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.
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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)