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Nadine Changfoot listening to audio through headphones (at Lara Kramer’s exhibit, Phantom, stills & vibrations)

Timescapes of Aging Vitalities

Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging will host Nadine Changfoot Associate Professor, Trent University, Political Studies & Trent Centre of Aging Studies for a public lecture "Timescapes of Aging Vitalities" on Wed, Nov 28, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.

Nov 13, 2018

About the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging Seminar Series

This series creates opportunities for the exchange of ideas and stimulates discussion amongst associate researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, community members, and older people. This year we will be hosting several seminars with various research groups and networks to explore this year’s chosen research theme “Visual Methods and Knowledge Exchange” with a focus on aging.

Timescapes of Aging Vitalities

Nadine will present on futurities of aging where “cripped” time - non-linear, non-progressive, circular, and open-ended - surfaces non-normative timescapes of disabled and aging embodiments as continuously in-process and disabled and aging futures as livable and desirable. This contrasts with and generatively disrupts normative (ableist and ageist) timescapes that are linear, progressive, and success-oriented, omitting or minimizing of disability and aging. This argument is developed through analyzing narrative films made as part of Re•Vision: The Centre of Art and Social Justice, a media centre that works with aggrieved communities and allies - by diversely-located people living with mind/body differences. Short multimedia documentaries made by storytellers who identify wholly or partially with categories of aging, disability, queer, and more, and whose narratives take up aging and disabled bodies and time will be screened. When witnesses of these stories are brought into a non-normative timescale, they are also brought into representations of difference as processual becomings informed by new materialism (Barad 2003, Grosz 1994, 1999). This provides possibilities for differences to emerge otherwise in ways and in spaces in-between dominant cultural narratives that are associated with ‘successful aging.’


Nadine Changfoot is an Associate Professor of Political Studies at Trent University, faculty of the Trent Centre of Aging Studies, member of Age-Friendly Peterborough, and Senior Research Associate of Re•Vision: The Centre of Art and Social Justice at the University of Guelph which engages in collaborative, participatory research with diverse arts, environmental, disability, aging, and healthcare communities. Her research includes: methodology and ethics of arts-based research creation for multimedia storytelling and presentation and cross-sectoral partnerships (state, non-profit sector) for influence and environmental stewardship. She has published widely in feminist, philosophy, qualitative methodology, and community development journals.

Wed, Nov 28, 2018, 2:30 p.m. 
Where: McMaster University, Main Campus, L.R Wilson Hall, Room 1003

This free event is open to the public

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