The Aging Activisms Media Capsules Workshop has its genesis at the Aging Activisms Symposium held at Trent in October of 2015. Responding to a call from participants to continue the conversations and build our relationships, May Chazan (Trent) partnered with Kim Sawchuk from Ageing, Communication, Technologies (Concordia), and a number of their talented grad students and associates, to dream up this interactive workshop. This event, supported by funding from the Trent Centre for Aging & Society, reconvened the Aging Activisms community, this time in Montreal, and provided a way for us to begin sharing our stories more widely.


Our goal was to learn how to co-create a series of media capsules that record our individual histories with activism. In groups of three, we became interviewers, interviewees and photographers, as we shared our stories with each other. Over four days, we worked through a process of interviewing each other, recording these interviews, and editing these together with visuals and photographs. We also gathered for a number of roundtable discussions, delicious meals, ice breaker games, yoga, and cultural outings.


See the full program HERE


Stay tuned! Coming this summer (2016): 20 distinctive and fascinating Aging Activisms media capsules

Acknowledgement of the Land

This gathering was held on the traditional territory of the Kanien'kehá:ka people. The Kanien'kehá:ka are the keepers of the Eastern Door of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. The island we call Montreal, called Tiotia:ke in the language of the Kanien'kehá:ka, has historically been a meeting place for other Indigenous nations, including the Algonquin peoples. To learn more about this traditional territory, see QPIRG Concordia's "Acknowledgement & Call to Anti-Colonial Resistance" in this document.

Aging Activisms is a program of activist research, academic mentorship, and intergenerational community-building led by
Dr. May Chazan, Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Gender and Feminist Studies at Trent University.

Thanks to Ben Hodson for our graphic. The photos on our site have been taken by members of the Aging Activisms research team and our participants and collaborators.