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Training & Mentorship

Aging Activisms is a hub of researcher training and academic mentorship. It provides research assistantships, internships, and volunteer opportunities to Trent students and alumni. It supports visiting scholars, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows to spend time at Trent and to connect with the Aging Activisms Collective and the Trent Centre for Aging and Society. It also supports affiliated researchers to access training opportunities at other universities in Canada and abroad and to participate in scholarly conferences. In addition, Chazan draws undergraduate students into Aging Activisms through her teaching in Trent’s Department of Gender and Social Justice.


Graduate and postdoctorate supervision and collaboration

May is accepting graduate students in the Frost Centre and the Master's in Sustainability Studies at Trent University. If you are interested in learning more about working with Aging Activisms as a graduate student, visiting graduate scholar, or postdoctoral fellow, please get in touch with May directly

Recent graduates include: ​

  • Tasha Beeds (Committee member), PhD in Indigenous Studies, Fall 2022. Dissertation title: "Living Water Through a Sacred Landscape: The Midewiwin Movement of Water Walking."

  • Jillian Ackert, MA in Sustainability Studies, March 2021. Thesis title: "Age-friendly for whom? : Moving towards more just, equitable, and "age-friendly" aging futures in Peterborough." 

  • Jenn Cole, postdoctoral fellow, professor in Gender and Women's Studies at Trent University.

  • Emma Langley, MA in Sustainability Studies, April 2018. Thesis title: "'I will not use the word reconciliation' - Exploring Settler (Un)Certainty, Indigenous Refusal, and Decolonization through a Life History Project with Jean Koning." Recipient of SSHRC scholarship.

  • Maddy Macnab, MA in Canadian and Indigenous Studies (Frost Centre), January 2018. Thesis title: "Making home and making welcome: An oral history of the New Canadians Centre and immigration to Peterborough, Ontario from 1979 to 1997." Two-time recipient of OGS. 

  • Melissa Baldwin, MA in Canadian and Indigenous Studies (Frost Centre), August 2017. Thesis title: "'This is where the poetry comes out': The Peterborough Poetry Slam as resistant space-making." Recipient of SSHRC and OGS scholarships.

Current supervisions include: 

  • Daniel Blanche (co-supervisor), PhD Candidate at the Open University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain

  • Carol Andrews, MA candidate in Canadian and Indigenous Studies (2019-)

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Graduate specialization in gender and feminist studies

Trent offers a collaborative specialization in gender and feminist studies for graduate students, and May teaches the course for this specialization.


Are you a graduate student with an interest in feminist, decolonial, and social justice research?
Are you in Canadian Studies & Indigenous Studies, English/ Public Texts, History, Education, Sustainability Studies, or Cultural Studies?

Consider Trent’s Collaborative Specialization in Gender and Feminist Studies! This is an exciting
opportunity to enhance your graduate education and extend your research skills.

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Other opportunities for students connected with Aging Activisms

Students connected with Aging Activisms will, through May’s affiliations, have access to the Trent Centre for Aging & Society and Ageing + Communication + Technologies (ACT), both of which also work to make training, mentorship, and funding available to student researchers. Aging Activisms also supports students to attend interesting summer schools and present at scholarly conferences. 

Contact us to find out more

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