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AGENET Slow Online Conference 2021

27. Okto­ber – 29. Okto­ber 2021 

AGENET Slow Online Con­fer­ence 2021!

This is the first week of the AGENET Slow Online Con­fer­ence 2021!
Don’t miss the tomorrow’s INAUGURAL KEYNOTE: Age­ing Play­ful­ly: Notes on an Anthro­pol­o­gy of Play and Games in Old Age by Dr. Car­rie Ryan (UCL);
27 Octo­ber (Wed) 5 pm CET/ 4 pm BST/11 am ET (60min) on Zoom
This talk calls for renewed anthro­po­log­i­cal atten­tion to the social impor­tance of play and games in old age. Though many old­er adults spend their retire­ment play­ing games, few stud­ies empha­size the cen­tral­i­ty of these activ­i­ties in lat­er life. This over­sight is cul­tur­al: in the West, games and play are per­ceived as triv­ial and child­ish engage­ments and there­fore unwor­thy top­ics for ‘seri­ous’ age­ing research. How­ev­er, games and play in old age have pow­er­ful social, polit­i­cal, and eco­nom­ic effects; for exam­ple, they cul­ti­vate mean­ing mak­ing and com­mu­ni­ty build­ing; are increas­ing­ly instru­men­talised for biopo­lit­i­cal ends through the gam­i­fi­ca­tion of health; and are forms of enter­tain­ment that make up a sig­nif­i­cant part of the leisure econ­o­my. A research focus on games and play in old age is not friv­o­lous, then, but nec­es­sary for a holis­tic and crit­i­cal inquiry into the con­tem­po­rary social lives of old­er adults. In acknowl­edg­ing the preva­lence of play­ful age­ing, this talk sug­gests that anthro­pol­o­gy will not only more faith­ful­ly attend to old­er adult lives as they are lived, but, in doing so, will also pow­er­ful­ly extend its chal­lenge of ageism by show­cas­ing how old­er adults remain cre­ative, dynam­ic, and live­ly as they age. 
More info about the event:
Full con­fer­ence pro­gramme and how to reg­is­ter for the whole free conference: 
The keynote will be fol­lowed by a par­tic­i­pa­to­ry work­shop on Friday:
WORKSHOP: Play as Frame: Reflect­ing on Field­work through the Lens of Play; 29 Octo­ber (Fri) 3pm CET/ 2 pm BST (90 min) on Zoom (reg­is­tra­tion under the con­fer­ence reg­is­tra­tion link above)
This work­shop invites atten­dees to think about the place of play in their field­work. This work­shop will begin with a quick overview of past the­o­riza­tions of play. Atten­dees will then be asked to dis­cuss, in small groups, how their field­work expe­ri­ences with old­er adults either reflect, com­pli­cate, or advance past the­o­riza­tions of play. The work­shop will end with a group dis­cus­sion about the new direc­tions play opens for age­ing research as well as the pos­si­bil­i­ty for future col­lab­o­ra­tions.  
Dr Car­rie Ryan is an anthro­pol­o­gist inter­est­ed in age­ing, care, and play. Her research inter­ests are inspired by her expe­ri­ence work­ing as an Activ­i­ties Coor­di­na­tor in a nurs­ing home, a senior cen­tre, and a con­tin­u­ing care retire­ment com­mu­ni­ty (where she did her doc­tor­al field­work). Cur­rent­ly, she is a Lec­tur­er in Bioso­cial Med­ical Anthro­pol­o­gy at Uni­ver­si­ty Col­lege Lon­don and leads on the research project there called ‘Age­ing Play­ful­ly: Play and Games in Old Age.’ 
Look­ing for­ward to see­ing you there,
Bar­bara Pieta and Matthew Lar­iv­iere (EASA AGENET Convenors)