Keynote speakers

  • Kim Sawchuk, Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University, Canada
  • Dr. Kim Sawchuk is the Director of Ageing, Communication, Technologies (ACT): experiencing a digital world in later life, a partnership grant sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. This interdisciplinary project, which brings together ageing studies scholars with media, communications and cultural studies scholars,  examines the intersection between ageing and digital media from the point of view and perspective of older adults. Sawchuk has written extensively on the use of cell phones with older Canadian adults in collaboration with Dr. Barbara Crow, York University and works with communities of elders in Montreal, Quebec on digital media productions. She is a leading practitioner and theorist on "research-creation", an Canadian approach to scholarship and the digital humanities that overtly integrates creative and artistic practice into qualitative methods. Sawchuk holds a Concordia University Research Chair on Mobile Media Studies and is currently the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Concordia. For more on ACT visit www.actproject.ca. For more on her work on mobile media and mobility studies visit www.mobilities.ca.

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  • Bryan C. Taylor, Professor in Communication, University of Colorado Boulder, USA
  • Bryan C. Taylor (Ph.D., University of Utah) is Professor of Communication at the University of Colorado-Boulder (USA). His research interests include qualitative methodology, organizational culture and symbolism, and security studies. He is the co-author with Thomas Lindlof of Qualitative Communication Research Methods (2nd and 3rd eds.: Sage Publications). His current research projects focus on the globalization of qualitative research methods, and the communicative explanation of security-related phenomena. For further information, see: https://sites.google.com/a/colorado.edu/bryan-taylor/

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  • Eugene Loos, Professor at Amsterdam School of Communication Research ASCoR, Department of Communication Science, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Dr. Eugène Loos is a Professor of “Old and New Media in an Ageing Society” in the Department of Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam and a Senior Lecturer of Communication, Policy and Management Studies at the Utrecht University School of Governance in the Netherlands. He is a member of ASCoR (Amsterdam School of Communication Research) and the Netherlands Institute of Government (NIG). As a linguist, he has conducted research and written several books, book chapters and journal articles in the field of organizational (intercultural) organization and the use of new media. Currently his research focuses on the role of old and new media related to accessible information for senior citizens, in order to guarantee their inclusion in our society. He investigates the (ir)relevance of age for: (1) senior citizens’ digital information search behavior, (2) the impact of textual and visual signs in health information on their cognition, affection and behavior, (3) the use of digital (sport) games for their physical and social wellbeing. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Eugene_Loos

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