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Webinar: Ethical Concerns. Envisioning Ethnographic Fieldwork with Cognitively Impaired Older Adults

17. April 2024 

Webi­nar on the spe­cial issue of the Jour­nal of „Aging Stud­ies” co-orga­nized with Ethics Col­lec­tive of „AgeNet”

Webi­nar on the spe­cial issue of the Jour­nal of Aging Stud­ies enti­tled „Eth­i­cal Con­cerns: Envi­sion­ing Ethno­graph­ic Field­work with Cog­ni­tive­ly Impaired Old­er Adults”
April 17th, 2024
16:00–17:30 BST, 17:00–18:30 CEST, 11:00–12.30 EDT on Zoom

To par­tic­i­pate, click here on the day of the event.

Sev­en papers mak­ing up this col­lec­tion will be pre­sent­ed (6 min­utes per pre­sen­ta­tion), fol­lowed by Q&A. Through cross-coun­try com­par­i­son, we will illu­mi­nate var­i­ous ways in which nation­al and cul­tur­al­ly embed­ded approach­es to ethics review and con­sent shape ethno­graph­ic research involv­ing old­er adults who live with cog­ni­tive­ly impair­ing con­di­tions, e.g., demen­tia. We will dis­cuss, inter alia, (a) how the lack of capac­i­ty to con­sent to research par­tic­i­pa­tion is “enact­ed” (Mol 2002) through var­i­ous eth­i­cal regimes reg­u­lat­ing ethno­graph­ic field­work with old­er adults liv­ing with cog­ni­tive­ly impair­ing con­di­tions; (b) what are the socio-polit­i­cal insti­tu­tions, social net­works and mate­ri­al­i­ties that affect researchers’ “doing ethics” before, dur­ing and after ethno­graph­ic field­work; © how we as part of the com­mu­ni­ty of prac­tice in gen­er­al, and the Ethics Col­lec­tive of AgeNet in par­tic­u­lar, can respond to the chal­lenges relat­ed to nav­i­gat­ing pro­ce­dur­al and sit­u­at­ed ethics in ethno­graph­ic research involv­ing par­tic­i­pants liv­ing with cog­ni­tive impair­ment, such as demen­tia- what meth­ods, con­cepts and epis­te­molo­gies can we mobi­lize to these ends and with what con­se­quences for the ethics of our discipline?

The webi­nar will host the edi­tors of the spe­cial issue Bar­bara Pieta (Max Planck Insti­tute for Social Anthro­pol­o­gy), Cristi­na Dou­glas (Uni­ver­si­ty of Aberdeen) and Matthew Lar­iv­iere (Northum­bria Uni­ver­si­ty), and the con­trib­u­tors Shvat Eilat (Tel Aviv Uni­ver­si­ty, Israel), Francesco Dio­dati (Uni­ver­sità Cat­toli­ca del Sacro Cuore), James Rupert Fletch­er (Uni­ver­si­ty of Man­ches­ter), Jayme Tauzer (Birm­ing­ham City Uni­ver­si­ty), Emma Jel­strup Balkin (Aal­borg Uni­ver­si­ty), Lily N. Shapiro (Kaiser Per­ma­nente Wash­ing­ton Health Research Insti­tute) and Bar­bara Groot (Lei­den Uni­ver­si­ty Med­ical Cen­tre, Ley­den Acad­e­my on Vital­i­ty and Ageing).

Please vis­it the AgeNet web­site for details about the papers and full list of authors.