography among older adults in Japan, and will also talk about collaborating with a comics artist to produce work for the Anthropology of Smartphones and Smart Ageing project. Charlie Rumsby will discuss her collaboration with an illustrator to communicate her research on modes of identity and belonging amongst stateless ethnic Vietnamese children in Cambodia. The rest of the workshop will focus on developing participants’ skills to translate stories from research into graphic representation, with a focus on both scripting and drawing (no artistic skills required!).



10:00AM – 12:00PM

Creative Kinship and Care Configurations (paper session)

“Re-Creating Care Norms among Latin American and Caribbean Immigrants in Toronto, Canada” – Alexa Carson

“Practicing Kinship and Care Differently: LGBT Aging in the Netherlands” – Lara Fizaine

“Kitchen Convivencia in the Bay Area: Multigenerational Families Collaborating with Care” – Sam L. Grace and Victoria Hill

“Social Representation of Older Adults in a Changing World” – Delali A. Dovie


12:30PM – 2:30PM

Creative Presentations on Aging Research (creative formats)

“‘Weight of the World’ and ‘What I Want Them to Know’: Skilled Nursing Facility Administrators’ Perspectives on COVID-19 in Research Poems” – Sarah Jen, Mijin Jeong, and Madeline Smith

“Time Lonely” – Verónica Sousa

“Contained by Anthropology, Aging into Creativity” – Leslie Carlin

“Palliative Care: Stories and Multidisciplinary Approach” – Tiina Maripuu and Sarah Pettersen

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