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Aging Activisms Summer Updates

Updates. Events. Stories.

Hello Aging Activisms collaborators and friends!

As we move into mid-summer and begin to prepare for the September term, we have some exiting news and updates to share with you. We have new research announcements, welcomes for new researchers, and updates about our future directions as a research collective. Read on for more!


Welcome Anisah and Heidi!

We are thrilled to welcome on board two new researchers: Anisah Madden and Heidi Burns. Anisah recently completed her undergraduate degree in International Development Studies at Trent, and she is stepping into the role of Aging Activisms Intern. Heidi is an MA Candidate in Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies at Trent, and will also be the new Graduate Research Assistant with our team as of September. Welcome to these two talented scholar-activists! We would also like to take a moment to thank Maddy Macnab for her contributions to Aging Activisms. Maddy is about to complete her MA and make the move to the big city, but you will likely still see her around our events from time to time. (For your information, Melissa Baldwin, Tessa Nasca, and Emma Langley remain on the scene!)


New Directions - across the Americas!

In addition to welcoming new researchers, we are happy to share one of our new research directions. In collaboration with Gabriela Aceves Sepúlveda of Simon Fraser University, we are broadening the scope of our work on activist archives. With the successful receipt of a development grant, we are launching a two-year pilot project that will allow us to look more into the varied ways older women activists are generating, keeping, preserving, and circulating records of their activisms, as ways of documenting and remembering lives which have been omitted or forgotten as a result of systemic injustices. This work will extend our analyses across Canada and the USA and into Latin American and Caribbean contexts. Do stay tuned!


Intergenerational Storytelling in Nogo – again this fall!

While we are excited about the new international focus of our activist archiving work, we are also thrilled to keep on documenting the incredible stories of social change-makers locally, in Nogojiwanong. We are now planning the second round of Intergenerational Activist Storytelling Workshops, as part of Stories of Resistance, Resurgence, and Resilience in Nogojiwanong/Peterborough. Like last year, undergraduate students in May Chazan’s WMST4122H course will work with twelve phenomenal social changers across generations, backgrounds, and movements to document their oral histories and collaboratively create media capsules.



Last, but certainly not least, after over two years of visioning, writing, collaborating, and editing, we are happy to ask you to mark your calendars! Still a year away, but do stay tuned for August 2018, when our edited volume Aging Activisms: Older, Bolder, and Changing the World will be in print – we will host a celebration to be sure! Thank you to so many of you who contributed to this project. Can’t wait to share it!

Thank you for taking the time to read this and for all of your collaborations, large and small. Wishing you sunny days, and please reach out with any questions or comments. We look forward to our next encounter.

With gratitude for the work each of you do to make this world a little fairer,

May, Melissa, Tessa, Anisah, Heidi, Emma, and the rest of the crew!

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